VALA2014 Session 9 Barry

Learn to play and play to learn: using public libraries for creativity and collaboration

Wednesday 5 February 2014, 13:45 – 14:15
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Tania Barry

Vic (formerly Yarra Plenty Regional Library)

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With the role of libraries in learning already widely recognised, the next wave of opportunity for libraries is to facilitate community engagement in new ways of knowledge sharing and creative practice. Libraries need to rethink existing interiors, creating spaces for people to come together to learn. Libraries need to share and to develop new ideas and activities for outreach, using technology as an enabler. The paper examines Digital Hubs and maker spaces as examples of reinvented spaces, and discusses geocaching as an example of the reinvention of programs aimed at increasing community knowledge-sharing and creativity.

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