Design Thinking in School Libraries: Theory and Practice as a Cousin of Traditional Inquiry

David V. Loertscher, Professor

Library, School, or Organization Name:

School of Information, San Jose State University

Co-Presenter Name(s):

Marc Crompton, St George's School, Vancouver, BC

Area of the World from Which You Will Present:

Salt Lake City UT and Vancouver, Canada

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Target Audience(s): School Librarians

Short Session Description (one line):

David Loertscher and Marc Crompton explore the relationship between Design Thinking and Inquiry models in the High School Library Learning Commons context.

Design Thinking in School Libraries: Theory and Practice as a Cousin of Traditional Inquiry

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

To date, there is little evidence that school librarians are using Design Thinking as an explicit part of their toolkit unless it is being used in makerspace communities and their projects within the school library learning commons. As presenters, we would like to explore the relationship between traditional inquiry projects that school librarians are very familiar with, and the cousin concept of design thinking. We will contrast models of both ideas and explore how design thinking projects can be developed in a high school environment through practical examples from schools currently marrying Design Thinking and inquiry models. Our aim is to demonstrate that with a bit of re-thinking, teacher librarians can and should launch the expertise they already possess into an additional exciting world of teaching and learning.

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Great, we've accepted this proposal!  The reviewers also asked if it would be possible, they would like you to "consider if the models they will discuss might also apply to academic librarians who are also librarian-educators."




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