21st-Century Learning – Museums, Libraries and 21st Century Skills

21st Century Skills FrameworkIs your library equipped with the right skills and resources for the 21st Century? Is your institution adopting the right approach to enhancing the 21st century skills of your audiences?

Well, find out for yourself via The Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills Online Self-Assessment tool developed by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent US agency which works at the national level to provide federal support for US libraries and museums.

This interactive online self-assessment tool comprises 17 questions and provides you with the results as well as recommendations.  It is part of the “Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills” national campaign which was launched in June 2010 to help US museums and libraries assess their needs and to encourage a strategic approach to 21st century learning. How should libraries and museums evolve as institutions of learning in the 21st century? This initiative aims to help library and museum leaders:
• Envision the library/museum’s role in providing lifelong learning experiences, specifically around 21st century skills;
• Inventory the 21st century skills and practices currently in use by the library/museum;
• Identify goals for future operation and program improvements;
• Build awareness among policymakers and the public about the unique value these institutions provide to the nation’s learning systems.

A report entitled ‘Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills’ and a 21st Century Skills Matrix are also made available to help libraries and museums better understand the opportunities, challenges, and key issues facing today’s museums and libraries in their efforts to meet their communities’ 21st century learning needs.  Here’s a
podcast by IMLS Acting Director Marsha L. Semmel
to tell you more about “Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills”.

About Rica

Director, Civica Library & Learning ... got teleported from the academic library space to the commercial library space in 2005 ...
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