Curator's Corner

This month’s newsletter puts focus on Makerspaces. If you initiate your first steps to set up a Makerspace in your school here are some recommended sources of inspiration.

First, the married team of Aaron and Colleen Graves write easy to follow, seemingly all-inclusive works on the Makerspaces Movement in education. Second, and not because she is less engaging, read anything by Diane L. Rendina.

The Big Book of Makerspace Projects  by Colleen and Aaron Graves

This easy-to-follow guide features dozens of DIY, low-cost projects that will arm you with the skills necessary to dream up and build your own creations. The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn offers practical tips for beginners and open-ended challenges for advanced makers. Each project features non-technical, step-by-step instructions with photos and illustrations to ensure success and expand your imagination. You will learn recyclables hacks, smartphone tweaks, paper circuits, e-textiles, musical instruments, coding and programming, 3-D printing, and much, much more!

Re-Imagining Library Spaces by Diane L. Rendina (Out in October 2017)

“When I first became a school librarian in 2010, I got my start in a middle school library that had been neglected for years.  I had no budget for furniture or supplies, but I still persevered in finding a way to update and transform the space.  Fast forward seven years and that library looked completely different.  In Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget, I share what I learned along the way.  In this book, you’ll get an overview of different learning space design theories and how they apply to libraries.  You’ll get practical advice and exercises to bring student and community voice into your space.  And you’ll hear the stories of four other school librarians who transformed their elementary and high school libraries.”

Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace

An invaluable how-to text that details the workshop model, addresses the design challenges, and explains the best avenues for curriculum-based learning in the school library makerspace.

  • Explores crowdsourced research methods that lead to authentic participatory learning
  • Ensures that student-led workshops and design challenges result in tremendous success
  • Supplies practical tips that can be applied by beginner maker-librarians and provides curricula suggestions for advanced maker-librarians
  • Explains how to incorporate design thinking, empathy building, and problem solving with design challenges that spur student creativity