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Archive for December 18th, 2007

The goal of my research this semester was to somehow bring together teens, libraries, and the arts with a proposal of how the principles of Library 2.0 could play a part in that.

Multiple studies have found the same evidence time and time again – an education in the arts undoubtedly increases the learning capacity and literacy of students. Every library’s mission statement includes some level of dedication to improving literacy and encouraging the pursuit of lifelong learning. I found several non profit arts for literacy type groups working toward community partnerships with schools, but I was hoping to find a great number of libraries involved with these efforts or creating their own. I didn’t find what I was hoping for, and I’d like to see that change.

Libraries are now faced with a great challenge when it comes to bringing young adults in. Teens often don’t think of libraries as that ‘third space’ that they’re looking for. So, how can the arts help with this? Studies show that the arts help create that ‘third space’ type atmosphere that often alludes schools and libraries.

Take a look at Imaginon in North Carolina and you’ll get an idea of what is possible if we really want it. Granted they had the money to do a lot, but even small libraries can create similar environments with programming and community partnerships.

What can you do to help?

Here are a few links to organizations online with information about the arts and literacy.

ArtsLiteracy Project 

National Arts and Music Education Initiative 

Americans for the Arts 

Arts Education Partnership 

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I’ve been doing the del.icio.us thing for quite a while now and I love it. It’s a great way to keep track of all the zillions of new things I find on the Net everyday. And I love the social aspect of it – nothing better than checking my ‘Links Saved For You’ page and finding a really cool new site. I do need to take some time to organize it better though… New Year’s resolution? Nah, but now that I’m graduating, (Yayayay!) I’ll have more time for things like that. 🙂

Anyway, there’s a widget in the sidebar of this blog from my del.icio.us page listing the most current items I’ve marked LIS768, and if you want to see more of my random tagging craziness you can visit my del.icio.us.

It’s so del.icio.us!

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