AASL Post: How to Build a Maker Culture in Your Library

AASL Post: How to Build a Maker Culture in Your Library: A positive maker culture is the foundation of a successful maker program. Here are some ways that you can build and grow a maker culture in your library.

School libraries are starting makerspaces all over the world. It’s an exciting time in education as we rediscover the power of creativity. But many schools rush to start makerspaces so quickly that they neglect building the maker culture. Developing a maker culture is a lot like developing a love of reading, it takes time and persistence and it’s totally worth it. Here’s a few ways that you can work to cultivate a love of making and creativity in your students.

In my latest AASL Knowledge Quest post, I dig into a topic that’s a particular passion of mine: maker culture.  I see far too many schools that invest tons of time and money in acquiring maker stuff without investing in creating a maker culture in their students and teachers.  You can have all the awesome stuff in the maker world, but if there isn’t a culture of creativity in your school and library, not much will happen.

How to Build a Maker Culture in Your Library

In my post, I talk about four different ways you can cultivate a culture of creativity in your library.  Click over to the post to learn how you can:

  • Create interactive learning environments
  • Develop creativity stations
  • Display student projects
  • Host maker lunches

Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library MakerspaceAnd if you want to learn EVEN MORE about developing a maker culture in your library, you should pre-order the book I co-wrote with Colleen Graves and Aaron Graves, Challenge-Based Learning the School Library Makerspace.   My AASL post is based off of one of the chapters.

Diana Rendina, MLIS, is the media specialist at Tampa Preparatory School, an independent 6-12 in Tampa, FL. Previously, she was the media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School for seven years, where she founded their library makerspace. She is the creator of the blog RenovatedLearning.com. She was a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest from 2015-2018. Diana is the winner of the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award, the 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Secondary Award, the 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award & the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award. She is an international speaker on the Maker Movement and has presented at conferences including AASL, FETC & ISTE. Diana co-authored Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace with Colleen and Aaron Graves and is also the author Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget.