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ALADIN Online Alert #17, September 2017

ALADIN Online Alert #17 provides you with:

- several actual experiences, such as case studies and promising practices
- articles on the benefit of recognizing migrants´ skills and giving them access to education
- a presentation of adaptative problem solving, a skill to be measured in the next wave of PIAAC
- a foresight project exploring the future of skills and lifelong learning in the UK
- a lot of practical tools, notably the ´Adult learner 360´ resource readiness quiz and an app to learn German and basic skills

ALADIN Online Alert #17

ALADIN Online Alert #16, June 2017

In this ALADIN Online Alert, you will find many diverse and engaging publications, for example:
 
• on free digital learning opportunities for migrants and refugees
• a 29 country review on literacy provision and reporting
• several guides on how to use the PIAAC conceptual framework
• on adult and lifelong learning policies and practices in Asia
• several working papers on education, training and development from African countries

ALADIN Online Alert #16

ALADIN Online Alert #15, April 2017

In this ALADIN Online Alert, you will find many interesting publications, for example:

• on measuring skills and competencies
• on various country reports illustrating formal and non-formal adult education opportunities
• on the costs and benefits of apprenticeships
• on community-based learning

ALADIN Online Alert #15

ALADIN supports the ADEA Triennale, March 2017

ALADIN sponsored the attendance of ALADIN member Moses Mwandihi (Kenya National Library Kisumu) at the ADEA Triennale (Dakar, Republic of Senegal, 14 - 17 March 2017) to share his rich knowledge in setting up reading tents for families and children. Promoting the importance of books and reading for enhancing literacy skills at the ADEA Triennale has been one follow-up activity of a workshop on "How Libraries support National Literacy Efforts" (UIL, April 2016). To prepare for the ADEA Triennale, a representative of the ADEA Working Group on Books and Learning Materials worked in September 2016 at the UIL Library, together with the ALADIN coordinator, on a policy presentation, which advocates for books, reading and libraries.

Report of the Reading Tent, ADEA Triennale 2017

Policy Presentation - A Case for National Book and Reading Policies for Africa in the Advent of the Digital Revolution

ALADIN Online Alert #14, February 2017

This ALADIN Online Alert covers quite a broad geographical range with many publications available in other languages than English.

Please have a look and you will find many interesting articles, for example on:
• refugees, migrants and nationalism
• ISESCO´s New Literacy Vision
• a TEDx video showing how subtitled Bollywood movies support literacy, and case studies from India and Pakistan looking at women, literacy and empowerment
• a CEDEFOP Briefing Note on qualifications frameworks in Europe

ALADIN Online Alert #14

New ALADIN Members in Kenya and New Zealand, January 2017

The ALADIN network welcomes two new members:

- The National Centre of Literacy & Numeracy for Adults (NCLANA), New Zealand
- The Kenya National Library Service (KNLS), Kenya

UIL Policy Brief on Libraries and Literacy

UIL has published a policy brief on Using Libraries to Support National Literacy Efforts.

The policy brief examines the role of libraries in supporting lifelong literacy. It looks at how libraries nurture early literacy skills up to advanced levels of literacy proficiency. Libraries provide literacy resources for children, youth and adults at all proficiency levels, thereby making an enormous contribution to supporting a reading culture and the creation of a literate society. They are also an ideal community space for facilitating intergenerational and family learning. The publication goes further to highlight the fact that libraries at every level, local and national, should be well-resourced to serve their surrounding communities and users in order to create a successful learning environment. They also need to be involved in policy dialogue connected to literacy. Used strategically, libraries have the potential to play a key role in promoting national literacy efforts, as they are trusted by people in the communities they serve and are in a good position to provide a wide variety of literacy opportunities.

The policy brief is a result of an international workshop that was convened in April 2016 at UIL on ‘How Libraries Support National Literacy Efforts’ (see ALADIN News of April 2016).

Using Libraries To Support National Literacy Efforts (English)

Aportes de las bibliotecas para contribuir a las iniciativas nacionales de alfabetización (Spanish)
Soutenir les efforts nationaux d´alphabéitsation : Le rôle des bibliothethèques (French)
Using Libraries To Support National Literacy Efforts (Arabic)

ALADIN Online Alert #13, December 2016

The December issue of the ALADIN Online Alert shares many interesting articles and online full-text documents on adult learning, adult literacy, lifelong learning, TVET and the role of libraries in these areas. This month there are articles on ageing and literacy skills, girls and women are in the spotlight both in literacy and sustainable development and in a theme issue of ELM on education and gender, and for those who want to put down their reading glasses for a while, Live & Learn is a series of documentaries telling the stories of adult learners and educators. Other notable aspects of this issue are several articles on skills recognition systems and national qualification frameworks.

ALADIN Online Alert #13

PALDIN Scholarships, November 2016

UIL sponsored four scholarships to successful graduates of the PALDIN programme (Participatory Adult Learning Documentation and Information Networking) - an innovative learning package designed by ALADIN India for the professional development of adult educators. It was adopted in 2009 by the Indira Gandhi National Open University of India (IGNOU) and expanded into an annual Post-Graduate Diploma Programme. The scholarship amount covers the fee charged by IGNOU and will be awarded in February 2017 to the recipients by the International Institute of Adult and Lifelong Education in New Delhi.

PALDIN Scholarships Report

ALADIN Online Alert #12, October 2016

The eleventh ALADIN Online Alert continues to share on a bi-monthly basis recent online and full-text information and documents in the areas of adult learning, adult literacy, lifelong learning, TVET and the role of libraries in these areas.

ALADIN Online Alert #12

ALADIN Online Alert #11, August 2016

The eleventh ALADIN Online Alert continues to share on a bi-monthly basis recent online and full-text information and documents in the areas of adult learning, adult literacy, lifelong learning, TVET and the role of libraries in these areas.

ALADIN Online Alert #11

ALADIN Online Alert #10, June 2016

The ALADIN Online Alert has been redesigned to be accessible in a mobile, website and e-mail format. This tenth ALADIN Online Alert continues to share on a bi-monthly basis recent online and full-text information and documents in the areas of adult learning, adult literacy, lifelong learning, TVET and the role of libraries in these areas.

ALADIN Online Alert #10

Literature Review and Impact Assessment on Libraries and Literacy, June 2016

In June 2016, a consultant prepared a literature review and an impact assessment on libraries and literacy to ensure that an upcoming UIL policy brief on libraries and literacy will be evidence-based and result-oriented.

Literature Review: Literacy and Reading in Libraries (2011-2016)
Measuring the impact of libraries on literacy development

ALADIN Online Alert #9, April 2016

The ninth ALADIN Online Alert has been published, designed to share on a bi-monthly basis recent online and full-text information and documents in the areas of adult learning, adult literacy, lifelong learning, TVET and the role of libraries in these areas.

ALADIN Online Alert #9

How Libraries support National Literacy Efforts, April 2016

A workshop took place on 5 and 6 April 2016 at UIL on ‘How Libraries Support National Literacy Efforts’. It was co-organized by the ALADIN Coordinator, members of the Literacy and Basic Skills team at UIL and Beyond Access (an initiative of the US-based international NGO IREX, that is supporting libraries and community literacy), with professional input from IFLA. Twenty-eight participants, including representatives of public and community libraries and literacy stakeholders from the government and civil society sectors, convened at UIL in Hamburg to discuss how public and community libraries can better support local and national literacy policies. The main goal of the meeting was to produce a set of recommendations for governments that will be incorporated into an upcoming UIL policy brief.

Workshop report with policy recommendations

IFLA Guidelines promote literacy through libraries, January 2016

Dr. Lesley Farmer, Library Program Coordinator at the California State University Long Beach, was invited to work two weeks in January 2016 with ALADIN Coordinator Lisa Krolak at the library of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning. The two information professionals revised literacy promotion publications for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) under the auspices of its Literacy and Reading Section. It is intended that the two documents Using Research to Promote Literacy and Reading in Libraries (Farmer) and the IFLA Guidelines for Library-Based Literacy Activities (Krolak) will be endorsed by IFLA and published in 2016.

Draft version: IFLA Guidelines for Library-Based Literacy Activities
Draft version: Using Research to Promote Literacy and Reading in Libraries

ALADIN Online Alert #8, January 2016

The eigth ALADIN Online Alert has been published, designed to share on a bi-monthly basis recent online and full-text information and documents in the areas of adult learning, adult literacy, lifelong learning, TVET and the role of libraries in these areas.

ALADIN Online Alert #8

ALADIN Online Alert #7, November 2015

The seventh ALADIN Online Alert has been published in the middle of November, designed to share on a bi-monthly basis recent online and full-text information and documents in the areas of adult learning, adult literacy, lifelong learning, TVET and the role of libraries in these areas.

ALADIN Online Alert #7

ALADIN supports the shipment of books from Canada to Ethiopia, November 2015

A shipment of 40 boxes with books on adult education started its journey from the University of British Columbia (UBC, Vancouver, Canada) to the DVV International East/Horn of Africa Regional Office in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). The books are from the Coolie Verner Memorial Reading Room (CVMRR – Coolie Verner was the first Professor in the Department of Adult Education at UBC), which is a specialised library, affiliated with the Department of Educational Studies at UBC. The collection holds hundreds of books and academic journals published between the 1920s and the late 1990s in the areas of adult education, community development, research methodologies, critical theory and feminist studies. The CVMRR is going to be closed due to the impending move of the department into another building.

Once the books have reached Ethiopia, some will be kept in the Resource Centre of the DVV International East/Horn of Africa Regional Office, the remainder will be sent to Universities throughout Ethiopia which have Adult Education and Community Development Departments (including Addis Ababa University). The shipment was made possible through the cooperation of the Department of Educational Studies, in particular Shauna Butterwick and Maren Elfert (UBC), Lisa Krolak (UIL, ALADIN coordinator, Hamburg) and Sonja Belete (East/Horn of Africa Regional Director, Addis Ababa).

Evaluation of the PALDIN based PGDAE course, November 2015

In Summer 2015 an evaluation of the development and delivery of the Post Graduate Diploma in Adult Education (PGDAE) during the last five years (2009-2015) was carried out by ALADIN member and PALDIN coordinator Prof. Shah from India. The PGDAE course is based on the free PALDIN course materials and is offered by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in New Delhi. The final report was published in November 2015 and will be discussed in the following months for further action.

http://www.unesco.org/education/aladin/pdfaladin/PALADINEvaluation2015.pdf

Two ALADIN members from Canada had to close services in 2015

Two ALADIN members had to close down services in 2015 due to the deep funding cuts in adult learning and literacy research over the past few years that basically dismantled the Canadian literacy support infrastructure.

In February 2015 Copian (Connecting Canadians in Learning, formerly known as NALD – National Adult Literacy Database) was legally dissolved after having represented the national, bilingual voice for adult literacy for more than 25 years, connecting adult learners’ organisations and practitioners to the latest information on literacy and essential skills. With resources in both English and French, the Copian library constituted the most comprehensive collection of digital tools and documents in Canada until federal funding ended in 2014.

With the closure of Copian in Fredericton, ten information staff lost their jobs. And with the closure of the Centre for Literacy in Montreal in May 2015, an additional seven staff were laid off. Also in CDÉACF (Le Centre de documentation sur l’éducation des adultes et la condition féminine) in Montreal, although not closed down, severe budget cuts led to staff reductions and difficult working conditions.

Copian was a member of the ALADIN network from the beginning. Luckily the Copian online library has been transferred to CDÉACF which, in collaboration with the RESDAC and the Centre for Literacy, re-launched the Copian bilingual online resource collection on their servers. CDÉACF has committed to keeping the name Copian for at least one year so the resources are recognisable to users and the memory of Copian is preserved. The Centre for Literacy has kept its website online for a year while they explore options with CDÉACF and other partners for ways to preserve their online resources. The 6000 physical items in their collection have been culled and distributed to various libraries and adult learning centres in Quebec and to Better World Books.

With a new Canadian government in place, we all sincerely hope that the Canadian funding situation for adult education and literacy will improve in the near future.

ALADIN Online Alert #6, September 2015

The sixth ALADIN Online Alert has been published, designed to share on a bi-monthly basis recent online and full-text information and documents in the areas of adult learning, adult literacy, lifelong learning and TVET. Again a section on libraries has been added at the end.

ALADIN Online Alert #6

ALADIN Online Alert #5, July 2015

The fifth ALADIN Online Alert has been published, designed to share on a bi-monthly basis recent online and full-text information and documents in the areas of adult learning, adult literacy, lifelong learning and TVET. Again a section on libraries has been added.

ALADIN Online Alert #5

All ALADIN membership information has been updated, July 2015

During July 2015, all ALADIN members were contacted individually and requested to update their membership information. Corrections and amendments were done in the online ALADIN Membership Directory on the ALADIN Website.

New ALADIN members, June 2015

The ALADIN network welcomes three new members this month:

- Bibliothèque Nationale du Royaume du Maroc (BNRM), Morocco
- Bibliothèque Centrale de l’Université M’Hamed Bougara de Boumerdes, Algeria
- Bibliothèque de l’École Supérieure de Banque, Algeria

This makes 103 members.

ALADIN Workshop at ICAE World Assembly, June 2015

An ALADIN workshop was held at the World Assembly of the International Council of Adult Education, which took place from 11-14 June 2015 in Montréal, Canada.

The workshop took place on Saturday, 13 June 2015 and was on the topic ALADIN - Facilitating access to information and documentation on adult learning

15 participants discussed past, present and future ALADIN activities. Among them was a delegation (group photo) of ALADIN members, five of them fully or partly funded by UIL.

The following powerpoint presentations were given:

Please find the further information in theminutes of the workshop, including the following major results:

  • A mobile version of the ALADIN Online Alert will be launched in the near future
  • How to set-up an online archive of previous ALADIN Online Alert documents will be explored
  • An upcoming ALADIN webinar on community libraries will strengthen peer learning and professional exchange among ALADIN members

ALADIN Online Alert #4, May 2015

The fourth ALADIN Online Alert has been published, designed to share on a bi-monthly basis recent online and full-text information and documents in the areas of adult learning, adult literacy, lifelong learning and TVET. Again a section on libraries has been added.

ALADIN Online Alert #4

ALADIN Online Alert #3, March 2015

The third ALADIN Online Alert has been published, designed to share on a bi-monthly basis recent online and full-text information and documents in the areas of adult learning, adult literacy, lifelong learning and TVET and a section on libraries has been added.

ALADIN Online Alert #3

New ALADIN member, February 2015

ALADIN welcomes CODE-Ethiopia as a new ALADIN member.

http://www.unesco.org/education/aladin/?menuitem=17®ion=002&member=119

ALADIN Online Alert #2, January 2015

The second ALADIN Online Alert has been published. The ALADIN Online Alert is a new ALADIN initiative, designed to share on a bi-monthly basis recent online and full-text information and documents in the areas of adult learning, adult literacy, lifelong learning and TVET. Additionally a section on libraries has been added.

To make this service as regionally balanced as possible, ALADIN members from all over the world are encouraged to share recent information and documents for upcoming alerts.

ALADIN Online Alert #2

Article on community libraries and literacy, December 2014

ALADIN member Sanjana Shrestha from READ Nepal did research at UIL in May 2013 in the framework of a CONFINTEA Scholarship to work with ALADIN coordinator Lisa Krolak on an article on community libraries and literacy, taking the libraries run by READ Nepal as an example. This month the article has been published online in the International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning:

The potential of community libraries in supporting literate environments and sustaining literacy skills

Abstract: This article shows how community libraries can create and support literate environments, which are essential for building and sustaining literacy skills in local communities. The paper begins with a subject analysis reviewing available background materials and literature on the topic. Next, relevant issues are considered based on experiences and impact evaluations from specific community libraries, namely Nepal’s Rural Education and Development (READ) Centres. The findings indicate that since their foundation in 1991, READ Centres have evolved from traditional libraries to effective community development centres with a strong focus on social empowerment, economic development and lifelong learning, based on a library concept which is needs-based, community-owned and sustainable.

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11159-014-9462-9

ALADIN Online Alert #1, November 2014

The ALADIN Online Alert is a new ALADIN initiative, designed to share on a bi-monthly basis recent online and full-text information and documents in the areas of adult learning, adult literacy, lifelong learning and TVET.

It has been developed by ALADIN member Sharon Hackett from CDÉACF and ALADIN coordinator Lisa Krolak, based on the good example of the IBE Online Alert of ALADIN member International Bureau of Education (IBE).

To make this service as regionally balanced as possible, ALADIN members from all over the world are encouraged to share recent information and documents for upcoming alerts.

ALADIN Online Alert #1

List of (online) journals in the Adult Learning Links updated, October 2014

The list of currently 50 journals in the area of adult learning and education were recently updated and reorganized in the Adult Learning Links on the ALADIN website.
Many journals are available online full-text and where available, useful services such as RSS feeds and Table of Content (TOC) alerts are listed.

http://www.unesco.org/education/aladin/?menuitem=11&cat=46

CONFINTEA Scholarship goes to ALADIN member, September 2014

One of the four CONFINTEA Scholarships 2014 went to ALADIN member Yuan Dayong from the Institute of Vocational and Adult Education (IVAE) in China. In the framework of the scholarship, Yuan Dayong did comparative research on the concept and strategy of building learning cities.

http://www.unesco.org/education/aladin/?menuitem=17®ion=003&country=CN&member=100

ALADIN Poster Presentation at IFLA, August 2014

ALADIN was presented at the official poster session at IFLA, which took place in Lyon, France on 19th and 20th of August 2014. The ALADIN Coordinator enjoyed the opportunity to meet ALADIN members, attract new ALADIN members and answer all questions regarding ALADIN while the poster session took place. Sharon Hacket of ALADIN member CDÉACF gave a presentation at the session of the Section on Literacy and Reading, whose topic was “Literacy, Community and Responsibility”.

During the session of the IFLA Section on Literacy and Reading on the topic “Literacy, Community and Responsibility”, ALADIN member Sharon Hackett from CDÉACF in Montréal gave a presentation.

Please find her presentation and the full-texts of all presentation in the link below.

http://conference.ifla.org/ifla80/node/387

ALADIN presented at a workshop in Sweden, June 2014

ALADIN Coordinator Lisa Krolak attended a workshop on "Adult illiteracy and second language perspectives: Toward a public library collaboration in Europe". In her presentation on the role of public libraries for supporting adult literacy she also talked about ALADIN. An important outcome of the workshop is a closed Facebook group on "Literacy for All - European Library Network" and an open blog.

http://bibliotek.botkyrka.se/adultilliteracyen

Training tools for community library management, January 2014

Several interesting training tools for community library management are available online:

ALADIN Scholarship for online course on Social Media, November 2013

One of the three strategic objectives of ALADIN is to provide training in adult learning knowledge management. Therefore ALADIN in  cooperation with the iSchool Institute, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, is offering a full scholarship (worth CAN € 660) to attend an online learning course for library and information professionals:

Social Media Tools and Tactics course

Starting Date: Monday, November 4, 2013 - 12:00am. The course will take place over 7 weeks and will cover 21 hours of teaching.
Please contact the ALADIN coordinator if your are interested in joining the course.

https://institute.ischool.utoronto.ca/courses/social-media-tools-and-tactics

ALADIN Bibliographies in Spanish, Arabic and French, October 2013

ALADIN Bibliographies in Spanish, Arabic and French can be found in the ALADIN Adult Learning Links.

Update of ALADIN Adult Learning Links, September 2013

During late summer 2013, all ALADIN Adult Learning Links were updated, reorganized and completed on the ALADIN Website. For this exercise, all information services of ALADIN members were screened.

Update of ALADIN membership information, August 2013

During summer 2013, all ALADIN members were contacted individually and requested to update their membership information. Corrections and amendments were done in the online ALADIN Membership Directory on the ALADIN Website.

ALADIN welcomes its 100th member, July 2013

The Nepal Community Library Association joined ALADIN in July 2013. There are now 100 ALADIN members from 50 countries from all regions of the world.

Free Subscriptions to the 'International Review of Education' (IRE), June 2013

In summer 2013 the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning has offered free subscriptions for the 'International Review of Education' (IRE) to ALADIN members. IRE is the longest-running international journal on the comparative theory and practice of formal and non-formal education.

The following ALADIN members have successfully applied for a free subscription and will receive the 'International Review of Education' in the future free of charge:

  • CRIC, Cameroon
  • CDEACF, Canada
  • Alpha Plus, Canada
  • ALADIN-India, India
  • PACADE, Pakistan
  • International Commission on Distance Education, Spain
  • Caribbean Educational Research Information Service (CERIS), Trinidad and Tobago
http://www.springer.com/education+%26+language/journal/11159

ALADIN member READ Nepal receives CONFINTEA Scholarship, May 2013

In May 2013, Ms Sanjana Shrestha from Rural Education and Development Nepal (READ-Nepal), a member of the ALADIN Network, spent four weeks to conduct in-depth research at the UIL Documentation Centre and Library. Her stay was supported by the UIL CONFINTEA Scholarship Programme, based on the private donation of the Nomura Center for Lifelong Integrated Education in Japan.

During her stay at UIL she prepared the draft for an article on community libraries as key agents for establishing literate environments and sustaining literacy skills. For the article she drew on international good practices and her experience in setting up 53 sustainable community libraries during the last 21 years in Nepal.

http://uil.unesco.org/home/news-target/uil-confintea-scholarships-support-knowledge-exchange-on-creating-literate-environments/2d7dc3b209916976ff75f795056aee4a/

ALADIN Flyer in French and Spanish, March 2013

The ALADIN Flyer was translated into French and Spanish. It is a small and attractive public relation "give away" for conferences, meetings and mailings. It is available free of charge from the ALADIN co-ordinator.

ALADIN flyer in English
ALADIN flyer in French
ALADIN flyer in Spanish

New ALADIN members, October 2012

The ALADIN community welcomes the following new ALADIN members: the Makere University, College of Education and External Studies Library Services (CEESLIB) in Uganda and the Association for Harmonious Development of Adults and Youth of Uzbekistan (AHDAY UZ), Information Centre in Uzbekistan.

ALADIN in Brazil, August 2012

In Brazil, three centers of reference for the history and memory of adult education (EJA) joined ALADIN from a national network of federal and state universities in Brazil, which work closely with the UNESCO Chair at the Federal University of Paraíba:

- the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Brazil (Núcleo de Referencia en EJA de Rio Grande do Norte);
- the Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB), Cátedra UNESCO de EJA, Centro de Referência de Educação de Jóvenes e Adultos;
- Federal University of Goiás (UFG), Centro de Memoria Viva – Documentação e Referência em EJA, Educação Popular e Movimentos Sociais do Centro-Oeste.

ALADIN Advisory Committee Meeting, May 2012

The ALADIN Advisory Committee Meeting convened at UIL on 25 May 2012. The meeting was organised as one of a series of events on 24 and 25 May to commemorate the 60th anniversary of UNESCO’s presence in the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. During the meeting a wide range of issues were covered such as the use of social media, the idea of establishing an online depository of adult learning materials, various capacity building and training opportunities for ALADIN members and different national and regional ALADIN initiatives. The main outcome of the meeting was a revised ALADIN Work Plan 2012-2013.

ALADIN Work Plan 2012-2013

Participants List

Group Picture

ALADIN members on Facebook, February 2012

A survey of Facebook was done to see how many ALADIN members have a Facebook entry. 39 members (of currently 96 ALADIN members) were located with their own Facebook entry and were invited to "like" ALADIN to make sure that information is shared via Facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/unesco.aladin

ALADIN Directory 2012, January 2012

The printed version of the ALADIN Directory of Members 2012 is available. All ALADIN members will receive it automatically free of charge. Non-members are welcome to contact the ALADIN coordinator for a free copy.

ALADIN Directory of Members 2012

Update of ALADIN membership information, October 2011

During late summer 2011, all ALADIN members were contacted individually and requested to update their membership information. Corrections and amendments were done in the online ALADIN Membership Directory on the ALADIN Website.

ALADIN was presented at International Literacy Conference in India, September 2011

The theme of this year’s International Literacy Day (8 September 2011) was “Literacy and Peace”. It was marked in New Delhi, India, at an International Conference, “Women’s Literacy for Inclusive and Sustainable Development”, organised by the Government of India’s Department of School Education & Literacy.

ALADIN-India co-ordinator Prof. Dr. Shah from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi talked in his presentation "An Overview of Important International Networks in Adult Education" about ALADIN and other important networks, including ASEM, ICAE, ASPBAE, ESREA and IRA.

PALDIN presentation at ICAE VIII World Assembly, June 2011

PALDIN co-ordinator Prof. Dr. Shah (ALADIN-India) presented PALDIN in a workshop on Adult Educators at the ICAE VIII World Assembly that took place in Malmö, Sweden (14-17 June 2011).

READ Nepal, June 2011

ALADIN member READ Nepal has been added with their Community Library and Resource Centres programme (CLRC) to UIL´s global database of Effective Literacy Practice.

CLRC programme on LitBase

Annotated Bibliography on Adult Learning and Literacy in LAC, May 2011

An annotated bibliography on Adult Learning and Literacy in Latin America and the Caribbean (2000 – 2011) was published in Spanish as a joint regional effort of ALADIN members in the region.

Please find the bibliography with direct links to many full-text materials below or contact the ALADIN Co-ordinator for a free copy.

Aprendizaje de Adultos y Alfabetización en América Latina y el Caribe (2000 – 2011)

New ALADIN flyer, April 2011

A new ALADIN flyer in postcard format is available free of charge from the ALADIN coordinator. It is a small and attractive public relation "give away" for conferences, meetings and mailings.

ALADIN flyer

International Seminar at Duisburg Essen University, March 2011

In his position as Visiting Professor at the Duisburg Essen University (January – April 2011), Prof. S.Y. Shah (ALADIN-India) organized together with Prof. Nuissl von Rein (DIE, Germany) on 27-28 March 2011 an international seminar cum workshop on “International Cooperation and Networking in Literacy and Adult Education: Experiences, Issues & Policy Implications”. The meeting was attended by 13 international participants and up to 10 students and staff of the European Master in Adult Education (EMAE) programme of Duisburg Essen University. The objectives of the workshop were to critically review various different international collaborative projects in literacy and adult education and to examine the existing mechanisms of international collaboration in this area.

ALADIN Co-ordinator Lisa Krolak gave a presentation on “ALADIN – Global networking for facilitating access to information and documentation on adult learning and literacy”.

ALADIN on Facebook, February 2011

ALADIN is now on Facebook! All friends and members of the Adult Learning Documentation and Information Network are encouraged to visit the ALADIN Facebook page and enrich it with links, comments and news:

http://www.facebook.com/unesco.aladin

OREALC publishes Alfabetización Bibliografía (2009–2010), December 2010

The UNESCO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago) has published a 6-page Spanish bibliography on literacy (2009-2010). It was compiled by ALADIN Advisory Group member Gloria Alberti and Christián Orellana for ALADIN América Latina.

Alfabetización Bibliografía (2009-2010)

PALDIN and ALADIN presentations in Vietnam and the Philippines, October to December 2010

PALDIN co-ordinator Prof. Dr. Shah (ALADIN-India) presented PALDIN and ALADIN at various conferences and seminars:

  • in a plenary session at the Vietnam Forum on Lifelong Learning: Building a Learning Society in Hanoi (Vietnam), taking place from 6–9 December 2010.
  • at the Asian Regional Conference on Literacy organised by the International Reading Association (www.ira.org) in Manila (Philippines) during 3–5 November, 2010.
  • in a seminar on the Professionalization of Adult Teachers and Educators in ASEM countries, which was convened on 11–12 October 2010 in Hanoi (Vietnam) by the Hanoi National University of Education (www.hnue.edu.vn) in partnership with the ASEM LLL Hub.

ALADIN Work Plan 2010–2012, October 2010

The ALADIN Advisory Group was convened in October 2010 by e-mail to discuss the ALADIN Work Plan for 2010–2012.

Duplicates shared with ALADIN community, September 2010

The Library and Documentation Centre of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning offered 51 duplicate copies of books and brochures free of charge to the ALADIN community. Requests for these duplicates were received from Brazil, Great Britain, India, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Spain, Sri Lanka and the USA.

All ALADIN members are encouraged to follow the example of this successful initiative and to likewise share their duplicates with the ALADIN community.

Results of the ALADIN impact assessment, August 2010

The results of the ALADIN impact assessment which was carried out in Summer 2010 through a questionnaire survey give very important information for assessing the past and current work of ALADIN and discussing future developments with key stakeholders. Overall the ALADIN network and its individual projects and tools were appreciated and evaluated positively by respondents. According to the results of the impact assessment the most important tasks for the future are keeping the ALADIN Website and the ALADIN Directory of Members updated and maintaining an active ALADIN Email Listserv.

Having concrete answers and opinions from more than one third of all ALADIN members will be very helpful for shaping the future work of ALADIN according to their needs and wishes.

ALADIN impact assessment

Results of the ALADIN questionnaire

Update of ALADIN membership information, Summer 2010

During summer 2010, all ALADIN members were contacted individually and requested to update their membership information. Corrections and amendments were done in the online ALADIN Membership Directory on the ALADIN Website.

National ALADIN Workshop in Nepal, June 2010

A national ALADIN workshop took place in Nepal on June 21, 2010, jointly organized by UNESCO Kathmandu and the Nepal Reading Association/Nepal Library Foundation, Canada to promote adult learning and community libraries throughout the country. 50 participants representing 35 organisations working in the library field from various governmental and non-governmental organisations and academic bodies met for the first time with representatives from UNESCO Kathmandu, UNESCO New Delhi, ALADIN India and the ALADIN co-ordinator Lisa Krolak from UIL Hamburg. Workshop participants were introduced to the global ALADIN network, reviewed the successful ALADIN India and PALDIN initiatives and explored their relevance to the Nepalese context. They learned about experiences and good practices in establishing and supporting literate environments. On the following day, international participants had the opportunity to visit various libraries in the Kathmandu valley for follow-up discussions with workshop participants and for receiving a more realistic picture of the library reality on the ground.

A major outcome of the workshop was the creation of an ALADIN Nepal committee, with representations from the Nepal Library Association, the Nepal Community Library Association, community learning libraries and centers, the Nepal National Library, Kathmandu University and other INGOs and NGOs. They have already met three times after the workshop to draft the ALADIN Nepal constitution and to discuss their first common activities, such as developing a country-specific PALDIN course for Nepal.

Workshop report

ALADIN impact assessment, March 2010

The first ever ALADIN impact assessment was done between March and August 2010 by Nadine Feisst within the framework of her Masters Programme in Information Management at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.

The early days of ALADIN, November 2009

CONFINTEA VI (December 1-4, 2009 in Brazil) marks a good oppportunity to pause and look back on the beginnings of ALADIN, a direct follow-up activitiy of CONFINTEA V in 1997. The recollections of those early days by ALADIN funding member Eva Piorkowski (then Kupidura) can be downloaded in PDF-format.

IGNOU launches PALDIN course, July 2009

In July 2009, the IGNOU School of Extension and Development Studies launched for the 2009 session a Post-Graduate Diploma in Adult Education (PGDAE) that is based on PALDIN. The PGDAE aims at promoting professional development and capacity building in the area of adult education with an emphasis on participatory adult learning documentation and information networking at national and international levels.

It consists of the following five compulsory courses:

  • Understanding Adult Education
  • Policy Planning and Implementation of Adult Education in India
  • Knowledge Management, Information Dissemination and Networking in Adult Education
  • Educational Research
  • Practical Work

For further information, please visit the PALDIN website

Duplicates shared with ALADIN Members, May 2009

The Library and Documentation Centre of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning offered 54 duplicate copies of books and brochures to the ALADIN community. Seven institutions from seven countries (France, Great Britain, Hungary, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, USA) requested duplicates. These were sent to them free of charge in June 2009.

All ALADIN members are encouraged to imitate this successful initiative and to likewise share their duplicates with the ALADIN community.

New ALADIN Poster, March 2009

A new ALADIN poster has been designed for CONFINTEA VI. It is available free of charge from the ALADIN Co-ordinator or can be downloaded in PDF-format.

PR Box to promote new ALADIN Website, February 2009

A box to promote the new ALADIN Website has been developed. You may download the box in PDF-format and publish it in your newsletters, on websites or any other kind of publication.

ALADIN in Latin America and the Caribbean, September 2008

A panel on the ALADIN Network in Latin America and the Caribbean took place on September 11th at the “Regional Conference on Literacy and Preparatory to CONFINTEA VI for LAC: From Literacy to Lifelong Learning – Towards the Challenges of the Twenty-First Century”, which was held in Mexico City from 10 to 13 September 2008. It was organized and moderated by Gloria Alberti, Documentalist at UNESCO/OREALC in Chile and member of the global ALADIN Task Force.

Presentations were given by María Teresa Espinosa Perea (INEA, México) on the information and literacy work of INEA and the National Council of Education for Life and Work (CONEVyT), by Martha Eyzaguirre (CREFAL, México) on the CREFAL Digital Library, by Ricardo Reynoso Serralde (CONARTE, México) on a virtual art and cultural library for adults by creating networks between educational and cultural institutions, by Piedad Caballero Prieto (Colombia) on REDUC, the Latin American Network of Information and Documentation in Education and by Claudine Wauchope (Jamaica) on the Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Masters Programme in Adult Education in Jamaica.

Panel description

Panel conclusions

New ALADIN Brochure, August 2008

The ALADIN brochure has been updated and translated into Spanish and French. Please contact the ALADIN Co-ordinator if you wish to receive one or more copies in English, French or Spanish free of charge.

ALADIN brochure

ALADIN brochure French

ALADIN brochure Spanish

New ALADIN Website, July 2008

During the first half of 2008, the ALADIN website was fully re-designed and updated. The ALADIN website serves as a knowledge platform for documentation and information on adult learning; it provides access to the on-line directory of all ALADIN members and their information services, as well as providing information on current ALADIN projects and nearly 200 frequently updated links on adult learning.

ALADIN Work Plan 2007-2009, May 2008

The global ALADIN Task Force updated via an e-mail discussion the ALADIN Work Plan 2007-2009.

ALADIN Work Plan 2007–2009

Key Documents on Adult Learning, April 2008

During April 2008, the ALADIN community was asked to pool its knowledge in order to develop various catalogues of key documents in the field of adult learning. Twelve ALADIN members from nine countries (Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Germany, Hungary, India, Pakistan and Slovenia) took part in this global exercise. Further comments are welcome and may be sent directly to the ALADIN Co-ordinator.

Key Documents on Adult Education
Key Documents on Lifelong Learning
Key Documents on Literacy

OREALC publishes Bibliography on Literacy (1995-2008), March 2008

The Centro de Información y Documentación of OREALC / UNESCO Santiago has published a 41-page Spanish bibliography entitled Bibliografía sobre alfabetización. It was compiled by ALADIN Task Force member Gloria Alberti and by Margharita Calderone.

Bibliografía sobre alfabetización

ALADIN Directory 2007/2008 published, January 2008

During the second half of 2007, all ALADIN members listed in the 2005/2006 directory were asked to update their entries for the 2007/2008 directory. The directory provides not only detailed entries on the 91 current ALADIN members and their respective information services, but also recounts the history of ALADIN from 1997 to the present. ALADIN members automatically received the new directory. Anyone else may contact the ALADIN Co-ordinator for a free copy.

ALADIN Directory 2007/2008

National PALDIN Workshop, December 2007

A National Workshop on "Designing a Professional Development Program in Adult Education: Participatory Adult Learning Documentation and Information Networking (PALDIN)" took place between December 11th and 14th, 2007 at the Indira Gandhi National Open University in New Delhi. For the workshop 55 learners, course writers and international experts (from UIL Hamburg, READ-Nepal, UNESCO Dhaka, DAM Bangladesh) met to gather feedback on the pilot testing of PALDIN. The Workshop was organised by the Indira Gandhi National Open University in collaboration with the Indian Adult Education Association, the International Institute of Adult and Lifelong Education and the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning. The possibility of simplifying the course for grassroots level workers was discussed as well as the opportunity to transfer PALDIN to other LIFE countries, such as Nepal and Bangladesh.

Workshop report

Workshop timetable

PALDIN website with full-text access to the units

Basic cataloguing software for ALADIN Toolkit, August 2007

ALADIN member Sue Adams from Canada has developed a basic template for small libraries and documentation centres that wish to set-up an online catalogue. It is based on the WINISIS software that is developed and provided by UNESCO free of charge.

Access to ALADIN Toolkit website

Start of PALDIN pilot in India, July 2007

The comprehensive learning package on "Participatory Adult Learning Documentation and Information Networking" (PALDIN) for the capacity-building of staff working in adult learning organizations is piloted by students of the Adult Education Department at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi between July and November 2007. The 31 units of the course cover general issues around adult learning and literacy, but the innovative element of the course is that it also includes units about information management in an adult learning set-up, such as creating a literate environment, process documentation, networking, information and communication technologies and basic library management.

PALDIN website with full-text access to the units

National PALDIN Workshop in New Delhi, March 2007

On March 22, 2007, a National Workshop on PALDIN was held at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. 0235 participants comprising the course writers, course co-ordinators, subject experts and representatives of selected institutions interested in pilot testing PALDIN attended the workshop. The objectives were to review the two volumes of the draft learning package, to discuss and finalize the evaluation proforma and to formulate strategies for pilot testing the materials.

ALADIN Task Force met at UIL in Hamburg, January 2007

The ALADIN Task Force met from January 9th-11th, 2007 at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning in Hamburg, Germany. They have discussed past, present and future ALADIN activities. The most important outcome of the meeting was a re-visited Strategic Plan for ALADIN and a Work Plan for 2007-2009.

ALADIN Work Plan 2007-2009

OREALC/UNESCO publishes Bibliograpy on Gender, December 2006

The Information and Documentation Centre of OREALC/UNESCO Santiago in Chile has published a Spanish Bibliography on Gender, compiled for ALADIN under the supervision of Gloria Alberti by Vanessa Gutiérrez Fernandez. The 102 pages of the Bibliography are divided into 15 topics, listing all material available in the Information and Documentation Centre of OREALC/UNESCO and giving access to relevant online material.

Bibliografía Género

Litcam, Google and UIL launch "The Literacy Project", October 2006

Litcam (an initiative of the Frankfurt Book Fair), Google and the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning have launched "The Literacy Project", a resource for teachers, literacy organizations and anyone interested in the promotion of reading and education. The web-based project enables users to access and share literacy resources from around the world - from e-learning videos and books about literacy, to scholarly articles, reading groups, and literacy-related blogs. Visitors can also use the Google Maps function to search for literacy organizations, including many ALADIN members, around the globe.

The site is available at http://www.google.com/literacy/

Workshop on PALDIN e-Learning course in India, March 2006

An international workshop on "Developing a Framework of a Curriculum for an E-learning course on Participatory Adult Learning, Documentation and Information Networking (PALDIN)" took place at the India International Centre in New Delhi between March 29th and 30th, 2006. It was organized by Indian ALADIN member Dr. Shah. ALADIN members William Evans (Norway) and Sue Adams (Canada) gave key presentations.

ALADIN ICT & Standardisation Group met in Brussels, February 2006

ALADIN members William Evans (Norway), Sietze Hofstra (Holland) and Victoria Latapí (Mexico) met between February 3rd and 5th, 2006 in Brussels, Belgium. They have discussed various ICT and standardisation issues concerning ALADIN.

ALADIN Directory 2005 / 2006 published, November 2005

Between May and July 2005, all ALADIN members of the 2003 / 2004 Directory were asked to update their entries for creating the 2005 / 2006 Directory. The Directory provides not only detailed entries on the variety of the currently 90 ALADIN members and their respective information services, but also recounts the history of ALADIN from 1997 to the present. ALADIN members will automatically receive the new Directory, everybody else is welcome to contact the ALADIN Co-ordinator LisaPLEASE@REMOVE_THIS.TEXT KrPLEASE@REMOVE_THIS.TEXTolaPLEASE@REMOVE_THIS.TEXTk for a free copy.

ALADIN Members met at IALW in Oslo, October 2005

Seven ALADIN members from all regions of the world met before and after the International Adult Learners Week (IALW), that took place in Oslo between October 24th and 26th. They have discussed regional ALADIN activities and made plans for future developments.

International Adult Learners Week Website

Workshop Report

Workshop Report - short version

ALADIN Toolkit Website developed, October 2005

From September 19 to October 5, 2005, Eva Kupidura, Organization and Policy Consultant at the Toronto Adult Student Association (TASA), worked with ALADIN Co-ordinator Lisa Krolak (UIE) on the content for a website for the ALADIN Toolkit for setting up basic documentation centres on adult learning. They have build up the content on the basis of the outcomes of the ALADIN Toolkit Workshop that took place in South Africa in September 2004.

ALADIN Toolkit Website

Duplicates shared with ALADIN Members, October 2005

The Documentation Centre and Library of the UNESCO Institute for Education has offered more than 150 duplicate titles to be shared with the ALADIN Community. The following 11 Institutions worldwide have requested up to 30 copies and they were sent to them free of charge in October 2005:

  • Bundesverband Alphabetisierung e.V., Germany  
  • CES, Nigeria  
  • Coady International Institute, Canada      
  • CRIC, Cameroon  
  • Dhasa Ahsania Mission, Banngladesh  
  • Each One Teach One, Nigeria  
  • Korean Educational Development Instiute  
  • SoCiuS, Belgium  
  • SPEAR, Belize  
  • Swedish Agency for Flexible Learning  
  • University of Nottingham, UK  

All ALADIN members are encouraged to copy this successful initiative and to also share their duplicates with the ALADIN community.

ALADIN represented at IFLA-WLIC in Oslo, September 2005

ALADIN Co-ordinator Lisa Krolak took part in the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) that took place in Oslo from 14-18 August, 2005. She represented ALADIN in several meetings of the Reading Section, that focused in 2005 on "Literacy for Life: Promoting the Practice of Literacy, Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning". She also presented ALADIN in the WLIC poster session.

For more information on the Reading Section, please go to http://www.ifla.org/VII/s33/index.htm

ALADIN-India, National Directory of Members 2005, September 2005

ALADIN member Prof. S. Y. Shah, Honorary Director of the International Institute of Adult & Lifelong Education (IIALE, India) carried out an ALADIN Pilot Country Study for India during the first half of 2004. The study collected in-depth information on adult learning documentation centres from 207 organizations spread all over India. By May 2004, 47 centres have responded and Prof. Shah has listed and evaluated the results in an extensive country study. The study was published as the ALADIN-India Directory of Members 2005. Further networking activities, such as a conference, regional training opportunities and an e-learning training on information management are envisioned for 2006.

Please contact Prof. PLEASE@REMOVE_THIS.TEXTS.Y. PLEASE@REMOVE_THIS.TEXTShah for a copy of the country study or for any further information.

Support for Resource Centres and Libraries added to ALADIN Website, May 2005

The ALADIN website gives access to more than 50 organizations and online services that assist resource centres and libraries in setting-up or improving their information services. It lists organizations that are donating books, computers, funds and training resources. My special thanks goes to Judith Koch, a former intern, who has extensively enlarged and updated the list in connection with writing her diploma thesis. Please have a look at ALADIN Toolkit and browse the sub-catagories:

  • Book Donation Agencies for the English speaking world  
  • Computer Donation Agencies (Hardware and Software)  
  • Funding Sources  
  • Basic Training Manuals

Bibliography on Adult Learning in Latin America, April 2005

OREALC/UNESCO Santiago has published: La Educación de Jóvenes y Adultos en América Latina y el Caribe. Hacia un Estado del Arte. (The Education of Young People and Adults in Latin America and the Caribbean. Toward a State of the Art). The work presented here was motivated by the lack of studies of what is being done in the field of education for young people and adults. It presents the general analytic and policy framework for the education of young people and adults in Latin America and the Caribbean, providing a compendium of best practices in literacy training and adult education carried out in the region. Part of the publication is the revised annotated bibliography that OREALC/UNESCO and REDUC prepared after the ALADIN meetings in Bangkok (September 2003) and Mexico (July 2004) as a joint regional ALADIN effort.

Full-text of the annotated bibliography in Spanish

National Workshop on ALADIN-India, March 2005

A national workshop on ALADIN-India took place at the India International Centre in New Delhi from March 29-30, 2005. Forty participants discussed various presentations on the national and international context of ALADIN, how to strengthen and professionalize ALADIN centres in India, on examples of networks in India, and the future scenario of information organization, management and sharing. The main organizer was Prof. Shah, Honorary Director of the International Institute of Adult and Lifelong Education in India.

Outcomes of the workshop were:

  • ALADIN-India has been launched with Prof. Shah as the National Co-ordinator.
  • An already existing three-week e-learning training program on information management will be adapted to ALADIN-India needs and run at the end of 2005.
  • Funding has been already secured from the University Grants Commission in New Delhi.
  • Indian IT specialists will develop a CDS/ISIS cataloguing software for ALADIN in co-operation with UNESCO.
  • All members of ALADIN-India will be linked via an e-Mail Listserv

Timetable of the National Workshop

Final Report of the National Workshop

ALADIN Toolkit Workshop, Cape Town, September 2004

An ALADIN Toolkit Workshop took place on 13 - 14 September 2004 at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa to discuss in-depth the development of an ALADIN Toolkit for setting up basic information services on adult learning. It was organized by ALADIN Co-ordinator Lisa Krolak and ALADIN member Glen Arendse (South Africa).

Five international ALADIN members and three local information professionals have compared various toolkits on educational subjects, looked at various training manuals on information management and discussed the IT implications of standardizing and linking ALADIN information centres. Before and after the formal workshop, the group visited and met with staff at the UWC University Library, the UWC Education Resource Centre and a computer centre in a disadvantaged community.

Timetable of ALADIN Toolkit Workshop

List of Participants of ALADIN Toolkit Workshop

ALADIN Lecture at International Adult Learners' Week, Cape Town, September 2004

South Africa, which is celebrating Ten Years of Freedom and Democracy in 2004, and the UNESCO Institute for Education co-hosted the 2004 International Adult Learners' Week, thus providing a forum for policy dialogue among educators, practitioners from civil society and policy makers on the importance of adult learning, literacy and lifelong learning with regard to building diverse, inclusive and democratic societies. Approximately two-hundred national participants from South Africa and fifty international experts and co-ordinators of learning festivals shared and analyzed conecptual implications as well as concrete work experiences and best practice around learning for citizenship, inclusion, equality and participation. You can learn more about the conference here.

An 2 hour ALADIN lecture was held on 9 September 2004 under the topic of 'Overcoming barriers: Reaching out to Excluded Learners'. Forty international and local participants attended the workshop which was facilitated by William Evans from the Norwegian Association for Adult Education. The general introduction to ALADIN by the ALADIN Co-ordinator from the UNESCO Institute for Education in Germany was followed by a presentation by Elaine MacLean from the Coady International Institute in Canada, where she argued that organizations around the world have recognized the central role of information in adult learning, in raising awareness and mobilizing action for social change. She stated that the increasing reach of information and communication technologies has stimulated a re-thinking of how best to manage information: people need methods that are both locally appropriate and globally connected. While developing innovative ways to access information, adult learning documentation and information centres serve as catalysts for community learning and participation in civil society initiatives, bridging social, economic and political barriers.
The presentation was followed by a local ALADIN topic, presented by Glen Arendse from the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa which highlighted the opportunities for developing dedicated and integrated adult learning information and documentation facilities in the Western Cape province. These opportunities emerge at the local level, as the provincial aim to establish and stimulate an inclusive and supportive lifelong learning society needs to create enabling learning environments and structures for widening participation for adult learning. Further more, it recognizes the unique opportunities for intervention presented by the Learning Cape Festival initiative and is informed by the realization that learning societies need to be supported and networked for international cooperation.

The presentations were followed by a discussion in which the need for providing access to relevant information on adult learning and the need for building capacities in information management was stressed.

Please find the workshop recommendations attached.

ALADIN Initiatives in Latin America, July 2004

ALADIN members Gonzalo Gutiérrez (REDUC/CIDE NGO Network, Chile), Gloria Alberti (UNESCO/OREALC, Chile) and Victoria Latapí (INEA, Mexico) met with three information professionals (among others from CREFAL, Mexico) from 28 to 30 July 2004 at INEA in Mexico City to discuss common information management issues, particularly guidelines and necessary steps for preparing an ongoing Joint Bibliography on Adult Learning for Latin America. The new bibliography will build upon the Annotated Bibliography of the State of the Art on Adult Learning in Latin America that was prepared in 2003 by UNESCO/OREALC and REDUC/CIDE.

Working visit of ALADIN ICT&S Group at UIE, February-March 2004

From 23 February to 5 March 2004, two members of the ALADIN Information and Communication Technology and Standardisation (ICT&S) group, William Evans of the Norwegian Association of Adult Education (NAAE) and Glen Arendse from the University of the Western Cape/Division of Lifelong Learning (UWC/DLL), South Africa - met with the ALADIN Co-ordinator, Lisa Krolak (UIE) to discuss various ICT issues relating to ALADIN.

One result of this meeting was the creation of a new ALADIN E-mail Listserv that will in the future feed into a web-based forum on a newly designed ALADIN website. The new ALADIN Listserv will be based at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in South Africa. A mirror site has been established at NAAE (The Norwegian Association for Adult Education).

A big change to the former ALADIN Listserv will be that we use a moderator (on a rotating basis) to collect messages, organize them and send them out on a regular basis (roughly every 2-4 weeks, unless there is an urgent matter to be communicated), which will guarantee a high quality for each ALADIN message. The first moderator will be Glen Arendse from South Africa.

The ALADIN Listserv has been set up to enable ALADIN members and friends of ALADIN to communicate with each other on a regular basis. It can be used as a forum to share ideas, comments, concerns and requests in the area of Adult Learning Documentation and Information. There are no restrictions for ALADIN Listserv membership. If you want to be part of the ALADIN Listserv please contact LisaPLEASE@REMOVE_THIS.TEXT KrPLEASE@REMOVE_THIS.TEXTolaPLEASE@REMOVE_THIS.TEXTk.

As a follow-up, Lisa Krolak and William Evans conducted a working visit at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 17 to 19 May 2004 to discuss the development of a specialized CDS/ISIS cataloguing software for ALADIN and the redesign of the ALADIN website, which shall be completely redesigned and transferred into the new common UNESCO design. The ALADIN website will develop into the most comprehensive knowledge platform for documentation and information on adult learning.

ALADIN Meeting at CONFINTEA Mid-Term Review in Bangkok, September 2003

An ALADIN meeting took place from September 5th - 7th, 2003 in Bangkok, Thailand to prepare for the CONFINTEA V Mid-Term Review Conference that took place in Bangkok from September 8th - 11th, 2003.

The overall aim of the international CONFINTEA Mid-Term Review Meeting in September was to create the momentum to bring adult learning back on the agenda of countries, of UNESCO and other international agencies.

ALADIN was one of 20 thematic reviews with the aim:

  • to discuss developments and accomplishments since 1997
  • to re-evaluate ALADIN's objectives and the vision for the future
  • to identify new emerging trends, challenges and innovative elements
  • to prepare for the CONFINTEA VI assessment in 2009 by setting concrete future objectives and identifying benchmark indicators.

General information on CONFINTEA V Mid-Term Review

Time-table of ALADIN Meeting

List of Participants of ALADIN Meeting

Results of the ALADIN Meeting

ALADIN Scholarships for Coady certificate program in May / June 2003

The five candidates, who received a full ALADIN scholarship to attend the 'Managing NGO Resource Centres' course which will run May 12 - June 6, 2003 at the Coady International Institute in Canada, have successfully attended and completed the course.
Congratulations to:
Ms Noraido Sinalindo Chio, Notre Dame Foundation for Charitable Activities, Inc., Philippines  Ms Linda Beukes, The Rössing Foundation, Namibia  Ms Martha Ramon, Adult Education Association Israel, Israel  Ms Noemi Reyes, SPEAR Resource Centre, Belize  Ms Olutoyin Mejiuni Fashina, Department of Continuing Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

The ALADIN Task Force has selected the five candidates on the basis of their application for the course and for the ALADIN scholarship. We have just considered applications that were accepted by the Coady International Institute and amongst those applications looked at individual need for training and the benefits that their organization and the ALADIN community hopefully gains from the training. We also made sure that candidates came from different regions of the world.

Please read a short report of the course by course co-ordinator Sue Adams and evaluations by ALADIN scholarship recipients. As the course was so well-received, it is very likely that it will run again in 2005 and that ALADIN again will provide scholarships.

For more information on the course and the Coady International Institute, please consult their website at:
http://www.stfx.ca/institutes/coady/text/programs_educational_certificate_ManagingNGO.html

Adult Learning Links added to ALADIN Website, November 2002

Nearly 200 annotated Adult Learning Links have been added to the ALADIN website as a result of the ALADIN Task Force decision earlier this year to make the ALADIN website a knowledge platform for information and research on Adult Learning. The links were mainly collected and annotated by ALADIN Task Force member Eva Kupidura and organized for the ALADIN website by ALADIN Co-ordinator Lisa Krolak.

It is now possible to search for full-text materials, abstracts, reference material, online journals, databases, statistics etc. in the area of Adult Learning. Important sub-areas of Adult Learning are included with their own links such as literacy and popular education. The Adult Learning Links shall also serve the ALADIN community for capacity building in the area of information management.

The Adult Learning Links will be constantly updated and any comments, especially with additions to the new Adult Learning Links, are welcome by ALADIN Co-ordinator LisaPLEASE@REMOVE_THIS.TEXT KrPLEASE@REMOVE_THIS.TEXTolaPLEASE@REMOVE_THIS.TEXTk.

ALADIN Article in 'Convergence', September 2002

Some members of the ALADIN Task Force - Sue Adams, Lisa Krolak, Eva Kupidura and Zvonka Pahernik - have jointly published an article in the recent issue of the ICAE publication 'Convergence'. 'Libraries and Resource Centres: Celebrating Adult Learners Every Week of the Year' looks at the relationship between libraries and learning festivals, provides an historical overview of libraries and adult education in North America and Britain, examines alternative models of resource centers in different parts of the world and examines new technologies and networks such as ALADIN.

The full-text of the article can be downloaded as a PDF file.

Free Subscriptions to 'International Review of Education', September 2002

In September 2002 the UNESCO Institute for Education has offered free subscriptions for the 'International Review of Education' (IRE) to ALADIN members from the Global South. IRE is the longest-running international journal on the comparative theory and practice of formal and non-formal education. Articles are published in English, French and German. Christopher McIntosh, the editor of the journal, is happy to announce that the following three ALADIN members have successfully applied for a free subscription and will receive the 'International Review of Education' in the future free of charge:

  • Notre Dame Foundation for Charitable Activities, Philippines
  • Dhaka Ahsania Mission, Bangladesh
  • UNESCO Principal Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (PROAP), Thailand

For more information please have a look at the 'International Review of Education' at http://www.unesco.org/uil/en/publs/publs.htm.

ALADIN Task Force Meeting in Canada, April 2002

Seven active members of the ALADIN Task Force from the Documentation Centres of UIE, ERIC, ICAE, SIAE, CDEACF, ROCARE and Coady have met in Spring at the Coady International Institute in Antigonish, Nova Scotia to discuss a capacity building approach for ALADIN members.

It has been agreed to enhance the ALADIN website by making it a knowledge platform for research on Adult Learning. For assisting ALADIN members that need institutional support ALADIN wants to concentrate on the training of their human resources. In 2003 at least one ALADIN member of each region shall be sent on a scholarship to the next ‘Managing NGO Resource Centers’ course that will run at the Coady International Institute from May 13 to June 7, 2003. The mid-term vision is to develop a training manual on how to document and organize information (in English, Spanish and French) and a training strategy at regional level.

For more information on the ALADIN Task Force Seminar, please download the Mission Report.

UIL Policy Brief on Libraries and Literacy

UIL has published a policy brief on Using Libraries to Support National Literacy Efforts.

The policy brief examines the role of libraries in supporting lifelong literacy. It looks at how libraries nurture early literacy skills up to advanced levels of literacy proficiency. Libraries provide literacy resources for children, youth and adults at all proficiency levels, thereby making an enormous contribution to supporting a reading culture and the creation of a literate society. They are also an ideal community space for facilitating intergenerational and family learning. The publication goes further to highlight the fact that libraries at every level, local and national, should be well-resourced to serve their surrounding communities and users in order to create a successful learning environment. They also need to be involved in policy dialogue connected to literacy. Used strategically, libraries have the potential to play a key role in promoting national literacy efforts, as they are trusted by people in the communities they serve and are in a good position to provide a wide variety of literacy opportunities.

The policy brief is a result of an international workshop that was convened in April 2016 at UIL on ‘How Libraries Support National Literacy Efforts’ (see ALADIN News of April 2016).

Using Libraries To Support National Literacy Efforts

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