ERIC Number: EJ1155107
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
ReVisioning the Public Library as an Oasis of Learning
Cassell, Mary A.; Bamdas, Jo Ann M.; Bryan, Valerie C.
International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology, v3 n2 Article 2 p10-22 2012
Culturally diverse older adult learners are among the fastest growing age groups for which public libraries promote the needs of lifelong learning today. This article explores the past, present, and future of informal and non-formal public learning environments as safe and welcoming, with supportive educational programming provided by librarians and community volunteers. In light of an advancing 21st century learning framework, the aim of this article is to encourage adult learning practitioners to re-examine the public library to recognize a new world of potentiality in library learning for this population.
Descriptors: Public Libraries, Library Services, Adult Learning, Lifelong Learning, Informal Education, Nonformal Education, Barriers, Older Adults
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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