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ERIC Number: EJ1159760
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1094-9046
If You Build It, They Will Come
Sierra, Kristin
Knowledge Quest, v46 n2 p42-48 Nov-Dec 2017
The author has always loved libraries. She has has always loved books and the experience of learning. Her idea of the best kind of library has changed over the years. Encouraging reading is just a part of what the 21st-century school library does. As a fledgling school librarian just starting to learn how to fly, the author wanted to create a nest in the school library that was equal parts warm, welcoming, interesting, and exciting. She wanted students to want to be at the school library. She wanted them to own it, feel that it is their library. She dove head first into the implementation of a makerspace the moment she was introduced to the concept at the Washington Library Association's October 2015 conference. It was just the thing to bring in the students, the author was convinced. Like any good librarian, she started doing research. She read all she could find by others who were already doing what she wanted to do. The author connected with like-minded colleagues online and in person at conferences and meetings. To learn even more she joined Twitter and followed experienced school librarians and others implementing makerspaces around the country. The ideas started flowing, and Baker's makerspace--home of Baker's Makers--would soon turn into reality at the Baker Middle School Library. This article presents how the author started a makerspace from scratch.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A