Thursday, February 2, 2017

Using Libraries To Support National Literacy Efforts


Using Libraries To Support National Literacy Efforts

A network of libraries exists in almost every country: there are around 320,000 public
libraries worldwide, of which about 230,000 are in developing and transitioning
countries. In addition, there are more than a million school, community, research,
university, national and special libraries (IFLA, 2016). Although literacy is at the core
of most library activities, too often local, regional and national literacy goals and
efforts are not systematically connected to libraries. As a result, these efforts fail to
benefit from working closely with institutions that often have the long-standing trust of
communities and already provide useful literacy services to children, youth and adults.

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