the future of libraries in the digital age
Your Name and Title: Lorette McWilliams, Research Analyst
Library, School, or Organization Name: Harvard Family Research Project
Co-Presenter Name(s): M. Elena Lopez, Associate Director
Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Language in Which You Will Present: English
Target Audience(s): Librarians, Library Directors, Community Members, Families, Educators, Policy-makers, Funders
Short Session Description (one line):
Harvard Family Research Project will highlight creative ways to use library assets for family educational engagement based on the results of a 2016 national public library survey which reveals how libraries are partnering with families, children, and youth to promote and support learning anywhere, anytime.
Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
The library as classroom requires strong leadership, well-trained staff, and physical spaces that promote curiosity and innovation. More than that, library as classroom requires the engagement of families. Families play a big role in children’s success, through the ways that they promote children’s learning, connect children to quality learning settings, and develop relationships with practitioners. Families can be engaged in more than storytime as libraries have the potential to build pathways for learning for entire families, and create meaningful co-learning opportunities between children and their parents.
So how can libraries open space for all families and children of all ages as part of the library classroom? And what can families learn from being engaged in the library classroom?
In this session, Harvard Family Research Project will share the results of a recent national survey of nearly 500 urban, suburban, and rural libraries. Participants will learn how libraries are partnering with families to promote and support the learning and well-being of children and youth.
Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:
Harvard Family Research Project website: http://hfrp.org
Harvard Family Research Project/Public Libraries Association page: