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News 2014

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Training tools for community library management, January 2014

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