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Library learning commons alissa adams. The Learning Commons. Re imagining the 21st Century School Library. Learning Commons Video. The Flexible School Library: Creating A 21st Century Space For Our Learners. The Flexible School Library: Creating A 21st Century Space For Our Learners Our school administration approached me about exploring the idea of updating our existing library spaces three years ago.

The Flexible School Library: Creating A 21st Century Space For Our Learners

We brainstormed the issue for months and even considered adding on to our high school library by overtaking an attached courtyard. You Say “Library”, I Say “Learning Commons”: What’s the Big Diff? Learning Commons image via Library image via Where do you work?

You Say “Library”, I Say “Learning Commons”: What’s the Big Diff?

A library or a school library media center or a learning commons? What are you called? January's Featured Learning Commons: Debbie Thompson at Dousman Elementary. To kick off the 2016 Learning Commons features, I am thrilled to introduce Debbie Thompson at Dousman Elementary in Wisconsin, who is graciously giving us a peek into her Library Media Center.

January's Featured Learning Commons: Debbie Thompson at Dousman Elementary

In our interview, she reflects on how her role has changed since her library’s renovation in 2012 and with the more recent addition of a makerspace. Get ideas for great projects and check out her wonderful website. It just might make you want to visit her in Wisconsin, if only it weren’t 0 degrees there right now…hope the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow, Debbie! Tell us about Dousman Elementary and how your library is becoming a 21st century learning commons. March's Featured Learning Commons: Shannon Robinson at The Morgan School. Imagine being hired for a new job in which you were tasked not only with transforming an old library space and collection but also with changing the whole school’s perception of the philosophy of how the space would be used.

March's Featured Learning Commons: Shannon Robinson at The Morgan School

Shannon Robinson was given just this opportunity as she took on the teacher librarian job at The Morgan School, a public high school in Southeastern Connecticut. As we continue to celebrate the year of the Learning Commons, find out how she has approached the job, proactively and effectively bringing the library into the 21st century. Give us an overview of the school and how the Learning Commons came about: The Flexible School Library: Creating A 21st Century Space For Our Learners. What the Heck Is OER? When I hear the term OER, I don't automatically leap to "Open Educational Resources.

What the Heck Is OER?

" Perhaps it just doesn't trip off my metaphorical tongue. Instead, my brain automatically translates it to "free online stuff to use in my classroom. " Beth Holland: Transforming Libraries into Library Learning Commons or a Hogwarts Room of Requirement – QSLiN. If you’ve read the Harry Potter books, you may remember the magical Room of Requirement.

Beth Holland: Transforming Libraries into Library Learning Commons or a Hogwarts Room of Requirement – QSLiN

This is a room where any need can be met. According to Beth Holland, in the Cape Elizabeth Library Learning Commons ( a student looked at the new library learning commons and said to Library Information Technology Specialist, Jonathan Werner (@MaineSchoolTech), “You’ve given us a Room of Requirement!” This is the kind of excitement that a library learning commons can inspire. With information available 24-7 on computers and all sorts of devices, the librarian and the library learning commons are the people and spaces that help students make sense of all the information that they are retrieving. Beth Holland’s webinar on transforming libraries into library learning commons broke the transformation down into five key areas. How A School Library Increased Student Use By 1,000 Percent.

Listen to the full interview: Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 51:45 — 71.4MB) Read Transcript Last year at Big Walnut Middle School in Sunbury, Ohio, there were some days when fewer than ten students passed through the library doors.

How A School Library Increased Student Use By 1,000 Percent

Just like in so many other schools, students and teachers had a growing number of resources available to them through tablets, Chromebooks, e-readers and interactive whiteboards, so they no longer needed to visit the library like they once did. Re imagining the 21st Century School Library. KQ MarApr14 ClimbingtoExcellence. Learning Commons Video. School Libraries: Are They Relevant in the Age of Google? Over the past 10 years, the number of schools that have trained teacher-librarians has declined dramatically.

School Libraries: Are They Relevant in the Age of Google?

While many reasons for this drop exist, the primary culprit is school budget cuts. But with the advance of the Internet and e-books, many district and school leaders are asking questions: Do school libraries, and librarians, really matter? Have Google and the abundance of digital devices made libraries and librarians unnecessary? Year of the Learning Commons. Learning Commons: the Center of Participatory Learning and School Improvement Continuing their long service to children, teens and teacher, teacher librarians are developing new ways to not only support the consumption of knowledge through great collections in many formats but are encouraging everyone to create knowledge in the new world of information, technology, and the challenges of school improvement.

Year of the Learning Commons

Major changes to traditional school libraries include the reinvention of physical space that meets the needs seeking a physical space that adapts to what they need at any given time. ON LIBRARIES: From Library to Learning Commons – Hilda K. Weisburg. You have heard the term Learning Commons.

ON LIBRARIES: From Library to Learning Commons – Hilda K. Weisburg

You may have read an article or two about it and thought it sounded wonderful—in a distant way. Your library can’t become a Learning Commons. Because: It takes too much time.It costs too much money.The administration won’t go for it. Extreme Makeover!