California Library Literacy Services are planned, implemented, and evaluated using a learner-centered framework titled Roles and Goals. The framework helps staff and volunteers:
- Identify the goals that learners want to accomplish with their improved literacy skills.
- Deliver learner-centered instruction that is tailored to learners’ goals and aspirations.
- Track, acknowledge, and celebrate progress.
- Evaluate the impact of the library literacy program.
Goal-setting empowers learners. It helps learners reflect on what brought them to the program, define what they want to work on, take ownership of their instruction, stay focused on what’s important to them, stay motivated, and build self-confidence.
The Roles and Goals framework is grounded in the belief that literacy “involves listening, speaking, reading, writing, numeracy and using everyday technology to communicate information,”¹ and that literacy is “understanding, evaluating, using and engaging with written text to participate in society, to achieve one’s goals and to develop one’s knowledge and potential.”²
Goal-setting within the framework helps learners achieve success in their major life roles as community members, workers, family members, and lifelong learners.
- Roles & Goals Introduction
- Roles & Goals Frequently Asked Questions
- Roles & Goals Guidelines
- Roles & Goals Form
- Roles & Goals Form Excel Version (thank you to Shasta Public Libraries for this document)
- Roles & Goals Form for Collecting Evidence and Indicators of Achievement
- Roles & Goals Guide to the Learner Portfolio
- Roles & Goals Adult Role Map April 2020
- VIDEO: Roles and Goals Informational Webinar. Recorded February 19, 2020. Presented by Randy Weaver. (60:43)
- Roles & Goals Webinar Slides. February 19, 2020
Please note: we are in the process of updating the curriculum to reflect the recent updates to the Roles and Goals framework. We encourage literacy staff and volunteers to continue using the documents below until the new curriculum is made available. If you would like to join the team that is updating the curriculum, please contact us.
Lifelong Learner Role
- Write a Letter
- Learn the Alphabet
- Read a Book
- Read a Newspaper
- Read Magazines
- Learn to Type/Use Computer Keyboard
- Search the Internet
- Fill Out A Job Application
- Find a Job: Search Want Ads Online
- Write a Resume
- Interview for a Job
- Get a Job or Get a Better Job or Promotion
- Perform Current Job Tasks Better
Family Member Role
- Interacting with School or Teachers
- Plan Nutritious Meals
- Write Checks and Pay Bills
- Read Medicine Labels
- Share a Book with Children/Family
- Take Children to Library Storytime
Community Member Role Please see voters’ resources for ideas and tutoring materials.
- Speak to Others About the Literacy Program
- Get Involved with a Community Issue
- Get Drivers License
- Prepare to Vote/Vote (Please see voters’ resources for tutoring ideas and materials.)
- Become a Volunteer
- Pass the Citizenship Test