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Thursday, March 7 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Schools? Where we're going we don't need schools.

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Universities have fallen, and they can’t get up.

Across the US, we believe that universities reinforce inequality more than they dismantle it. High tuition fees, growing labor disputes on campus, and a diploma-based system that creates value through scarcity all add up to injustice. Luckily, there is an affordable, educational response team standing by at your local library. Both academic and public libraries are empowered to provide free access and knowledge to a wide community, and this is far more progressive that what universities are doing on their own.

So, are libraries a better model for the future of education than universities?

We’re going to debate this topic in a hyper-participatory debate exercise called “4-Chairs”. After that, we’ll map what libraries can/can’t/should/shouldn't do to become stronger leaders in the field of education, and introduce a few free tools and methodologies that may help you achieve your library learning goals.

Community Notes​​​

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Robert Spinelli

Director of Library Services, American Baptist College
I am in charge of a theological library at a small HBCU. My interests revolve around digital preservation of legacy documents, accessible usage of digital scholarship tools and enabling information literacy for students of all ages. Outside of library related subjects, I have many... Read More →
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Alexis Burns

Tech Access Awareness and Support Coordinator, Kansas City Public Library
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Grif Peterson

Director, P2PU
Hi there, I'm Grif, and I serve as the Executive Director at Peer 2 Peer University. For 5 years, I've worked with the organization to support online learning communities in libraries and other public spaces. I live in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I came to the Collective Last year and... Read More →

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Julie Reed

E-Learning Librarian, Central Piedmont Community College
I am the E-Learning Librarian at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C. I love to talk new technology and its applications in the classroom and library. I'm all about OER and if you're implementing a Z-degree at your institution, I want to hear about it! I also love... Read More →

Thursday March 7, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm EST
Cumberland Holiday Inn Downtown, 525 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902