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Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget

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Many of our school libraries still look like they did fifty years ago, yet they are no longer quiet, dusty book repositories. Librarians are leading the way in technology use and modern pedagogy in our schools - now we need to update our spaces to match. In this session, we'll discuss strategies for redesigning and rethinking the physical space of libraries, including practical and budget-friendly changes that can be implemented right away. We'll look at examples of a variety of library spaces that went through makeovers and discuss creating interactive environments including makerspaces.

Updated version of How to Reimagine Your Library Space - 11-18

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Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget

  1. 1. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com REIMAGINING LIBRARY SPACES Diana Rendina, MLIS Media Specialist, Speaker, Writer @DianaLRendina RenovatedLearning.com Transform Your Space On Any Budget
  2. 2. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com DIANA RENDINA, MLIS • Media Specialist at Tampa Preparatory, 6-12 independent school • Stewart Middle Magnet School in Tampa, FL from 2010-2017 • Blogger @ RenovatedLearning • 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Portrait by Kimberly Yau
  3. 3. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com WHO AM I TALKING TO? • Educators • Librarians • Administrators • Architects, Designers
  4. 4. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com STEWART’S STORY The dark, neglected cave
  5. 5. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com About Stewart • Public STEM Magnet Middle School • Hillsborough County Public Schools (8th largest district in USA) • Grades 6-8 • Urban location near downtown Tampa • Title 1 - 75% of students on free or reduced lunch • Original building opened in 1956 as segregated high school • The library is in the original building’s cafeteria
  6. 6. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com STEWART CIRCA 2010
  7. 7. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Clu>ered, neglected spaces
  8. 8. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Too much furniture, weird layouts
  9. 9. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Heavy tables, and too many
  10. 10. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com The only STEM in the library
  11. 11. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Problems the space created MeeOng setups cluPered space
  12. 12. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Problems the space created Safety hazards
  13. 13. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Problems the space created No access to these books during book fairs
  14. 14. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Problems the space created CluPer, fire hazards during special events
  15. 15. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com TRANSFORMATION From “Dark Cave” to “Vibrant Maker Hub”
  16. 16. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com The Makerspace was the spark…
  17. 17. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com BEFORE…
  18. 18. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com TRANSFORMATION - 2014
  19. 19. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com
  20. 20. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com BEFORE…
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  22. 22. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com BEFORE…
  23. 23. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com
  24. 24. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com TRANSFORMATION How did we fund it?
  25. 25. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com LOWES TOOLBOX GRANT: Paint
  26. 26. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com LOWES TOOLBOX: Tables + Chairs
  27. 27. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com DONORSCHOOSE: LEGO Wall
  28. 28. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com DONORSCHOOSE: Hokki Stools
  29. 29. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com DONORSCHOOSE: Whiteboard Wall
  30. 30. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com SCHOLASTIC BOOKFAIR:Chairs + Rug
  31. 31. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com SCHOLASTIC BOOKFAIR: Carts
  32. 32. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com TAMPA PREPARATORY SCHOOL
  33. 33. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com ABOUT TAMPA PREP • Independent 6-12 co-ed college prep school founded in downtown Tampa in 1974 • 675 students • 1:1 iPad, Active Learning Environments, Apple Distinguished School • Current building was constructed in 2002 • Library was partially renovated in 2016
  34. 34. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Library as lecture hall Special event & lecture layout - tables are behind the curtain
  35. 35. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com CollecPon needed update
  36. 36. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com No variety in learning zones
  37. 37. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com StarPng the transformaPon…
  38. 38. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Tables rearranged for collaboraPon
  39. 39. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Storage area to study nook
  40. 40. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Charging staPons
  41. 41. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Out with the old, in with the new
  42. 42. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Furniture tryouts from KI
  43. 43. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Genrefying the ficPon secPon
  44. 44. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com The IDEAlab
  45. 45. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com Maker Mondays
  46. 46. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com SeVng a vision for the space Floorplan & furniture from Mien
  47. 47. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com What is one idea you’ve seen so far that you would like try in your space?
  48. 48. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com HACKING YOUR LIBRARY: Advice for Rethinking your space
  49. 49. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com VISIT OTHER SPACES Public & Academic Libraries
  50. 50. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com VISIT OTHER SPACES Museums
  51. 51. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com DO YOUR RESEARCH Study Learning Space Design
  52. 52. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com DRAW UP YOUR LAYOUT Get the big picture view
  53. 53. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com DREAM UP POSSIBILITIES What would your ideal be?
  54. 54. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com SURVEY + FOCUS GROUP Include your community Watch “Remake Your Class”
  55. 55. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com USE THE DESIGN PROCESS Students help you dream
  56. 56. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com GET PINSPIRED! Create a virtual pinboard of ideas
  57. 57. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com EASY CHANGES You can make TODAY (with li>le or no $$)
  58. 58. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com FLEXIBLE SEATING Offer students choice Strathcona HS in Edmonton, AB
  59. 59. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com LESS IS MORE Weed your collecPon & your furniture
  60. 60. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com MAKE SOME WALL/FLOOR SPACE Take down shelves you don’t need
  61. 61. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com PLAY HOUSE Rearrange your furniture
  62. 62. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com MAKE BETTER SIGNS Help students find what they need
  63. 63. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com SUPPORT LEARNING STYLES Quiet, loud and in-between
  64. 64. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com SMALL INVESTMENTS Paint, music, indoor plants, etc.
  65. 65. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com What is a change you can make right away to start transforming your library?
  66. 66. NEVER STOP DREAMING Change won’t happen if you just sit sPll
  67. 67. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.com
  68. 68. @DianaLRendina * RenovatedLearning.comResources: h>p://renovatedlearning.com/presentaAons/ Presentation resources

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