Connected Learning at the Library: Developing Librarians' Capacity to Support Today's Digital Youth

Connected Learning at the Library: Developing Librarians' Capacity to Support Today's Digital Youth

This grant proposal responds to the Continuing Education (CE) category of the IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program and will occur from June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2018. The audiences for this continuing education grant are public librarians serving teens. This project brings together faculty members from the library and information science (LIS) schools at the University of Washington and University of Maryland and public library partners to develop a suite of professional development resources aimed at building public librarians’ capacity to leverage digital media and connected learning principles to promote 21st century skills among the youth they serve. The public library partners are Providence Public Library, Seattle Public Library, and Kitsap Regional Library. Each of these library systems serves a variety of traditionally underserved youth populations, including rural, immigrant, and low-income youth. In addition to working closely with our partner libraries, we will solicit input from a broad range of youth-serving public libraries across the country to develop, implement, and evaluate customizable professional development resources that support librarians in their efforts to leverage new media technologies and promote youth’s connected learning experiences in libraries.

Duration: 
June 2015 - May 2018
Funder: 
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Total Award Amount: 
$192,526
Partnering Organizations: 
University of Washington

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Katie Davis