AASL Post: How to Create a More Flexible Seating Environment

How to Create a More Flexible Seating Environment | Creating a diverse array of flexible seating options in our libraries improves student learning. Here's some advice on how to get started.

“[I]magine how your students feel when they walk into your learning space. Are there comfortable seating options available? Is there a good variety to support both groups and individuals? Or are all the chairs uncomfortable and crammed tightly together?”

In my post for AASL Knowledge Quest, I share the stories of two different airport experiences.  One involves a flexible seating environment with lots of options and comfortable places to sit and work.  The other involves tightly packed chairs, little floor space and comfortable chairs that you have to pay to use.  Reflecting on these two experiences, I share some strategies and tips for creating a flexible seating environment in your library.

How to Create a More Flexible Seating Environment

In my post, I share examples for school libraries in Alberta, Canada to demonstrate flexible seating environments.  Click on over to learn more about:

  • Things to consider in a flexible environment
  • Types of flexible seating
  • Budget friendly and DIY options

Reimagining Library SpacesAnd if you want to learn even more about reimagining your library space and transforming it, you should pre-order my new book from ISTE, Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget.  It comes out October 15th.


Diana Rendina, MLIS, is a middle school media specialist/teacher librarian in Tampa, FL. She is the creator of the blog RenovatedLearning.com & is also a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest. Diana is the winner of the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award, the 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Secondary Award, the 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award & the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award. She is an international speaker on the Maker Movement and has presented at conferences including AASL, FETC & ISTE. Diana co-authored Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace with Colleen and Aaron Graves (to be published August 2017). She is also the author of the forthcoming ISTE book, Reimagining Library Spaces.

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