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Learning Tools and Interactives

Libraries and museums are creating new interactive experiences using the latest research about learning.

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The WebWise Conference annually brings together representatives of museums, libraries, archives, systems science, education, and other fields interested in the future of highquality online content for inquiry and learning.

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Learning Lab Publication Describes Transformative Spaces for Teens

November 20, 2014 10:19 AM
Learning Labs are creative spaces in libraries and museums that engage teens and tweens 21st century learning. Read More

 
IMLS Awards $1.3 Million for Training and Professional Development Projects

October 16, 2014 09:37 AM
Three IMLS-funded projects will help library, museum, and archives professionals develop expertise and leadership skills. Read More

 
New IMLS Funding to Support the Digital Public Library of America

September 30, 2014 11:26 AM
An IMLS grant will help the Digital Public Library of America expand its infrastructure to make more digital collections available to all. Read More

 
Blog Post: Libraries and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

November 13, 2014 02:55 PM
The new law has a focus on community-based partnerships and recognizes libraries’ role. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Interview: Kansas State Library

October 23, 2014 02:43 PM
Kansas State Library is focusing on digital literacy and workforce development to reduce poverty and help their residents succeed as lifelong learners. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Public Libraries Can Be Catalysts for Community Transformation

October 22, 2014 11:49 AM
A new Aspen Institute report summarizes assets of public libraries and describes strategies for their success. Read More

 
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Teacher Institutes for Science Education and Ocean Conservation at the Monterey Bay Aquarium


The Monterey Bay Aquarium offered expanded professional development programs for teachers through a teacher institute project, providing 450 teachers with new tools, skills, and support through 15 year-long, grade-appropriate teacher institutes over 3 years. Participating teachers were better able to engage and inspire students to develop a connection to their local environment and gain the basic ocean science and critical thinking skills necessary to be effective citizens and ocean stewards. Read More

 
When Tradition Met Technology: The Chilkat Valley Fingerprints Project
When Tradition Met Technology: The Chilkat Valley Fingerprints Project


The Haines Borough Public Library and the Chilkoot Indian Association worked together on a project to share Native cultural knowledge and to offer basic literacy and technology programs to help the members of their rural, isolated community. The results: new energy and programs that empower residents with a solid foundation of traditional life skills to weather hard times, technical literacy for twenty-first century success, and mutual understanding and respect. Read More

 
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Building an Online Commons for Balboa Park


The Balboa Park Online Collaborative launched the Balboa Park Commons, a resource for educators featuring more than 20,000 digitized photographs and artifacts from seven cultural organizations in Balboa Park. Read More

 
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Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums:Transformative Spaces for Teens


Learn how 24 cities and counties applied new research about young people’s media practices to create physical and digital spaces for learning. This publication describes lessons learned, new models and practices and the impact of Learning Labs, supported by IMLS and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Read More

 
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WebWise 2010 Conference Agenda


The 2011 WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World was held in Baltimore, March 9-11, with preconferences on the 9th and the main conference on the 10th and 11th. The theme for the 2011 conference was “Libraries, Museums, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in Research, Education, and Practice.” Read More

 
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WebWise 2010 Conference Agenda


The 2010 WebWise Conference was held March 4-5, at the Hyatt Regency, Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado with a day of pre-conference workshops on March 3. The theme was "Imagining the Digital Future." Conference programs addressed the successes and innovations of the past as well as the opportunities and challenges that can help drive museum and library sciences into the future. Read More

 
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Talking Points: From Third Place to Makerspace: Public Libraries and Teens


A snapshot of how public libraries reach out to teens with programs and services. Read More

 
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Talking Points: Adults Gain Skills at the Library


Short overview of the impact of library services for adult literacy. Read More