Lifelong Learning & Libraries: a view from metropolitan New York

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A field survey of Lifelong Learning Institutes and their relationships with libraries and the online lifelong learning environment, undertaken as a research project for the Metropolitan New York Library Council.

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Lifelong Learning & Libraries: a view from metropolitan New York

  1. 1. Grow old along with me. The best is yet to be. —Robert Browning Lifelong Learning & Libraries A preliminary investigation on a local scale
  2. 2. Members of the Team Marilyn Kahn- Wilen Susan Chute Robert Weiss Rajni Misra
  3. 3. Lifelong Learning: what is it?“a continuously supportive process whichstimulates and empowers individuals…to acquireall the knowledge, values, skills, andunderstanding they will require throughout theirlifetimes…and to apply them with confidence,creativity, and enjoyment in all roles,circumstances, and environments”The Commission for a Nation of Lifelong Learners
  4. 4. Lifelong Learning: Where is it?Colleges & Universities• Lifelong Learning InstitutesLibraries• Programs for Seniors
  5. 5. Scope of the projectInvestigate local iterations of lifelong learning (LL) programs, particularly concerning the 50+ demographic. How are the educational and social needs of a community addressed? What are the similarities, differences and possibilities for collaboration between Lifelong Learning Institutes (LLIs) and public library programs for seniors? How does the online educational landscape affect local opportunities for LL?
  6. 6. Methodology Field Collation survey and Research (Onsite analysis ofinterviews) results
  7. 7. Skype & Google In personE-mail conference Docs meetings calls Communication tools
  8. 8. Challenges o Scheduling o Eliciting replies from telephone contacts
  9. 9. National Lifelong Learning NetworksOsher Lifelong Learning Elderhostel Institute Institute Network
  10. 10. LLI CommonalitiesSponsored by a college Social component isor university & take place essentialon college campuses Administered by theMembership restricted to membership and peerthose aged 50+ or 55+ learning is emphasizedNo academic credit Attract a highly educated, continuingCharge a and often market throughfee or dues word of mouthPrimarily self-supporting Offer a wide range of courses, often academically rigorous
  11. 11. LLI Field Surveys • Molloy College Rajni • StonyBrook University • Farmingdale CollegeMarilyn • Bergen Community College • Cedar CrestSusan • The New SchoolRobert • Hofstra University
  12. 12. LLI programs, ranked by cost Matriculat LLI Courses LLI LLI Hosting Type of ed Cost Course in a Location membe Program Institution Institution undergrad per Leaders typical rs s annum term CedarcrestInstitute for Peers, Senior Retirement PomptonLearning in Living community Plains, NJ n/a $25 outside 40Retirement experts Community Farmingdal Public Farmingdal $70+* ILR e (SUNY) University e, NY 6858 Peers 15 * Peers, Bergen Community Paramus, Faculty, ILR Community college NJ 800 1000* $180 Outside 52 College experts Stony Brook Public StonyOsher LLI (SUNY) University Brook, NY 1000 16341 $290 Peers 85 MolloyInstitute for Molloy Private Rockville Paid Lifelong College College Center, NY 256 3414 $395 speakers n/a Learning Personal 40 single Peers,Enrichment Hofstra Private Hempstea in University University d, NY 7191 $525 outside presentati experts ons***RetirementInstitute of Retired The New Private New York 270 6825 $940 Peers 35
  13. 13. Three Public Libraries & Lifelong Learning for 50+ Marilyn • Farmingdale • Montclair Public Library• The New York Public Library Public Library Rajni Robert
  14. 14. For seniors: 3 Libraries• Seniors regularly • Hosts well-attended attend NYPL’s • From 2009-2010, a programs for wealth of programs grant-funded seniors presented & classes, few of program, Senior by the town and which are Spaces, provided AARP specifically directed rich programming • 2 senior outreach at them. and classes librarians• A selection of • Participation was • Events include: events, such as reasonable, but not • Senior Fitness Fairs, are spectacular Connections, a held for the 50+ • Funding was lost referral service demographic and the program • A Jazz Lounge &• Some partnerships has ceased, Senior Café once with outside although the a week agencies, such as physical space • Periodic bus trips Lifetime Arts, create remains occasional opportunitiesNYPL Montclair Farmingdale
  15. 15. 3 library websites forseniors The New York Public Library Farmingdal Montclair e Public Public Library Library
  16. 16. Learning that comes to you Telephone TutoringPhoto by Holger.Ellgaard [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
  17. 17. The rise of the MOOC Lifelong learning onlineMay Day, Moscow. 1928. By Diego Rivera. Watercolor & Crayon. In the collections of MoMA.
  18. 18. A typology of Lifelong Learning Online Formally Instructor-led Course materials structured courses, courses offeredfrom credit-bearing with lectures and during a specific courses interactive time period software OpenCourseWar e TedEd Coursera • Univ of Michigan • Notre Dame • Spain Saylor • & institutions from Udemy 45 other countries Foundation Codecademy EdX Most of Udacity iTunes U
  19. 19. MOOCs & 50+
  20. 20. Conclusions LLIs and local libraries have little contact, much less collaboration, although their missions overlap. Options for LL online are proliferating and altering the educational landscape “Providing social and community gathering places for seniors” is a core responsibility for libraries Collaborations and partnerships between thriving LLIs and libraries, and adaptations by both to the online lifelong learning ecosystem could add significant value in meeting the social and intellectual needs of the burgeoning 50+ user baseCartoon source: the blog Balancing Acts http://balancingacts. wordpress.com/2010/08/09/lifelong-learning-learning-for-life/

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