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Reinventing libraries for 'hanging out, messing around and geeking out' - CNN

Reinventing libraries for 'hanging out, messing around and geeking out' - CNN | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Collections, staff and space dedicated to teens have existed in libraries for years. Now, libraries are shifting those resources to developing learning spaces where teens can create content instead of consume it. Research has shown the widespread positive impacts of afterschool programs on academic achievement and social behavior, especially in low-income communities. The need for spaces that engage teens becomes even greater during summer break, when teens have more free time, said Elyse Adler with the Nashville Public Library.
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Wat kan de bibliotheek betekenen voor jongeren? Hier een voorbeeld uit de VS.

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Mobiles and informal learning spaces: libraries and museums | Connected Learning

Mobiles and informal learning spaces: libraries and museums | Connected Learning | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

How is mobile technology transforming and enriching the experiences of informal learning spaces such as libraries and museums?

 About The Speaker(s)Jeffrey Schnapp - Co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society; Founder, metaLAB at HarvardBarry Joseph - Associate Director for Digital Learning, American Museum of Natural HistoryAllegra Burnette - Creative Director, Digital Media at The Museum of Modern ArtMatthew Battles - Principal & Associate Director, metaLAB at HarvardNate Hill - Assistant Director, Chattanooga Public Library Video
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Beautiful Learning Spaces & libraries

Beautiful Learning Spaces & libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
@Joe_Mazza Might be helpful. A collection of beautiful learning spaces by @jennzia & I. It includes some libraries http://t.co/6KxTo0o6i0
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Inspiring learning spaces!

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Teenagers, libraries, digital media, and learning | Reading, Writing, Research, by @dmguion

Teenagers, libraries, digital media, and learning | Reading, Writing, Research, by @dmguion | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Libraries are beginning to design special spaces where teens paired with mentors use various digital media for learning and creativity.
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"In November 2011, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, along with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, made grants of $100,000 to twelve museums and libraries across the country to develop digital learning laboratories for teenagers. They will announce another round of grants in November 2012.

Chicago Public Library’s YOUmedia

Chicago Public Library’s YOUmedia inspired the grant program. It is a special space where teenagers can use equipment provided by the library to create the same sorts of media that they consume. Creativity requires the development of certain skills.

Digital creativity, of course, requires digital skills. But creativity has always required a variety of intellectual, social, and emotional disciplines. The electronic age has not changed that fact at all.

It doesn’t work to plan a new program for a particular constituency and then dictate how it has to work. Development of YOUmedia has required some cultural adjustments. The YOUmedia space cannot enforce traditional library rules about food and noise levels and at the same time maintain a vibrant community of teenagers.

The entire concept of YOUmedia also requires access to and participation of the entire library to make it work. It is not a place for segregating either teenagers or their interests and learning style.

Sooner or later, the library will shape the teenagers’ behavior, but the teenagers will shape the library’s culture at least as much. That will result in short term discomfort and long term continued relevancy for the library as a whole.

Over the years, YOUmedia has started numerous separate projects. Some of them have continued for quite a while. The center has issued a literary magazine for a year and a half and a gaming podcast for three years. The longest-lasting programs have all come from the teenagers’ initiative, not from the library staff."

 

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The Learning Revolution Conference - 21-25 April 2014

The Learning Revolution Conference - 21-25 April 2014 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

We are pleased to announce the Learning Revolution Conference, online and free, April 21 - 25, 2014. Our goal is to bring together people who are thinking about learning from our important learning places: the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional, and home learning worlds.

We want to explore and bridge the conversations about learning that are common to these worlds, including: learning theory, learning practice, learning science, learning space design, and technology for learning. The Internet is shifting the boundaries of these worlds and we believe that they will increasingly overlap and integrate. We also believe that conversations across these boundaries are critical to framing and preparing for the learning revolution starting to take place.

 

Sign up here: http://learningrevolution.com/main/authorization/signUp

 

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Looks like a great conference for Information Professionals as well.

The "conference strands include Learning Theory, Learning Practice, Learning Science, Learning Spaces, and Technology & Learning."

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Research Article: “Libraries as Co-Working Spaces: Understanding User Motivations and Perceived Barriers to Social Learning” | LJ INFOdocket

Research Article: “Libraries as Co-Working Spaces: Understanding User Motivations and Perceived Barriers to Social Learning” | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The following article appears in Library Hi-Tech (Vol. 31 No 2).

We’re sharing the full text of the “accepted for publication” version of the article.

Title

Libraries as Co-Working Spaces: Understanding User Motivations and Perceived Barriers to Social Learning

Authors

Mark Bilandzic & Marcus Foth (2013) 


Abstract: "This paper aims to inform design strategies for smart space technology to enhance libraries as environments for co-working and informal social learning. The focus is on understanding user motivations, behaviour, and activities in the library when there is no programmed agenda. The study analyses gathered data over five months of ethnographic research at ‘The Edge’ – a bookless library space at the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, that is explicitly dedicated to co-working, social learning, peer collaboration, and creativity around digital culture and technology. The results present five personas that embody people’s main usage patterns as well as motivations, attitudes, and perceived barriers to social learning. It appears that most users work individually or within pre-organised groups, but usually do not make new connections with co-present, unacquainted users. Based on the personas, four hybrid design dimensions are suggested to improve the library as a social interface for shared learning encounters across physical and digital spaces. The findings in this paper offer actionable knowledge for managers, decision makers, and designers of technology-enhanced library spaces and similar collaboration and co-working spaces."

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How to improve the library as social learning space! 

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Transforming school libraries into learning commons environments | Open Book

Transforming school libraries into learning commons environments | Open Book | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
“@jjvandyk: transformation of school libraries to a learning commons environment http://t.co/nQEwj9yT @MyBCLibrary” #UU_LIM

 

"...school libraries are transforming to stay relevant in this global information economy and support the growing and changing needs of the learners. In addition to traditional roles of information literacy and providing the best resources to support curriculum, teacher-librarians support digital literacy and innovative learning practices – inquiry-based, project-based – for students and teachers. They actively connect learning to technology and resources, and facilitate knowledge creation for the school community. They are on a continuing quest to find new ways of supporting students in their learning. The role is multi-faceted, challenging, ever-evolving, and ultimately highly rewarding because the impact can be so significant."

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What makes a learning commons environment, and the role of the librarian.

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