the future of libraries in the digital age
Your Name and Title: Don Means, Founder/Principal
Library, School, or Organization Name: Digital Village "Fiber to the Library" Initiative
Co-Presenter Name(s): Carol Levers, KCKPL Director,
Area of the World from Which You Will Present: US
Language in Which You Will Present: English
Target Audience(s): School, public & academic librarians
Short Session Description: Librarians collaborating toward integration across full K-20 educational spectrum.
Full Session Description: Historically, the nation’s educational institutions; K-12 school systems, public libraries as well as colleges and universities, have had only minimal success in creating sustained partnerships and sharing resources across K-20 organizations. Obstacles to developing cooperative programs and day-to-day interaction arise from serving varied populations with different needs, plus having widely dissimilar governance structures, funding sources, internal cultures and traditions.
"K-20 Librarians" can become the connective tissue of a new national education continuum where all institutions of learning can function more as a integrated whole to serve the needs of each learner at any level of accomplishment across any distance by providing tailored resources and expanded educational opportunities.
The first local consortium, initiated by the KCK Public Library, begins as a new collaboration of school, public and academic librarians seeking to lower technological and administrative barriers to deeper integration of services from area educational, cultural and civic institutions.
Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session: http://telestructure.com