Grant Provides for Training for Connected Learning

The Library will train 60 librarians in the approach of connected learning to enable them to engage teens and new adults with programming that provides them with opportunities outside of the classroom which connect to real world career and academic success.

This is thanks to a $10,000 grant awarded to PLYMC from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), administered by the State Library of Ohio, which recently awarded $233,094 in grants to one public school, five public libraries, and two library organizations. 

The librarians will use this training to create a series of programs and trainings that help program attendees earn micro-credentials.  These micro-credentials or badges help program attendees illustrate to employers or educators that they have developed a level of mastery in areas like digital literacy, entrepreneurship, job skills, and more. 

Training is underway on a virtual platform with Linda W. Braun, a library consultant specializing in training and support in integrating learning into informal and formal learning environments. She holds a Masters of Science Degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and a Masters of Education with a specialization in Technology in Education from Lesley University. 

PLYMC librarians will use the connected learning approach to teach and enhance digital and 21st Century skills to help make teens and new adults (ages 18-25) more prepared for employment and further education. Training will address how best to engage teens and new adults with programming that connects them with a variety of real-world career, academic and civic opportunities.  

After completion of the training piece, the Library will use the new action plan to take next steps in building and providing programming in a connected learning format. A crucial piece  is to include teen input in planning programs and next steps, which will be done by holding regularly scheduled meetings to talk with teens. A pilot program will be launched in early fall.  

From the Institute of Museum and Library Services 

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For more than 50 years, the LSTA Grants to States program and its predecessor programs have supported the delivery of library services in the U.S. The State Library of Ohio administers the federally funded LSTA program in Ohio.