Literacy Clearinghouse

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.” 

ALA supports libraries in helping children and adults develop the literacy skills they need, understanding that the ability to seek and effectively utilize information resources is essential in a global information society.

This site brings together resources from across the American Library Association's' offices and divisions that promote literacy across the lifespan. 

Libraries have a long tradition of providing resources and services for individuals wanting to improve their reading and writing skills. Basic, functional literacy is an essential skill for an individual’s personal, educational, and professional growth—it is also key to their full, beneficial use of the library’s services and programs. 

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Equity of Access and Literacy

Libraries have a long tradition of providing resources and services for individuals wanting to improve their reading and writing skills. Basic, functional literacy is an essential skill for an individual’s personal, educational, and professional growth—it is also key to their full, beneficial use of the library’s services and programs. 

Success Students Learning Photo