Category Archives: Marketing and Outreach

Our presentation at COABE 2015: Adult Education and Libraries: New (Emerging) Models for Learning and Workforce Development

Our presentation at COABE 2015: Adult Education and Libraries: New (Emerging) Models for Learning and Workforce Development

Karisa Tashjian and Mary Jo Feeney attended the annual conference for the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) last week, and presented “Adult Education and Libraries: New (Emerging) Models for Learning and Workforce Development” to an enthusiastic and receptive group on Friday.

In our presentation we demonstrate how in Rhode Island, ALL Access in the Libraries is becoming a key player in the adult education and workforce ecosystem. ALL Access in the Libraries focuses on the whole person, builds ongoing relationships, and offers need-driven, flexible, and open programming. This fills a gap in the workforce system that WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) aims to address. Also, library programs such as ALL Access can dramatically increase the capacity of the system at low cost. We encourage states and regions across the US to consider libraries as key partners. Unlike Adult Education programs or Career One-Stops, libraries establish lifelong relationships.

To learn more, check out our presentation! Adult Lifelong learning (ALL) ACCESS Final for COABE

Watch a short video about the Learning Lounge

For more information about the Learning Lounge at Providence Public Library or the similar Learning Lab at Cranston Public Library, visit the page.

Congressman Jim Langevin and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung Visit C-Lab

The new C-Lab at Cranston Public Library is the location of ALL Access services. It was an honor to host Congressman Jim Langevin and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung yesterday. Congressman Langevin posted on Facebook: When is the last time you visited your local library? Our libraries are essential centers of our communities and they doContinue Reading

Senator Jack Reed Visits New C Lab

Great coverage in the Cranston Herald in a piece by Kelcy Dolan “Library highlights adult learning programs, new technology during Reed visit.” Included in the article is a quote from Magdalena DeSousa, an ALL Access user who reports: “I worked in the financial industry for 17 years, and then to be cost effective they decidedContinue Reading

ALL Access will be presenting at COABE 2015 in Denver in April

Karisa Tashjian, ALL Access Program Lead, and Mary Jo Feeney, MJIF Consulting, will be presenting at the Commission on Adult Basic Education’s (COABE) annual conference on Friday, 4/24 from 1:45pm-3:00pm in the L4 Sandstone. The presentation will be Adult Education & Libraries: New (Emerging) Models for Learning and Workforce Development: Urban libraries in Rhode Island areContinue Reading

U.S. Senator Jack Reed Visits Providence Public Library, “checks out” ALL Access

It was an exciting day for ALL Access and an honor to host the Senator.  Find the official press release here:  http://www.reed.senate.gov/news/releases/reed-visits-providence-public-library-to-check-out-progress-on-workforce-services-for-job-seekers-and-adult-education-programs

ALL Access featured in joint effort announcement from DOE and IMLS

It was an honor to be featured in this month’s “Dear Colleague” letter from The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the U.S. Department of Education.  ALL Access is highlighted with four other programs as examples of innovative partnerships between the public adult educationContinue Reading

Perspectives on How Adult Students Use Libraries

ALLACCESS is all about inclusivity. In January and February 2014. numerous adult education agencies were interviewed to gain their perspectives to help shape ALLACCESS . The following agencies were interviewed: Crossroads RI, English for Action, Genesis Center, Goodwill Industries, Institute of Labor Studies and Research, Providence Housing Authority, and RIFLI. The agencies were asked about:Continue Reading

We’ve launched our website!

ALLACCESS has launched http://allaccessri.org to reach out to librarians, adult educators, workforce professionals, policy-makers and others who wish to learn from and/or contribute to our mission to leverage libraries to innovate and integrate adult education and workforce resources for all adults in Rhode Island.  This project is funded by a two-year leadership grant from the InstituteContinue Reading

Webwise ’14 Was Outstanding #webwise14

In early February, Karisa Tashjian, Program Lead, and Mary Jo Feeney attended the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) WebWise 2014 conference, Anchoring Communities, in Baltimore.  The conference offered exposure to myriad innovations in the museum and library field that are the supported with funding from the IMLS. The conference organization itself was innovative.Continue Reading

This project was made possible in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services Grant LG-07-13-0318-13