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.


Mrs. Rachel Nicole Arizaga (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Kacie Armstrong (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Tamara McKinney (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Kevin Reynolds (Member, August 4, 2015, to July 30, 2016)
Mrs. JoAnna Merlene Phillips Schofield (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Gwendolyn N. Weaver (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Jill Joseph (Intern, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
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
  • Literacy Providers Subcommittee
  • Literacy Program Subcommittee
  • Research-to-Practice Discussion Group

Definition of Literacy

Adopted by the Committee on Literacy June 24, 2005, at its meeting during ALA Annual Conference in Chicago:

[Literacy is defined as the ability to use] "printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential." United States Department of Education, 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy.