“The model calls for constant monitoring of program quality, innovative timetables that enable flexible programs and services to evolve without bureaucratic barriers, and a focus on fresh services. The library as classroom requires inspired and insightful management that can do those things and more. The library as classroom also requires well-trained, user-focused staff who understand how people of all ages can learn socially. Art programs, do-it-yourself tinkering, locally sourced expert forums, and local open online courses are all part of this curriculum.” (Stephens, M. (2016). The Heart of Librarianship. p. 127-128).
Things to Read
- Stephens, M. (2016) “Library as Classroom” in The Heart of Librarianship, page 126.
- Stephens, M. (2017). Gifts of this hour. (GiftsofthisHour PDF)
- Bookey, J. L. (2015). 8 Awesome Ways Libraries Are Making Learning Fun.
- Kenney, B. (2015). Where Reference Fits in the Modern Library.
- Lippincott, J. (2015). The Future for Teaching and Learning.
- Stephens, M. (2016). “Learning everywhere” in The Heart of Librarianship, page 123.
- Stephens, M. (2016). “Learning to Learn” in The Heart of Librarianship, page 140
- Mathews, B. (2013). Curating learning experiences: A future role for librarians?
- Ballance, C. (2013). Mobilizing knowledge to create convenient learning moments.
- Nygren, Å. (2014). The public library as a community hub for connected learning.
- Block, J. (2014). Embracing messy learning.
- Park, Y. (2016). 8 digital skills we must teach our children.
Things to Explore
- Public Library Association. Digital Learn.
- Breeding, M. (2019). Public Libraries are Teaming Up…Middle Schoolers and Stem Learning Opportunities.
- SmarterLocalGov. (2019). Voices from the Hall-Session 3: The Rockstar Librarian
Image: Super 8 movie still of Michael’s mom in 1968.