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.
Today’s member profile is about Lianne Knobel, Policymaker Social Domain and Adult Education at Biblioteek Breda in the Netherlands
Describe what you do in your job from day to day. (Describe how your day to day practices are related to adult literacy)
I have been working since 2010 as a specialist in the social domain of the public library Breda. Breda is a city in the south of the Netherlands with 178,000 inhabitants.
My job is to innovate and develop activities within the library that has to do with adult education, in particular illiteracy and basic skills ( essential skills). I work with local, regional and national partners . I am also active internationally with IFLA and in this network Literacy for All.
My work entails mostly policy making but also setting up activities that help adults to increase their basic skills and their self-confidence and self-reliance .The Public Library Breda has made these activities a priority in their programming implementation plans.
Choose and describe one programme that you did, or would like to do, regarding Adult Literacy in your library or institution.
Examples of activities that we have in the library are: computer courses, language practice groups, reading groups. workshops for low-skilled job seekers. We use a lot of educated volunteers who accompany these activities. Together with other organizations such as municipality, general practitioners, education organizations, we work around themes like family, health and work.
Weekly there are between 5 and 7 different activities in the library
Name three things that you think public Libraries in Europe can contribute to help improve the literacy levels of Europe’s Adult population?
- Libraries are accessible, anyone can inside everyone know it. The library belongs to everyone.
- The library has the materials,books for the education and encasing basic skills.
- The libraries has good and motivated employees who can help lower educated people to find their way.
What would you like to see happen in your country’s libraries in the next 12 months to help improve adult literacy in Europe?
By sharing best practices and knowledge we can expand the network and reach more adult in Europe to gain more basic skills and increase more self esteem. These adults can build a better position to take part in the society.
What do you think our Literacy for All Network can do to help libraries in Europe achieve these things?
The Literacy for all network can help libraries not only by sharing their activities, and being a on-line community,but also to get the subject on the agenda of their own library locally, nationally and internationally.
Also to let Europe know that we exist and what we are standing for by taking parting in European congresses .
What would you say to anyone that is interested in joining our Network?
Join us. Take a look in our Facebook, or LinkedIn. Or just contact one of us.
You are more than welcome