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National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) Services

Marie-Claire Pître
National Adult Literacy Database / Base de données en alphabétisation des adultes
Fredericton, New Brunswick

(The name of the National Adult Literacy Database [NALD] was changed to Copian on September 30, 2013.)


The National Adult Literacy Database Inc. (NALD) is a Canada-wide, non-profit charitable organization. Its mission is to provide the literacy and essential skills community with online information and resources in both official languages.

In 2009, NALD celebrated its 20th anniversary. Since its beginnings in 1989, the organization has provided Canadians with the adult literacy resources needed to lead a full and successful life and to find meaningful work.

NALD hosts websites for non-profit adult literacy organizations locally, provincially and nationally. This service brings increased visibility to literacy stakeholders, making it easier for them to establish partnerships.

NALD's virtual library brings together resources created by the Canadian literacy community. Each week, new resources are added to the library. As of spring 2010, the library contained over 3,600 complete PDF documents (documents hosted on NALD's server), of which over 760 are in French. The virtual library has two main collections: research materials (reports, studies, etc.) and educational resources that can be used for teaching and learning. With headline news from across Canada, a directory of literacy contacts and literacy websites, a collection of learners' stories in Story of the Week and an events bulletin board, NALD provides a single point of access for literacy-related information. All these resources are available around the clock, at no cost, in English and in French.

Through these services, NALD promotes a higher level of literacy in families, an increased participation in workplace learning programs and a vibrant Canadian culture. NALD contributes to the growth of a community of interests and helps its many stakeholders make the most of technology and the Internet.