Libraries = Education Program Info and Docs: Libraries = Education Program Info and Docs
The phrase "libraries equal education" is based on an idea by librarian Valerie Grossman, who writes in her book Transforming Our Image:
"As libraries from all U.S. regions and across the globe implement the Libraries = Education strategy described in Transforming Our Image, they are finding that their inherent value is no longer questioned. They no longer need to constantly explain why they are important. No one looks at them anymore with a puzzled expression, asking, “Tell me again what you do?” Instead, these library systems enjoy heightened respect in their communities and optimal funding. This is because they are now accorded the same enduring worth assigned to other educational institutions."
The purpose of the Nevada XR Libraries educational program component, Libraries = Education, seeks to strengthen the bonds between schools and libraries.
In deploying 21st century technology in libraries, we can share a vital resource that can be used to supplement and expand formal education at the secondary level. Thus, the purpose of Libraries = Education is straightforward: librarians will partner with local school librarians or teachers to use XR equipment and software to increase curiosity in science-based subjects among students. The project is deliberately open-ended and allows for librarians and teachers to mold the program to fit their needs and requirements. These educational programs use a different survey to measure student engagement and understanding.
A structured, curriculum-based educational program in partnership with a school or teacher requires a good working relationship with a school librarian or teacher. This type of collaboration can take time and persistence to bring to fruition. We recommend approaching the topic gradually.