This post was written by Kaleena Black and Kathleen McGuigan of the Library of Congress.
Starting in early December, the Library of Congress will host a four-part webinar series that will convene winners of this year’s Library of Congress Literacy Awards to discuss pressing and significant topics in the literacy field and share lessons learned, successes, and other insights.
The Library of Congress Literacy Awards, which are sponsored by David M. Rubenstein, recognize organizations around the world for distinguished achievements, efforts, and innovation to promote and expand literacy. The Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, noted in 2020 that: “Literacy is a civil right, indispensable to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And literacy is what powers the pursuit of learning, knowledge, and opportunity around the world. It enables us to both survive and thrive in the world.”
The first session of this webinar series, “Serving Adult Literacy Needs,” will take place on December 9 at 3PM ET. It will include a conversation with Carol Clymer, Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy; Josh Evans, CEO of The Learning Source; Bonnie Entler, President & CEO of Seeds of Literacy; and Marty Finsterbusch, Executive Director of VALUEUSA. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Loriene Roy, a professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin.
This session is open to the public, and participants will be encouraged to actively engage in the exchange – sharing questions, ideas, and their own successful practices – via chat.
For more details and to register for this session visit: https://loc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_6xQKw6AuTMKsThrlhZKxkA
To learn more about, and register for, subsequent sessions in this webinar series, explore the following links:
- January 13 – Literacy Education Beyond the Classroom: https://loc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_RzJrsWJYQySq06gaL-viBQ
- February 10 – Places and Spaces to Grow Literacy: https://loc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_MBi78a2iSzeRW1yCqo_1fQ
- March 10 – Culturally Relevant Literacy Approaches: https://loc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_9LWr3R9QRJyk67wvoVDeCg
These sessions will be recorded and made available as soon as possible after each event.