Shaping the New Information Normal: Connected Learning through Empowering Young Adult Spaces

MARX, Maura (2014) Shaping the New Information Normal: Connected Learning through Empowering Young Adult Spaces. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2014 - Lyon - Libraries, Citizens, Societies: Confluence for Knowledge in Session 203 - Metropolitan Libraries. In: IFLA WLIC 2014, 16-22 August 2014, Lyon, France.

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Abstract

Shaping the New Information Normal: Connected Learning through Empowering Young Adult Spaces

Connected Learning is a research-based education approach that makes learning relevant to young people, to real life and real work, and to the realities of the digital age, where rapid change is constant. Connected Learning links young people to their interests, to inspiring peers and mentors, and to online tools so that they can build on the learning that they do in school and at home. Learning Labs are programs and spaces in museums and libraries where Connected Learning comes to life. Equipped with engaging digital media tools and trained mentors, Learning Labs empower and motivate learners to identify and pursue their true passions—and turn those passions into pathways to new skills and knowledge. Learning Labs help teens pursue their interests, build a supportive network of mentors and peers, and link their passions to academic achievement, a meaningful career, or civic engagement. This paper discusses the Connected Learning model, and how to engage youth through effective Learning Lab spaces in libraries. Examples from three metropolitan library systems: Miami-Dade Public, Columbus Public and San Francisco Public, illustrate exemplary Learning Lab models, and the potential for Connected Learning to impact both individual learners and society.

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