Member Profiles: Sarah Tscholl

In a new series of posts profiling our Network members and the work that they do we have asked each member of our network the same questions and we will post the responses here.Sarah Tscholl Post

Our next profile is on Sarah Tscholl, a Librarian at Bibliothek am Luisenbad, Stadtbibliothek Berlin-Mitte, Germany.

Describe what you do in your job from day to day. (Describe how your day to day practices are related to adult literacy)

I mostly work in the adult library as a lector for media in the fields of foreign languages (special focus on Turkish media), geography, magazines, and also books in easy-to-read-language. Furthermore I’m in charge of innovative online-services, which include electronical, digital and social media. I guide groups of people through our library, mainly adults who only speak a little German and also literacy groups.

Choose and describe one programme that you did, or would like to do, regarding Adult Literacy in your library or institution.

In terms of adult and family literacy, the library has cooperated with the adult education center in Berlin-Mitte during the last couple of years in a project called “Elternakademie”. In the context of integration courses, adults are introduced to the library and made familiar with the media. We have started to build up a stock of easy-to-read books and books on the subject of literacy over the last years. This was done with the help of the friends of the library. Today we have 180 books in easy-to-read language in our library that can be borrowed.

Name three things that you think public Libraries in Europe can contribute to help improve the literacy levels of Europe’s Adult population?

1. Constantly work on the topic
2. Share best practices
3. Network with other libraries and institutions on a national and international level

What would you like to see happen in your country’s libraries in the next 12 months to help improve adult literacy in Europe?

Libraries in Germany need to employ more qualified staff. It is important that the work in the field of literacy is not only restricted to projects with a limited duration but included constantly in the normal workday. Therefore funding must be secured and awareness for the importance of the topic must be raised.

What do you think our Literacy for All Network can do to help libraries in Europe achieve these things?

We can raise awareness with our network and share best practices. We can exchange our ideas, meet in the virtual and the real world, and be an organ for libraries all over Europe.

What would you say to anyone that is interested in joining our Network?

Welcome 🙂

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