Date(s) - 11/04/2016
9:30 am CDT - 2:30 pm CDT
FSU-Panama City Campus
The PLAN Annual Meeting will be held on November 4, 2016, and will be followed by the PLAN Board Meeting.
Keynote Presentation: The Library as Classroom: Hyperlinked Learning Experiences for All — Dr. Michael Stephens
What does the library as creative classroom look like? Emerging technologies are changing the way we live and learn. Libraries can play a key role in this future, and our institutions serve as formal and informal creative classrooms, supporting learners by employing emerging strategies in learning and engagement. These include: play, collaborative exploration of ideas and technologies, and other innovations. Imagine the evolving hyperlinked library as a creation space, community space, anything space. Imagine these community learning spaces bringing together learners with game-focused initiatives that make the library a laboratory for exploration, creation zones with requisite digital and 3-D hardware for building things, and potentially endless opportunities to connect virtually with people worldwide. Imagine this library available everywhere via mobile devices and tablets. How do we create opportunities for user learning supported and facilitated by librarians? How will library services change with mobile classrooms in the palm of one’s hand? The library as classroom requires inspired and insightful management that can do those things and more. The library as classroom also requires well-trained, user-focused staff who understand how people of all ages can learn socially. Art programs, DIY tinkering, locally sourced expert forums, and much more are all part of this curriculum.
Dr. Michael Stephens is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information at San Jose State University. Dr. Stephens designs and conducts the online postgraduate course, The Hyperlinked Library, focused on the powerful emerging trends, tools and processes driving change in library and information communities. He was the 2009 CAVAL Visiting Scholar in Australia, consulted for US Embassies in Germany, Switzerland, and Turkey, and presented to both national and international audiences about emerging technologies, innovation, and libraries. Since 2010, Dr. Stephens has written the monthly column “Office Hours” for Library Journal exploring the issues, ideas, and emerging trends in libraries and LIS education. For more than ten years, his research has focused on the use of emerging technologies in libraries and technology learning programs, and he is inspired by library structures and virtual spaces that support users, participation, creating content, and encouraging the heart.
Please note the location change — we will be at the Bland Conference Center on the FSU – Panama City campus.
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