8.08 Learning in Libraries
In this paper we discuss a new framework for conceiving of libraries as learning environments. In general, libraries are understood as supporting learning communities, broadly constituted, whether such communities are in a city or town, a college or university, or a school or business. As we progress through the early decades of the twenty-first century, libraries as learning environments will evolve in response to the changing needs of learners, the changing conceptions of learning, and the new opportunities afforded by developments in computing and communications technologies. Our framework accommodates a range of existing library learning settings and shows the way to the development of new options and opportunities for settings with rich learning potential.
Forthcoming: Chapter for Thomas L. Good (Ed.), 21st Century Education: A Reference Handbook. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.