School Library Makerspaces in Action

School Library Makerspaces in Action

by Heather Moorefield-Lang (Editor)


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Maker learning spaces in schools and public libraries are made real through the narratives of professional librarians around the world, comprising the collaborative activities, experiences, and perspectives of librarians as they have implemented makerspaces for students of all ages.

School Library Makerspaces in Action is for any librarian looking for inspiration for their own makerspaces, hackerspaces, fablabs, or DIY locations and how to use these spaces in libraries and educational settings. Contributions from authors around the world address the needs of most all readers, including how to provide the staff training necessary for a successful makerspace. Each chapter is written from an author's personal experience, and with only a little fine-tuning and imagination, many of these ideas can be used throughout all levels, disciplines, and subjects in K–12 education and carry over into higher education. The successes and optimism shared in this collection will inspire librarians and educators to think positively about how to implement maker learning locations, train staff, and use makerspaces in their libraries and classrooms to promote and share new ideas.

• Provides inspirational examples of successful makerspaces in school and public libraries

• Furnishes practical, immediately usable projects, assignments, and curricula

• Offers needed examples of how to train maker librarians

• Showcases working partnerships between school and public librarians in makerspace endeavors

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440856969
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/05/2018
Pages: 147
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Heather Moorefield-Lang is associate professor at the University of South Carolina in the School of Library and Information Science. Her current research focuses on makerspaces in libraries of all types and levels.

Table of Contents

Foreword Dr. David Lankes vii

Introduction ix

Part I Early Grades

1 #MakerMonday: Inspiring Students to Think with Their Hands Stacy Brown 3

2 Wide Open Spaces: Creating a School Makerspace in an Open School Stacy Hammer 15

Part II Middle Grades

3 Makers Gonna Make IdaMae Craddock 29

4 A Makerspace Journey of the Middle and Elementary Kind Jennifer Tazerouti 39

5 The Makerspace Evolution Sarah Justice 51

Part III Upper Grades

6 Student-Led Makerspaces Phil Goerner 65

7 The Inclusive Makerspace: Working with English Language Learners and Special Education Students Gina Seymour 77

8 Stepping Back: Letting Students Lead the Makerspace Lucas Maxwell 87

Part IV Collaborations, Training, and More

9 Impact through Connection at School: Public Libraries Creating Impact by Bringing Digital Literacies and Maker Skills into the Classroom Jeroen de Boer 99

10 Maker Professional Learning for Educators Laura Fleming 109

11 Shared Spaces and Makerspaces: A Public Library and School Library Partnership Roxanne Spray Melissa Crenshaw 117

Additional Resources and Reading 129

About the Editor and Contributors 137

Index 141

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