Gallery Room 1: Learning Commons Theory


maker-labThe idea of transforming a library usually thought of as a place where materials are collected, distributed, and consumed began to break down as the Internet and the Google Search Engine challenged the need for the traditional library. Librarians responded with the idea of adding to a physical and viirtual repository, the use of space in which to create knowledge. Professor David Lankes at Syracuse University created The Atlas of New Librarianship to explain this concept.

“Breaking out of the library mold, in Boston and beyond”
Seelye offers an interesting account of the efforts of many libraries to serve the changing needs of their patrons. The Boston Library, for example will include software and equipment to record music and create comic books. (Scott)

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Just in the last decade, sample the following directory to get an idea of the rapid acceptance of the Learning Commons Concept. Info Commons and Beyond – A Directory of the Evolution of the Commons Model in Academic Libraries       defined.html
“This blog serves as a directory to library websites (234 as of 4/10/14) where you can find   models of the innovation that started as the information commons and has evolved into the learning commons, knowledge commons and many variations.” (Lucy)


Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom by Sylvia L. Martinez and Gary Stager, Ph.D, 2013, Constructing Modern Knowledge Press
Explores the idea of making as a powerful tool for learning in K-12 education environments . (Sisi)

Podcast: The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism by Jonan Donaldson (audiofile)
Discussion of constructionism as it relates to the Maker movement. (Sisi)

Art and Social Justice Education Edited by Therese Quinn, John Ploof, and Lisa Hochtritt, 2012, Routledge (book)
A collection of essays that offer “inspiration and tools for educators to craft critical, meaningful, and transformative arts education curricula and arts integration projects”.  Part 1, “The Commons: Redistribution of Resources and Power”, speaks to the idea of collective and collaborative production in safe and inspiring spaces.(Sisi)



The Philosophy of Educational Makerspaces: Part 1 of Making an Educational Makerspace By: R. Steven Kurti, Debby L. Kurti, Laura Fleming
(3 part series in Teacher Librarian)
This article examines the foundation of why makerspaces have a strong basis for supporting learners who engage using different learning modalities and not just the audio/visual model that prevails in the U.S. educational system. This practice/model also focuses on how teaching and learning is initiated by student interests while the teacher/spacemaker “manager” functions as a more of an advisor. (Sisi)

Critical Making by Garnet HertzCritical Making (covers)
“Critical Making is a handmade book project by Garnet Hertz that explores how hands-on productive work ‐ making ‐ can supplement and extend critical reflection on technology and society. It works to blend and extend the fields of design, contemporary art, DIY/craft and technological development. It also can be thought of as an appeal to the electronic DIY maker movement to be critically engaged with culture, history and society: after learning to use a 3D printer, making an LED blink or using an Arduino, then what?” (Sisi)

Makerspaces by Samantha Roslund and Emily Puckett Rodgers, 2013, Cherry Lake Publishing (Book)
A juvenile non-fiction book that describes makerspaces in simple terms for younger readers.  Color pictures and lists of additional resources included. (Sisi)

A blog started by an ISS staff member at the University of Michigan.  Intended as an open community space for sharing ideas about makerspaces in libraries and beyond. Links to blog, forums and tool reviews. (Sisi)

Using Makerspaces to Teach English Language Arts Common Core State Standards by Mollie Hall
Using makerspaces in school and public libraries to support STEM and ELA Common Core State Standards.  How these innovations can boost the teaching as well as be used to implement the new skills and strategies for teaching Common Core.  (Sisi)

New Jersey Makerspace Association Website
“The New Jersey Makerspace Association has embarked on an effort to create a network of makerspaces throughout New Jersey with varying concentrations and to connect makers from different regions to each other. As a group of forward thinking and driven individuals, we hope to gather together the bright minds of the Garden State in order to help creators create, and makers to make.” (Sisi)

cogsurpShirky, C. (2010). Cognitive surplus: How technology makes consumers into collaborators. Penguin.  If you’re interested in how technology, and the Internet in particular, has enabled people to become more active in the creation and distribution of information, I highly recommend reading this book. (Scott)

Boot Camp 2014 Session 8: Teen Makerspaces: School Library Implementation, Programming, and Resources (2014)
This webinar discusses implementing and sustaining a makerspace in a school with any type of budget.  Texas school librarian Colleen Graves describes different types of maker scheduling, maker programming, and resources for maker workshops.  After a year’s experience in maker workshops, she has first-hand ideas for getting students involved in the maker movement. (Lucy) not really sure if this goes here…

Brietic Elementary Library to Learning Commons (2014)
This video shows the makeover of the library into a Learning Commons to help students reach goals after the implementation of Common Core State Standards in Fresno County Schools as discussed by Principal Rosie Borboa. (Lucy)

Library as a Learning Commons An Interview with Shannon Miller (2014)
“Shannon Miller, Teacher Librarian and Technology Specialist at Van Meter Community School in Van Meter, Iowa is interviewed by Alan November, of November Learning. The two discuss today’s enhanced role of a library as a learning commons, how parental involvement is vital within her learning space, how giving ownership of learning to students accentuates their interest in learning and why being globally connected is a necessity for any modern day educator.” (Lucy)



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