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Onondaga County Public Library, ProLiteracy, and American Library Association Partner to Create Community of Practice

The Onondaga County Public Library (OCPL), ProLiteracy, and the American Library Association (ALA) announce today their joint project, the Library Literacy Action Agenda, made possible by a one-year national leadership grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The project will result in a National Library Literacy Action Agenda that responds to the need to increase and expand adult literacy services in public libraries. In addition, the Action Agenda will help literacy providers, librarians and library workers develop and advocate for accessible and innovative adult literacy services and resources.

Recent data shows that 90 million American adults lack the basic literacy skills they need to succeed in school, at work, and in the community. Adult learners regularly use the public library to find low level/high interest reading materials, attend literacy classes, and access technology. This joint project will help public libraries improve and expand their literacy programs and resources for adult learners while working collaboratively with literacy providers in their community.

“The National Library Literacy Action Agenda is a unique opportunity to pool crucial resources across organizations to improve literacy and library services and to substantially increase resources for adult learners.” says Kevin Morgan, interim president and CEO of ProLiteracy.

“America’s public libraries are uniquely equipped to help address the adult literacy crisis in the United States. Literacy has long been a key action issue for ALA and America’s libraries,” says Dale Lipschultz, ALA’s literacy officer in the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS).

“The Onondaga County Public Library is pleased to be part of a project that addresses this important segment of library users. We anticipate that the results will help libraries identify ways to more efficiently and effectively match needs and resources,” says Elizabeth Dailey, OCPL’s executive director.

The National Library Literacy Action Agenda is expected to be completed by November 2013. Initially, the Action Agenda will be shared with literacy program directors, public library directors, representatives from state libraries, and literacy and outreach librarians.

For more information about the project, contact Amy Schmitz, director of communications at ProLiteracy, at (315) 214-2580 or


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