Sunday, April 27, 2014

Libraries as Learning Spaces

Recently a teacher forwarded an article regarding library spaces called, “What will become of the Library?” that had been published on Slate’s website. That article included a picture of the new library at the University of Chicago and made me think of our visit there last fall.  We were also welcome guests at libraries at DePaul and Loyola University where our host specifically mentioned this video on the Hunt Library at NC State University:

We had watched that video individually and as a group in a department meeting where Pam shared a School Library Journal article and led discussions on space planning. In fact, Knowledge Quest’s most recent issue was devoted to Library Spaces and contains several excellent articles. We have been compiling our own set of pictures and documents and have discussed soliciting input from students and teachers. Here are links to several other related resources:

Finally from Mental Floss, for fun (and inspiration!) see 62 of world’s most beautiful libraries.

Carol Dweck to Speak in Evanston on May 9th

FAN, Family Action Network, has scheduled some wonderful speakers on the North Shore this year, including Carol Dweck, best-selling author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, who will be giving two talks on Friday, May 9th.  Dweck is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University.

Beginning at 4:30pm, Professor Dweck will speak on “Growth Mindsets and the Wholehearted Embrace of Process.” This talk will be geared towards educators and according to FAN, Prof. Dweck will discuss how a teacher’s enthusiastic and devoted focus on the learning process cultivates a growth mindset in students.  At 7:00 in the evening, she will be speaking on “Go for It: Risk-taking, Challenge and the Value of a Growth Mindset.” 

Both talks will be held at Evanston Township High School auditorium, 1660 Dodge Avenue, Evanston. Co-sponsored by numerous local organizations and schools, they are free and open to the public and CPDUs will be available at both talks. 

For more information, FAN also suggests: Mindset Works Website -- Co-Founded by Dr. Dweck  which features this short video and others: