My apologies for skipping a December blog post and assignment for the Rising to the Challenge group. Based on your responses for a Facebook group, I’ve created one and you can request to join it by searching for SCLS Reads on Facebook or using this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1671622466429839/ (you'll need to be logged in to Facebook to see the group).
For the first assignment, we read through page 5 of the report. I’m re-reading it along with you and this time, this paragraph on page 4 had the most impact on me:
“At the same time that the half-life of a skill is shrinking, information is becoming more abundant and the means of production are becoming more accessible. This opens up new channels for sharing and the distribution of knowledge. A state of information abundance places a premium on the ability to navigate, create and innovate in this new environment. The ability to exploit these means of production and knowledge sharing has become the new ‘literacy.” In this environment, success will belong to the ‘entrepreneurial learner,’ the person capable of finding resources anywhere and using them to read the world and teach themselves.”
As a Continuing Education specialist, I think that the concept that “success will belong to the ‘entrepreneurial learner’“ applies not only to our patrons, but our library staff. Staff members who are curious, continually learning, trying new things, and then are willing to share their knowledge and experiences with their patrons are extremely valuable to their library and community.
According to the annual report data, the number of adult programs and attendance at them has been increasing over the last few years. In 2014, close to 100,000 people attended adult programs in our 54 member libraries - that’s an amazing number. In addition to the traditional book clubs and book related programs, libraries have embraced the Maker/DIY movement - for all ages. Madison Public Library’s Bubbler is an entire space devoted to learning, sharing, and creating. Several libraries have 3D printers and Lego Mindstorms, encouraging creativity and learning in both patrons and library staff.
What does your library offer for the “entrepreneurial learner”? Share on the SCLS Reads FB group or add a comment to this blog. We’d love to hear and share your stories!
Your assignment for the next month is to read pages 7-31: A Renewed Vision of the Public Library. If you’re interested, on January 26 at 2 p.m. Central Time, there’s an Infopeople webinar, “Aspen Institute’s Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” with Susan Hildreth. Happy Reading!