UNESCO Education UIL

Centre for Literacy, Canada

Areas of Specialization:

Adult education, Family education, Information and communication technologies, Life skills, Lifelong learning, Literacy, Media education, Vocational education

User Profile:

Teachers; tutors; researchers; policy makers

Contact Information


236-2100 Marlowe Avenue
Montreal, Quebec H4A 3L5

(+1–514) 798 5601
(+1–514) 798 5602
Contact person:
Linda Shohet

Basic Institutional Data:

Founded in:
Linda Shohet
Information staff:
Countries Served:
Working Languages:
English, French


Books and Documents:
6,000 unique titles
Periodicals recieved p.a.:
50 active titles
Multimedia materials:
Approximately 150 audio and video cassettes for lending
Annual growth of Collection:

Methods of Data Management

Cataloging Rules
Anglo American Cataloguing Rules (AACR II)
Classification System
In–house classification scheme
Indexing Tool
Canadian Literacy Thesaurus
Database Software
FileMaker Pro V9 and for online catalogue it is L4U

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

Resource Centre; Training Centre; research consulting; community project research; health literacy consulting;  travelling trunks; summer institute; newsletter; presentations; professional development workshops for teachers, tutors, ABE educators, workplace educators; lending at no charge (apart from shipping) across Canada.

Publications Produced

Literacy Across the CurriculuMedia Focus, Vols. 1–16; Working Papers in Literacy; Research Briefs; Literature reviews and annotated bibliographies on various topics; monthly scans of adult literacy research (online).


National Literacy Resource Sharing Network (Canadian); ICAE Social Development Group; NALL Research Network, University of Toronto; NIFL (National Institute of Family Literacy) – Health, Learning Disabilities, Women and Literacy

Studies and Surveys

Measures of Success (http://centreforliteracy.qc.ca/projects/measures-success-workplace-literacy-and-essential-skills); Understanding the Literacy and Essential Skills (LES) needs of Quebec Anglophone adults (http://centreforliteracy.qc.ca/projects/understanding-literacy-and-essential-skills-les-needs-quebec-anglophone-adults).

Other material

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services

Upgrading library catalogue and circulation system; offering more information services/resources online; partnerships and sharing resources

Role envisaged within the Network of Networks

Providing resources and training to as wide an audience as possible.