Library 2.016: Library as Classroom Online Mini-Conference Call for Proposals

SJSU_iSchool_Library_2016_LibraryAsClassroom03 (1)Join me at the next Library 2.016 online mini-conference in June:

Library as Classroom
June 15th, 2016
12:00 – 3:00pm US-Pacific Time

In A New Culture of Learning, authors Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown write, “Where imaginations play, learning happens.” This could and should define our services for now and in the future. The library as creative classroom means we approach the learning opportunities we create with thought, user-directed planning, and insights from research. This classroom may include physical spaces for instruction and discovery as well as online, multiscale platforms aimed at social learning and participation.

Libraries of all kinds 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. There are notable examples of academic, public, and K-12 library spaces that have become creative classrooms. These feature community learning spaces to help learners achieve, 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.

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 LOOCs (local open online courses) are all part of this curriculum.

This is a free, online event. Please register to attend live or to receive the recording links. Participants are encouraged to use #library2016 and # on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.

For more information, visit the “Library as Classroom” section of the Library 2.0 website.


We encourage all who are interested in presenting to submit a proposal. Proposals will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of sessions will be limited, so you are encouraged to get your proposal in early! If your proposal is accepted, you will be provided with the ability to schedule a presentation time that is convenient to your time zone and work schedule. Early proposal submission and acceptance will give you the most flexibility for scheduling your presentation.

The deadline to submit presentation proposals is May 31st, but sessions slots may fill before that time.