Libraries in Space


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Keynote presentation from Jesuit Secondary Education Association Librarians Conference January 2014. Focuses on how we blend material practices and symbolic meanings in 21st century school libraries. Special focus on Learning Commons model.

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  • Library as retainer of cultural memory… Meanings of the community in the past, present and future. It’s a library and a tomb. A meeting space and a story board. A symbol of current power and past lives.
  • Discourse Communities – a group of people with shared values, goals, assumptions and ways of communicating. This is deeper than Students, Faculty, Parents, Jesuit. These are your stakeholders.
  • Reflect independently… pair and share. Write out on Post It Paper on wall
  • Hopefully in the reporting out people have listed examples of material practices and symbolic meanings….DiscussText is the result of interpretation… dependent on the subject that makes the interpretation. We do this too – but our challenge is to be neutral. Not let our interpretations of “library” interfer with community needs.
  • What do you see here… how is the experience lived in this picture? How is the experience lived in the mind of your users in your space? How do you connect the dots between what your interpretation of the experience and the experience in the mind of the users?
  • Bring in 1:1 Computer issues
  • Again… increased access with 1:1 programs
  • Go back to first sheets on what does someone see when they first walk in the door?
  • Libraries in Space

    1. 1. LIBRARIES IN SPACE Jen LaMaster Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, Indianapolis
    2. 2. Library of Celsus: Ephesus
    4. 4. SO WHAT DO WE DO?
    5. 5. Context Evaluation Experience Use Reflection
    6. 6. CONTEXT • What communities are present in the school? • How are they articulated now, 3 years from now? 15years from now? • Interactive strategies to build relationships between stakeholders. This is the new job of the librarian…
    7. 7. • Imagine…. If someone walked into your library right now, what 3 things would stick in their minds?
    8. 8. The relationship between the material practices and the symbolic meanings that social agents attach to their spatial environments. Image: Seattle Public Library
    9. 9. Thus the meaning of a text is not as much a quality of the text itself as it is an experience in the mind of the user. - Ole Jensen Discourse Analysis and SocioSpatial Transformation Processes Image: Aarhaus Library
    10. 10. • Imagine… How do you connect the dots between your work and student learning? Between your work and school mission? Between your work and those things that keep your Principal and AP up at night?
    11. 11. SO HOW DID WE GET HERE?
    12. 12. School Media Center 70s The goal of the school library media center is to ensure that all members of the school community have equitable access “to books and reading, to information, and to information technology.” AASL Image: University of London
    13. 13. 80‟s and 90‟s Information Commons “a cluster of network access points and associated IT tools situated in the context of physical, digital, human and social resources organized in support of learning” Beagle and Bennett Image: IU Bloomington Fine Arts Library
    14. 14. EXPERIENCE • Physical • Virtual • Communal • The Learning Commons
    15. 15. 2000s Learning Commons The Learning Commons is an evolution of the Information Commons in which the basic tenets of the Information Commons are enhanced and expanded upon in order to create and environment more centered on the creations of knowledge and self-directed learning. _ Heitsche and Holley Image: Dennison University
    16. 16. THE PHYSICAL • The practical workings within… • Computer hardware/software, furnishings, designated spaces and traditional collections • Early libraries created to support the reader, then as they grew the focus was on supporting the collections… now shifting back to focus on the learners.
    17. 17. Computer hardware Device, wireless, printing
    18. 18. Furniture
    19. 19. Designated spaces to build, practice, create
    20. 20. THE VIRTUAL • Beyond four walls and a roof… • Digital library collections, online tools, electronic learning tools and Web presences (portal, website, social media)
    21. 21. Online tools LMS, social media, Google Apps for Education
    22. 22. Electronic content Digital textbooks, databases
    23. 23. THE COMMUNAL • “Sites and places are never just locations. They are always sites for something and someone. „Spirit of the Place‟ subjected meaning that is contextually located in the community.” Rob Shields “Places on the Margins” • Workshops, tutoring programs, research collaborations, mission and identity, IT support
    24. 24. Mission and Identity Image: JSEA
    25. 25. School Academic Objective Access, Evaluate, Use
    26. 26. Professional Development Best practices in teaching and learning… and raising children
    28. 28. • Remember – a media booth does not turn a student into a scholar… that begins to happen when pedagogy, design and reconceptualized library services come together • Learning is not training… it is understanding and insight
    29. 29. REFLECTION • What‟s it take? • Democratic Planning Processes – lots of stakeholder voices must be heard • Time • Surveys of need
    30. 30. Imagine… • How will you make sure everyone who walks into your library sees the focus on students? Not stuff, not the view… students.
    31. 31. WORKS • Educause,”7 things You Should Know About the Modern Learning Commons” • AASL. Standards for the 21 st Century Learner. • Heitsch, E and Holley, R. “The Information and Learning Commons: Some Reflections” New Reciew of Academic Librarianship, 17:64-77, 2011 • Beagle, Donald Robert. The Information Commons Handbook. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2006. Print. • Donald Beagle (2010): The Emergent Information Commons: Philosophy, Models, and 21st Century Learning Paradigms, Journal of Library Administration, 50:1, 7-26 • Bennett, Scott. “The Information or the Learning Commons: Which Will We Have?” The Journal of Academic Librarianship 34.3 (2008): 183–85. Print. • Worm-Petersen, Kasper. “Democratization of Design.” GRASP (11/7/13)
    32. 32. • Eidson, Diana. “The Celsus Library at Ephasus: Spatial Rhetoric, Literacy and Hegemony in the Eastern Roman Empire.” Advances in the History of Rhetoric (2013) Vol 16, Issue 2. • Shields, Robert. Places on the Margin: Alternative Geographies of Modernity. London:Routledge (1992). • Healey, Patricia. “The communicative Work of Development Plans, Environment and Planning.” Planning and Design. 1993, Col 20 (1), p 83-105. • Jensen, Ole. Discourse Analysis and Sociospatial Transformation Processes. School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Global Urban Research Unity. Electronc Working Paper 28. • Most photos personally owned. Examples of school libraries over time: • 1970‟s: University of London Medical Library • Information Common: IU Bloomington Fine Arts Library • Learning Commons: Denison University