Library, legislative, and community-building language consistently emphasizes partnerships between with education agencies, businesses, and various social service agencies. Building partnerships, of course, involves having a clear purpose for partnering and building relationships. Partnerships often emerge quickly and somewhat haphazardly without plans to develop. The following links lead to pages with more information on policy, tips on building partnerships and coalitions, and tools to build and maintain partnerships.
Legislative Action Center
ALA's Legislative Action Center includes updates on
literacy-related policies and literacy resources across the lifespan.
as a Topic in Library Schools
An overview of which library schools offer classes
about literacy issues or address these issues are part of other classes. Frances
Houser undertook this task for the ALA Committee on Literacy in 2002-2003.
and Legislation information page
This section is designed to provide useful and timely
information on major policy issues in the literacy field.
as a Factor Influencing Adult Lifelong Learning, Adult Literacy and Public Libraries
This RUSA article discusses how current public policies
that affect funding for many adult lifelong learning and adult literacy programs
have been crafted in the context of economically driven ideologies.
Partnerships Online offers tips and guides to participation
and partnerships, including some early work on creating online communities.
This page includes factors both successful and failed partnership.
Supported by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education
at the U.S. Department of Education, C-PAL is "a site dedicated to encouraging
the creation of partnerships to improve the quality of adult education in
the United States"
A manual that provides information with immediate
application for building the capacity of organizations and individuals.
LiteracyUSA was formed to support local literacy
coalitions and to speak as one voice for these coalitions at the national
Three modules designed to support Kellogg grantees
in their community-based initiatives. The modules were part of the “Sustaining
Community-Based Initiatives” project, which was developed to build capacity
within community-based organizations.
The Community Toolbox
The Tool Box provides over 6,000 pages of practical
information to support your work in promoting community health and development.