George Lucas Educational Foundation
Colleen Graves

Colleen Graves

@gravescolleen / Maker Teacher Librarian Author Check out The Big Book of Makerspace Projects releasing Oct 21!

Colleen Graves is a high school librarian, obsessed with learning commons transformations, makerspaces, technology education and making stuff. Colleen brings a passionate, artistic energy to the school library world. As a connected educator, she brings the global community to her students on a daily basis. She blogs about makerspaces and libraries at Colleen was awarded the School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Co-finalist Award in 2014, named by Scholastic as one of the Top 10 School Librarians to follow on Twitter in 2015 and was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2016. Look out for her upcoming book (co-authored with Aaron Graves): The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn and Challenged Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace (co-authors Diana L Rendina and Aaron Graves). You can follow Colleen on Twitter and on Instagram and Facebook.


  • Professional Development
    Professional development for maker educators should introduce the materials and methods involved so that the teachers understand what students can learn from making.
  • Maker Education
    Successfully launching a school makerspace includes community buy-in, generating a student buzz, finding cheap or free resources, and building maker activities into the curriculum.