Human Restoration Project
108: The State of Libraries w/ Dustin Hensley
Today we are joined by Dustin Hensley. Dustin is the library media specialist at Elizabethton High School in Tennessee. He is an advocate for creating spaces that cultivate a student’s love of learning. He was one of the co-founders of the Bartleby Program, which centers community improvement and entrepreneurship with students, and is one of the winners of the XQ Super School competition, remaining active in the XQ Community of Practice. He currently teaches courses on Community Improvement and Academic Research.
In this podcast, Dustin and I talk about the state of libraries today:
- the purpose of a library
- how libraries interact with students
- political forces attacking books and librarianship
- transitions from libraries to Makerspaces and Fablabs
- and how libraries provide a pedagogy that transforms learning.
Dustin Hensley, library media specialist, project lead, and grant-writer for Elizabethton High School, part-time professor, co-founder of the Bartleby Program, and active member of the XQ Community of Practice
- A Library Transformed by Dustin Hensley (Getting Smart)
- #FReadom movement in Texas
- Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors by Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop
- Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It by Kelly Gallagher and Richard L. Allington