Creation of ALADIN
ALADIN, the Adult Learning Documentation and Information Network, emerged in July 1997 from a CONFINTEA V workshop which focused explicitly on adult learning documentation and information.
From October 29–31, 1998 a 3-day expert seminar with 25 participants took place in Hamburg 'Adult Learning Documentation and Information Network'. ALADIN seminar participants shared their experiences and created an action plan that is founded on the free and global access to information and adult learning. The participants decided to call the Network ALADIN and developed jointly a set of ALADIN objectives:
During Autumn 1998 a fellowship programme brought together five research fellows from Africa, the Arab States and Eastern Europe to draft proposals for regional action plans.
First ALADIN Directory of Members
In 1998 a worldwide survey was conducted and the first annotated Directory of Members has been published. It presented the profiles of 89 adult learning documentation and information services worldwide.
ALADIN Task Force e-mail seminar 1999
From November 15–20, 1999 eleven members of the ALADIN Task Force were convened through an e-mail seminar, co-ordinated jointly by UIE's Documentation Centre and the ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career and Vocational Education.
The e-mail seminar was done in two rounds. The first round served the purpose of updating Task Force members on ALADIN avtivities and clarifying administrative functions and the second round elicited information that can be used to guide future activities, including the activities for which support should be sought, topics for publications and types of publications.
Change of ALADIN Co-ordinator
The development of ALADIN was directed by the first ALADIN coordinator, Ursula Giere. Her successor, Lisa Krolak, took over as the new Coordinator in May 2001
ALADIN Workshop at the ICAE World Assembly
During August 9–12, 2001 an ALADIN workshop took place at the ICAE World Assembly in Jamaica: 'Adult Learning Documentation and Information: Building the Network', focusing on strengthening ALADIN.
ALADIN e-Mail Listserv
In 2002 the ALADIN e-mail Listserv was established, enabling members and friends of ALADIN to communicate with each other, share ideas, comments, concerns and requests.
Later that year, nearly 200 annotated Adult Learning links were added to the website, in order to make the ALADIN website a knowledge platform for information and research on adult learning.
ALADIN Task Force Meeting 2002
In April 2002 seven members of the ALADIN Task Force met at the Coady International Institute to discuss general ALADIN issues and capacity building approaches:
In June 2003, five ALADIN members received a full ALADIN scholarship to attend the 'Managing NGO Resource Centres' certificate course at the Coady International Institute in Antigonish, Canada.
ALADIN Annual Meeting 2003
The ALADIN Task Force a meeting in September 2003 in Bangkok, Thailand to prepare for the CONFINTEA V Mid-Term Review Conference that took place in Bangkok from September 8–11, 2003. The overall aim of the international CONFINTEA Mid-Term Review Conference was to create the momentum to bring adult learning back on the agenda of national governments, of UNESCO and of other international agencies. The ALADIN workshop was one of 20 thematic reviews.
Between 1997 and 2015 there were 25 national, regional and international workshops in order to strengthen and professionalize ALADIN and its members around the world.
In 2006 an international workshop held in New Delhi resulted in establishing an online training package called Participatory Adult Learning, Documentation and Information Networking (PALDIN). In the following year, 35 participants took part in a workshop aimed at pilot-testing PALDIN, which students from the Adult Education Department at JNU and a group of 30 learners from different adult learning organizations in India did later that year. Building on PALDIN, the IGNOU School of Extension and Development Studies launched in 2009 a Post-Graduate Diploma in Adult Education (PGDAE). The program aims to promote professional development and capacity-building in adult education with an emphasis on participatory adult learning documentation and information networking at national and international levels and the PGDAE still runs today.
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ALADIN Toolkit Workshop
In September 2004 an ALADIN Toolkit Workshop took place in Cape Town, South Africa, where an online toolkit for setting up basic documentation centres on adult learning was developed. A year later, the ALADIN Toolkit website was launched.
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ALADIN on social media
In 2011, ALADIN started out on social media by creating a profile on Facebook: (under the name Aladin, Adult Learning Documentation and Information Network),
In 2015 a profile on Twitter was added (ALADIN/UNESCO):
Various ALADIN members received a UIL CONFINTEA Scholarship to do-indepth research in the UIL Library.
In 2013, Ms Sanjana Shrestha from ALADIN member READ-Nepal, received an UIL CONFINTEA Scholarship, which resulted in the publication of a journal article:
Download: Shrestha, Sanjana ; Krolak, Lisa. The potential of community libraries in supporting literate environments and sustaining literacy skills. In: International Review of Education, December 2014
In 2014, Yuan Dayong from ALADIN member Institute of Vocational and Adult Education (IVAE) in China, did comparative research on the concept and strategy of building learning cities.
In 2015, Mr Peter Björkman from ALADIN member Literacy for All / Bibliotek Botkyrka (Sweden) wrote a case study on libraries supporting adult literacy.
ALADIN Online Alert
In November 2014 the ALADIN Online Alert was launched. It is a joint initiative of the UIL Library and CDÉACF, with input from additional ALADIN members from all over the world. It is published on a bi-monthly basis and includes recent online and full-text information and documents in the area of adult learning, adult literacy, lifelong learning and TVET.
ALADIN Workshop in Montréal, Canada
The latest ALADIN workshop was held at the World Assembly of the International Council of Adult Education in Montréal, Canada, June 2015. The topic was ALADIN - Facilitating access to information and documentation on adult learning. The participants discussed past, present and future ALADIN activities, and the following major results were agreed
- To launch a mobile version of the ALADIN Online Alert
- To explore how to set-up an online archive of previous ALADIN Online Alert documents
- To strengthen peer learning and professional exchange among ALADIN members in an upcoming ALADIN webinar on community libraries.