Pew Report About Lifelong Learning

A new Pew Research Center survey shows the extent to which America is a nation of ongoing learners:

  • 73% of adults consider themselves lifelong learners.
  • 74% of adults are what we call personal learners– that is, they have participated in at least one of a number of possible activities in the past 12 months to advance their knowledge about something that personally interests them. These activities include reading, taking courses or attending meetings or events tied to learning more about their personal interests.
  • 63% of those who are working (or 36% of all adults) are what we call professional learners – that is, they have taken a course or gotten additional training in the past 12 months to improve their job skills or expertise connected to career advancement.

For more information, including the full report and the survey template, please see http://www.pewinternet.org/2016/03/22/lifelong-learning-and-technology/

 

ANOTHER Must-Read Article About Libraries Today

Thanks, again, to Penni Vogel for sharing!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidvinjamuri/2013/01/16/why-public-libraries-matter-and-how-they-can-do-more/

The Future: Public Libraries as Local Centers For Book Discovery, by David Vinjamuri

“Libraries support three core missions: promoting reading, offering access to information and anchoring communities. Although individual library systems may communicate these priorities differently, most of the librarians I interviewed broadly agreed with these goals. All three missions contribute to make a library of the twenty first century the ideal place to discover new books.”

Must Read Article: The Place for Burning Questions, When Something Actually Burns

My burning questions?

  • Why aren’t libraries mentioned here at all?
  • Wouldn’t it be cool if an ad for Sno-Isle Libraries popped up in the sidebar of anyone reading this article in our service area?

Thanks to Penni Vogel for sharing this article.  Please share the burning questions this raises for you!

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