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ERIC Number: EJ927214
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar-1
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0362-8930
What's Right with This Picture?: Chicago's YOUmedia Reinvents the Public Library
Springen, Karen
School Library Journal, v57 n3 p36-41 Mar 2011
This article features YOUmedia, an innovative learning space that's housed on the ground floor of the Chicago Public Library's Harold Washington Library Center. A student states that YOUmedia is a great example of what learning can look like in an out-of-school environment. The Windy City's one-of-a-kind program, which attracts young men and women in equal numbers from all over town, has become a national model for libraries of the future. And it's got support from on high. Barack Obama has not specifically mentioned YOUmedia himself. But a White House statement describing the President's "Educate to Innovate" campaign (a CEO-led effort to improve dramatically education in science, technology, engineering, and math) prominently mentions the $4 million partnership between the Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) to fund the creation of as many as 30 YOUmedia centers nationwide over the next three years. The idea is that the new centers--based on the Chicago model--will become places for kids to gather and meet Obama's stated goal of empowering them to become "makers and creators of things, rather than just consumers." Creative learning--using digital media and other technology--is the key.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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