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Arts programming and partnerships at Hennepin County Libraries | Library as Incubator Project

Arts programming and partnerships at Hennepin County Libraries | Library as Incubator Project | School Librarians | Scoop.it

We’re pleased to introduce a series of posts featuring Hennepin County Library (HCL) in Minnesota. We’ll be checking out some of the programming and collections that make this 41-library system a huge part of the Twin Cities arts scene. Today, we’re taking a broad look at some of the Library’s arts programming and partnerships.


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The Labs @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh | Developing Policies & Ordering Equipment | Library as Incubator Project

The Labs @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh | Developing Policies & Ordering Equipment | Library as Incubator Project | School Librarians | Scoop.it

The official launch of the The Labs is two months away, and the team is laying the groundwork for what the project will become. Building a functional infrastructure for a project like this requires developing a set of uniform policies and procedures for each Lab site, as well as researching, ordering and cataloging the necessary equipment. While these processes don’t offer the immediate thrills of watching teens develop their filmmaking or music production skills, they are necessary steps to ensure The Labs are a success.

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The selection process for equipment and software is based on several factors. Ideas were gleaned from pre-existing digital learning lab models, such as Chicago Public Library’s YouMedia and the Digital Media Lab at Skokie Public Library. The Labs coordinators also consulted with Drew Davidson of Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s programming partners Hip Hop On L.O.C.K and Pittsburgh Filmmakers and the CLP – Main Teen Advisory Council. The overall mission of The Labs also has influence over equipment and software purchases; items are assessed for how accessible and easy they will be to use.


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Reimagining Learning, Literacy, and Libraries: A Few Moments with Amy Eshleman | DMLcentral

Reimagining Learning, Literacy, and Libraries: A Few Moments with Amy Eshleman | DMLcentral | School Librarians | Scoop.it

As Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Planning and Partnerships at the Chicago Public Library, Amy Eshleman oversees all aspects of the library’s YOUmedia project, an innovative, 5,500-square-foot learning space focused on providing a multimedia, multipurpose center for Chicago teens. The space allows youth to hangout, explore new media, and develop a greater awareness of the library as a resource. YOUmedia’s design concept stems from extensive research conducted by Mimi Ito’s Digital Youth Project, which found that students thrive in an environment where they are encouraged to not only consume media but create it as well. In the next year, a dozen new 21st century learning labs will be constructed in libraries and museums across the country. As the YOUmedia project approaches its third anniversary, we sat down with Amy to ask her about how the space has changed over time and what it means to her personally to reinvent learning resources for today's teens.


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Bringing Maker-Style Garage Tinkering Into the Local Library - Culture - GOOD

Bringing Maker-Style Garage Tinkering Into the Local Library - Culture - GOOD | School Librarians | Scoop.it
Local libraries are no longer just reading rooms. They're becoming noisy, interactive, hands-on laboratories of innovation.

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