DEC Scan Journal : Volume 36 Issue 1
2017 Volume 36, Issue 1 15 Contents Editorial Learning & teaching Research Share this Resource reviews Hughes, H., Bland, D. and Willis, J. 2013, ‘What makes an innovative school library learning space? Teacher-librarian perspectives’, by ASLAonline The journey I embarked on in 2014 as the new teacher librarian in a busy middle school was to take inspiration from everywhere, including a kit bag of ideas from my previous position as a technology integrator. Today, the original school library space is barely recognisable; it offers a range of activities and events that are more akin to what is happening in the public library space or in a museum. Student and staff input is crucial for improving what the library offers to the school community. It is a work in progress and a constantly changing learning space. Creating a future focused library, or a library as an incubator, has been a journey of discovery with a huge amount of satisfaction, a lot of hard work and a bit of fun thrown in. The Library as Incubator Project connects creativity and the arts to the public library space and invites librarians from all over the world to contribute their ideas. Adapt this idea so that the school library becomes a place to trial new ideas, a space to venture into creativity and technology without fear of failure so the whole community can grow as learners. The school library as incubator is a space where teachers and students can innovate and experiment with the support of the teacher librarian. The Library as Incubator Project Here are six ways to begin creating a library as an incubator – where good ideas hatch. Offer a range of learning spaces We are all talking and thinking about more flexible learning spaces. There is plenty of support information for schools to move towards learning spaces to reflect a variety of pedagogies. Spaces that promote collaboration, connection and creativity, while enabling students and teachers to work and learn independently, are key to a successful environment. Teacher librarians can be at the vanguard of this change, offering an incubator for trialling, practising and learning in different environments. Find ideas for exciting uses of space from many quarters. Develop flexible and innovative spaces in the school library by: • gathering ideas from museums, art galleries, public libraries and airports • browsing the online environment for ideas • visiting different spaces, including exhibitions, festivals, pop-ups and events as well for ideas • investigating new coworking spaces in major cities, including the amazing spaces created by WeWork and others. In a flexible library space, teachers can experiment, innovate with their teaching styles to incorporate multi modal learning, digital and non digital creation and presentation tools, and plan for individual learning experiences as well as collaborative investigation with greater ease than in a traditional classroom environment. Students need to feel comfortable about choosing how they sit and work together or individually for the best creative output. Libraries that offer a range of environments encourage different teaching practices that allow learners to grow and meet the challenges of rigorous and creative investigation, creation and presentation.
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