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Title:The Urbana Free Library: Advancing Library-led Community Engagement
Author(s):Barton, Karen; Wolske, Martin; Spencer, Joel
Subject(s):public engagement
digital literacy
Abstract:The Urbana Free Library is a hub for community engagement. It is a place where K-12 schools, community organizations, and University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) departments, centers, and student organizations are coming together to engage with library patrons. Participating groups include: The Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS); Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab; Makerspace Urbana; and Urbana School District’s SPLASH program. Community engagement at The Urbana Free Library recognizes the critical role of libraries in helping citizens build such 21st century skills as information, communications and technology literacy, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, civic literacy, and global awareness [Institute of Museum and Library Services (2009). Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills (IMLS-2009- NAI-01). Washington, D.C.].
Issue Date:2013-02-28
Citation Info:University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Public Engagement Symposium, February 28, 2013.
Genre:Conference Poster
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Sponsor:Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-03-07

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