Literacy has long and deep traditions in Scandinavia – thanks to Johann Gutenberg and Martin Luther (and a few others) for their inventions. By the end of the 18th century about 90 percent of the population in Scandinavia could read. We were well prepared when industrialization took off along with philosophical and political ideas rooted in the Enlightenment.
The current transition from a society based on industry to a society based on information requires new reading skills. This issue of SLQ is devoted to Scandinavian libraries’ efforts to improve the reading skills of different groups – children, students, immigrants, people on the fringes of society – preparing them to take part in a digital society.