Making Your Library Epic: Creating Innovative Spaces for Student Learning

School libraries are no longer the quiet dusty rooms where students sit at heavy wooden tables and read silently. We’re using modern technology and teaching strategies – now we need to update our spaces to match. During this three-week course, attendees will get ideas and inspiration for transforming the physical space of their libraries to make them innovative, student-friendly learning environments. Learn how to apply educational design theory to renovate your library no matter what your budget is. Learn strategies for changing up your space that you can apply immediately.

How the course works:

  • Material for the upcoming week is posted each Monday.
  • Registrants have until the following Monday to work through the material and complete assigned activities.

  • Registrants successfully completing the course may request a Certificate of Completion.

Course runs September 25 - October 13, 2017.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn how innovative, active learning spaces can transform student learning.

  • Learn how to observe and analyze your library space to identify changes that need to be made.

  • Learn how to make simple changes to your space that can boost student engagement.

  • Learn how to plan and prepare for larger space makeovers.

Who Should Attend

The course is open to current, personal members of AASL. Not a member? Join here.


Diana Rendina

Diana Rendina, MLIS, is a media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School in Tampa, FL. She is the creator of the blog and is also a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest. Diana participates actively in the International Society for Technology in Education Librarians Network, the American Association of School Librarians and the Florida Association for Media in Education. She served on the Sunshine State Young Readers Award Committee from 2012 to 2015. She is the winner of the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award, the 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Award, the 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award for emerging leaders and the 2015 School Library Journal Build Something Bold Award. She has presented on the Maker Movement at state, national and international conferences, including AASL, FETC and ISTE. Diana shares resources regularly on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram @DianaLRendina. She is currently co-authoring a book for ABC-CLIO titled Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace.




(The course is open to current, personal members of AASL. Not a member? Join here.)

How to Register

Online Registration

Tech Requirements

Internet connection and web browser.

Contact Hours

Registrants successfully completing the course may request a Certificate of Completion for 9 contact hours.


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