To select my research question, I thought about positive change that I wanted to see happen in my library and in my school. One focus this year is on working with classroom teachers on global projects, with the eventual goal that they will see the value of incorporating them on their own.
Another focus is making my library become a place of creation, rather than just consumption. I received grant funds over the summer to purchase the items to create a maker space in the library. This includes low tech items (origami paper, dowels, legos, string, etc) as well as high tech (robots and circuit kits) materials. It is relatively easy to purchase the materials needed for a maker space, however, the effective use of the maker space program should be based on set goals, research, and data, as well as feedback from both teachers and students. Since, at this time, I am the only library with an established maker space, the school district has asked for my input on setting one up in each school. For my action research, I would like to investigate the following questions: How can I run my library maker space so that it is used effectively at all grade levels? How can I use my library maker space in conjunction with global collaborations?