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?”

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”

Fostering Literacies to Empower Life-Long Learners: A Look at the CLA’s Leading Learning

As a teacher who has unreservedly and loudly argued that literacy instruction is the responsibility of ALL teachers, I chose “Fostering Literacies to Empower Life-Long Learners” to explore in the Canadian Library Association’s Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada (2014). The framework identifies key themes in fostering literacies toContinue reading “Fostering Literacies to Empower Life-Long Learners: A Look at the CLA’s Leading Learning”

Issue: Cuts in Funding to Libraries and Staffing in Libraries

Over the past couple of decades, libraries have seen funding cuts in the form of both resource limitations and staffing. With declining enrollment in schools comes declining funding and school boards do not always prioritize funding to libraries and teacher-librarians. Many elementary schools – and smaller secondary – function with part-time staffing, meaning that theirContinue reading “Issue: Cuts in Funding to Libraries and Staffing in Libraries”