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Reimagine Your Library Space and Transform Student Learning

Location: W185c

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Wednesday, June 27, 1:00–2:00 pm
Location: W185c

Diana Rendina  
We need to transform our library spaces to meet the needs of today's students. We'll discuss how to redesign and rethink the physical space of our libraries, including practical and budget-friendly changes that we can implement right away. No matter where you're at, you'll get inspiration from this session.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

- Participants will learn how innovative, active learning spaces can transform student learning
- Participants will learn how to observe and analyze your library space to identify changes that need to be made
- Participants will learn how to make simple changes to your space that can boost student engagement


The Stewart Media Center Transformation (5 minutes)

Over the course of six years, the Stewart Media Center was transformed from a dark, dusty cave into a vibrant learning center for our students. I’ll share about the steps that I took to make that transformation.

How the physical space affects student achievement (10 minutes)

- In order to get started with rethinking our spaces, we need to take a look at how the physical learning space affects student achievement. This will help as we advocate for changes in our space.

Basic Learning Space Design Theory and how it fits in with libraries (5 minutes)

- Active Learning Spaces: We’ll look at the research on various types of active learning spaces and discuss how and why these types of spaces should be incorporated into every library
- Caves, campfires and watering holes: We’ll talk about David Thormburg’s learning space design theories and how they are essential for our school libraries

Practical, low budget changes that can be made quickly (10 minutes)

- Examples of some easy, low budget changes will be offered so that attendees can start transforming their spaces on Monday.

Examples of Inspirational learning spaces to aim for (10 minutes)

- Examples of amazing learning spaces will be offered to help inspire attendees as they rethink their spaces. Examples will be given from schools, libraries and museums.

Small Group Brainstorming and discussion (15 minutes)

- Participants will get into small groups to discuss and brainstorm how they can transform their spaces. Participants will add their ideas to an online document and will have opportunities to share as well.

Wrap-up and Funding Resources (5 minutes)

- The session will wrap-up with an overview of funding resources for space transformations and final thoughts.

Supporting research

Basye, Dale E., Peggy Grant, Stefanie Hausman, and Tod Johnston. Get Active: Reimagining Learning Spaces for Student Success. Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education, 2015.
Cannon Design, VS Furniture, and Bruce Mau Design. The Third Teacher: 79 Ways You Can Use Design to Transform Teaching & Learning. New York: Abrams, 2010.
Doorley, Scott, and Scott Witthoft. Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration. New York: Abrams, 2010.
Nair, Prakash, and Randall Fielding. The Language of School Design: Design Patterns for 21st Century Schools. Minneapolis, MN: DesignShare, 2005.
Sullivan, Margaret L. Library Spaces for 21st-century Learners: A Planning Guide for Creating New School Library Concepts. Chicago, IL: American Association of School Librarians, 2013.

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Diana Rendina, Tampa Preparatory School

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