Reading and the Evolution of “Literacy”

In their book, The New Learning Commons Where Learners Win! Reinventing School Libraries and Computer Labs (2011), Loertscher et al claim that “[r]eading is still the king of all literacies…” and I have to agree. What’s changed is not so much how we read – that is, the act of decoding and comprehending text withContinue reading “Reading and the Evolution of “Literacy””

Why Add a Makerspace to a Library Learning Commons?

What is a Makerspace? Collaborative, communal spaces which encourage creativity, problem-solving, inventing, with DIY projects, collaborative projects, cross-curricular projects, etc. A makerspace uses resources like hardware (MaKey MaKey, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and other open-source microcontrollers, 3D printers, vinyl/paper cutters), software (free/open-source options available for most projects), electronics, craft and hardware supplies, etc. to enable studentsContinue reading “Why Add a Makerspace to a Library Learning Commons?”

Impact of the Teacher-Librarian

What is the impact of a school’s teacher-librarian on student achievement? Is it possible to quantify the impact? There are a few studies which attempt to provide empirical evidence of the impact of the teacher-librarian in student success, many of which are American. Since teacher-librarians do not always work directly with the same students onContinue reading “Impact of the Teacher-Librarian”

Maintaining A Library Space: Weeding

Ah yes, weeding – something I loathe whether it’s in a garden, my personal library, or my school resources. I’ve always been a paper hoarder: I still have papers from my high school years, university, teacher’s college… All well organized and never used! Obviously, it’s imperative that a teacher-librarian (T-L) weed the library resources andContinue reading “Maintaining A Library Space: Weeding”