I was hanging out on Twitter a bit earlier this evening when I came across a tweet by a fellow slicer, Deb Day with a link to her newest slice. The scariest one to write, yet, she said.
I was intrigued.
I agree, Deb. I agree that it must have been scary to put yourself out there, but also scary to dream this big---and I couldn't agree more with your ideas.
I've done a lot of thinking and dreaming recently about what my dream library would look like, feel like, sound like, smell like, and be like. Keeping ONE thing in mind (student learning) and creating a Learning Commons around that ONE thing is exciting to think about.
Picture this: areas of quiet and semi-solitude for those who need time for quiet reflection, contemplation, dreaming and thinking as they write, plan, research, read as well as working-noisy areas for brainstorming and collaborating with others in small (or large) groups with smart boards. ebooks and various types of amazing technology as well as traditional books and print magazines. A holodeck/skype/facetime center so that students can seek out experts in the field virtually at any given time as well as old-school real folk being available. A cozy fireplace with comfy chairs and the warm smell of coffee wafting through the air---perfect for book discussion groups. Multiple areas for interactive display. Moveable walls and bookshelves for ease of reconfiguration as needed. Dimmer switches on lighting, by area. Lamps. (need I say plenty of floor electric plugs?) Charging stations for students. iPad bars. Makerspaces complete with 3-D printers and a mini-graphic design studio to help students really make their projects POP. Lunch and Learns that are student-centered, and student-driven. book trailer stations (remember the old kiosk-type stands in music stores that you could preview the new albums on? I'm thinking THIS, but updated). A mini-conference room that looks like the TARDIS (because everyone needs a touch of whip-smart whimsy) and plenty of natural lighting. If I'm going big then I'm also going to include a great coffee/tea/hot cocoa bar with warm scones (we have a culinary arts department AND....who can think creatively with a growling tummy?--just adding that in my lovely dream nothing is ever spilled and students always clean up after themselves.)
I could continue...but it is getting late and I have a drive to Austin tomorrow.
Before I go, though--just one more thank you to Deb and her amazing post.
Let's all dream big and move forward and see what magic we can make!
Read on, Gentle Readers; Read on.