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ISTE 2015: Takeaway Tips for a Library Maker Space | ISTE 2015

Maker station at the ISTE Librarians Network Digital Age Playground at the 2015 ISTE conference in Philadelphia.

Maker was front and center at the 2015 ISTE conference—and that was a good thing for Jennifer Hanson, director of library services at Worcester (MA) Academy, who is planning a maker space at her school.

MakerBridge Site and Blog Show Diversity in Maker Movement | The Maker Issue

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Being a maker is about independence and empowerment, says MakerBridge Project founder Sharona Ginsberg. Focused on making in libraries and schools, the site features tech tips, tool reviews, and variety of resources and profiles.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Tips for Top-Notch Stop-Motion Workshops | The Maker Issue

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Strong apps and fun working materials are key to great stop-motion projects with kids. But good planning and inspired book tie-ins can carry the day.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

How to Ensure that Making Leads to Learning

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Making is clearly an engaging activity for students. But are they actually learning anything? Annie Murphy Paul presents a compelling case based on cognitive research.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Craft Work: the value of making by hand | The Maker Issue

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Quilting, knitting, and creating by hand foster collective learning. Plus: Top 10 crafting tips; Five outstanding crafting programs

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Maker Librarians Bring It to SXSWEdu 2015

School librarians Colleen Graves and Leah Mann present on makerspaces to a packed room at SXSWEdu 2015.

Design thinking and making were top of mind at SXSWEdu, as participants considered the learning potential around these hot topics. In official programming, in the hallways, and over barbecue, librarians were on hand to help advance that conversation.

The Maker Space Difference: Amazing Inquiry, Shared Learning | Tech Tidbits

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Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares updates on the creation and establishment of his high school’s first maker space.

Five Trends That Make 2015 Worth Celebrating| Editorial

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The new year is always a time of optimism. This year in particular, positive tendencies will influence our work in schools and public libraries.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

“Get out there and make something!”: Sylvia’s super awesome new book

“Get out there and make something!”: Sylvia’s super awesome new book

Sometimes I wonder what my girlfriends and I would be like today if more models like the super-awesome Sylvia were around when we were kids.  I kinda want every kid to meet her. I first heard of Sylvia from my friend Gary Stager who often shares her story and segments from Sylvia’s Super-Awesome Maker Show […]

Engaged in Maker Activities at Your Library? We’d Like to Know.

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Multimedia. Minecraft. Knitting. Bike repair. School Library Journal and Library Journal have launched a survey of non-book specific activities. Whether you’re a school or public library, we’d like to hear about this programming.

(Rethinking) Makerspaces

(Rethinking) Makerspaces

Kids have always made in my library. We encouraged digital and visual and dramatic and rhetorical creativity before, during, and after school.  But for a while, I’ve questioned the value of using already heavily used real estate to randomly carve out space for a 3D printer, electronics stations and sewing machines. I had my doubts […]

Happy Campers: Librarians Discuss, Brainstorm, and Make at Annual KidLibCamp Unconference

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Librarians from New England, New York, and New Jersey met to discuss top topics and share best practices at the sixth annual KidLibCamp at Darien Library.

Let’s Talk Tech: Tour de Tech at Arapahoe Library District

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The Arapahoe Library District’s (ALD) recent technology fair, Tour de Tech, left the public talking tech—and about libraries as community hubs for difficult-to-access technologies. Seventy percent of attendees who filled out an evaluation had never attended a library event before.

Not Your Mama’s Library Program: Lanyards give way to coding and power tools in summer tech camps nationwide

Not Your Mama’s Library Program: Lanyards give way to coding and power tools in summer tech camps nationwide

Computer coding programs and robotics are just some of the tools intrepid young patrons will be using this summer as school and public librarians nationwide gear up for technology camps.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

TLNews Night: On student voice

TLNews Night: On student voice

Last night I attended the Special Spring Break Edition of TL News Night featuring some of the amazing men of libraryland: Andy Plemmons, Shannon Thompson Stacy Ford and Dhaivyd Hilgendorf.  Sherry Gick and Nikki Robertson moderated. The conversation focused on student voice. And it was pretty darn special, with practical, engaging, inexpensive and sticky learning […]

Build Better Robots with LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 | SLJ Review

Build Better Robots with LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 | SLJ Review

“The EV3 is one of those toys that transcends consumerism and becomes a pathway into new kinds of hands-on production and learning for kids and adults alike,” writes Chad Sansing in our review of LEGO’s latest version of the popular Mindstorms robotics platform.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Make It @ Your Library Launches Maker Space Project Website

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Make It @ Your Library, in collaboration with Instructables.com and the American Library Association, has finally launched its searchable website, makeitatyourlibrary.org, for librarians seeking maker space ideas and projects. Make It @ Your Library—an initiative developed through the ILEAD USA program over the past year—aims to help librarians realize maker projects in their own communities at low cost.