NALD@Work: National Adult Literacy Database launches new website to support workplace learning



    FREDERICTON, Nov. 30 /CNW/ - The National Adult Literacy Database (NALD)
expanded its services today with the launch of NALD@Work, a website that will
benefit the workplace literacy and essential skills community in Canada.
    NALD@Work (www.naldatwork.ca) is an Internet database of information and
resources. It is a one-stop shopping site for program models and approaches,
teaching, learning and research materials, news, events, contacts, websites,
tools and support - all available in one central location.
    The NALD@Work Library contains important resources, many of which are not
available electronically anywhere else. It is available to anyone, anywhere,
at any time, at no cost, in both English and French.
    "Over the past few years, it has become increasingly apparent that the
services NALD provides to the literacy community are also greatly needed by
the workplace literacy and essential skills community," said Anna Kae
McIvor-Todd, chairperson of the NALD Board of Directors.
    "The need for this service has been expressed many times by a variety of
stakeholders including employers, labour unions, workplace literacy and
essential skills practitioners and researchers. Stakeholders from across the
country stressed the need during consultations on the comprehensive literacy
and essential skills strategy conducted in 2005 by Human Resources and Social
Development Canada."
    NALD's Chief Executive Officer Katherine d'Entremont says individuals
must have a firm foundation of literacy and essential skills to participate
fully in the workforce.
    "As the workforce becomes more knowledge-based, people need higher
literacy levels," she said. "If people don't continue to learn or to read or
to study, their literacy levels are not going to remain constant; they are
going to decline. At the same time, the workplace requires higher literacy
levels, so the gap is widening."
    Patricia Nutter, project director with the Canadian Association of
Municipal Administrators, credits NALD@Work for making available the many
successful interventions and resources that have been created in the field of
workplace literacy and essential skills.
    "Thanks to this initiative, stakeholders in the remotest parts of Canada
have access to the same resources and knowledge as those in Canada's largest
cities. It means that all stakeholders with access to the Internet can use
up-to-date research and materials to raise the skill levels of current and
future workers in Canada."

    Based in Fredericton, New Brunswick, the National Adult Literacy Database
was established in 1989 as a non-profit organization to serve French and
English literacy communities across Canada. It has existed in its current
model, as a Web-based information and resource distribution system, since
1995.
    The organization has had a steady growth in both the depth and breadth of
services provided and in user following and activity. In the fiscal year
ending March 31, 2007, there were 9,433,730 visits to the site. Users viewed
28,022,433 pages of information and downloaded 5,607,225 documents in PDF
format.
    NALD@Work's principal funder is the Adult Learning, Literacy and
Essential Skills Program, Office of Learning and Essential Skills, Human
Resources and Social Development Canada. The project is also supported by a
significant in-kind contribution from the Government of New Brunswick.
    NALD is grateful for input it received from the NALD@Work Advisory
Committee and also from key stakeholders from across the country who took part
in regional consultations as the new site was being developed.




For further information:

For further information: NALD@Work media contact: Katherine d'Entremont,
Chief Executive Officer, National Adult Literacy Database, (506) 457-6900,
toll-free: 1-800-720-6253, katherine.dentremont@nald.ca

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