UNESCO Education UIL

UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), Germany

Library

UIL’s Library, founded in 1952, holds about 50,000 publications on a broad range of international education involving lifelong learning, literacy and adult education. It has a unique special collection of more than 7,200 sample learning materials used in adult literacy, post–literacy and out–of–school education from more than 120 countries in 160 languages. In addition, a full set of CONFINTEA documentation is at the disposal of visitors to the library. Information and referral services are offered worldwide and researchers and students from all over the world come to study in the Institute’s Reading Room. UIL’s Documentation Centre is the initiator and co–ordinator of ALADIN, the Adult Learning Documentation and Information Network.

Areas of Specialization:

Adult education, Adult literacy , Basic education, Family education, Gender issues, Language issues, Lifelong learning, Literacy, Nonformal education, Out of school education

User Profile:

Researchers; students; policy–makers; teachers; literacy workers and anybody interested in adult and lifelong learning

Contact Information

Address:

Feldbrunnenstrasse 58
D–20148 Hamburg
Germany

Phone:
(+49–40) 44 80 41–46
Fax:
(+49–40) 410 77 23
Contact person:
Lisa Krolak

Basic Institutional Data:

Founded in:
1952
Parent Organisation:
UNESCO
Director:
to be appointed
Information staff:
3
Countries Served:
Worldwide
Working Languages:
English, German

Collection

Books and Documents:
50.000
Documents online:
300
Periodicals recieved p.a.:
120
Multimedia materials:
1.500
Annual growth of Collection:
500

Methods of Data Management

Cataloging Rules
AACR
Classification System
Universal Decimal Classification (UDC)
Methods of Data Processing
Computerized
Indexing Tool
UNESCO Thesaurus, in combination with UNESCO: IBE Education Thesaurus
Database Software
Techlib (General Collection) and CDS/ISIS (Special Collection)

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

Lending and referral services; research consultancies; tailor–made mini-bibliographies; literacy poster exhibition “Worlds of Words”

Publications Produced

List of New Acquisitions; Lifelong Education Bibliography; various analytical bibliographies on literacy in industrialized and developing countries; various literature review articles in the field of adult education; publications on lifelong learning

Special Activities

Co–ordinating ALADIN and conducting adult education documentation workshops and seminars; participation in national and international conferences

Networking

ALADIN; IFLA

Other material

Challenges and Obstacles in Carrying out the Work

Lack of human resources.

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services

Investing more time and funds in public relations activities to make the work of the Documentation Centre more visible and increase its usage. Improve online capacities and visibility and the use of electronic documents.

Role envisaged within the Network of Networks

Co–ordination and planning (jointly with the ALADIN Advisory Committee), implementation and long–term orientation of ALADIN.