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a fairer Australia

Lifelong learning for
a fairer Australia

Exploring ACE partnerships with Victoria’s Public Libraries

Adult Learning Australia, along with Victorian ACE peaks, recently attended a round-table discussion with representatives of the State Library of Victoria (SLV) and the Public Libraries Victoria Network (PLVN). The discussion largely focussed on ways PLVN could tap into community-based organisations with expertise in dealing with low level adult literacy, and to explore opportunities for partnerships.

Reading and literacy for all: A strategic framework 2015–18 identified the need for the PLVN to ‘seek out local opportunities for partnership development, with an emphasis on partnerships that engaged people with low level literacy’.

Funding opportunity

The Adult Literacy Innovation Funding Program is designed to assist Victorian public libraries to undertake strategic projects that will help them meet the needs of their communities, particularly in terms of supporting people with low level adult literacy. This funding is to help libraries strengthen their ‘strategic capability to support adult literacy outcomes through program design and delivery and partnerships with adult literacy agencies such as ACE providers. Grants up to $30,000 are available.

Priority will be given to projects that can provide a good model to be replicated across other libraries and communities and which will be completed within six months. Closing date for applications is 16 December 2016.

Interested ACE providers should contact their local library or local government to investigate possible partnerships. For more information, please call  the Seniors Program Manager, Public Libraries and Community Engagement Section, State Library Victoria on 03 8664 7425.

Further reading

Reading and literacy for all: Adult literacy – Victorian public libraries in action, which explores the role that public libraries can play in terms of supporting literacy development by providing advice and running programs.

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