Societies are constantly changing whether because of demography, socio-political climates or even new technology disruptions which require new ways of thinking and learning. All of these have an impact on communities, how they function, interact as well as a bearing on who gets ahead and who falls behind. Libraries have long sought to level the playing field, promoting equity and inclusivity while trying to keep up with change. With an ever-widening scope, libraries increasingly play the role of a facilitator, bringing together different stakeholders in the community to strengthen and improve the lives of those it serves.
The 2019 International Papers Program theme is: Preparing for a Changing World: How Libraries Facilitate the Acquisition of New Skill Sets in Communities.
In this session, speakers will share on international library projects, trends and issues relating to new skills sets that libraries facilitate in their community such as but not limited to health literacy for an aging population, new media initiatives and strategies that help families navigate a changing media landscape, critical evaluation skills to help members assess the information they consume online and other life skills like communication and negotiation that have grown in importance in a divisive world.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.