On June 11, 2015, iSchool Associate Professor Mega Subramaniam participated in a panel presentation entitled: “Kids, Learning, and Technology: Libraries as 21st Century Creative Spaces.” The panel was organized by incoming ALA President Sari Feldman, ALA Washington Office, and Representative Marcia Fudge of Ohio.
The panelists including, Dr. Subramaniam; Sari Feldman; Jesse Sanders of Cuyahoga County Public Libraries; and Nicole McDonald of New York Public Libraries, described how libraries that libraries are more than story time. While a key part of library services, STREAM programming, makerspaces, and other kinds of educational programming have taken on a larger role in both school and public libraries. ALA President Elect and panel moderator, Sari Feldman highlighted some telling statistics: “last year 64 million people attended youth programming at public libraries; a 24% increase over the past 10 years; and that’s not even include teen programming.” Libraries are natural spaces for unstructured learning where youths can participate in interest driven and peer supported learning opportunities. You can read a full summary of the event on the ALA Washington Office’s website here: http://www.districtdispatch.