In a lecture on “Learning Everywhere,” Professor Stephens (n.d.) states that, “The heart of libraries is supporting learning and our users’ curiosity through every means possible.” This ties back into my context book from earlier this semester, Pinker’s Enlightenment Now (2018), where Pinker argued for the importance of an educated populace, with digital literacy becoming increasingly important. The world is becoming increasingly digitized, as Nygren (2014) discusses in his paper, and digital literacy is thus essential to gaining access to digital learning tools and information. To make “learning everywhere” possible like Professor Stephens (2016) discusses in his book, libraries must provide “opportunities to gain knowledge” about how to access digital “opportunities to gain knowledge” (p. 125).

                This arguably makes digital literacy one of the “life literacies” Professor Stephens (n.d.) mentions in his lecture. This is why I think Yuhyun Park (2016, June 14) argues for the importance of teaching children digital skills. If Horrigan’s report (2016, March 22) is correct that adults are more likely to be lifelong learners if they know how to use technology, then digital skills are also becoming essential for lifelong learning. Park is thus entirely correct that children must learn these skills, but there are many adults, even librarians, who could benefit from learning more about them too. If libraries want to be able to facilitate learning everywhere, they have an opportunity to teach people of all ages the skills needed to gain access.

Stephens, M. (n.d.). Learning everywhere . Retrieved from https://sjsu-ischool.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=e38d4a22-9626-4b29-a038-aaef0124ee52
Stephens, M. (n.d.). Learning everywhere . Retrieved from https://sjsu-ischool.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=e38d4a22-9626-4b29-a038-aaef0124ee52

                In the above picture, you see a very busy library’s schedule. This clearly shows a library who offers a diversity of programming and resources to its community. I don’t know what a “Tech Workshop” means exactly, but this is a library that knows the importance of digital literacy. The library can be a classroom both physically and digitally, and the two can work together to create an impressively hyperlinked library.

References

Horrigan, J. (2016, March 22). Adults with tech-access tools are more likely to be lifelong learners and rely on the internet to pursue knowledge. Retrieved from https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2016/03/22/adults-with-tech-access-tools-are-more-likely-to-be-lifelong-learners-and-rely-on-the-internet-to-pursue-knowledge/

Nygren, Å. (2014). The public library as a community hub for connected learning [PDF file]. Retrieved from http://library.ifla.org/1014/1/167-nygren-en.pdf

Park, Y. (2016, June 14). 8 digital skills we must teach our children. Retrieved from https://medium.com/world-economic-forum/8-digital-skills-we-must-teach-our-children-f37853d7221e#.789qtaw64

Pinker, S. (2018). Enlightenment now: The case for reason, science, humanism, and progress. New York: Penguin Books.

Stephens, M. (2016). The heart of librarianship: Attentive, positive, and purposeful change. Chicago: American Library Association. Stephens, M. (n.d.). Learning everywhere . Retrieved from https://sjsu-ischool.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=e38d4a22-9626-4b29-a038-aaef0124ee52

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