3. Why Your Library Needs Connected Learning

Libraries are ideal environments for connected learning—learning in libraries is informal, flexible, and interest-driven, and it doesn’t (or shouldn’t) feel like school.1 Connected learning can help achieve your library’s mission and goals by promoting equity, by encouraging new skills and literacies, and building community.

After completing this section, you will be able to...

  • Explain how connected learning can enhance your library’s services to teens
  • Describe the “equity agenda” inherent in connected learning, and develop your own agenda for equity in your community

1: Connected Libraries: Surveying the Current Landscape and Charting a Path to the Future, by Kelly M. Hoffman, Mega Subramaniam, Saba Kawas, Ligaya Scaff, & Katie Davis. ConnectedLib, 2016.