There’s an empty room at the REALM Charter School, which opened three years ago in an existing commercial building in Berkeley, Calif. When Emily Pilloton, director of the school’s Studio H design and build class, and Hallie Chen, an eighth-grade teacher, asked students what they envisioned for the space, they...
One of the most amazing transformations that has taken place at NMHS is the creation of the Makerspace in what was our traditional library. A space that could once be compared to a barren wasteland is now a thriving learning metropolis where students flock to tinker, invent, create, collaborate, work, and most importantly, learn. When I hired Laura I basically told her what her budget was and that she had complete control of how she wanted to use the money. I could never have imagined how quickly she could radically transform this outdated space, using money that in the past had always been spent on books, magazines, and electronic databases.
There is a new digital divide on the horizon. It is not based around who has devices and who does not, but instead the new digital divide will be based around students who know how to effectively find and curate information and those who do not.
A 2007 video that shows the contribution an effective school library can make to the educational, creative, emotional and reading development of children and young people. It looks at how design can enable this.
The facility on the city's north side will promote experiential learning with the latest in technology, access to 3-D printers, sewing machines and other tools, plus space - lots and lots of space.
Traditional resources, including books, audio and visual media and e-books, will endure.
It will replace the nearby Briargate Library, which closed Sunday so that materials could be moved to the new building before its June 21 opening. The district's administrative offices also have moved to the new facility.
As libraries emerge as places to create and interact, PPLD, through Library 21c, is anticipating demands and desires, officials said.
"This is cutting edge," said Dee Vazquez Sabol, PPLD community engagement and outreach officer. "We have been planning for the past five years so we weren't struggling to catch up."
Library 21c is the first of its kind in the country, Sabol said. Several libraries around the country have similar components, but none has so many features that patrons can use in one place."
In the spring of 2011, Forsyth County Schools partnered with Dekalb Office to create a prototype for future media centers. The prototype was completed at Lambert High School. A goal of this project is to envision media centers for use in the 21st century where paper-based resources are not the predominant tool in a media center. Space to collaborate and work on projects has become the most important aspect of the 21st century media center.
To have your library considered, send a completed submission form (available as a PDF at bit.ly/2013designshowcase) along with color prints or high-resolution digital images, to American Libraries, Attn: Library Design ...