142: School Library Makerspaces

Steve chats with Heather Moorefield-Lang and Gina Seymour. Heather is the editor of School Library Makerspaces in Action, and Gina is the author of Makers with a Cause: Creative Service Projects for Library Youth.

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Heather Moorefield-Lang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Library and Information Studies at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She started as a theater teacher and school librarian in the NC school systems. She has long been interested in how technologies can enhance instruction in libraries and classrooms. Her current research focuses on makerspaces in libraries of all types. She had the honor of being nominated for the White House Champion of Change for Making in 2016 and was awarded an American Association of School Librarians Social Media Superstars in the area of Tech Troubadours in 2018. To learn more about Heather and her work, see her website www.techfifteen.com, check out her YouTube Channel Tech 15, or follow her on Twitter @actinginthelib.

Gina Seymour is the library media specialist at Islip High School Library on Long Island, NY. She has a Masters in Library Science from Queens College and a Masters in Education (Instructional Technology) from NYIT where she graduated with distinction and also received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Technology. She is the 2014 recipient of the SSLMA School Librarian of the Year award. Named Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers 2017, Change Agent; read story here.

Gina believes in active participation and giving back to our profession through service. Gina serves on the American Library Association’s Website Advisory Committee and is Chairperson for YALSA’s Website Advisory Committee.

Follow her on twitter at @ginaseymour (and @IslipHSLibrary) or on Facebook at IslipHighSchoolLibrary.

137: School Librarian Panel

Steve chats with a panel of school librarians at the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference: Heather Moorefield-Lang, Deb Logan, Heather Thore, Stacy Brown, Gina Seymour, and Sedley Abercrombie.

Heather Moorefield-Lang is an assistant professor with the Department of Library and Information Studies at The University of NC at Greensboro. Her research is focused in technology integration in libraries and education with a current focus on Makerspaces. Learn more about Heather at her website or follow her on Twitter, @actinginthelib.
After a thirty-year career in libraries (public and school), Deb Logan now splits her time as a district gifted coordinator with running a K-5 makerspace and genius hour program at Pleasant Local Schools. Logan is also the president of the Ohio Library Educational Media Association, an adjunct instructor for Ashland University, and a past Ohio School Librarian of the Year. Logan is also active in ALA and AASL.
After teaching in the elementary classroom for 4 years, Heather Thore decided it was time for something different and she moved into the media center. She has worked in elementary, primary, and middle school libraries. Heather just finished her 7th year as a school librarian and spent 3 of those years working with the schools on major transitions. This year, she is serving as the President of the South Carolina Association of School Librarians along with her position as a middle school librarian in a Title I school of 1,300 students.
Stacy Brown is the 21st Century Learning Coordinator at The Davis Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, where manages two media centers in a kindergarten prep through 8th grade academic environment. Stacy manages two school media centers, leads Maker Monday and Tinkering Tuesday, teaches upper elementary technology exploratory courses, and facilitates teachers’ professional development in the area of technology integration and innovation. She currently serves on the board for Atlanta Area Technology Educators and Savvy Cyber Kids, Inc.
Award winning librarian and national speaker, Gina Seymour, is the author of Makers with a Cause: Creative Service Projects for Library Youth and a chapter on inclusive makerspaces in School Library Makerspaces in Action. Gina was awarded the SSLMA’s School Librarian of the Year and named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker (2017) as a “Change Agent”. She shares her work, musings and reflections on her blog and on Twitter @ginaseymour.
Sedley Abercrombie is the lead library media coordinator for 32 school libraries in Davidson County, NC.  She is also a past president of NCSLMA, an adjunct instructor at East Carolina University and a contributing blogger for Knowledge Quest.