Programming Tools

National Center for Family Literacy

Tools for and information about literacy programs.

Ohio Literacy Resource Center

Tools, programs and publications related to the goal of enhancing adult literacy.

Literary Matters

Practical tools for teachers, parents and students (K-12).

Spanish Language Outreach

This online community sponsored by OCLC provides library staff with tools and reports related to multilingual literacy initiatives.

System for Adult Basic Education Support

A website for instructors and tutors (Boston-based). Includes an online library and catalog of resources.

Other Resources

Helping Adults Become Literate

This 2005 article provides an overview of literacy among American adults.

The Literacy List

Index to free online resources for ABE/ELL.

Barbara Bush Foundation

Find funding opportunities, literacy initiatives by state, and more.

Florida Literacy Coalition

Resources for promoting adult and family literacy; resources for tutors, program development, etc.

Data Sources

National Institute for Literacy
National Assessment of Adult Literacy
National Center on Adult Literacy
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy
Colorado Literacy Connections

The Colorado Department of Education site provides literacy information relevant to pre-K-12 public education, adult education and family literacy, and library communities of Colorado.

Colorado Literacy Research Initiative
The Literacy List
Education Report Card

The United States Chamber of Commerce provides a visual aid, a “state-by-state report on educational effectiveness.”

American Community Survey
The NCES Mini Digest of Education StatisticsPDF document

Statistical information grounded in a historical perspective, distilled in quotable form.


  • Public Library Statistics & Profiles
    Dive into annual statistics from the Colorado Public Library Annual Report using our interactive tool, results tailored to trustees, and state totals and averages.
  • School Library Impact Studies
    School libraries have a profound impact on student achievement. Explore studies about this topic by LRS and other researchers in our comprehensive guide.
  • Fast Fact Reports
    Looking for a quick rundown of library research? Check out our Fast Facts, which highlight research and statistics about various library topics.


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