9/30/15 – Conference: Library 2.016: Library as Classroom
Sarah P’s comments: When I began my international career in 1996 there were no organizations like this (the internet was in its infancy). It’s really great to see the library schools promoting more international cooperation and reaching across borders. I truly believe, having lived overseas for so long, that librarians are the diplomats of democracy and that the work of open information sharing is important for the development and equality of all.
The second of our three free Library 2.016 online mini-conferences: “Library as Classroom,” is coming up soon! Register now to join us on June 15th, 2016, from 12:00 – 3:00pm US-Pacific Time (click for your own time zone), or to be able to watch the recordings at your convenience. There will be an hour-long opening keynote panel, three half-hour blocks with multiple choices of practitioner presentations, and then a half-hour closing keynote (see below).
In A New Culture of Learning, authors Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown write, “Where imaginations play, learning happens.” This could and should define our services for now and in the future. The library as creative classroom means we approach the learning opportunities we create with thought, user-directed planning, and insights from research. This classroom may include physical spaces for instruction and discovery as well as online, multiscale platforms aimed at social learning and participation.
Libraries of all kinds serve as formal and informal creative classrooms, supporting learners by employing emerging strategies in learning and engagement. These include: play, collaborative exploration of ideas and technologies, and other innovations. There are notable examples of academic, public, and K-12 library spaces that have become creative classrooms. These feature community learning spaces to help learners achieve, game-focused initiatives that make the library a laboratory for exploration, creation zones with requisite digital and 3-D hardware for building things, and potentially endless opportunities to connect virtually with people worldwide.
The library as classroom requires inspired and insightful management that can do those things and more. The library as classroom also requires well-trained, user-focused staff who understand how people of all ages can learn socially. Art programs, DIY tinkering, locally sourced expert forums, and LOOCs (local open online courses) are all part of this curriculum.
Participants are encouraged to use #library2016 on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS:
We are still accepting proposals for a limited number of slots for presenter sessions. http://www.library20.com/page/call-for-proposals.