Prepared by OCLC Research, IMLS Focus: Learning in Libraries summarizes the May 2015 IMLS forum on advancing learning in libraries. The event covered a variety of topics, including participatory learning, early learning; adult education and workforce development, continuing education and professional development, and digital literacy and inclusion. The interdependent relationship between research and practice and the alignment of curriculum in the academy programs to meet the evolving needs of today's libraries and the communities they serve were also discussed.
The report recommends four areas of focus:
- Connect LIS education and professional development to 21st century librarianship,
- Pursue research that connects with library practice,
- Design participatory learning programs that demonstrate innovation and scalability, and
- Develop cross-disciplinary collaborations that advance library services nationwide.
See the IMLS blog post, Setting an Agenda to Advance Learning in Libraries, for more information and read the report in pdf format online.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Its grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.
IMLS commissioned OCLC Research to write the report of the event in order to draw on its unique position within the field and its capacity to distill thoughts shared at the meeting and summarize outcomes and recommendations.