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Director’s Brief: Starting a School Library Makerspace

Posted in Uncategorized by on April 30, 2019

My brief outlines a plan to create a makerspace in the Bloomfield High School Library based upon the school’s mission and existing curricular goals and includes the philosophy, definitions, rationale, and resources associated with the project. I do not take credit for this image; I was unable to find its creator.

If you are in the business of education, the likelihood you’ve seen Sir Ken Robinson’s 2006 TED talk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity” at least once is very good.  In the talk, Robinson, a leader in global projects on creative and cultural education, makes the case that schools can and should nurture creativity rather than undermine it.  The talk has been viewed over 17 million times and is the most viewed TED talk ever. Robinson (2019) says of his work:

Human resources are like the earth’s natural resources. They are highly diverse and often buried deep beneath the surface. They need to be discovered, refined and applied. Education often promotes a narrow view of ability, as do many corporate organizations. As a result, many people are unaware of the variety of their talents and depth of their potential.  

In the years since the talk was given, sadly, not much has changed in education.  But libraries, facing a sort of existential crisis at about the same time Robinson’s talk was gaining attention, have seized an opportunity to grapple with this question.  They have analyzed their programming and services, and embraced a way to offer users an opportunity to find and use knowledge in new, creative, and meaningful ways in the form of the makerspace.

You can read my whole brief on starting a school library makerspace here:

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