Category: Children’s Libraries

Kroski’s hands-on sourcebook for makerspaces

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Makerspaces are drawing new users into libraries and engaging them as never before. Edited by technology expert Ellyssa Kroski, The Makerspace Librarian’s Sourcebook, is a must-read for any librarian using technology in teaching and learning as well as those considering whether to set up a makerspace, or with one already up and running.

Ellyssa Kroski said,

The Makerspace Librarian’s Sourcebook aims to be an essential all-in-one guidebook to the maker realm written specifically for librarians. I hope it will inspire readers through practical projects that they can implement in their libraries right now. The book is jam-packed with instruction and advice from the field’s most tech-savvy innovators, and will be well-suited for any librarian seeking to learn about the major topics, tools, and technologies relevant to makerspaces today.

The book:

  • Shows readers how to start their own makerspace from the ground up, covering strategic planning, funding sources, starter equipment lists, space design, and safety guidelines
  • discusses the transformative teaching and learning opportunities that makerspaces offer, with tips on how to empower and encourage a diverse maker culture within the library
  • delves into 11 of the essential technologies and tools most commonly found in makerspaces, ranging from 3D printers, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and wearable electronics to CNC, Lego, drones, and circuitry kits.

Find out more about The Makerspace Librarian’s Sourcebook

Ellyssa Kroski is Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute, as well as an award winning editor and author. She is a librarian, an adjunct faculty member at Drexel and San Jose State Universities, and an international conference speaker. Her professional portfolio is located at www.ellyssakroski.com.

Renew and refresh your professional identity, become an innovative school librarian

Facet Publishing have announced the publication of The Innovative School Librarian, 2nd edition9781783300556

Written by current leaders in the field, each chapter in this new book addresses the practical issues facing school librarians. This new edition has been fully updated to incorporate curriculum revisions, resource changes, developments in the use and integration of technology and new routes into the profession.

The Innovative School Librarian raises important questions about the functions of the school librarian and sets out to encourage the reader to think outside the box for new approaches to traditional challenges. It aims to inspire and enable school librarians to think creatively about their work and the community in which they operate.

Key topics covered include:

  • the librarian’s vision and values
  • bridging the gap between different visions for the school library
  • identifying and understanding your community
  • making a positive response to change
  • keeping inspired and inspiring others in the library
  • integrating the library into teaching and learning.

This is an essential, thought-provoking book for all school librarians, practitioners in schools library services, and students of librarianship globally. It also has plenty to interest school leadership, headteachers, educational thinkers, public library managers and local government officers.

New book examines the librarian’s role in early language and literacy development in under-fives

There is a growing awareness of the significance of the first five years of life for intellectual, social and emotional development and early intervention is of political interest. Following on from their groundbreaking first book, Delivering the Best Start, editors Carolynn Rankin and Avril Brock return to the subject of pre-school and early years library provision with Library Services from Birth to Five.

Featuring contributions and case studies from innovators and experts around the world, this book provides knowledge and understanding about early language and literacy development and how young children become successful through enjoyable and meaningful experiences.

Coverage includes:

  • an examination of the key role of library practitioners who work with young children
  • the importance of effective interdisciplinary teamwork for professionals working with the early years
  • a focus on involving parents and carers and valuing their culture, language, heritage and community
  • practical guidance given on setting up and running pre-school library services
  • contributions from experts around the world and case studies including Brooklyn Public Library, Vancouver Public Library, Moscow State Library for Children, Zadar Public Library and other examples from Australia, Denmark, Italy, Northern Ireland and Sweden.

This book will be useful reading for early years professionals and librarians, those responsible for commissioning and delivering pre-school library services, students of library and information studies or childhood studies and practitioners undertaking practical early years qualifications.

Read the first chapter of Library Services from Birth to Five.