Hacking School Libraries: 10 Ways to Incorporate Library Media Centers into Your Learning Community

Hacking School Libraries: 10 Ways to Incorporate Library Media Centers into Your Learning Community

by Holzweiss A. Kristina, Evans Stony


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Welcome to the modern school library and librarian

Whether students are using books, audiobooks, ebooks, or Chromebooks, school libraries are more relevant than ever. They are places for research, refuge, and reflection--where students create, collaborate, communicate, and develop skills in critical thinking and compassion.

Learn 10 ways to create the library learning environment that every child deserves.

In Hacking School Libraries, 2015 School Librarian of the Year, Kristina A. Holzweiss, and 2017 Sensational Student Voice Award finalist, Stony Evans, bring you 10 practical hacks that will help you create a welcoming and exciting school library program. They show you how to rethink your library to become the hub of the school community, whether you are a veteran librarian or just beginning your career. Hacking School Libraries isn't just for librarians. It's for any educator who wants to learn how to

  • transform the space
  • establish meaningful housekeeping procedures
  • provide hands-on learning opportunities
  • empower your students
  • bring curriculum to life
  • differentiate instruction
  • fundraise
  • advocate the importance of school libraries
  • establish global connections
  • celebrate reading

What the experts say:

"When I learned that Kristina and Stony were writing a book to fit into one of my favorite series, I was so excited and couldn’t think of a better duo to do so! School librarians will find Hacking School Libraries such an amazing read and resource in so many ways. The hacks found in this book are terrific for any grade level and will help guide librarians to make a difference in their library, school, and community!" -Shannon McClintock Miller, Teacher Librarian and Iowa Future Ready Librarian Spokesperson

"Authors Kristina Holzweiss and Stony Evans are two of the most respected thought leaders and practitioners in the school library field. Their book, Hacking School Libraries, is an essential resource for any modern-day library media specialist. It is filled with actionable tips and strategies that anyone can easily implement tomorrow." -Laura Fleming, Library Media Specialist, bestselling author of Worlds of Making and The Kickstart Guide to Making Great Makerspaces Grab Hacking School Libraries today, and incorporate library media centers into your learning community tomorrow.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948212069
Publisher: Times 10 Publications
Publication date: 08/29/2018
Series: Hack Learning Series , #20
Pages: 198
Sales rank: 103,614
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

Table of Contents


Hack 1: Transform the Space

Build it and they will come

Hack 2: Shake Up Those Policies, Procedures, and Protocols

Focus on what matters: the students

Hack 3: Create a Libratory

Provide opportunities for all students to enjoy hands-on learning activities

Hack 4: Empower Student Leaders in the Library

Create an environment and experiences to empower your students

Hack 5: Be Innovative with Your Library Programs

Design library programming that brings curriculum content to life

Hack 6: Differentiate Instruction for Diverse Learners

Offer a variety of resources and technologies for students

Hack 7: Design Creative Solutions to Fund Your Dream Library

Stretch your budget without breaking the bank

Hack 8: Advocate the Importance of School Libraries

Communicate the relevance

Hack 9: Establish Global Connections

Knock down the walls around the library

Hack 10: Celebrate Reading Every Time and Everywhere

Promote a reading culture within the library, school, and community


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