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2014 Literacy Forum

Michelle Swales at the Literacy Workshop 2014.

Adult Literacy - The Economic Impact 29 July 2014

Organisations and individuals with an interest in literacy, economics and public libraries were invited to the 2014 Literacy Forum “The economic impact”.

Public libraries proactively address state and national education agendas and provide literacy programs and services, accessible by the whole community. In this literacy forum the economic and social impact of adult literacy and literacy programming and the role of public libraries were explored. The keynote speaker was Jane Caro, social commentator, writer and lecturer also on the Board of the NSW Public Education Foundation. Jane has appeared on Channel Seven’s Sunrise, ABC television’s Q&A and The Gruen Transfer. Jane has also co-authored What makes a good school? and The Stupid Country: How Australia is dismantling public education with Chris Bonner. The forum also included diverse panel presentations.

Workshop sessions

A workshop was held to review the framework and identify a new way forward. The focus of the workshop was to seek the input of literacy and public library experts on the future of literacy in public libraries. The workshop included a series of round table discussions on how public libraries provide literacy services, what gaps needed addressing, and data, measurement and reporting — with particular a focus on adult literacy.

Forum plenary sessions

Organisations and individuals with an interest in literacy, economics and public libraries were invited to the 2014 Literacy Forum “The economic impact”.

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10th January 2017