In this film, Maria Cavaiuolo, Documentation Technician, Macdonald High School in Ste.-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec (Lester B. Pearson School Board) talks about using student and teacher input in transforming the school library to a library learning commons. Students particularly wanted more comfortable places to sit and more technology available to them. Teachers also echoed the need for technology but were very pleased to discover that once the renovations were complete, there were adequate tables and seating for all kinds of activities in the library.
This video shows how an entire learning community worked together to pack books, donate furniture, raise money for a library ladder, and even engrave a bookshelf with the school’s name. Then, once the library was complete, students helped Maria create engaging displays in the library. Even the shades on the windows were used to provide a sense of ownership to members of the school community who participated in the transformation. Teachers chose slogans that they particularly liked and these were printed on the shades.
The library learning commons model invites students to play a leadership role in the functioning of the LLC. This film shows a school that started on the path and is well on its way.