UIL Policy Brief on Libraries and Literacy

12 January 2016

UIL has published a policy brief on Using Libraries to Support National Literacy Efforts.

The policy brief examines the role of libraries in supporting lifelong literacy. It looks at how libraries nurture early literacy skills up to advanced levels of literacy proficiency. Libraries provide literacy resources for children, youth and adults at all proficiency levels, thereby making an enormous contribution to supporting a reading culture and the creation of a literate society. They are also an ideal community space for facilitating intergenerational and family learning. The publication goes further to highlight the fact that libraries at every level, local and national, should be well-resourced to serve their surrounding communities and users in order to create a successful learning environment. They also need to be involved in policy dialogue connected to literacy. Used strategically, libraries have the potential to play a key role in promoting national literacy efforts, as they are trusted by people in the communities they serve and are in a good position to provide a wide variety of literacy opportunities.

The policy brief is a result of an international workshop that was convened in April 2016 at UIL on ‘How Libraries Support National Literacy Efforts.’ It is available in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish.



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