Librarians Lead the Way to Digital Literacy
Unfettered access to information and news is essential for learning—but it can also be a hazard when learners lack the right tools for parsing that information. Nobody knows this more than librarians.
Learning at Libraries in the Information Age
For centuries, libraries functioned as unique archives of written information and stories. Now, that information is available on many portable devices, but libraries are not obsolete. Far from it.
How Libraries Help Families Encourage Learning Outside of School
Education equals schools—right or wrong? That deceptively simple question kicked off the Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) web conference on October 15. “Creating a Conversation About Anywhere, Anytime Learning” was the second installment of HFRP Interact, a yearlong series that explores family engagement in the context of out-of-school learning.
How Can Adults Help Young Children Learn From Screens?
In Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, experts gather to help educators, parents, and media developers make better decisions on kids and media.
Libraries Prove to be Adaptable and Vital in the Digital Age
In Pittsburgh and around the country, libraries are becoming “bustling community centers.”
Why What’s Best for Families is Also Best for Cities
Pittsburgh leaders showcase the region’s work at the National League of City's Summit on Your City's Families.
Creating Spaces That Engage Teens: A Q&A with Amy Eshleman
Amy Eshleman is spearheading the expansion of Learning Labs at libraries, museums, and other cultural institutions in cities across the country. The unique digital spaces are designed to inspire teens to become creators and makers, not just passive consumers of digital media.
How Museums and Libraries Are Creating Lifelong Learners
From acting as children’s first teachers to providing access to digital technologies, museums and libraries are a crucial part of early education.
Common Core Knowledge Can Get a Boost From After School Programs
What role might museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions in a city play in the Common Core movement? Can they help students become deeper thinkers?
Should Libraries Shush?
Many say no. The libraries of the digital age are becoming community learning spaces, adopting innovative methods to engage a new digital generation of learners.
12 Libraries and Museums to Receive Digital Learning Labs
The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the MacArthur Foundation recently announced the winners of a national competition that will create 12 digital learning centers for kids and teens. The winners include eight libraries and four museums. The cost of the program totals $1.2 million in grants. It’s a big investment and an even more exciting venture. […]
YOUMedia Chicago: Digital Media Library of the Future?
Our nation’s libraries are in a crisis. Massive budget cuts and lack of support have led to libraries in several states closing their doors. Those that manage to remain open struggle to retain relevance in a society who’s main forms of information are increasingly digital in nature. So it’s no surprise that many libraries are […]