Tomorrow is the last day of the workshop week in Botkyrka, and in the afternoon we’ll discuss how we can create a network regarding literacy among adults and the role of the library. As someone said during the workshop session today, networking is work as well as a responsibility. But it’s also about exchanging methods, materials and ideas, knowledge sharing and solidarity.
The week has been quite intensive with the aim of giving different perspectives on literacy, and also space to discuss this topic in order to deepen our knowledge. Some of the content have been more theoretical while other presentations have been more focused on practical examples and implementations of pedagogical methods.
One aspect important to remember is that we should not define people from what they don’t know but from what they know. You might be literate in one society, but not necessarily in another.
It was pointed out by Lisa Krolak from UNESCO that the public libraries need to show others that we’re important, not just tell each other. This is also connected to that the public library must be relevant in its local society and for the people living there. As Kristian Nagel Delica, researcher from Roskilde University, emphasized it’s not necessarily about building new libraries, but about adapting the old ones to new needs and new times.
So, what’s the role of the public library when it comes to supporting literacy among adults? How can we collaborate on this matters together? We might not have all the answers tomorrow, but we’ll for sure have made some progress.