Tuesday, September 15, 2015

School Library Redesign




BY GUEST BLOGGER, Shelley Gard
21st Century Learning, Program Support Teacher

School libraries across the district are going through some exciting redesign projects. The Innovative Learning Specialist team has been working diligently throughout the summer to transform traditional library spaces into welcoming learning environments that better support a climate and culture most conducive to 21st Century learning.

The physical settings are the most apparent change to the spaces. The team of Innovative Learning Specialists has been pulling out all of their design-on-a-dime strategies to create comfortable learning spaces in a number of ways including; genre shelving, comfortable seating and study areas, mobile labs, and new equipment.

Panoramic view of Jefferson Elementary School's Recently Redesigned Space



Genre Shelving at Parker

Some members of the team have taken on the project of genre shelving. This strategy involves reorganizing books to encourage the bookstore type of browsing experience. In addition to alphabetic or Dewey Decimal catalog searching, students and teachers can also find materials organized by areas of interest.






New Seating Area at Marshall 

Several libraries have added comfortable seating and study areas. The varying design of these areas can suit anything from independent work to large group collaboration. The spaces are typically carved out as nooks which are separated by shelving units. The middle school libraries are piloting a mobile lab design. Rather than replacing old desktop computers with new ones, we commandeered existing furniture to create flexible seating spaces equipped with laptops. We can’t wait to see how this new flexible seating works for students and teachers!


Madison Students Creating a Video
Using Green Screen Technology
Finally, every library has new equipment that will be available for student and teacher exploration. One example that we are all very excited about is the green screen kit. Green screen technology can be applied to a great variety of content areas K-12. We would love to share more of our individual redesign projects with you. Please feel free to stop in and check out what we’ve been working on over the summer. Better yet, schedule some time with your school’s Innovative Learning Specialist to start planning changes that can impact learning in your students’ lives.








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