School Library Makerspaces: Learning Resources for Developing 21st Century Skills
In the context of 21st century learning, school libraries need to change their roles, services and images in order to support and enrich school curriculum focusing student-centered learning and project-based learning. The school libraries also need to recognize the changes in students’ behavior and needs in learning. These understandings are important aspect for the school libraries to support students to be 21st century learners and lifelong learners. School library makerspaces is a new and interesting concept for developing learning resources, where facilitate learning materials and resources in informal atmosphere. Library makerspaces support students learning by doing, exploring and creating, motivate students to discover their interests, and encourage students to work collaboratively with teachers and peers. Though the library makerspaces are informal resources, they can be connected and integrated with school curriculum. In particular, students are able to retrieve and analyze information, learn by doing and fully engage in the learning approaches. Teachers and teacher-librarians are important people, who guide and give advices for students using makerspaces effectively, engaging learning based on reading, and developing 21st century skills. However, the school library makerspaces have no standard format or pattern because each school can develop the library makerspace based on the school goal, potential and capabilities. School library makerspaces not only benefit students to develop 21st century skills, but also enhancing library programs and empowering teachers and teacher-librarians to operate and utilize the library sources, materials, services and activities effectively.
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