Amanda Hovious at DesignerLibrarian has a fascinating post today about “new librarianship.” Part of the post explores the idea of the library as a Third Space, or “a community gathering space (virtual or physical) outside of the home, classroom or workplace environment where informal learning takes place. New librarianship facilitates the ‘library as a Third Space’ concept by serving as a bridge between informal and formal learning and literacy practices.”

As we’ve discussed in previous posts, libraries foster both formal and informal learning. DesignerLibrarian points out that new librarianship adds virtual learning to the traditional physical sphere of learning in libraries. As librarians become more conscious of their IDT role, they should remember that their online spaces are a valuable opportunity to foster informal learning.