The concepts of “infinite learning” and “library as classroom” pair seamlessly to show evidence of libraries providing lifelong learning for all, a major tenet in the library world. This learning doesn’t have to take place inside a school or library, but occurs wherever learners happen to be, and whenever is convenient for them.
Technology plays a critical role in infinite learning. Perry and Weimar (2016) remind us that “kids born today will never live in a world where there aren’t devices like smartphones and tablets”, and whatever tech may be on the horizon. With the surge in mobile devices growing rapidly, libraries have an even greater opportunity to evolve as information “classrooms” (Pedersen, 2016).
The library as creative classroom involves combining play, collaboration, and innovation to help learners achieve. Inspired and insightful library “teachers” can provide both physical and virtual spaces for growth, collaboration, and communication, allowing learning to expand to new and exciting dimensions.
One final thought: I was fascinated by the use of emojis as a library tool, especially using them to survey and compile net-promotor scores for analysis. I stumbled upon the website Emojipedia, a reference website that as of March 2017 boasted 4 million unique users. There is even a World Emoji Day (July 17), which I plan to celebrate this year. As stated in the lecture, and in Thompson’s Wired article (2016), 92% of people online use emojis to express emotion and to add an emotional element to writing that helps prevent miscommunication.
Pederson, L. (2016). The future of public libraries: A technology perspective. Public Library Quarterly, 35(4), 362-365.
Perry, K., & Weimar, H. (2016). Learning with and without technology. Young Adult Library Services, 14(2), 20-21.
Thompson, C. (2016). The emoji is the birth of a new type of language (no joke). Wired, retrieved from https://www.wired.com/2016/04/the-science-of-emoji/