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Evolving libraries: What's at our core?


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Are libraries “book warehouses” or “knowledge makerspaces”? The nature of “things” patrons create with library tools has changed in recent years as educators and libraries incorporate new technologies and new media in the learning experience and as methods of communication become increasingly (digitally) visual. However, this increasing complexity of tools has not changed the library’s central role of providing the space for information consumption, the training in support of various literacies, and support of knowledge creation in whatever form the researcher requires. The only thing that has really changed is the nature of the tools libraries support. Are we providing a broader array of tools needed to support multiple-media learning and literacy that enhances our relevancy to constituents—and to funding agencies? Join the discussion!

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Evolving libraries: What's at our core?

  1. 1. Evolving Libraries:What’s at Our Core? Rudy Leon @rudibrarian
  2. 2. Designing Role of social spaces for media in learning student learningConnecting the library more The future of deeply into undergraduate curricular education development The place of Developing technology in staff skills for learning, and maximal libraries flexibility
  3. 3. Dispositions. Participator y learning
  4. 4. Henry John HowardJenkin Paul Rheingold s Gee David Buffy Hamilton Lankes Barbar Char a Booth Fister
  5. 5. Defining Terms• Participatory Learning• Dispositons• Making Library
  6. 6. What do libraries do? • We provide access to information
  7. 7. How do we do that?• We have the content to hand• We develop tools to make the content findable• We develop spaces to use the content• We provide skilled professionals to teach, train, lead users to content
  8. 8. In academic libraries, we buildenvironments where students areenabled an idea, any idea, and follow it • Bring to: through to it’s end • Develop knowledge & expertise using information resources • Create new knowledge (new to the researcher, or to the world) • Seek help & expertise • Provide help & expertise • Access resources otherwise hard to locate • Do it themselves, individually or in a
  9. 9. That sounds like a makerspace..• Bring an idea, follow it through• Build your expertise• Build something new• Seek help & expertise• Provide help and expertise• Access to resources otherwise hard to locate• DIY, with the help of the community
  10. 10. Ethos of library ethos of makerspace• Bring an idea, follow it • Bring an idea, follow it through through• Develop your knowledge • Build your expertise & expertise• Create new knowledge • Build something new (to you or to the world) • Seek help & expertise• Seek help & expertise • Provide help and• Provide help & expertise expertise• Access to resources • Access to resources otherwise hard to otherwise hard to locate locate• Do it yourself, or in a • DIY, with the help of group the community
  11. 11. Knowledge? Film?Posters? Robots? With Growth Of Hacker Scouting, More Kids Learn To Tinker : NPR, 12/23/2012
  12. 12. What are we, if allthe books go away?
  13. 13. Image credits• Bean:• Puzzle pieces:• All others, The Mathewson IGT Knowledge Center
  14. 14. Inspiration & Further Reading• Brown, J. S. (2011). Internet Librarian 2011 Opening Keynote. Presented at the Internet Librarian, Monterey, CA. Retrieved from• Hamilton, B. (2012a, June 28). Makerspaces, Participatory Learning, and Libraries. The Unquiet Librarian. Retrieved from participatory-learning-and-libraries/• Hamilton, B. (2012b, July 15). The Unquiet Library-A Makerspace Culture of Learning (Buffy Hamilto... Retrieved from learning-buffy-hamilton-july-2012• Jenkins, H. (n.d.). Jenkins on Participatory Culture at newlearningonline. In New Learning: transformational designs for Pedagogy and assessment. Retrieved from• Schiller, N. (2012, November 13). Hacker Values ≈ Library Values*. ACRL TechConnect. Retrieved from• Thomas, D., & Brown, J. S. (2011). A new culture of learning  cultivating the imagination for a world of : constant change. Lexington, Ky.: CreateSpace?].• With Growth Of “Hacker Scouting,” More Kids Learn To Tinker  NPR. (2012, December 23). : Retrieved from learn-to-tinker