About 15 school librarian and teachers attended a full-day workshop on August 17 on “School Libraries and Makerspaces.” The interactive, hands-on workshop was led by Kristina Holzweiss, a middle school librarian from Long Island who was named the 2015 School Librarian of the Year. She is actively involved in the movement to create makerspaces in libraries and incorporate research into the STEM and STEAM processes.
Kristina talked with participants about the idea of a makerspace; ways they can tailor a makerspace to the needs of their buildings; and some project ideas, including low-tech, DIY and high-end examples. She brought examples of products and projects from her own library as well.
Makerspaces are becoming more common in both school and public libraries. The MOBOCES School Library System has been increasing its collection of Maker Kits available for loan to component librarians and teachers, and has offered several professional development opportunities related to makerspaces.
Participants were from Camden, Madison, Morrisville-Eaton, Rome, Stockbridge Valley, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill and MOBOCES as well as Syracuse, Solvay, DCMO BOCES and Otsego-Northern Catskills BOCES.