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Mapping the Territory provides baseline data on the ability of museums, archives and libraries in England to contribute to the Government's targets for improving the literacy and numeracy skills of adults with basic skills needs.
Key findings for museums, archives and libraries include:
Three quarters of respondents think they should support adult basic skills with many emphasizing the need for better resources to help them do this;
Two-thirds enter into partnerships which aim to improve adult basic skills, with libraries leading the field;
Over four-fifths have some type of outreach or promotion to help reach adults with basic skills needs but it is concentrated in a few approaches and the majority do not attempt to reach out to the hard to reach. Again, libraries lead the field;
Four-fifths use some sort of technology to improve the access of adults with basic skills needs with over a third using the Internet for adult basic skills support;
Two-thirds open at lunchtimes and weekends, improving the access of adults with basic skills needs to their services;
A third have staff who have been formally trained to support adult basic skills. However, the availability of human resources to support this area is a problem in all three sectors, with archives having the least provision;
What support there is for adults with basic skills needs is liable to be informal not formal; again libraries lead the field;
A fifth have core funding earmarked to support adult basic skills.