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SXSWedu 2015

Schools & Libraries Together: Rethinking Learning

There are more libraries in this country than McDonalds. And though most people think about books when they think about libraries, the goal of libraries has always been about learning and literacy. In this way, libraries and schools have always run on a parallel track, often partnering together, but can we break out of our current patterns of working together and use new tools–incorporating design thinking to rebrand literacy–in order to find more integrated ways to address our shared goals?

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  1. Explore the possibilities for and challenges to old a new collaborative models for public libraries and public schools.
  2. Discuss if and how we can use design thinking to brand education and learning.
  3. Identify the deliverables­–what they look like and how they work–that would be most readily effective for public educators (not just another new thing they don't have the time or energy try).


  • Amita Lonial, Learning Experiences Manager, Skokie Public Library
  • Vanessa Rosenbaum, Graphic Designer, Skokie Public Library


Amita Lonial, Learning Experiences Manager, Skokie Public Library

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  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Core Conversation
  • Track: Cognitive Process & Design Thinking
  • Session Focus Area
  • Level: Basic Understanding
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