The Social Responsibilities Discussion Group of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) presents "Literacy in Libraries," a paper authored by Josephine Anderson. Anderson discusses the formation of the new IFLA Social Responsibilities Discussion Group, which has as its mission to help libraries address the problem of illiteracy among adults. Anderson discusses illiteracy in South Africa, and stresses the importance of phonics in reading. According to Anderson, libraries can become active with literacy programs without jeopardizing their traditional functions. A listing of references is available.
Examines the current and future role of public libraries in adult literacy service provision by analyzing survey data collected from state library agencies, designated literacy contacts in those agencies, heads of state literacy resource centers, and local library literacy programs. Discusses the use and limits of technology, program planning, finance and funding, and programs at the state and local levels. The final section presents the main findings of the study, along with conclusions and recommendations. Includes tables detailing the study questions and responses and a listing of the respondents. Charts and tables.
The U.S. Department of Education presents chapter 607, "Library Literacy Program: Discretionary Grants to State and Local Public Libraries," of its "Biennial Evaluation Report" for fiscal year (FY) 1993-1994. The report offers a profile, information, and analysis concerning the Library Services and Construction Act. The act provides grants to state and local public libraries for adult literacy programs.