Building a Community of Learning Navigators in a Public Library
Submitted by David J. Rosen on February 20, 2017 - 2:19pm
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I would like to call your attention to a short article by Ed Latham, published today on my blog Adult Literacy Education. You may be familiar with Ed's volunteer nonformal learning project in the Milbridge, Maine Public Library that focuses on using board games for community building, and cross/multi-cultural learning. This article is about Ed's new Milbridge Public Library project that focuses on building a community of "learning navigators," that is, a nonformal group of people from the community who, over time, become skilled in helping themselves, and each other, to find and expertly use community, library, social network, and online collections of digital learning resources to answer their questions and meet their learning needs, whether informal, nonformal or formal. These are not classes, but rather, a regular, weekly group of neighbors who need, and offer peer-to-peer learning help. If I understand Ed's goal, it would be to have this so "institutionalized" that eventually it could function perfectly without him!
I invite you to read the article and comment on it, either on the Adult Literacy Education blog or here.
David J. Rosen