School Library Makerspaces in Action
by Heather Moorefield-Lang, Editor
March 2018, 147pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-5696-9
$45, 38€, A65
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-5697-6
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Experience the successes and challenges of implementing maker learning spaces with this user-friendly book.

Maker learning spaces in schools and public libraries are made real through the narratives of professional librarians around the world, comprising the collaborative activities, experiences, and perspectives of librarians as they have implemented makerspaces for students of all ages.

School Library Makerspaces in Action is for any librarian looking for inspiration for their own makerspaces, hackerspaces, fablabs, or DIY locations and how to use these spaces in libraries and educational settings. Contributions from authors around the world address the needs of most all readers, including how to provide the staff training necessary for a successful makerspace. Each chapter is written from an author’s personal experience, and with only a little fine-tuning and imagination, many of these ideas can be used throughout all levels, disciplines, and subjects in K–12 education and carry over into higher education. The successes and optimism shared in this collection will inspire librarians and educators to think positively about how to implement maker learning locations, train staff, and use makerspaces in their libraries and classrooms to promote and share new ideas.

Features

  • Provides inspirational examples of successful makerspaces in school and public libraries
  • Furnishes practical, immediately usable projects, assignments, and curricula
  • Offers needed examples of how to train maker librarians
  • Showcases working partnerships between school and public librarians in makerspace endeavors
Heather Moorefield-Lang serves as associate professor at the University of South Carolina in the School of Library and Information Science. Her research is focused in emerging technologies and their use in education and libraries. Heather is interested in how technologies can further enhance instruction. Her current research focuses on makerspaces in libraries of all types and levels. She has had the honor of being nominated for the White House Champion of Change for Making in 2016. To learn more see her website www.techfifteen.com, visit her YouTube Channel Tech 15, or follow her on Twitter @actinginthelib.

Reviews

"Whether readers are starting small or thinking big, they'll find this a valuable resource for fostering critical thinking and creativity."—School Library Journal, September 1, 2018

"It’s easy to find inspiration within these pages, whether reading cover to cover or dipping in for targeted articles. Rounded out with resources for further exploration—especially the blogs—this is an appealing choice for library instructors, students, and professional collections. Recommended."—ARBA, August 4, 2018

"One case study specifically mentions inclusivity and working with populations with special needs, which is a great addition to the text . . . . [An] excellent resource."—Booklist Online, September 6, 2018
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