UNESCO Education UIL

Centre de documentation sur l’éducation des adultes et la condition féminine (CDÉACF), Canada

CDÉACF, founded in 1983, supplies predominantly French-language information and documentation in the areas of adult education and essential skills, literacy, and women's issues.

In addition to documentation and reference services, the Centre offers directories and current awareness coverage in its areas of specialization and promotes networking and communities of practice among women’s organizations, literacy organizations and researchers in adult education and literacy across Canada. Exchanges with other centres, particularly through ALADIN, allow CDÉACF to extend its activities to the international scene.

Areas of Specialization:

Adult education, Community development, Cultural diversity, Economic and social development, Gender issues, Information and communication technologies, Intercultural education, International cooperation, Life skills, Lifelong learning, Literacy, Popular education

User Profile:

Literacy and adult basic education organizations; women´s groups; researchers; governmental agencies; community organizations; training institutions; unions; general public (students, researchers, trainers, teachers, etc.).

Contact Information


110, Ste–Thérèse Street, bureau 101
Montreal, Québec H2Y IE6

(+1–514) 876 1180
(+1–514) 876 1325
Contact person:
Sharon Hackett

Basic Institutional Data:

Founded in:
Geneviève Dorais-Beauregard
Information staff:
Countries Served:
Canada, Worldwide
Working Languages:


Books and Documents:
30600 unique titles
Periodicals recieved p.a.:
Multimedia materials:
Annual growth of Collection:

Methods of Data Management

Cataloging Rules
Classification System
Universal Decimal Classification (UDC)
Methods of Data Processing
Indexing Tool
Repertoire des vedettes–matière de Laval, Canadian Literacy Thesaurus
Database Software
Kentika, Drupal

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

Lending and reference services (on-site and distance); virtual library; current awareness monitoring and newsletters; Training in information literacy, information technology and on document management; preparation of bibliographies, taxonomies and information architecture.

Publications Produced

Guide on mobile learning and its impact on distance learning in francophone Canada
Training guides (Document management, Social media)
Document, provider and project directories in adult literacy, education and community action
Monthly information alerts on adult education, essential skills, literacy and women's issues

Special Activities

Training and workshops; electronic networking and communities of practice; dissemination of adult education materials; participative evaluation of documents; current awareness monitoring; virtual library.


Table nationale des organismes pancanadiens en alphabétisation, Groupe des Treize, Coalition of Canadian Literacy Thesaurus; Coalition des organismes communautaires autonomes de formation (COCAF); Coalition of Québec literacy organizations; Group of Francophone Literacy Resources.

Studies and Surveys

Mobile learning and its impact on distance learning in francophone Canada

Other material

Challenges and Obstacles in Carrying out the Work

Primarily difficulty in obtaining stable funding to carry out activities relative to our mission in a context of generalized defunding of adult literacy and adult learning across Canada. Information overload; limited accessibility of publication information online; difficulty identifying and acquiring grey literature; lack of indexing tools (thesaurus) in adult education;

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services

Exchanging grey literature; subscribing to foreign periodicals; changing the loan rules to facilitate access; increased use of Internet.

Role envisaged within the Network of Networks

Information monitoring, production of the ALADIN Online Alert and its associated database, promotion and use of technology to work together at a distance (webinars, etc), contribution to social media. Stimulating the participation of French–speaking organisations; promoting activities and publications originating from Canada and published in French on adult education.