Notes on Joan Lippincott’s keynote

Nothing originally mine– these are just my notes from Joan Lippincott’s great presentation.

Joan K. Lippincott – Keynote Address   “Reorienting Libraries for Today’s Students”

There are many ways that students use library spaces: group study, quiet study, taking a break with video games or on a couch.  One student will have different needs at different times of day depending on coursework or social interaction.

What if we call students “learners” or “knowledge seekers” instead of “library users”?  There are students that are not currently library users.  We want to encourage all students to take advantage of the library services even if they haven’t been in the habit.  Informal learning space where active, engaged learning is taking place.

What if we focused on developing physical and virtual learning environments?  We know how to provide libraries; we mostly provide good library spaces for the books and traditional usage.  What we don’t necessarily have covered yet are “learning environments.”

Some faculty are re-orienting their thinking around teaching: from “teaching” to “learning.”  In a UMN Biology intro course, Professor Robin Wright assigns her lectures as homework.  Instead of sitting at a lecture, students watch them at home and come into a classroom with round tables, appropriate technologies, and they do “problem-based learning”—an entire reorientation of the common wisdom.

Problem-based learning for freshmen engineering students (Wendy Newstetter, Georgia Tech). Professor does not “cover content;” instead, students learn the practice of the discipline.

Traditional libraries are set up for knowledge seekers—now we need to reconfigure to accommodate knowledge creators too.  Provide environment for doing *and displaying* creative work as well.  Most students (even some Ph.D.s) will be outside academe in jobs where they will produce some kind of digital content every day.

Inviting learners to connect.  Inviting students to partner on information literacy materials.  Collaborate with students on library guides.  New type of engagement in curriculum: co-creators.  Students as open access advocates and partners.  Working with grad students as TAs for info literacy classes.

Revitalizing our facilities.  How to provide new collaborative learning spaces?  Practice presentation rooms, multimedia production areas, etc.  Can we promote a sense of the library as a cultural center?

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