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SXSWedu 2015

Schools' Vortex: Innovative Library 'Makerspaces'

The shift from consumption-based learning to creation-based learning means many schools are transforming the library into a place where kids produce. Award-winning, innovative programs attest to the success of this movement. We'll look at what's being done, how educators teach & students learn in this model. The ways we support and advocate for changing from a quiet environment to a bustling activity center will be explored, as well as ways to highlight & share successes with other schools.

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  1. Attendees will hear the recent success in 3 schools where the library is now the center of action. Here, learning is student-driven & project-based, & kids are producers and sharers of information. Collaboration is key and kids learn from each other.
  2. Learn the steps necessary to move from a traditional library where students gather & consume information to a modern learning center. The panelists will share before, during, & after stories of their transition, including best practices and outcomes.
  3. Gather ideas and motivation to transition to a library that is more than books on the shelf, in keeping with 21st-century learning. Hear the stories of schools who have done it and who have been nationally recognized for their innovative programs.


  • Britten Follett, Director of Social Media and Web Content, Follett Learning
  • Patrice Bryan, Semester of Service & Social Justice Teacher, High School
  • Darcy Coffta, Upper School Librarian, Berwick Academy
  • Meg Omainsky, Teacher Librarian, Henry M. Gunn High School


Doug Thompson, Principal/Owner, Thompson Drake

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  • Tags: libraries
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel Discussion
  • Track: Instructional Strategies & Best Practices
  • Session Focus Area
  • Level: Basic Understanding
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