Committee on Literacy


To develop and recommend the association's policies related to the promotion of literacy; to develop and encourage the development of programs, educational opportunities, and other resources that assist librarians and libraries in promoting literacy; to raise the awareness of literacy within the association; to work cooperatively with the literacy assembly, the office for literacy and outreach services and its advisory committee, and other ALA units, including the Washington Office, on efforts that have a literacy focus; to develop and maintain partnerships with national literacy organizations.


Cynthia Czesak (Chair, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015)
Clara Nalli Bohrer (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Hadi S. Dudley (Member, July 1, 2014, to August 3, 2015)
Sara Kelly Johns (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015)
Alyse Jordan (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Ms. Karen R. Lemmons (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
Ms. Kirby McCurtis (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
Ms. Carolyn McGee Mohn (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
Jessica Shira Sender (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
Hilda K. Weisburg (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Natarsha Miller (Intern, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
Megan Threats (Intern, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
John Amundsen (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2012, to March 15, 2015)
Michelle Harrell Washington (Staff Liaison, February 1, 2013, to March 15, 2015)
Kristin Lahurd (Primary Staff Liaison, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2018)

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The Committee on Literacy consists of 10 members appointed by the Committee on Appointments, in cooperation with the ALA president-elect, serving 2 year staggered terms and led by a chair, appointed annually.

Subcommittees & Task Forces

  • Literacy Assembly

Definition of Literacy

The American Library Association’s Committee on Literacy adopted the definition of literacy from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies:
“Literacy is the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy involves a continuum of learning in enabling individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in their community and wider society.” 

Meeting at ALA Annual, Orlando

All Committee Meeting - Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services

Friday, June 24
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Orange County Convention Center, Room W209 A/B

Joint meeting of all association and council committees to which the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) liaisons, followed by business meetings:

  • Committee on Diversity and its sub-committees (Spectrum Advisory Committee, Spectrum Scholars Interest Group, Spectrum Jury, Diversity Research Grants Advisory Committee)
  • Committee on Literacy 
  • Committee on Rural, Native & Tribal Libraries of All Kinds