International Literacy Association

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International Literacy Association
Formation 1956
Purpose Literacy
Headquarters United States Newark, Delaware, United States
Region served
Maureen McLaughlin

The International Literacy Association (ILA) is an international professional organization that was created in 1956 to improve reading instruction, facilitate dialogue about research on reading, and encourage the habit of reading.[1]

The organization, whose headquarters are in Newark, Delaware, United States, has approximately 70,000 members, and more than 1,250 councils and affiliates, worldwide.[2] Membership fees range from 24 to 39 dollars, plus fees for journal subscriptions. Discounted subscription rates are available for residents of developing economies.[3] The current IRA President is Professor Diane Barone.

The name was changed from the International Reading Association to the new name in July 2015. This page needs updates.


In addition to newsletters, books,[4] e-books,[5] webinars,[6] and guides, the organization publishes three professional journals:

Reading Online, an e-journal, sponsored by the organization, was retired in 2005.[7]

  • Reading Today, the IRA's membership magazine, was published from 1983 to 2011 as a bi-monthly membership newspaper. From the 2011 August/September issue forward, the publication was split into two parts: a bi-monthly print magazine and an interactive digital e-zine on the Reading Today website.[8]

Special Interest Groups[edit]

The International Reading Association has over 40 special interest groups for members.[9]

Awards and Grants[edit]

IRA offers a number of awards and grants for educators, researchers, and authors.[10]


The IRA has been recognized by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) since 1978; the IRA was reclassified to have Consultative Status with UNESCO in 1996 and continues to hold this status.[11]

Annual Conference[edit]

The International Reading Association hosts an annual conference. The next conference will be in New Orleans on May 10–12, 2014 and is entitled, "Reading... the Teachable Moment".[12]


  1. ^ "About IRA". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  2. ^ "Councils and Affiliates". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  3. ^ "Join IRA". Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  4. ^ "IRA Books". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  5. ^ "IRA E-books". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  6. ^ "IRA Webinars - Common Core State Standards Webinar Series". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  7. ^ "Reading Online". Reading Online. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  8. ^ "Reading Today Online". Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  9. ^ "Special Interest Groups". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  10. ^ "IRA Awards and Grants". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  11. ^ "IRA/UNESCO". Retrieved 2013-03-25. 
  12. ^ "IRA Annual Conference Info.". Retrieved 2014-03-22. 

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