DML2012 Ignite Talk: Learning from Birth to the Grave @ Your Library


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The slides and script from my ignite talk at DML 2012 on lifelong learning examples in libraries. (If you don't know what an Ignite Talk is, it's a presentation format that is exactly 5 minutes long. Slides are auto-advanced every 15 seconds!)

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  • In the ecoystems of learning, where can people of ages continue to learn besides at a school, university, or home? At your local library! In the libraries of my home state of Kansas and across the country, learning has traditionally been acquired through the reading of books. \n
  • Yet libraries are much much more than books and are now the community hub. People of all ages can take classes, explore worlds unknown, join community discussions, even learn a language. Dr. David Lankes calls this librarians facilitating knowledge creation in our communities. Let’s see what this looks like. \n
  • In Hiawatha, the teen leadership created and ran their own café and art gallery last spring. Through the library’s Center for Lifelong Learning, library patrons experience computer, eBay, art, crafting, gardening, and baking classes, as well as knitting, Scrabble, cooking, and book clubs. \n
  • A variety of programs are held year-round including experiencing mountain climbing gear, learning about GPS tracking glaciers, and holding GPS scavenger hunts. Even the governor’s wife visited to support read to preschoolers week! \n
  • In Salina, the Community Learning and Skill Sharing, CLASS program, promotes personal growth and builds community through music, massage, exploring nature, finance, dancing, language, cooking, personal business, and reflexology classes.\n
  • To quote the CLASS mission, Taking CLASS for a spin means that you’re ready to try something new. Studies show that the more new things you try, the sharper your mind and body will be. People who are adventurous and willing to stretch their minds and bodies have less stress, fewer illnesses, aches and pains and are happier.\n
  • In Linwood, retired men in the community tackle deep philosophical questions at the library each week, such as what is the nature of good and evil and is our political system broken. The men debate these issues in a collegial and respectful manner, attempting to come to a consensus. \n
  • The 6 by 6 Ready to Read program, is a statewide initiative in Kansas libraries, emphasizing six skills for children to develop before they learn to read. This exciting project includes opportunities for learning, spaces in libraries, bags, lists, activities, book sets, and more! \n
  • In Junction City, the library participates in the community education program Learning is for Everyone (LIFE) where people share their knowledge, exchange ideas, and pursue their interests through lifelong learning. Touch a Truck is but one example of a LIFE event. \n
  • At the Topeka and Shawnee County Library, lifelong learning is on full display. In the nonfiction section, the library has built neighborhoods around a variety of topics, including health, weddings, and travel. These neighborhoods include library materials, resources, bags, and multimedia curated around these topics.\n
  • Programs at the library are quite popular, including multigenerational trivia nights. Galleries, exhibits and related programs are available, including a recent exhibit, Call of Duty: Kansans in World War II. \n
  • Local food is a trend in Lawrence and for Kansas Day celebrations, the library held a program where community members could hear from local ranchers discussing animal husbandry and sustainable food, while enjoying free tasting portions of their meats.\n
  • The Kansas Reads choice this year was Our Boys, the story of a high school football coach of one of the best small town teams in America. The coach, his son (Holton’s own high school coach), and the book’s author came to Holton’s library for an evening program with the community. Many new faces were seen in the library that night. \n
  • The State Library of Kansas offers a Talking Books service to those who can’t see to read or physically cannot hold a book. This service has been a vital part for many to continue to learn, even when books are no longer physically accessible. \n
  • School and university libraries are offering opportunities for learning outside the traditional research, literacy instruction, and studying elements, offering spaces for collaboration, discussions, and music and poetry performances. Libraries are no longer quiet!\n
  • YOUMedia labs are new, starting at the Chicago Library and beginning to appear in several other libraries. These are spaces where kids and teens can create and encounter multimedia in a variety of ways, learning important skills in the process. These labs are changing the possibilities of libraries. \n
  • Of course, libraries do offer spaces for reading, from chairs and tables to benches, to big stuffed bears. Kids can even take their shoes off and get comfortable! And eReader classes and eBooks are becoming more widely available. \n
  • In Basehor, through the Mission Wolf library program, 700 community members had the opportunity to learn about and encounter live wolves, learning how to interact with these incredible creatures. The library hosted the program as part of a continuing series on habitats and the environment. \n
  • We could be here all day, talking about all the other ways libraries are helping their communities grow through lifelong learning support, including maker spaces, performance halls, history dialogues, touchscreen interfaces, and summer reading programs. \n
  • But to end, I’d like you to consider this statement, from ProtectNYLibraries: Throughout our lives, we seek knowledge and information. Throughout our lives, we learn. Throughout our lives, we turn to our libraries to continue learning. How is your local library doing this? Are you supporting them? Thank you. \n
  • DML2012 Ignite Talk: Learning from Birth to the Grave @ Your Library

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    3. 3. MorrillPublic Library Hiawatha, KS3,172 residents (2010 Census) photo courtesy of morrillpubliclibrary on Flickr Teen WAY Café
    4. 4. MorrillPublic Library Hiawatha, KS3,172 residents (2010 Census) photo courtesy of Morrill Public Library Glaciers in Mexico
    5. 5. Salina Public Library Salina, KS47,707 residents (2010 Census) photo courtesy of Salina Public Library CLASS Programs
    6. 6. Salina Public Library Salina, KS47,707 residents (2010 Census) photo courtesy of Salina Public Library Multigenerational Harp Class
    7. 7. LinwoodCommunity LibraryLinwood, KS375 residents (2010 Census) photo courtesy of Linwood Community Library Café Philo
    8. 8. AlmenaCity Library Almena, KS408 residents (2010 Census) photos courtesy of Northwest Kansas Library System 6 by 6: “Ready to Read”
    9. 9. Dorothy Bramlage Public LibraryJunction City, KS23,353 residents (2010 Census) photo courtesy of Dorothy Bramlage Public Library “Touch” a Truck & LIFE
    10. 10. Topeka &Shawnee County Public Library Topeka, KS127,473 residents (2010 Census) photos courtesy of TopekaLibrary & lybrarian on Flickr “Neighborhoods”
    11. 11. Topeka &Shawnee County Public Library Topeka, KS127,473 residents (2010 Census) photo courtesy of TopekaLibrary on Flickr Multigenerational Trivia Nights
    12. 12. Lawrence Public Library Lawrence, KS87,643 residents (2010 Census) photo courtesy of Lawrence Public Library “Meat and Greet”
    13. 13. Beck-Bookman Library Holton, KS3,329 residents (2010 Census) photos courtesy of Beck-Bookman Library “Our Boys” discussion & signing
    14. 14. State Library of Kansas Statewide 2,853,118 residents (2010 Census) photo courtesy of NCKLS Talking Books Service
    15. 15. The Unquiet Library(Creekview High School) Canton, GA 1,804 students (Ga. Dept. of Ed., 2011) photo courtesy of theunquietlibrary on Flickr Roots Music Club
    16. 16. ChicagoPublic Library Chicago, IL 2,695,598 residents (2010 Census) photo courtesy of juggernautco on Flickr YOUMedia Labs
    17. 17. Basehor Community Library Basehor, KS4,613 residents (2010 Census) photo courtesy of Basehor Community Library Reading Time
    18. 18. Basehor Community Library Basehor, KS4,613 residents (2010 Census) photo courtesy of Wayne Rhodus Mission WOLF
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