Library (iii) – Designs and suggestions from modern libraries

Library (iii) – Designs and suggestions from modern libraries

Thank you for the comments and conversations surrounding the re-design  of our Library space. Keep letting me know what you think!

I’ve had some super suggestions and the consultation has provided striking parallels and repeated themes.
These are some comments from some Year 7 students, who want to see:
  • an interactive whiteboard for lessons;
  • the downstairs bookshelves to be used to create more of an open space;
  • a more ‘practical homework/writing area’ and a ‘more comfortable reading/relaxing area’;
  • another entrance;
  • more comfortable spaces to use – sofas, bean bags.

Some students have commented that the space upstairs, for fiction reading, is too open. They seemed to like the idea of more clearly delineated, ‘cosy’ spaces that have different functions.

Following my last post and the importance of reading a broad range of fiction, I’m delighted to see a DHSB student book group shadowing the Carnegie Prize this year. Our new Library space will actively promote the joy and benefits of reading widely for pleasure and intellectual stimulation.
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Year 7 and 8 students are meeting weekly with Mrs Johnson and Miss Proctor for book discussions and reviews. 
There were also suggestions about having more digital/DVD resources available, even down to hiring an iPad for a set period of time, for example.
Although the concept of a chute leading from upstairs to downstairs might sound whimsical – I liked it!
During my time in Australia I saw some inspiring learning spaces and the concept of The Learning Commons had resonance.
Manchester University’s Learning Commons, although much bigger, provides an excellent example of the structure and vibe we should be looking to create.
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A Learning Commons enables different types of learning to work in one flexible space. They are sociable spaces, inviting and purposeful in equal measure.
The next challenge is to find someone to help us design and implement these changes – they won’t happen overnight and now that I’ve come out and shared a vision of how things might look, I’m hoping further ideas and suggestions will be forthcoming.
There are blank copies of the layout of the Library for anyone to take and submit. I’d love to see your ideas – chutes and all!
Please check out the recruitment page on the website to see more information about the role and the concept of The DHSB Learning Commons.
And spread the word about this wonderful job. It will be a crucial role in developing our learning culture and we’re looking for someone special to lead it.