Indiana Library Association, ILF, Library Associations

Literacy 

Literacy as an essential component of education and workforce development. Libraries play a critical role in literacy throughout a person's life.

Recognizing the importance of adult literacy programming to workforce development, the Indiana General Assembly enacted legislation (SEA108) that required a study of math and literacy programs throughout the state in 2017. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development commissioned the Indiana Library Federation (ILF) to conduct the study, which included consultation with key stakeholders, such as the Indiana Literacy Association and the Indiana Association for Adult and Continuing Education. 

Read the Indiana Adult Literacy Study (49 pages). Key findings include: a diverse landscape of adult literacy programs; that low literacy is a significant barrier to future employment; and a critical need for programs specific to English Language Learners, individuals with lower literacy levels, a need for more full-time staff--particularly adult literacy instructors experienced with adult education, and a need for program supports that address barriers to literacy.

The study raises many more questions, which we hope to explore in 2018.

Working with partners, ILF aims to: