Libraries in today's global world have emerged as key players in building a culture for reading in communities while enhancing the literacy development of children, youth, adults and seniors. Whether one lives in a modern city with sophisticated library services or in a remote region of the world where access to books and literacy services may be limited, librarians and libraries are contributing to the development of learning communities. This book captures some of the essence of this work in libraries in order to inspire and support all those who value the role of libraries in building global communities. The authors highlight the emerging role of libraries and community partners in literacy development and provide concrete examples via case studies drawn from global communities, demonstrating how libraries are working to support local literacies. They also suggest recommendations for supporting the critical role for libraries in supporting global literacies. The book will become essential reading for all those interested in literacy and libraries throughout the world.
Marlene Asselin is Associate Professor, Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia and Ray Doiron is Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Education, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Contents: Preface; Libraries as forces for literacy and learning; Building a culture for reading through libraries; Supporting learning and literacy through libraries; Libraries as learning commons; The library as community learning centre; Libraries as agents of social change; Mobile libraries as effective solutions to reading access and reading promotion in remote communities; Effective practices in reading promotion and literacy development; An ecological framework for ongoing community library developments; List of references; Index.