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Library Literacy Champions

Developing library literacy champions among staff in Dublin City Libraries.

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“Very worthwhile course and I’m very glad I did it. I can already see myself using the concepts behind in my everyday work and I know there are lots of things I can work on in the future.” Quote from participant

This project aimed to develop Library Literacy Champions among staff in Dublin City Libraries. Through training and workshops, staff were made aware of unmet literacy needs in adults, learned how to promote literacy friendly approaches to service delivery in public libraries, and learned how to offer limited literacy support where appropriate.  

Eight workshops ran between the 7th September and the 14th December 2023 and took place either online or in the Dublin City Library and Archive. 25 staff members of Dublin City Libraires participated in the project overall. Library staff increased their awareness of services available for persons with unmet literacy needs and enhanced their engagement and co-operation with Adult Literacy Officers in CDETB.  

Moreover, this project culminated in the development of audio-visual content promoting library resources and the creation of a checklist of available literacy supports and services provided by all branch libraires. All these initiatives greatly expanded the range of adult literacy advocates in institutions and communities backing the ALL Strategy.  

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“Thank you very much for the excellent training. The facilitators were excellent. All bases were covered from strategic through to operational across all our sections and branches. Thank you all so much, it’s been amazingly useful! Loads of ideas and practical tools." Quote from participant

This project was the result of a collaboration between Dublin City Libraries, the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA), and CDETB. 

For more information, please contact Andrew Connolly, City of Dublin Regional Literacy Coordinator at andrew.connolly@aes.cdetb.ie  

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