The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) received a $200,000 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to expand library engagement with local Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) programs. Funding from the grant will be used to expand efforts to provide adult education opportunities to the more than 4.3 million Texans who qualify for assistance.
The Library AEL Expansion Project will create opportunities for libraries and adult literacy providers to align efforts and build new partnerships to meet the needs of adult learners in Texas. Highlights of the project include the development of a digital literacy toolkit and webpage containing best practices and resources and the facilitation of regional workshops for libraries and literacy providers centered around training and partnership development. Funding will also be used to provide one-on-one consulting with local facilitators to provide guidance as they strengthen shared community resources.
“Libraries play a key role in efforts to expand the reach of adult literacy programs.” said Mark Smith, Director and Librarian of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, “Libraries are particularly well-suited to provide resources for adult learners as they develop the digital literacy skills at are vital to success in our information based economy.”
The 15-month project builds on TSLAC’s previous partnership with the TWC to support the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant program from 2010-2013. The Library AEL Expansion Project is a part of the TWC’s Training, Resource and Innovation Network for Texas (TRAIN Tex) strategy, which is aimed at better integration of statewide services and the leveraging of community partnerships for student success. For more information on this program and other community engagement opportunities available through the Texas State Library and Archives Commission visit https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/engagement.