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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Adult Literacy Statistics Training

Posted Announcement
The 2017 registration for IES-sponsored training is available on how to use data from the OECD Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), which includes U.S. data collected through the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

The training, Training Researchers to Use PIAAC to Further Multidisciplinary Research Aims, is supported by the National Center for Education Research Methods Training grant to the Educational Testing Service (ETS), which is leading the training sessions.

These trainings will bring together researchers from various organizations and institutions to learn not only about the data and tools, but also about how to use them to address important policy-related questions relevant to a wide host of fields including education, gerontology, sociology, public health, economics, workforce development, and criminal justice and corrections education.
The trainings will culminate with an IES/ETS-sponsored conference in Washington, D.C. in December 2018.

View the IES Blog: Teach a Researcher to Fish: Training to Build Capacity for IES Data Analysis for more information.

Who is Eligible?
Researchers from universities, research firms, or other organizations (e.g., advocacy groups, local governments) and who have a doctoral degree or are graduate students in a doctoral programs, experience with statistical packages (e.g., SAS, SPSS) and with secondary data analysis, and an interest in adult learning, skills, and competencies.

Are There Costs?
The training itself is free for participants, and participants who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents will receive assistance to cover housing and per diem during the training. For more information about possible financial assistance, visit here.

When is the Training? How do I Apply?
The next training takes place in Chicago, August 30 – September 1, with future trainings throughout the U.S.

Registration is open and online.

To see the full listing of trainings, visit the ETS schedule here.
If you have questions about the IES grant supporting this training, contact Dr. Meredith Larson, NCER.
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Changes in Library Services & Technology Act Application Process


LSTA Grant Application Overview:
 Utilizing the New Department of State Grants System

The Department of State (DOS) has launched a new Grants System which will be used for all new grants managed by the Department.

Please join us as we discuss applying for Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) grants in the DOS Grants System. We'll discuss accessing and navigating the system, as well as other pertinent information regarding LSTA applications.
  • David Beach, LSTA Program Coordinator 
  • Marian Deeney, Grants Program Administrator
  • Katrice Stewart, State Data Coordinator
Register Now!
Thursday, April 20, 2017
10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. Eastern
Registration Information 
Once we process your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for 
joining the live session.   
When you attend a live event, you can ask presenters questions using either VoIP (audio from your computer speakers) or your phone. 
We recommend using a headset with a microphone if you plan on using VoIP.  
For registration assistance, contact Melissa Hooke, technical support assistant, at or 850.245.6632.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Literacy Grant Opportunity

Deadline: October 31, 2017
Vernon Library Supplies is giving away 100% of its 2017 operating profits to libraries and other non-profit organizations with programs designed to help new immigrants achieve English literacy and proficiency.
On December 1, 2017 Vernon will begin giving out grants of up to $5,000. Grant application forms and more information is available on their website:

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Monday, March 27, 2017

New White Paper on Investment in ABE & Volunteers Literacy Programs

14% of adults in the United States struggle with low reading, writing and basic math skills. The literacy skill level of U.S adults ages 16 to 65 ranks well below the international average of adults in 23 other developed countries.  Only 59% of the population is aware of the problem. Read this new white paper, The Case for Investment in Adult Basic Education, to learn more.

To learn more about library adult literacy programs and services in Florida, contact Sandy Newell, sandy.newell@dos.myflorida and 850.245.6624.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

New Online Course Announced for Library Staff

 For more information about this new Online Course to Build Adult Literacy through Libraries and to learn more about adult literacy programs and services in Florida, contact Sandy Newell, sandy.newell@dos.myflorida and 850.245.6624


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March 14 Financial Literacy Training

Financial Literacy Training for Librarians*

Sponsored by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau & the Palm Beach County Library System

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is the nation’s first federal agency focused solely on consumer financial protection. Their mission is to help consumer financial markets work for American consumers, responsible providers, and the economy as a whole. By working with public libraries, the CFPB hopes to make reliable, unbiased financial information and tools more available to consumers through exploration of various topics presented by federal agencies such as the SEC, FDIC, and Clearpoint.


* You don’t have to be a librarian to attend.*


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

8:30am – 4:30pm

Main Library

3650 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33406



For more information about library adult literacy programs, contact Sandy Newell

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Jan 3 Movement to Highlight Power of Reading on Social Media

My colleagues and I at NYPL invite you to join a social media movement to highlight the power of reading and readers as we start the new year.  Reading builds knowledge, understanding and empathy across the spectrum of readers. 

We want to join with as many libraries and similar organizations (including adult literacy groups) as possible across the country and beyond to inspire readers everywhere to share the books they're currently reading with others using the hashtag #ReadersUnite.

We are working our various channels to help this go viral.  If you want to participate:  

Starting January 3, 2017, please ask your social media followers to post the book they're reading to Facebook, Twitter, and their other social media platforms. Please encourage them to use the hashtag #ReadersUnite in your posts. Selected posts will be shared by NYPL and we encourage you to do the same.

Sample #ReadersUnite posts:

Tell us what you're reading and include hashtag #ReadersUnite in your posts!

Show us what you're reading this January and include hashtag #ReadersUnite in your posts!

Share a pic of your current book with other readers across the country - use hashtag #ReadersUnite!

Our [staff member] is reading [book title] because [reason] #ReadersUnite


If you plan to participate, please email now and after you post on January 3.


Christopher Platt

Chief Branch Library Officer

The New York Public Library