UNESCO Education UIL

International Literacy Institute (ILI), United States

Literacy Research Centre

ILI, established jointly by UNESCO and the University of Pennsylvania / Graduate School of Education, was established in 1994. The Institute is involved in literacy training development and organizing conferences with a special emphasis on developing countries. The ILI does not maintain an extensive library but has access to other libraries. Information is isseminated mainly through a literacy website, the ILI newsletter, publications and conferences. The use of new technologies in educational attainment is given special value.

Areas of Specialization:

Information and communication technologies, Language issues, Literacy, Nonformal education

User Profile:

Researchers; policy–makers; practitioners

Contact Information

Address:

Graduate School of Education
3700 Walnut Street
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104–6216
USA

Phone:
(+1–215) 898 9803
Fax:
(+1–215) 573-2115
Contact person:
Daniel A. Wagner

Basic Institutional Data:

Founded in:
1994
Director:
Daniel A. Wagner
Countries Served:
Worldwide
Working Languages:
English, French

Collection

Books and Documents:
2.000
Periodicals recieved p.a.:
50
Multimedia materials:
5 videos and 1 CD–ROM
Annual growth of Collection:
200

Methods of Data Management

Classification System
Alphanumeric
Methods of Data Processing
Computerized
Database Software
All recent software

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

Literacy website

Publications Produced

ILI Newsletter; various books

Special Activities

Training and development in literacy with a special emphasis on developing countries (annual international Summer Literacy Training Programme); building partnerships to foster regional and national centres of excellence (Literacy Training and Development Project for Africa); organizing regional forums on innovations in literacy work (Cape Town, 1995; Manila, 1997; Cairo, 1997; New Delhi, 1998; Dakar, 1998); International Literacy Explorer Training CD–ROM www.bridgestothefuture.org

Networking

ERIC

Studies and Surveys

Several studies and surveys; several books

Other material

Challenges and Obstacles in Carrying out the Work

International communication restrictions; language / translation barriers

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services

Increase technology implementation, in particular developing technological access for users; information networking; CD–ROM training products; statistics database and electronic tutorial for statistics use; increase subscriber numbers to ILI products

Role envisaged within the Network of Networks

A third–generation website with name recognition in literacy for providing linkages and facilitating networking can be made available.