School libraries: Designed for Learning

This video aims to contribute to the design and development of visually stunning, fit-for-purpose libraries with learning spaces that support 21st century learning in extended school settings. It shows the contribution an effective library can make to the educational, creative, emotional & reading development of children and young people, and the aspects of design that can enable this.

Where is the one place in the school, where people come together, to share and exchange and swap, but do so with an expectation of academic ambition? It’s the library!   Stephen Heppell

The school library is seen as the central space in the school for creativity, imagination and learning to be released.

Features Stephen Heppell with excellent contributions from schools around the UK.  A very comprehensive rationale and presentation funded by CILIP School Libraries Group and MLA (Museums Libraries and Archives Council).

Though this video/DVD is not new, it is very relevant as we visit and revisit our future directions.

Also at Designed for Learning: School Libraries

4 thoughts on “School libraries: Designed for Learning

  1. Pingback: Shhh! It’s a secret!!! « Reading Power

  2. Thank you so much for sharing such a powerful video! I truly believe that school and public libraries can transform the way we learn and educate, if only we would give them the tools and funding they need to do so.

    I tweeted this post, as well as this quote, which really says it all:

    “Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.” ~Ray Bradbury

    There’s so much talk about reforming education, but it means nothing unless you make libraries the focal point of that discussion.

  3. Great to see you promoting SLG’s DVD. Some good stuff in it despite being a few years old now. Just wish the powers that be would realise they would miss without libraries and librarians in schools.

  4. I blogged about this this morning – it’s most useful, and good to see the range of people speaking, not just teacher librarians. Now to find ways to ensure that not just teacher librarians, but a wider audience, appreciate the message and act on it.

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