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Tinkering Towards Transformation


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presentation at School Library Journal's 2012 Leadership Summit

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  • 1. Tinkering Towards TransformationMelissa Techman, MLS, K-5 Librarian, Broadus Wood Elem, Albemarle Co, VA
  • 2. Take note – some BIG changes!
  • 3. Brainstorming initial steps to acheerful, more functional space.
  • 4. Weeding and removing 1/3 of NF shelving opened up needed space.This long range wasremove.
  • 5. In the presence of…Sometimes the assets of the library are not themain focus, they’re the backdrop.Hosting inviting events in the presence of bookscan send a subtle message to users.Don’t assume that everyone is comfortable inpublic learning spaces.
  • 6. Flexible spaces produce unexpected activities• Lots of negotiation when you have more open spaces – and thats OK.• You want a balance between the open and the private, big and small spaces.• Concerns about open spaces and maker spaces can echo/parallel the fears parents and community have of online activities.
  • 7. Dull and crowded is never a good look.
  • 8. Space for gathering.
  • 9. Cheap and cheerful – it never hurts to ask!
  • 10. Corporate kindness and retail as a source of design inspiration
  • 11. From carrels to reading “caves” to ?
  • 12. What’s different when you haveflexible user-centered spaces?
  • 13. Consideration of not-obviously juvenile titles
  • 14. Modified Daily 5 in the library
  • 15. Daily 5 – Reference work Keywords, databases, choosing websites to put on symbaloo, making screencasts, using print and online sources, nonfiction text features and structures – endless ideas for activities.
  • 16. Blogging, storytelling and interviewing: activities that subtly pull in
  • 17. Afterschool ebook-making club
  • 18. Using Gdocs drawing tool for making a graphic novel ebook
  • 19. Export in useful formats, add to local collections.
  • 20. Students make things teachers can use.
  • 21. Lunch bunch – comparing IPEVO to ELMO’s
  • 22. Consideration consulting group
  • 23. Thurs, Fri lunch groups Peer teaching: SCRATCH, Google Forms, Google Earth, Photopeach Multi-age activities: blog interviews, Google Earth, reading buddies
  • 24. Google Earth lunch learning session
  • 25. This site models retelling and reviews usingdifferent online tools. A great idea forstudent projects – make tool choice explicit.
  • 26. All of the above, not “this formatonly”. Hands-on means differentthings to different people.
  • 27. Hosting tech DIY activities, supporting flexible learning and production.
  • 28. Huge interest in Minecraft and coding
  • 29. How does all this help with advocacy?• Every student who makes “stuff” has a parent who has warmer feelings about the library• Volunteers, visitors, parents, community members see the value of information literacy and user-centered activities• Readers want to feel valued• Who’s on your “Yes, I’ll stand up for libraries!” email list?
  • 30. Car duty is a chance to connect
  • 31. Core values• Centrality of the reader• Library as community hub• Constructivist learning• Real-world and global connections• Choice• Conscious tool using and customizing• A caring, responsive place
  • 32. Headlines from the murky world of ebooks “Does anyone know of any free ebooks that canbe used as primary sources for 5th grade social studies. Mydistrict recently purchased a class set of Kindles, but did notbudget for content purchases.”…”publisher policies continue to make many popular titlesunavailable.”“85 percent of ebook borrowers said that they had used theirlibrary to discover new writers or try out new genres.”
  • 33. Inspirations/InvitationsWest Seattle Fixer’s Collective Seen on Pinterest (thx to West Seattle Tool Library)
  • 34. SLJ Ebook Summit panel: Maker Culture in Libraries Erin Daly Wes Fryer Liz Castro Minecraft Ebooks, edtech in Ebook consultant with teens K12 schools
  • 35. What I want to try next• A way to make mistakes more publicly• Student-run media literacy station• How to extend services outside?
  • 36. Contact me!• Twitter, Diigo, Pinterest: mtechman• Blog:• Email: