I am very honored to be a part of the September/October issue of Knowledge Quest, the professional journal of the American Association of School Librarians. The theme of the issue is Participatory Culture and Learning and my article Opening the Space: Making the School Library a Site of Participatory Culture can be found on p. 8. This article was a joy to write, even though it took hours and hours to create. I hope that the article inspires other school libraries to think about how their programs can embrace participatory culture as well.
If you would like to know more about the article and our Barrow Media Center program, I invite you to attend a webinar that I am presenting this Tuesday, October 9th, at 7PM EST. I will expand upon what I wrote in the article as well as offer pieces that didn’t make it into the text.
The following October webinar is FREE to anyone wishing to attend. Members and non-members are welcome to register!
Opening the Space: Libraries as a Site of Participatory Culture
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
7 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. CDT/5 p.m. MDT/4 p.m. PDT
Participatory culture is grounded in low barriers to artistic expression and allows students to be creators of content as well as pass on their experiences and knowledge to others. The Barrow Media Center is a site of participatory culture through elements such as student book budgets, collaborative projects that culminate in student product creation, opportunities for students to showcase their creations to others in a variety of ways, and students taking leadership in teaching one another how to use technology to create. This year, developing the participatory culture of the library is a specific goal that has been made public to all students, teachers, and families in the school and all members of the library have been invited to find their place in the library and make things happen. This webinar will explore participatory culture and how the library can be a space of participation.
Andy Plemmons is a school librarian in Athens, Georgia. He teaches students in PreK-5th grade at David C. Barrow Elementary. The participatory culture and collaborative projects of the Barrow Media Center are regularly featured on his blog Barrow Media Center.
Register by clicking HERE! This webinar is FREE to anyone wishing to attend.