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What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like?

What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like?
At a time when public libraries are starting to offer everything from community gardening plots to opportunities to check out humans for conversations, some school libraries are similarly re-evaluating their roles and expanding their offerings. Case in point: Monticello High School in Charlottesville, Virginia. When librarian Joan Ackroyd arrived there four years ago, she found an environment very different from the “engaging, creative, fun” elementary and middle school libraries to which she was accustomed. “Its library was none of those things,” she recalls. “It was a traditional, quiet research space.” Ackroyd decided this wasn’t optimal. As her first step, she and her co-librarian at the time (music teacher Dave Glover), converted a storeroom into a technology lab. Teachers balked because the library was no longer quiet, but students liked it, and many at-risk students became frequent visitors. “Students work more productively in that kind of environment,” Ackroyd says. Related:  Week 9: Facilities & SpacesISS Learning CommonsLearning Commons

6 Amazing Books to Inspire Your Library Space Design Last year, I wrote a post on five of my favorite makerspace books for school librarians. One of my other favorite topics to research is library and learning space design, so this post will focus on that topic. I’m currently working on a book on this subject for ISTE tentatively called Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget. It’s not on the web yet, but it will be released in the fall. :) Many of these books are ones that I’ve read or re-read as I’ve been working on it. This is not an exhaustive list, but it includes some of my favorite books for thinking about learning and library space design. Note: Two of the books from my makerspace list are also some of my favorites for learning space design: The Third Teacher and Make Space. Books to Inspire Your Library Space Design The Library Book: Design Collaborations in Public Schools I just finished this one and it’s one of my new favorites. The Space: A Guide for Educators Author: Diana Rendina

Washington International School: A DC independent school with a global curriculum Academics » Libraries The WIS library program supports the educational goals of the School, and encourages the love of reading and learning. In our facilities classes meet for research and academic pursuits, and members of the school community come to browse, read, study, and explore. Our unified library catalog combines two unique collections: one for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 on the Primary School campus, and one for Grades 6 to 12 at Tregaron Campus. The library collection includes 35,000 volumes in English, French, Spanish and Dutch. These materials are selected to support the curricula at all levels, as well as to promote pleasure reading for all ages. Online research is possible through 12 proprietary databases in three languages, in addition to the Internet. Library teaching staff work closely with classroom and information technology teachers to plan and offer content-based classes to all students in our library instructional program.

21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons Libraries have existed since approximately 2600 BCE as an archive of recorded knowledge. From tablets and scrolls to bound books, they have cataloged resources and served as a locus of knowledge. Today, with the digitization of content and the ubiquity of the internet, information is no longer confined to printed materials accessible only in a single, physical location. Consider this: Project Gutenberg and its affiliates make over 100,000 public domain works available digitally, and Google has scanned over 30 million books through its library project. Start of newsletter promotion. Get our essential newsletter featuring must-read articles on the education topics that matter to you—it’s personalized and delivered every Wednesday. Sign up for free End of newsletter promotion. Libraries are reinventing themselves as content becomes more accessible online and their role becomes less about housing tomes and more about connecting learners and constructing knowledge. Transparent Learning Hubs

6 Active Learning Spaces Your Library Should Have Active Learning Spaces In the book Get Active: Reimagining Learning Spaces for Student Success, the authors identify six types of active learning spaces that are essential for creating an engaging learning environment for students. While this research (and this book) are not specifically focused on school libraries, we are the ideal place in our schools to encompass all six types of learning spaces in one location. We are the learning hubs of our schools after all. :) You might find that many of these spaces will overlap in your library, or that their purpose might shift depending on the day. That’s totally normal considering how flexible our spaces have to be. Small group areas In your library, make sure that you have areas available where small groups of students can meet, talk and brainstorm. Large group areas By default, most school libraries already have a large group area. Community Area Often, the community area will be one and the same with the large group area. Makerspaces

Make Space: 4 Learning | Enhancing Collaboration and Innovation Through Better Design Is a library without books still a library? Some thoughts on The Library as space | The Library Lab Text of my talk at The Danish Research Library Associations Winter Assembly 2017, Korsoer, Denmark. I like people. Not all people but in general. We must never stop talking and listening to each other. I will, using our Data Lab at the Faculty of Social Sciences Library as a case, talk about the library as both a physical and mental platform for dialog between people in order to support research, education and learning by bringing people together. The physical library space has been going through a highly interesting development and have changes a lot over the years and I like us to think beyond the library as a place for a collection and a traditional study environment with table and chairs. Historically we see two counterpoints: Knowledge is power and information sets you free. I jump to one of my favorite periods in history, the Enlightenment. In the context of this development I think it is interesting to ask whether a library without books is still a library? The librarians role

Welcome... Learning Spaces Malcolm Brown Dartmouth College © Malcolm Brown New ideas about learning spaces represent a significant opportunity for higher education to make learners—and learning—more successful. Through the application of information technology, today's learning spaces have the potential to serve the new learning paradigm and at the same time meet the needs and expectations of the most recent generation of students: the Net Generation. Since education is the core mission of higher education, learning and the space in which it takes place are of the utmost importance. In order to best serve the educational enterprise, we must design leaning spaces that optimize the convergence of the Net Generation, current learning theory, and information technology. This chapter establishes the links between Net Gen students, learning theory, and IT, showing their relevance to the concept of learning spaces. What Are Learning Spaces? What does the term learning space mean? Since then, a great deal has changed.

4 important spaces every modern library should have | Princh Blog There is a promising potential in making use of the library’s services in new ways. This is why libraries are more valued now for their spaces and the opportunities that they create for the community, such as support for education, access to recent technologies and help for local businesses and much more. As Kathryn Zickuhr from the Pew Research Center points out there’s no one thing people want their libraries to be. In the last post of our series we’ve explored the various services users want from a library (haven’t read it? 1. A recent report from Pew Research Center data on US library attendance interestingly shows that millennials are the most frequent visitors to a public library, with 53% of survey respondents ages 18-35 visiting a public library or bookmobile in 2016. They enjoy collaborating on different projects and therefore when at a library, most often, they come in groups or with their families to chat and play, interrupting others…some might say. DOKK1 Library Areas 2. 3.

School libraries shelve tradition to create new learning spaces | Teacher Network What happens to school libraries when students find it more natural to turn to a computer screen than a book? That is the question facing schools around the world as they struggle to keep up with the digital revolution while fostering a love of literature. Many have found creative answers, developing spaces that allow children to make discoveries, put technology to imaginative use, learn, perform, and relax – as well as to read. In the process, libraries have often come to be the school’s focal point. This was the idea behind the new library at Dixons Allerton Academy in Bradford built centrally over the entrance and linking the primary and secondary schools on the campus. Carolyn Shaw, learning commons leader at the school, says: “We have a big drive on books and reading for pleasure but we see ourselves very much as being the hub of learning in the school.” Only three pieces of equipment in the library are fixed, and these are for searching the catalogue.

inquiry learning & information literacy | ideas & musings from mandy lupton Transforming school libraries into learning commons: five keys to success - Stantec By Michael Corb, Senior Associate (Butler, PA) The pressures on our school communities never seem to relent. Chief among them: do more, with less. This is especially true in my home state of Pennsylvania where funding for education has been severely curtailed and the state budget is in flux. As a school architect, I see school administrators facing this reality every day. Learning outcomes and enabling technologies must advance, even in the face of static funding formulas. Sure, it can present a challenge, but I’ve come to see renovation as a golden opportunity, especially when it comes to re-imagining the old school workhorse: the library. When building new is not, or should not, be an option, our clients are finding success in transforming school libraries from quiet study-focused, print-based spaces into hands-on, collaborative, and media-rich “learning commons.” What attributes should a highly responsive learning commons possess?

Future of Libraries in the Digital Age A redesign of the Mid-Manhattan branch by Dutch firm Mecanoo and Beyer Blinder Belle, for example, will add seating, services, and public space to the city’s largest circulating library. Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall. TenHoor praised Mecanoo’s design: “There is room for research, and for the various kinds of work that are undertaken in a library today, but also preservation of many of the older library typologies that people love,” she said. When redesigning libraries, the NYPL seeks a mix of informal and formal seating, flexible spaces, more outlets and internet capacity, and natural light, according to Honig—features that can be seen at the recently revamped Washington Heights branch and the Stapleton branch in Staten Island. “It's critical and vital to our communities that we create inspiring spaces where they can interact with each other and with our materials,” Honig said.

Teaching Information/Research Skills in Elementary School | Langwitches Blog This post title is “Teaching Information/Research Skills in Elementary School”, but this post is as much for adults and older students. Many adults are overwhelmed with the quantity and new kind of media that is available and accessible through technology. Older students in High School and College might not feel overwhelmed, but have never been taught how to navigate, evaluate, save and retrieve the information that they are seeking. How and what kind of information skills do we need to start teaching in elementary school, that will grow and expand with our students as their grow older? What do teachers need to know in order to introduce and guide their students in a criticalefficienteffectivelysafeethical way as they navigating through the sea of information available? We need to help students develop these kind of information skills: locating informationevaluating informationlearning from informationusing (remix) information All About Explorers is well thought through. Reactions tend to vary.