“Tell me and I forget.Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
- Xun Kuang, philosopher
Imagine trying to learn to knit. Would you learn best by reading a book about knitting? Hearing a friend talk about knitting? Watching an expert knitter? Or, learning the basic steps and actually trying to knit?
According to learning theorist Edgar Dale, active involvement is crucial. Dale claims that we remember 10% of what we read, 20% of what we hear, and 30% of what we see, but we remember 90% of what we actively participate in.
In the series of four half-day Skills for Community-Centered Libraries workshops, participants hear about and discuss key skills such as asset mapping, communicating effectively, listening, facilitating conversations, building partnerships, and developing and evaluating programs.
Now that they have attended the four workshops, the 25 members of Cohort 1 have begun to work on their 12-week projects. Each person thought of a project to practice specific skills in the context of their work.
Some examples of these projects are:
Training participants will share more about their ongoing work on these projects in upcoming blog posts. If you have questions or suggestions for them, please comment below.
And if you really do want to learn to knit, many Free Library locations offer knitting clubs where you can actively participate!
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [Grant #RE-95-17-0089-17].