Coalition for Literacy Subject File, 1975-1996
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Brief Description:

Subject file of the Coalition for Literacy which brought together organizations interested in creating public awareness for the problem of illiteracy and, with its member organizations, encouraged and developed national referral and information services. The file contains agendas and minutes of meetings of Coalition for Literacy committees; correspondence with member organizations; budgets; fundraising proposals; reports and brochures; bills, receipts and invoices; personnel applications and evaluations; correspondence with state and federal departments and governments; and press releases.

Member and associated organizations included Business Council for Effective Literacy, Advertising Council, American Association of Advertising Agencies, American Association for Adult Continuing Education, Association for Community Based Education, Illinois Literacy Council, Literacy Volunteers of America, National Association for Human Development, Volunteers Against Illiteracy, Push Literacy Now, Reading Is Fundamental, Contact Center Inc., the National Institutes of Education, the National Council, International Reading Association and Laubach Literacy International.

Held at:
The American Library Association Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61802
Phone: 217 333 0798
Fax: 217 244 2868
Email: ala-archives [at]
Record Series Number: 10/2/16
Created by: Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS)
Volume: 7.0 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 1/18/91, 9/23/91, 8/16/93, 10/14/99
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Arrangement: Alphabetical
Biographical Note for Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) : On July 3, 1970, the Council voted to establish the Office for Library Service to the Disadvantaged and Unserved (1).  On July 3, 1980, the Council changed the name of the Office of Library Services to the Disadvantaged (OLSD) to the Office for Library Outreach Services (OLOS) (2).  The purpose of the Office for Library Outreach Services is threefold: 1) to promote the provision of library service to the urban and rural poor, of all ages, and to those people who are discriminated against because they belong to minority groups; 2) to encourage the development of user-oriented informational and educational library services to meet the needs of the urban and rural poor, ethnic minorities, the underemployed, school dropouts, the semiliterate and illiterate and those isolated by cultural differences; and 3) to insure that librarians and others have information, access to technical assistance and continuing education opportunities to assist them in developing effective outreach programs (3).  The Office for Library Outreach Services is responsible to the Deputy Executive Director (4).
Subject Index
Advertising Council
American Association for Adult and Continuing Education
Business Council for Effective Literacy
Coalition for Literacy
Fund Raising
Languages of Materials
English [eng]