#Explore: OTW to the Library

Making the library a physical and digital place to visit.

The RCS library is a main hub of activity for the Hill campus.  It is a collaborative space that serves the diverse needs of its community members.  It’s a meeting place, a workspace, and a space where people go to find answers. By design, the library layout sparks, fosters, and helps develop ideas to inspire further curiosity.  The purpose of my Summer Camp Pedagogy and Technology experience is to visually create displays that speak to the “successful” library visit. Through posters, visitors are directed to library resources and gently reminded of library etiquette that mindfully respects the space and others within the space.

“The Perfect Library Visit”

RCS Hill Campus Library

“[C]uriosity is more likely to flourish when kids are free
 to pursue their own interests alongside supportive adults 
who offer well-timed nudges to guide their explorations 
and keep their curiosity alive.” Bryan Goodwin

One of the important takeaways from Summer Pedagogy and Technology Camp was the importance of establishing classroom norms.  As a librarian, my classroom is the library. Over the course of the tech camp week, we reflected on class norms and classroom management.  It became evident that clearly defining the purpose of the library collaboration space and the effective use of the space would be useful in the user experience.

Although we published a dynamic new library website, local, non-digital reminders about the resources in the library collaboration spaces are appropriate.  Signage advertising writing and math help was always present, but only select users knew about the other resources we share in support of their work. At minimum, we provide comfortable spaces, laptops, and even pencils and pens, all in the interest of “Accomplishing Your Goals @ the RCS Library!”

Resource

Goodwin, Bryan.  Out of Curiosity: Restoring the Power of Hungry Minds for Better Schools, Workplaces, and Lives (McREL International, 2018).  

“Bryan Goodwin says that children’s inborn curiosity will be nurtured or extinguished, depending on the learning experiences they have.”

For more information contact: LaShawn Ross
lross@riverdale.edu

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