Students talking, tapping at keyboards, or asking questions of a guest speaker are just some of the signs that school libraries are transoformed from quiet retreats for reading and study into active hubs for research, activities, and learning.
At the International School at Dundee’s library, there is no “shushing” allowed.
Students talk, give presentations to classmates, or create designs for the 3-D printers in the makerspace. The library is no longer a library, or a media center. It’s the “learning commons”.
The hub for students and teachers is a model spreading to other schools, dissipating the boundaries between libraries and classrooms as digital learning becomes more of an initiative in districts across the country.
“I was really looking for this space to become a much more dynamic space,” said ISD Principal Terry Ricci. “The tenets of the learning commons align really well with 21st-century skills and with our International Baccalaureate program. The learning there is now much more powerful.”