Literacy Redefined

How To Integrate Multiple Literacies Into Your Strategic Plan and Library Initiatives

September 27–October 18, 2017

Live Sessions on Wednesdays at 1:00 PM ET: September 27, October 4, 11 & 18, Bridged with Online Workshops and Discussions

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Join leading advocates for literacy programming in public libraries for this live, interactive online event and workshop.  

The editors of Library Journal and School Library Journal have convened some of today’s leading advocates, thinkers, and doers on literacy programming in public libraries, including speakers from the March 2017 Public Library Think Tank in Miami, to discuss in actionable terms how public librarians are redefining literacy.

The program will address literacy in its widest sense—digital, media/information, civic, reading readiness, visual, multicultural, and health literacy—and will identify tools for leveraging partnerships to fuel programming and funding.

Inspiring Live Guest Speakers + Project-Based Learning

Engage with presenters via live video stream, visual presentations, and chats, and workshop practical ideas in groups, with guidance from an advisor, to map out your own literacy programs or initiatives. You’ll leave with well-developed literacy strategies designed to make a lasting impact on your community.

Who should take this course?

The event is designed for public library leaders, managers, and directors, children’s services librarians, young adult librarians, school librarians, and anyone with an interest in financial literacy.

Group discounts are available!

Register in groups for a unique team-building experience and get everyone working together. Contact us to learn more.

Course Schedule

WEEK 1: Wednesday, September 27, 2017


12:30-1:00 PM ET

Our course advisor will lead you on a guided tour of the online classroom, explain how the assignments and homework groups work, and take any of your questions to help get you set up for our live keynote session.


Carmen Scheidel, CEO,; partner to Library Journal Professional Development

SESSION 1: Integrating Literacy Planning Into the Library’s Mission and Strategic Plan

1:00-1:45 PM ET

Opening keynote.

SESSION 2: How Literacy is Integrated in the Strategic Plan in One Library System

1:45-2:30 PM ET

Weekly Assignment:
Set goals for integrating literacy into strategic plan; build program outline or goals.

WEEK 2: Wednesday, October 4, 2017

SESSION 1: How to Use Data in Planning

1:00-1:45 PM ET

How statistical data about libraries can inform your literacy planning.

SESSION 2: Visual Literacy

1:45-2:30 PM ET

Library exhibitions, art and visual literacy programs; potential facilitated discussions.

Weekly Assignment:
Gather data about your own community.

WEEK 3: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

SESSION 1: Food Literacy 

1:00 PM-1:45 PM ET

SESSION 2: Civic Literacy (or Media or News Literacy) and the Library’s Role

1:45-2:30 PM ET

Weekly Assignment:
Using the data gathered in the prior week, and the library’s strategic focus on literacy, begin designing a literacy program or initiative; work on the literacy component of the strategic plan.

WEEK 4: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

SESSION 1: Early Literacy

1:00-1:45 PM ET

SESSION 2: Literacy Partnerships

1:45-2:30 PM ET

Weekly Assignment:
Continue to build out and further define the program, initiative, or strategic plan.