American Library Association president to speak at National Conference on Family Literacy

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For Immediate Release
April 22, 2005

American Library Association president to speak at


National Conference on Family Literacy

CHICAGO - "Literacy Changes Lives" will be the subject of ALA President Carol Brey-Casiano's presentation at the upcoming National Conference on Family Literacy in Louisville, Ky.

Brey-Casiano will discuss key literacy programs and initiatives offered by ALA and by libraries and the many ways libraries contribute to improving literacy nationwide during her April 26 appearance. She will share insights and information on literacy issues, including library outreach to underserved populations, new trends in multicultural collection development and in Spanish-language services and ALA's commitment to 21st century literacy, encompassing both the ability to read and use computers.

"I want to share with this audience the resources ALA and libraries offer to help children and adults develop the skills they need to live, learn and work in an information society," said President Brey-Casiano.

Over 2,000 family literacy practitioners, administrators, policy makers and researchers from across the country are expected to attend the National Conference on Family Literacy, sponsored by the National Center for Family Literacy.

The mission of the National Center for Family Literacy is to create educational and economic opportunity for the most at-risk children and parents.