A Journal of Teaching English Language and Literature

ISSN Print : 2229-6557, Online: 2394-9244

Library: An Interactive and Engaging Learning Space

Anita Vaidyanathan

Abstract

A library is not only a place for maintaining a storehouse of books on multiple disciplines or a quiet getaway transporting one to a world of mysteries, or the author’s paradise; it is also a space for the creation of enlightened discussion of ideas with historians, playwrights, film makers and poets. The purpose of this paper is to redefine the role of libraries as creative, inclusive and interactive spaces through the incorporation of library-led programmes and activities, which will pave the way for active learner engagement and innovative pedagogical practices. Instead of existing in isolation, libraries/ librarians need to collaborate with the faculties from different departments so that these programmes have a wider reach. Through such programmes, libraries can provide a transformative experience to the learners by making a departure from being a place of knowledge dissemination into an interactive, engaging and enlightening space for knowledge construction, skill generation and innovation.

Keywords: library-led programmes, transformative experience, interactive space, knowledge construction, skill generation and innovation.

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