Lifelong Learning in Public Libraries: Principles, Programs, and People

Lifelong Learning in Public Libraries: Principles, Programs, and People

by Donna L. Gilton
     
 

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Lifelong Learning in Public Libraries demonstrates that public librarians can promote learning by combining the elements of Information Literacy Instruction (ILI) with traditional practices of public libraries. This approach contributes to the information enfranchisement of patrons and enhances the fulfillment of the traditional goals and purposes of

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Lifelong Learning in Public Libraries demonstrates that public librarians can promote learning by combining the elements of Information Literacy Instruction (ILI) with traditional practices of public libraries. This approach contributes to the information enfranchisement of patrons and enhances the fulfillment of the traditional goals and purposes of libraries.

Donna L. Gilton provides background on ILI and current developments in public library instruction and also examines educational theories and practices derived from the fields of behaviorism, cognitive psychology, constructivism, and educational humanism. Additional chapters delve into practices developed to deal with diverse groups and translate the theories and practices that have been outlined into a well-coordinated plan. The final chapters survey the role of libraries as cultural institutions.

This book introduces the field of ILI to public librarians in the context of their own traditions and shows the unique ways that ILI can be implemented in public library settings. It encourages librarians to rethink practices to incorporate the principles of ILI and will enable public librarians to extend and enrich their instruction on information use. Lifelong Learning in Public Libraries is a valuable resource for librarians, educators, and leaders of public organizations.

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American Libraries
This is a thoroughly researched overview, providing the foundation to develop a strategy rather than the practical details needed to execute it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810883567
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/15/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Donna L. Gilton is professor at the University of Rhode Island where she has taught reference and information services, information literacy, multiculturalism in libraries, comparative and international librarianship, the history of the book, and courses in business, humanities, and social sciences reference for the last 20 years. She has served as a children’s librarian at the Boston Public Library, the head librarian at the Belize Teacher’s College, and a business reference librarian at Western Kentucky University and Pennsylvania State University. Gilton is the author of Multicultural and Ethnic Children’s Literature in the United States (Scarecrow, 2007).

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