Slides from the conference Literacy for all – Botkyrka 2014

Slides from some of the public lectures hold during the conference Literacy for all – Botkyrka 2014 in June:

The Role of Public Libraries in Supporting Adult Literacy (PDF)
Lisa Krolak, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), Head of the UIL Library

ALEF method (PDF)
Hélène Boëthius, ALEF, Adult Learning and Empowerment Fund

Public libraries as hybrid institutions: social innovative spaces in disadvantaged neighbourhoods (PDF)
Kristian Nagel Delica, Assistant professor, Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial change, Roskilde University, Denmark

De Bibliotheek Taal & Werk  (PDF)
Lianne Knobel, Bibliotheek Breda, the Netherlands

The power of languages and the need to learn Swedish: Activities within the libaries of Botkyrka (PDF)
Marie Johansen, Bibliotek Botkyrka, Sweden

The Women International House of Trieste (PDF)
(Enhanced version of the presentation in Botkyrka in June 2014)
Simonetta Pasqualis, Italy


The beginning of a network regarding literacy among adults

The workshop week in Botkyrka was a part of a public library network initiative regarding literacy among adults and the role of the library. Now a european network is created! The network is called LITERACY FOR ALL – European Library Network.

How to network


You can find tweets from the conference week on Twitter: #literacyforall14

You can see more pictures on Instagram: #literacyforall14

Slides from the public lectures will soon be published on the blog.

Thank you all participants, lectures and visitors for a fantastic week in Botkyrka!

Some pictures from the week

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.

Text saying Networking is work - Knowledge sharing - Solidarity

From the workshop session on Thursday.

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.

Two pictures of Birgitta Notlöf giving an lecture

A lot of fabrique and action when Birgitta Notlöf from the non-profit organisation Livstycket Knowledge and Design Centre presented their work with functional pedagogy.

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.

A walking tour in Botkyrka

Reading the landscape during a walking tour in Botkyrka inspired by Qarin Frankers lecture on literacy and multimodality.

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.

Picture of Kristian Nagel Delica

Kristian Nagel Delica spoke about the library as a hybrid institution and social space.

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.

Learning to play the mouth harp!

So, the workshop week is finally here! Today it’s already the second day of the conference Literacy for all – Botkyrka 2014. Already on the arrival day to Sweden the workshop participants  learned how to play the mouth harp…

Around 45 people visited the library in Hallunda on the first day of the conference. Rosario Ali Taikon gave a public lecture on the situation of Roma in Sweden and Europe. Then Caroline Keerfoot problematized the concepts of literacy.

In the afternoon the workshop participants, whom are from 15 different countries in Europe, discussed the subjects further.

Follow #literacyforall14 on Twitter!

Interesting public lectures all week

We can now present all the public lectures during the conference Literacy for all – Botkyrka 2014. The week will start on Monday with an lecture about the situation of Roma in Europe hold by Rosario Ali Taikon, and another lecture by Caroline Keerfoot, a lecturer from South Africa, who will talk about the concepts of literacy.

Literacy for all - Botkyrka 2014Monday 9th June

Inauguration 10-10:20

Presentation of Botkyrka 10:20-10:40
Helena Rojas, Division for Democracy, Human Rights & Intercultural Development, Botkyrka Municipality

The situation of Roma in Europe 10:40-11:20
Rosario Ali Taikon, Romané Bučá

An interrogation of concepts of literacy 11:20-12
Caroline Kerfoot, Lecturer, Centre for Research on Bilingualism, Stockholm University in Sweden and University of the Western Cape in South Africa

Tuesday 10th June

Literacy and multimodality 10-11
Qarin Franker, the Department of Swedish, University of Gothenburg in Sweden

Functional pedagogy 11-11:30
Livstycket Knowledge and Design Centre, non-profit organisation in Tensta, Stockholm

Easy-to-Read audio books and e-books 11:30-12
Laura Mendez Edkvist, publisher-in-Chief of LL-förlaget

Wednesday 11th June

The role of public libraries for supporting adult literacy 10-11
Lisa Krolak, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), Head of the UIL Library

Literacy on four legs – Presentation of the ALEF method 11-11:20
Hélène Boëthius, ALEF, Adult Learning and Empowerment Fund

Digital environments for all 11:30-12:15
Lena Ryman Wildén, teacher in second language

Thursday 12th June

Public libraries as hybrid institutions? 10-11
Kristian Nagel Delica, the Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change, Roskilde University in Denmark

To make oneself heard – Comment tracks for all 11-12
Malin Crona, the editor in chief for the Swedish newspaper 8 Sidor (8 Pages)

Friday 13th June

Project presentations from around Europe 10-12



Hi participants!

We present Ingrid Ramberg from the Multicultural Centre in Botkyrka as the workshop leader during the week.

Hi Ingrid, would you like to tell us about yourself?

My name is Ingrid Ramberg and I’m the editor at the Multicultural Centre in Botkyrka. I’m
fortunate enough to have been invited to the Literacy for all seminar in the role as workshop leader during the afternoon sessions.

Foto av Ingrid Ramberg. Fotograf: Eva Gomes

Ingrid Ramberg. Fotograf: Eva Gomes

I started my working life in the late 70’s being a teacher in Swedish as a second language. During one period I was instead a part-time busdriver – a different kind of arena for social interaction compared to the classroom. That job took me around Stockholm at night, and it also gave me the opportunity to drive former pupils and families to Turkey for their summer holidays.

This was in the late 80’s and I was into exploring the ideas and expectations regarding education and learning processes that I met as a teacher among precisely children from Turkey and their parents. What does school mean as an everyday routine, or as an investment opportunity? To be a listener or to join discussions in the village café, the suburbia prayer room or from behind the steering wheel was a very valuable experience. Later I had the possibility to write about my queries regarding the meaning of things such as school and life …

Since the early 90’s I am part of the staff at the Multicultural Centre, a municipal foundation which aims to be a forum and a meeting place for research and artistic expression relating to migration and social and cultural diversity.

Is there anything you would like to say to the participants?

We will meet far away from everybody’s local and everyday context. Still we will want to tell and know and share as much as possible about our working settings and conditions. Therefore I invite you all to bring a small item or several small items from home.

It could be

  1. an object that presents your place of work, a photo, a pamphlet, your coffee mug, the most borrowed book – anything that you could show and send around the room;
  2. an object that tells the rest of the group something about your everyday challenges, just anything that helps you share and the rest of us understand the nature and source of frustrations you encounter;
  3. an object that could symbolize your dreams for your place of work and the people you work with and for.

Don’t worry if the things may be too simple or stupid – in this seminar there is no such thing! Together we will have an initial presentation and exchange without powerpoints but with our own objects.

Most welcome to what I hope will be a rich and rewarding week of exchange!



Comments for all – a project on digital democracy

Foto på Malin Crona

Malin Crona. Fotograf: Ulf Lundin

Malin Crona is the editor in chief for the Swedish easy-to-read newspaper 8 Sidor, in English 8 Pages. 8 Pages tells what is happening in an easy-to-understand manner.

8 Pages has developed a comment field that is easy to manage for everybody. It is easy to comprehend, it is easy to participate in the digital debate, even if you are not used to reading or writing. You can see an example on the 8 Pages website (in Swedish).

Malin Crona will tell us more about what is required to include everyone in the ongoing democratic digital discourse.

Listen to Malin Crona when she talks about Comment track för all in the UX Podcast.

To make oneself heard – Comment tracks for all 
Thursday 12 June, 11-12 (PUBLIC LECTURE)

Presenting Literacy for all – Botkyrka 2014

coverbild01_literacyforallDuring the week, there will be public lectures, which everyone is welcome to visit. In the afternoons, the group of 20 participants that were selected, will discuss the subjects further in the workshop.

It’s just 21 days left, and we can now proudly present almost all the lecturers during the week!
Read the programme

We will continue to present the participating lecturers on this blog.


Digital environments for all

Foto på Lena Ryman Wilden

Lena Ryman Wildén is a teacher in Second Language, and works with Swedish för Immigrants in Norrköping.

She introduced iPads as a new way to improve her students’ Swedish skills, and discovered there was a lack of apps that focused on adults. To fill this void, she created the app Alfavux (in swedish) in cooperation with the Swedish National Agency for Education.

Ryman Wildéns lecture is about the process of developing an app designed for language training for older students with a mother tongue other than Swedish.

Digital environments for all – about the work with an app for older students with a mother tongue other than Swedish
Wednesday 11 June, 11:30-12:15 (PUBLIC LECTURE)

Libraries as social spaces

Kristian Nagel Delica

Kristian Nagel Delica.

Kristian Nagel Delica is Ph.D and assistant professor at the Departement of Social, Spatial and Environmental Change at Roskilde University in Denmark.

His research is transdisciplinary and seeks to connect sociological theories and methods to areas as diverse as Library and Information Science, Urban Studies, Social Innovation and Health Promotion.

His Ph.D dissertation was a study of how public libraries in disadvantaged areas in Denmark tried to develop themselves in to multifunctional community centres dealing with the diverse needs of the citizens in the areas. Recent work includes an essay discussing perspectives on the Danish library sector in the 2010’s (2014, PDF), a co-authored article on libraries as community centres in the International Handbook on Social Innovation (2014), and a literature review dissecting the empirical research on public libraries as creators of social capital (2013, PDF, in Danish).

Kristian Nagel Delica will talk about public libraries as hybrid institutions and social spaces in disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

Public libraries as hybrid institutions: social innovative spaces in disadvantaged neighbourhoods?
Thursday 12 June, 10:00-11:20 (PUBLIC LECTURE)