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The Role of Libraries in Adult Literacy Education

In today's ever-changing and technology driven world, we often hear the question - Do we still need libraries? I thoroughly enjoyed reading Do We Need Librarians Now That We Have The Internet?. The author states, "For centuries, the librarian’s job was providing scarce information to dependent patrons. Now, the job is helping patrons navigate superabundant information of wildly varying quality and uncertain provenance. The new job, unlike the old, requires marketing — librarians must persuade patrons that a navigator is worth the time and trouble. For better or worse, the digital age forces experts to make the case that a Google search doesn’t replace the librarian, and WebMD doesn’t replace the doctor." 

After reading this, I wanted to pose some questions.

  • How do you build relationships with your local libraries?
  • How do you engage students with library services?
  • What is the role of libraries in your program?

I'd love to learn about your programming and library services. 

Kathy Tracey




Tags: library, EBPD


Andy Nash's picture

Hi Kathy,

I just saw this posting, so am noting here a resource I announced in another discussion group:

Two new fact sheets from the Networks for Integrating New Americans initiative are now available. They highlight what the project learned about collaborating to help immigrants and refugees advance in the workforce and in the community. One fact sheet is on Library Collaborations and it describes the ways adult education providers and libraries collaborated in White Center (WA), Fresno (CA), and Rhode Island to create innovative and accelerated learning opportunities for English language learners. We highlight the distinct approach taken in each context and how these collaborations benefitted their communities as well as the partner organizations.

Andy Nash, World Education