Friday, July 1, 2011

Twenty-First Century Skills

What the Framework for 21st century learning does is combine all the skills that are necessary to successfully survive in the 21st century and beyond; with the purpose of stating unequivocally that this is what education today must equip students with. This means that we can no longer afford to leave it to luck or chance of a fortunate minority, but have to ensure that all are equipped with these skills that are necessary to survive in our increasingly complex and changing world.




20th Century Library
Primarily content driven
Library as repositories for resources for job seekers
Mostly tangible objects
Library building as destination for resources
One-way
Library uses website and newsletter to share information
Focus on presentation and display
Library provides programs and exhibits
Acts independently
Located in community
Learning outcomes assumed, implied
Library provides training in basic skills
Access to resources during opening hours
Predominantly a faceless organization
Rigid and committed

21st Century Library
Audience and content driven
Library enlists input to identify changing community needs and remains nimble and timely in responding to those needs
Tangible and digital objects
Library’s electronic resources and online presence recognized as expanded collection of resources and services
Multi-directional
Library provides options for public input and develops cross-community partnerships, leveraging social media outlets
Focus on audience engagement, experiences
Library enlists community representatives to help teach, mentor and exchange skills
Acts in highly collaborative partnerships
Library develops lasting and impactful partnerships on behalf of community needs
Embedded in community
Library is recognized as community hub
Learning outcomes purposeful
Library programs include consideration of 21st century skills as learning outcomes for audiences.
24/7 access to resources
More visibility and interaction with librarians having blogs and twitter accounts
Flexible, adaptive and learning


21st century skills
• Communication and collaboration
• Flexibility and adaptability
• Productivity and accountability
• Information literacy
• ICT (Information, communications and technology) literacy
• Communication and collaboration
• Media literacy
• ICT - Apply technology effectively
• Communication and collaboration
• Creativity and innovation
• Communication and collaboration
• Critical thinking and problem solving
• Integral / Essential
• Information literacy
• Media literacy
• ICT literacy
• Flexibility and adaptability
• Work independently
• Be self-directed learners
• Guide and lead others
• Responsibility to others
• Flexibility and adaptability
• Produce results

Yvonne Krishnan
http://www.informedlibrarian.com/guestForum.cfm?FILE=gf1107.html

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