Designing your school library


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  • My background. Schools I have worked in and visited/advisedEvery school different,Every library different, Every librarian different. No one model. But there are pitfalls, overall aims, ideals, modelsI have visited over 50 school libraries around the UK in the last 10/15 years including some very new ones e.gDjanogly, Peterborough’s Thomas Deacon Academy. As I worked as an Academies Lead Practitoner I had the opportunity of visiting lots of brand new schools – not always a success – do architects understand libraries and their role? Design them like public libraries with no space to accommodate a class. Fit them in as an afterthought!Capital City Academy – Sir Norman Foster design – stuck at the back of the building in top floor corner! New librarian insisted it was relocated to main entrance – first thing you see on arriving in the school. Powerful message – glass . Use of glass ?Noise? Issues – practicalities etc.An opportunity to develop your role as librarian and the central role of the library in your schoolEmphasis on every child having a laptopDo we need a library? Virtual libraries.Some new schools designed without a library!!! Encouraging that an IT advisor has organised this day and acknowledges the role of the library and more importantly the librarian as fundamental to learning. There is an assumption that if a school gives every student a laptop or Ipad that they will no longer require a library!(Deptford Green- Learning Zones around the schoolEastlea, Ormiston Park etc - new school refurb –no library
  • 22at was thenLibrary as a storehouse or warehouse. Librarian as a gatekeeper and guardian. Quiet study space Mitchell Library, GlasgowWhat are the elements that will ensure your library is actively involved in supporting teaching and learning and effectively helping in the drive to raise standards and levels of attainment and achievement?CONTEXT?LSE 1978Cecil Sharp House
  • BBC TV series I worked in libraries in the 1970s – beginning of computer technology – floppy disks – 6”, 380Z computers, dialling up Palo Alto , Prestel, BBC Microcomputers, Amstrad etcPeriod of massive changes in last 3 or 4 decades:-1980s- Computer Revolution1990s – Communication Revolution – email, mobile phone technology etc2000s –Information Revolution – www., Web and digital contentLast 3 years we have seen massive developments in:-The Cloud – google docs, etcSOCIAL – Linkedin, facebook, blogger, MSNTablets and Smartphones4 screens for learning: - LaptopsTabletsSmartphonesDigital whiteboard
  • Technology rich. The Net generation – never known anything else.Digital natives – Instant messaging, tweeting, I-phones, social networking, texting,
  • My digital life! TechnologyOnline resourcesDatabasesMultiplicity of devices
  • Education todayNew schoolsInteresting that Head is filmed in front of books – in a library perhaps? But whole emphasis is on digital technologies. We need to engage and incorporate these new technologies and demonstrate our use and understanding of how they can enrich learning and complement traditional resources.E learning co-ordinatorsWe need to collaborate with them but not let them take over the world!!Learning takes place by doing- producing, creating, engaging and ICT as a tool for thinkingEmphasis on COMPETENCES Technology based learning – DEEPER LEARNINGA media rich environment – innovative and transformationalLearn with other learners where and when it is appropriate – using the a[pprp
  • Focus of education in 21st century.Contrast with education in the past – rows, passive, teacher centred, rote learning, coercion, New curriculums –PLTS, (Personal Learning and Thinking Skills) Opening Minds, Learning2Learn 5Rs (Resilience, Resourcefulness, Reflection, Reasoning, and Responsibility) Active learning.Problem solvingCritical thinkingPersonalised learningIndependent learningCollaborative, group workCreativityInnovation/EnterpriseThinking skillsCommunicationLearning stylesContext.Within your school – space, location, budget, SLT support, hours etcWider context – TRENDS IN EDUCATIONPLAN FOR THE FUTUREGove- a return to a more traditional, content based approach?
  • A collaborative wordle. Brainstormed 3 words each.
  • Look to universities – Learning Commons/Information Commons – Sheffield, Manchester etcLook at public librariesLook at other schools
  • Hastings High School, Texas
  • Maybe we should look towards higher education? Learning Commons approach – Sheffield University, Glasgow ( on DVD) Look at the role of your library in your school. No one model but increasingly education is moving towards this style of working and library needs to be able to support it.EventsMoveable shelvingFlooringSink
  • Sydenham School. Lewisham, LondonOPAC , blogging and mobile hand held technologies
  • Self service DVD player plasma, DVds
  • QR codesIpodsIpadsKindlesNetbooks
  • QR codesIpadTablets
  • City of London AcademyPlasma, whiteboard, round tables, zones, blinds, flexible furniture – stackable tables and chairs, cubes, Book trailers, lessons, - multi-functional space serving different needsColour Flexible space
  • Netbooks, 6th formers, issue deskzones
  • Skyping project with LgFL and The Reading Zone
  • Integration of books and digital technologyUsing AR
  • My, wordleStorybird, Toondoo,
  • Saltire Library, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Flexible moveable shelvingLightweight chairs ColourComfortable browsing areas
  • Conflicting demands?PartitionsMoveable shelving and screens
  • Counter? Do we need one?SinksAfter school access? Will the library space be used at weekends by community groups? Can it be shut off from the rest of the school?Self issue – RFIDWi-fi.How many PCs? Netbooks? E-resources- VLEEquipment loan?
  • Wi-Fi, Truro College by jisc_infonet, via Flickr
  • Emphasis on every child having a laptopDo we need a library? Is this a danger? USA – textbooks all loaded on to a mobile device. We must be at the forefront and proactive. Engage and seize the opportunities presented by a new approach. If not we are in danger of becoming obselete/redundant. Virtual libraries.Some new schools designed without a libraryTechnology boosting and transforming learningBottom line is SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTLibrary/LRC as heart of the schoolResults should be increased usageNew ways of working with depts?Librarian as agent for change, knowledge manager and IT champion and expert
  • Further Reading•
  • Designing your school library

    1. 1. Designing your schoollibrary/LRC for the 21st century Laura Taylor Librarian and Libraries Consultant Taylormade Libraries
    2. 2. That was then…….
    3. 3. 1970s……
    4. 4. New ways of reading andaccessing information
    5. 5. Line Learning Academy
    6. 6. 21st century learners
    7. 7. NSBA 2009 Denver T+L Conference – Carol Van Hook
    8. 8.  A Learning Commons
    9. 9. “ a flexible and responsive approach to helping schools focus on learningcollaboratively. It expands the learning experience, taking students andeducators into virtual spaces beyond the walls of a school.A Learning Commons is a vibrant, whole-school approach, presentingexciting opportunities for collaboration among teachers, teacher-librariansand students. Within a Learning Commons, new relationships are formedbetween learners, new technologies are realized and utilized, and bothstudents and educators prepare for the future as they learn new ways tolearn.And best of all, as a space traditionally and naturally designed to facilitatepeople working together, a school’s library provides the natural dynamicsfor developing a Learning Commons.Together for learning. School libraries and the emergence of the Learning Commons: A vision for the 21st century,Ontario School Library Association, 2010)(A Learning Commons
    10. 10. Hastings High School, TexasHastings High School Library
    11. 11.  Flexible and Adaptable Collaborative Central to teaching and learning Multi-functional creative space Zones - silent, quiet, group, classroom Integrates ICT Dynamic and proactive Cultural and community centre An extension of the classroom Portal Focal point- “The Heart of the school” Physical and Virtual- resources/information accessible from anywhere at any time Future-proofLearning Spaces
    12. 12. Books and technology
    13. 13. OPACS and Blogs- Sydenham School, London
    14. 14. Holmesdale Technology College, Maidstone, Kent
    15. 15. Holmesdale Technology College, Maidstone, Kent
    16. 16. City of London Academy, Southwark
    17. 17. Skyping project – LgFL/Reading Zone
    18. 18. Accelerated Reader
    19. 19. Kindles at The City of London Academy, Southwark
    20. 20.  Booktrailers Skyping Voicethread Accelerated Reader Literacy apps: Blogs VLE Facebook pageSome ideas
    21. 21. Saltire Library, Glasgow
    22. 22. Pinterest- DesigningSchool Libraries
    23. 23.  Private, quiet study spaces - 6th form area Classroom/teaching area- whiteboard browsing group areas Opacs Plasma screen- skyping, films, ppts, booktrailers Photocopying and printing - colour Video production- Voicethread, animoto, Moviemaker etc Audio – headphones, listening posts, Netbooks- lapsafe Kindles, Ipads, Flexible shelving- moveable Seating and tables – stackable, light weight, circularNeeds
    24. 24.  windows entrances and exits radiators DDA Sight lines- shelving heights Electrical points and data cable/network points- walls, floors, ceiling Lighting and heating- blinds Noise flooring colour Staff workspace- telephone, PCs Security and storageIssues
    25. 25. Selfridges “pop-up” Library - Storychair
    26. 26. Suppliers
    27. 27. for Learning DVDCILIP : Designed forLearning DVD
    28. 28. An opportunity
    29. 29.  design 47432223/ school-libraries/Links
    30. 30. Images from Flickr Licensed under Creative Commons courtesy of:- 4641905957/ FranlHughes