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Libraries of the 21st Century

Published on Apr 26, 2016

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Libraries

a story in pictures
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once upon a time...

in a galaxy far, far away...

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midway through...

Do we still need physical libraries?
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“When every student has the potential to carry a global library on the device in his or her pocket, the role of physical libraries may become even more important, not just a place to house resources, but one in which to create meaning from them. The libraries of the 21st century provide a WELCOMING COMMON SPACE THAT ENCOURAGES EXPLORATION, CREATION, AND COLLABORATION between students, teachers, and a broader community. They bring together the best of the physical and digital to create learning hubs. Ultimately, libraries will continue to inspire students to construct new knowledge and meaning from the world around them.”

“Printed books still play a critical role in supporting learners, but digital technologies offer additional pathways to learning and content acquisition. Students and teachers no longer need a library simply for access. Instead, they require A PLACE THAT ENCOURAGES PARTICIPATORY LEARNING and allows for co-construction of understanding from a variety of sources. In other words, instead of being an archive, libraries are becoming a learning commons.”

dynamic, multipurpose, multidisciplinary learning centers

center of learning first, center of resources second

most importantly, they need to be designed for HUMANS

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should NOT look like a book warehouse

NOR a computer lab

should be seen as a center of learning first and a center of resources second

center of learning first, center of resources second

guiding principles

  • Open
  • Free
  • Comfortable
  • Inspiring
  • Practical

open

  • unconfined space -- multiple zones that support the highly focused to the highly collaborative – and everything in between
  • unconfined learning activities -- including cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas
  • ready to be explored
  • light and airy feel; glass used if needed

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Zones

  • small group collaboration: discussions, brainstorming
  • large group areas: whole class presentations, lectures, community gatherings, poetry readings
  • tech-rich/creative spaces: online research, multimedia production, recording, makerspace, Legos/robotics

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  • personal/quieter work areas: reading, reflection, studying
  • cafe area: social learning in pairs/groups
  • meeting rooms
  • unwind areas: games, puzzles, magazines

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Free

  • concentrates on flexible and mobile; freedom to move and explore
  • students can group themselves as they see fit, not as decided for them
  • spaces can evolve and change with students’ needs from time of day to time of semester
  • most furniture on wheels, shelves too

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comfortable

  • designed for multiple types of learners and learning styles not just one (hard chairs/tables/carrels)
  • different sizes and types of furnishings -- no one size fits all
  • kinesthetic, too

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inspiring

  • furnishings/layout/design present uniform and consistent vision of functionality, sophistication, and creativity
  • space should feel dynamic and vibrant
  • color, light, plants, student art, paintings, sculpture
  • poetry readings, music ensembles, TED talks, Lego Book contest

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practical

  • layout and design are pedagogically sound
  • place where real work gets done and real learning takes place
  • HOURS, electrical outlets, good lighting, signage, wireless, charging stations, scanning

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charging stations or places

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make use of spaces (pillars) that would otherwise be wasted (image from http://www.demcointeriors.com/project/sioux-center-middle-and-high-school-i...)

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make use of spaces (pillars) that would otherwise be wasted (image from http://www.demcointeriors.com/project/sioux-center-middle-and-high-school-i...)

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VISION:
to be dynamic centers of learning where our students are empowered to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information and ideas

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We can create innovative
spaces and facilities, but they won't become dynamic library learning centers without librarians...

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