I think that we can consider that the only way information (the recorded kind) becomes knowledge (the stuff stored miraculously inside human beings) is through a process called learning. Bloom’s and Howard Gardner’s theores of multiple intelligences and learning styles suggests that there are many ways in which we learn:
“1. Linguistic Children with this kind of intelligence enjoy writing, reading, telling stories or doing crossword puzzles.
2. Logical-Mathematical Children with lots of logical intelligence are interested in patterns, categories and relationships. They are drawn to arithmetic problems, strategy games and experiments.
3. Bodily-Kinesthetic These kids process knowledge through bodily sensations. They are often athletic, dancers or good at crafts such as sewing or woodworking.
4. Spatial These children think in images and pictures. They may be fascinated with mazes or jigsaw puzzles, or spend free time drawing, building with Leggos or daydreaming.
5. Musical Musical children are always singing or drumming to themselves. They are usually quite aware of sounds others may miss. These kids are often discriminating listeners.
6. Interpersonal Children who are leaders among their peers, who are good at communicating and who seem to understand others’ feelings and motives possess interpersonal intelligence.
7. Intrapersonal These children may be shy. They are very aware of their own feelings and are self-motivated.”
In some ways we are seeing these styles being shown to exist on the human genome as researchers find genes for dyslexia, or shyness, for example.
Anyway, it behooves librarians to become beter versed with the strategies and research that underpins learning for our training, education and institutional strategies. Here’s some places to start:
I think there’s a lot to consider here as libraries position themselves as learning supporters or align more closely with the learning strategies of the host institutions or communities.