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Inmates Lose Access to Donated Books in the Northeast
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on January 22, 2018 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryStories from the FieldcategoryNews


Inmates in a number of New York and New Jersey prisons no longer can receive donated books in the mail from family members and community groups. Instead, they now have to pay for a narrowed down selection of books provided by six state-approved vendors. Additionally, this narrowed down selection hardly includes educational materials that previously helped inmates further themselves academically, socially, and psychologically.

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7 Unseen Problems Low-Literate Adults Experience When They Hide Their Secret

It may be a surprise to you that every American has most likely interacted in one way or another with an adult who has little to no literacy skills. The fact is that there are 36 million adults in the United States who can’t read above a third-grade level. That means the likelihood of meeting someone who struggles to read is truly staggering.


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The Future of America’s Workforce
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on January 04, 2018 in categoryFacts & Research


It is becoming clear that there is a need for increased postsecondary education and technical skills training within the workforce.


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How Libraries Can Save Lives
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on December 20, 2017 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryNews


Libraries serve as vital community hubs and play significant roles in community-based efforts such as health literacy – a sizable proportion of Americans visit the library for health guidance. Unfortunately, many librarians and administrators are unfamiliar with the health resources available to serve patrons. Find out how libraries can become great and helpful sources of information for low-literate learners seeking healthcare information.

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Small Program, Big Data: Harnessing the Power of Open Data to Support Your Program
Posted by Jamison Crawford on December 13, 2017 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryMember Tips


A small team of scientists has created Open Data Inception, a comprehensive list of over 2,600 Open Data portals and clearinghouses. Chances are, wherever your program is located, there are data through these portals that you can access for needs assessment, baseline community indicators, and grant writing.

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