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Transform Your Library Into a 21st Century Library Learning Commons

[Participate and share : Poster]

Monday, June 27, 8:00–10:00 am
CCC Lobby D, Table 32

favoritesBryan Ennis  favoritesTimothy Ley  
Discover how a K-2 library transitioned from a traditional model to a 21st century learning commons. We'll share how we developed a K-12 learning commons curriculum and implemented it at the K-2 level. Themes include digital citizenship, tech skills, literature appreciation, and communication, collaboration, and innovation.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: QR code reader
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: PK-2
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: Students : Creativity and innovation
Students : Research and information fluency
Students : Technology operations and concepts
Additional detail: ISTE Professional Learning Network pick

Digital tote resources
Description: A Google Slides presentation of some of our work as a learning commons
Description: Presenter's Blog

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

In 2014 the Wilton Public Schools district supported their technology instructional leaders and library media specialists as they joined an initiative with local schools, "Re-Imagining the School Library into a Learning Commons", hosted by their county's Cooperative Educational Services (CES). For one year, the K-12 team met regularly for professional development in the learning commons model, and to develop a K-12 learning commons curriculum that would bring the school library into the 21st century.

They developed a curriculum that supports whole school learning by focusing on digital citizenship, tech skills, literature appreciation, and communication, collaboration & innovation. The technology instructional leader and library media specialist from the district's K-2 school will be presenting their learning and experiences in transitioning towards a learning commons.

Participants will leave with an understanding of the learning commons model. They will gain access to curriculum and lesson materials to support and inspire changes in their own school library. They will see photographs, videos, and examples of student work. Hands on maker and learning station activities will be shared. They will have an opportunity to discuss strategies, successes, and struggles with the presenters.


This presentation will present curriculum maps, lesson plans, and strategies to help enable and inspire teachers and leaders to transform their traditional library into a 21st century learning commons.

The library learning commons is the hub of the school, a flexible space that supports participatory learning. Themes of our learning commons curriculum include digital citizenship, tech skills, literature appreciation, and communication, collaboration & innovation.

Through electronic media, we will share curriculum and lesson resources to support and inspire this transformation. Photographs and videos documenting the physical changes of the library space will be shared, as well as strategies for making this transformation possible. Student work samples involving educational technology and maker stations will be shared. We will share this information through QR codes at our poster display.

Supporting research

Holland, Beth. "21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons." Edutopia. N.p., 14 Jan. 2015. Web. 30 Sept. 2015.

Loertchester, David, and Carol Koechlin. "Climbing to Excellence: Defining Characteristics of Successful Learning Commons." Knowledge Quest 42.4 (2014): 14-5. Journal of the American Association of School Librarians. Web. 30 Sept. 2015.

Loertscher, David V., Koechlin Carole, and Zwaan Sandi. The New Learning Commons: Where Learners Win!: Reinventing School Libraries and Computer Labs. N.p.: Hi Willow Research & Pub, 2011. Print.



favorites Bryan Ennis, Wilton Public Schools

First Grade Teacher Technology Instructional Leader

favorites Timothy Ley, Miller Driscoll

Educator, technology integrator, library media specialist. I taught US social studies in an 8th grade classroom for 9 years, served as a part time technology instructional leader for 4 years, and am beginning a new role as a library media specialist in a K-2 school. I am a passionate promoter of educational technology to enhance student learning opportunities. I have taught introductory coding to students in middle and grade school through after school continuing education courses and summer camps. I have also led summer camps that focused on Minecraft and related STEM challenges.