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Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills Report  (PDF, 900KB)

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21st Century Skills podcast

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Libraries and 21st Century Skills Archived Webinar

Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums


WebWise 2012 Pre-Conference

On Wednesday, February 9th, at WebWise 2012, IMLS hosted a pre-conference session on "Engaging 21st Century Learners." Access speaker presentations here.



Education – Learning

21st Century Skills, Education & Competitiveness. Report. Tucson: Partnership for 21st Century Skills, 2008.

Avegerinou, Maria. "What is ‘Visual Literacy’?" International Visual Literacy Association. http://www.ivla.orga/org_what_vis_lit.htm (accessed April 2, 2012)

Bell, Phillip, Bruce Lewenstein, Andrew W. Shouse, and Michael A. Feder. Learning Science in Informal Environments: People, Places, and Pursuits. Report. Washington: The National Academis, 2009.

Brown, John Seely and Douglas Thomas. A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change. CreateSpace, 2011.

Chen, Milten. Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in our Schools. Hoboken, NJ: Jossey-Bass, 2012.

Connected Educator’s Homepage (U.S. Department of Education.) http://connectededucators.org/ (accessed on August 27, 2012)

Connected Learning Research Network. http://clrn.dmlhub.net/ (accessed on August 27, 2012).

Fadel, Charles and Bernie Trilling. 21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times. Hoboken, NJ: Jossey-Bass, 2009.

Falk, John H., and Lynn D. Dierking. Lessons Without Limit: How Free-Choice Learning is Transforming Education. Lanham: AltaMira Press, 2002.

Fenichel, Marilyn, Heidi A. Schweingruber and the National Research Council. Surrounded by Science: Learning Science in Informal Environments. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press, 2010.

Gardner, Howard. Five Minds for the Future. Cambridge: Harvard Business Review, 2007.

Greenhill, Valerie and Ken Kay. The Leader’s Guide to 21st Century Education: 7 Steps for Schools and Districts. New York: Pearson Education, Inc. 2013.

Harvey, Michelle. "The Environmental Literacy Council Framework." The Environmental Literacy Council. http://www.enviroliteracy.org/article.php/449.html (accessed April 2, 2012).

Hilton, Margaret L., and James W. Pellegrino, eds. Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2012.

National Educational Technology Plan 2010. http://www.ed.gov/technology/netp-2010 (accessed April 2, 2012)

Obama, Barack. "A 21st Century Education." Speech, Campaign for Change Rally, Dayton, OH, September 9, 2008.

Obama, Barach. "Remarks by the President to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on a Complete and Competitive American Education." Speech, Washington, Marriott Metro Center, Washington, D.C., March 10, 2009.

Pellegrino, James W. and Margaret L. Hilton, Eds. Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2012.
Access to full report: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13398
Report Brief: http://www7.national-academies.org/bota/Education_for_Life_and_Work_report_brief.pdf

Pink, Daniel H. A Whole New Mind: Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age. New York: Riverhead Books, 2005.

Pink, Daniel H. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. New York: Riverhead Trade, 2006.

Pink, Daniel H. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. New York: Riverhead Trade, 2011.

"Reimaging Learning in the 21st Century." Report. MacArthur Foundation, 2011.

Sawyer, R.K., Ed. The Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences. New York: Cambridget University Press, 2006.

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills – Home http://www.p21.org (accessed on April 2, 2012)

Digital Engagement

Gasser, Urs and John Palfrey. Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives. New York: Basic Books, 2010.

Ito, Mimi. Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media (The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009.

Ito, Mimi, et. Al. Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Reports on Digital Media and Learning. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009.

McGonigal, Jane. Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. New York: Penguin, 2011.

"Multimedia Transformation: How Digital Tools Are Connecting Teaching and Learning." Education Week: A Special Report on K-12 Educational Technology, Vol. 30, No. 35 (supplement) (2011).

National Broadband Plan: Connecting America. Federal Communication Commission. http://www.broadband.gov/plan (accessed April 2, 2012)

O’Reilly, Tim. "The Architecture of Participation." O’Reilly Media. http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/oreilly/tim/articles/architecture_of_participation.html (accessed April 2,2012).

Shirky, Clay. Cognitive Surplus: How Technology Makes Consumers into Collaborators. New York: Penguin Press, 2011.

Shirky, Clay. Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. New York: Penguin Press HC, 2008.

"Technology." Change.gov: The Office of the President-Elect. http://change.gov/agenda/technology_agenda/ (accessed April 2, 2012)

Watkins, Craig. The Young and the Digital: What the Migration to Social Network Sites, Games, and Anytime, Anywhere Media Means for Our Future. Boston:Beacon Press, 2007.

Creating a Vibrant Community

Collins, Jim. Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great. New York: Harper Collins, 2005.

Florida, Richard l. The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life. New York: Basic Books, 2002.

Kao, John. Innovation Nation: How America Is Losing Its Innovation Edge, Why It Matters, and What We Can Do to Get It Back. New York: Free Press, 2007.

Wolf, Dennis P. "Outside the Box: How Can Districts and Communities Support Informal Learning?" Threshold, Winter, 2008.

Global Knowledge Economy

Autor, David H., Frank Levy, and Richard J. Murnane. "The Skill Content of Recent Technological Change: An Empirical Exploration." Quarterly Journal of Economics. 118 (2003): 1279-1134.

Friedman, Thomas and Michael Mandelbaum. That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011.

Friedman, Thomas. The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.

Howe, Jeff. Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business. Crown Business, 2008.

Hofheinz, Paul. "EU 2020: Why Skills are Key for Europe’s Future." The Lisbon Council Policy Brief, Vol. IV, No 1(2009).

Keeley, Brian. "Human Capital: How what you know shapes your life." OECD Insights. OECD publishing, 2007.

United States Department of Labor. "Number of Jobs Held, Labor Market Activity, and Earnings Growth Among Younger Baby Boomers: Recent Results From a Longitudinal Survey Summary." Bureau of Labor Statistics. http://www.bls.org/nls/nlsy79r20.pdf (accessed April 2, 2012)


Anderson, Gail. Reinventing the Museum: The Evolving Conversation on the Paradigm Shift. Lanham, MD: Altamira Press, 2012.

Center for the Future of Museums. http://futureofmuseums.org

Crow, William B., and Herminia Din. Unbound By Place or Time: Museums and Online Learning. Washington, D.C.: American Association of Museums, 2009.

Semmel, Marsha. "Advancing 21st Century Learning: The Role of Museums and Libraries."

Simon, Nina. "Discourse in the Blogosphere: What Museums Can Learn from Web 2.0." Museums and Social Issues 2, no. 2 (Fall 2007): 257-74.

Simon, Nina. The Participatory Museum. Museum 2.0, 2010.

"The Transformer: Interview with Ken Kay." American Association of Museums (2011).


Association of College and Research Libraries. "ACRL Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education." American Library Association. http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/visualliteracy (accessed April 4, 2012).

"Community Informatics Initiative." University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. http://www.cii.illinois.edu (accessed April 4, 2012).

Lankes, R. David. The Atlas of New Librarianship. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2011.

Libraries at WebScale: An OCLC Report. http://www.oclc.org/ca/en/reports/webscale/default.htm (accessed April 5, 2012).

Library of Congress. "The Teaching with Primary Sources Program." http://www.loc.gov/teachers/tps/ (accessed April 4, 2012).

"Skokie Public Library to Receive National Medal for Museum and Library Service at White House Ceremony." Polish News.

Standards for the 21st Century Learner. Chicago: American Association of School Librarians, 2007.

Austin, Kimberly, et. Al. "YOUmedia Chicago Reimagining Learning, Literacies, and Libraries: A Snapshot of Year 1." Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute (2011).

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Congressional Testimony, 111th Cong. (2008) (testimony of Institute of Museum and Library Services).

Creating a Nation of Learners: Strategic Plan 2012-2016. Institute of Museum and Library Services (2012). http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/StrategicPlan2012-16_Brochure.pdf

Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills. Institute of Museum and Library Services (2009). http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/21stCenturySkills.pdf

The Future of Museums and Libraries: A Discussion Guide. Institute of Museum and Library Services (2009). http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/DiscussionGuide.pdf


Creative Economy Report 2008, The Challenge of Assessing the Creative Economy: Towards Informed Policy-making. Report. United Nations, 2008.