The Why for Keeping The Library
“A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people.
It is a never failing spring in the desert.”
― Andrew Carnegie
― Andrew Carnegie
With rapid change in the world becoming the norm, facilitating ongoing learning that helps individuals prosper now and in the future is a necessity that will only increase with intensity over time. As a community, maintaining the Library at the NPC Silver Creek Campus is vital to that process.
Consider the following.
First and foremost, the nature education in the 21st Century requires individuals to take greater control and responsibility for their learning; not just acquiring the initial and advanced credentials, such as degrees & certifications, etc., but just as importantly, if not more so, taking responsibility for lifelong learning that keeps pace in a world of constant, rapid change. In all dimensions of living (work, recreation, health, etc.) becoming an agile learner is essential to take advantage of the challenges and opportunities of that change.
The importance of greater learner responsibility is underscored in this article on Self-Directed Learning. Why Self-Directed Learning http://www.taosinstitute.net/Websites/taos/Images/ResourcesManuscripts/Informal%20Learning%20of%20Kidney%20Recipient%20IJSDL_5.1-2008.pdf#page=6
Learning & Working Online
Second, learning how to learn & work online. In the coming years, more and more higher paying work will be done online through collaboration with others worldwide and require expertise in learning & working online. It will require cross-disciplinary cooperation in creating new and better ways of getting important things done and ultimately serving the individual needs of people not only in our local community, but nationally and worldwide... In short, the ability to create sustainable, compelling value with and for others throughout the world will become a necessity for high-paying careers.
The Learning Resource Center (Library)
This brings me to the main point of this post: the vital importance of maintaining the library at the NPC Silver Creek Campus. It's a key element in helping individual community residents learn how to learn and work online; how to develop and hone their ability to function and prosper in a world of change. It serves as a vital resource to facilitate learning that helps residents accomplish what's important to them and take greater responsibility for lifelong learning in all areas of their lives.
Moreover, the compelling benefit of the Library is found in its possibilities. It can become a dynamic resource in:
1) developing a culture of local economic prosperity & entrepreneurship,
2) retaining local talent (there are a number of individuals and families who want to live in our community but of necessity must go elsewhere for opportunity) and,
3) facilitating attraction of talent from outside our community. Opportunity is a magnet for talent, and developing a highly valued learning culture is an integral part of any opportunity mix.
Maintaining the NPC Silver Creek Campus is vital to the prosperity of our Silver Creek Community. As such, the Library becomes the very hub of learning in our community; a catalyst for lifelong learning that keeps us current and able to prosper in a world of constant change.
What Do You Think?
As always, your constructive comments are welcomed.
The NPC Silver Creek Campus:
A Cornerstone of Economic Prosperity In our Community
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