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Monday, 31st August 2009

Museums and Libraries Meet Lifelong Learning Needs for 21st Century

Museums and Libraries Meet Lifelong Learning Needs for 21st Century

In the 21st century, workers and students need more diverse skills to compete in a global economy. The Obama Administration has called for the development of 21st century skills like problem-solving, critical thinking, entrepreneurship and creativity. At the same time the capacity of cultural institutions to engage the public in innovative learning experiences has created a new dynamic for delivering library and museum service. Libraries and museums that adapt to these changes are playing a significant role in delivering 21st century skills to learners of all ages.

As part of its mission to engage libraries and museums, community stakeholders and policy makers at the national, state and local level in a concerted effort to meet the educational, economic, civic, and cultural needs of communities, IMLS is releasing Museums, Libraries and 21st Century Skills. The website provides a quick online assessment for libraries and museums to evaluate their readiness to engage the public and to deliver 21st century skills, a downloadable pdf of a report and in-depth assessment matrix for library and museum practioners and policy makers.

+ Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills

Source: Institute of Museum and Library Services


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