Building a Culture of Creating and Inventing in Libraries With Makerspace Tools & Resources

Texas Library Association Innovation Lab Presentation by Kristi Taylor, M.L.S., M.A.T.

Kristi Taylor, M.L.S., M.A.T. | Library Media Specialist at Lamar Middle School in Lewisville ISD

How does the library fit into the makerspace movement? How can we get kids excited about creating rather than consuming?

Thank you to everyone that was able to attend my session in the Innovation Lab this year. I am hopeful that I was able to share my love of libraries and the making culture. I wrote about the why behind my presentation here in my blog. There are things about making in schools that just isn't in the conversation. It's easy to start with WHAT should I buy, but you should start with WHY. What do you want your kids to learn? What kind of things are YOUR kids interested in?

This isn't the end of this conversation, and I hope I can share more with you in the coming months.

This is a reflection of how I spend my time throughout the year.
Interested in how our school promotes making? Check out our Library Website Link Below. It includes a video tour of our library and our Creative Media Studio.

What is Invention Literacy?

What is a makerspace?

A school library makerspace is more than the physical space, it is about making and creating. And as our role as librarians has changed, building a culture of making in your library will help you move your library from "content collection to content creation" (Sylvia Martinez). We are no longer the keeper of the books, we are the expert leaders who are here to inspire our students to create and invent.

  • Imagine your students being excited about learning.
  • How can we become Maker Heroes, the champions of making?
  • What do you really need to start a makerspace?
  • How can we avoid the temptations of a buying what our students don't need?
  • What roadblocks stand in our way?
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