The History and Role of Libraries in Adult Literacy

Alice Horning

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The History and Role of Libraries in Adult Literacy Abstract

Illiteracy is a huge problem, socially, economically and educationally.  This study of the history and current practices of American public libraries examines their role in supporting the development of human literate abilities and in helping all Americans to be critically literate in order to participate fully and successfully in our society.  This exploration begins with the history of libraries in the United States, developments over time and the current practices of public libraries.  These practices are explored to see how libraries contribute to the goal of improving adult literacy in America. 

Abstract

Illiteracy is a huge problem, socially, economically and educationally.  This study of the history and current practices of American public libraries examines their role in supporting the development of human literate abilities and in helping all Americans to be critically literate in order to participate fully and successfully in our society.  This exploration begins with the history of libraries in the United States, developments over time and the current practices of public libraries.  These practices are explored to see how libraries contribute to the goal of improving adult literacy in America. 

 


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Publication of the Community Literacy Journal is made possible through the generous support of the English Department and the Writing and Rhetoric Program at Florida International University. The CLJ is a journal of the Conference on Community Writing.