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Langwitches Blog | The Magic of Learning

Langwitches Blog | The Magic of Learning.  Silvia has a great ‘turn of phrase’ – and this is one of them.

Shown in images and words she is getting across a message about how we can work and learn to make it all a little more seamless.

Workflow and Learnflow

Join the flow of fluency!

Join the flow of fluency!

Image: Personal collection.

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We Wanted To Talk About 21st Century Education

See on Scoop.itTeaching through Libraries

This animation was produced on behalf of the Australian delegation to the Global Education Leadership Programme (GELP). It makes the case for making big changes…

Carey Leahy‘s insight:

Says it in a nutshell.  We need to Enable, Engage and Empower youth.  Much of Australia has a fair way to go though!

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Virtual mentor – words from guru Joyce

I first saw this Vimeo clip a couple of years ago – and have revisited it recently as I reflect on how my repertoire of skills has increased; my knowledge has developed and my philosophy on being a teacher-librarian has become more clear throughout my Masters studies over the last 2 years.  I thought it worth embedding within my blog because it is such a powerful presentation of all the things to consider, as I aspire to be a better ‘information specialist’.

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Policy for collection development

Completing ETL503 has taught me a great deal about the management of the library and the importance of a ‘published’ Collection Development Policy.'Covers' displayed1

With collection evaluation and then a current collection policy that is targeted to specific school goals, we will not only ensure the resource centre suits the needs of the school (curriculum & students), but also assist the finance committee with timely budget proposal approvals for the library.

The collection map process was enlightning. The number of non-fiction books older that 15 yrs on our shelves was alarming – alerting me to the desperate need to weed. I admit that before reading the literature on weeding I had no idea about the negative implications of outdated literature.  Now I realise that those books take up valuable time and space resources!

Copyright regulations and the Smartcopying website was another eye-opener. I’ll need to keep on top of these rules and as a result of discussions with my colleagues, I will make it my business to support their ‘knowledge’ in this area too.

The discussion processes and formal completion of the collection policy specific to my school, was that most complex application of theory into a practical document that I’ve processed to date.  I now more fully understand the importance of having an ‘official & presentable’ document to support the processes and practices that will be part of the everyday functioning of a particular library.

Images: Personal collection: Library scene.

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Advocacy Plan for a starter . . .

It’s an ‘oldy but a goody’ – Karen Bonnano created this Slideshare some time ago – still worth a look and reminder about the need to be ‘seen’ to be doing worthy things.

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Conference Capture!

We did Connect; found leads and links to Create, and finally were given some tips on taking up the essential Challenge!  SLAQ2012 was in town!

Attending a conference is inspirational and motivational!!  There’s always so much to think about.  Though one does need to choose just a few of the new things encountered to ‘take on-board’.  Now to take action!  Willi at conferenceOn the first day the indigenous speakers (Boori & Willi) have made me feel there are certainly some quiet aboriginal men who believe that all Australian children need to know the indigenous stories connected to the land so we all value it!  They are finding ways to achieve that goal.

The keynote by JennyLuca was certainly a call to ‘know your core business’.  The new Australian curriculum has many opportunities to extend children’s information literacy . . . and to get them on-line writing and interacting and creating.  We teachers need to experience what is out there (digitally) and move with the times.  She gave some examples of software and apps being used in schools.  I investigated Storify as a place to collect tweets from a conference such as this one.  So I did it!!  You’ll find my collection of Tweets etc in my Storify site – http://storify.com/CareyLeahy/slaq2012.  I’ve also uploaded photos taken over the 4 days to Flickr (SLAQ2012), and added a couple more capable TLs/Techs to my PLN (and twitter groups like #VicPLN).

Registration  Lyn Hay’s keynote address reiterated these ideas and suggested we should try to ‘Thrive rather than just    Survive’.  We need to know our core business and be visible.  If we could choose 3 of the suggestions put forward and work to make them happen – she’d feel successful.  Later in a session she gave some practical examples of where evidence of the TLs work could be recorded/documented. We need this to show our worth! Noted that the Joyce/Buffy folk follow the ‘quick and dirty’ technique of getting the information into digital format and archived that day.  Don’t make a big deal of it – just do it!  The complete SlideShare will be available on the SLAQ site to members.

Mandy Lupton showed some of the deficiencies in the Australian curriculum especially associated with information literacy acquition.  She suggested that much of the research we ask students to complete is ‘re-search’ – the finding of facts already known.  Instead, we should be expecting inquiry-based learning where current, relevant questions are asked, answered and presented in a way to demonstrate info literacy (IL) – and may lead to even more questions.  KWHLAQ will expand the old KWL to include the final Actions and then new Questions.  These are the ideal skill requirements of future citizens.  We should be considering  Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) as the best approach to achieve critical thinking skills and IL aswell.  Mandy has also investigated the Australian Curriculum and found some places where these IL skills/processes were not evident in the current curriculum content and requirements.  She will be worth watching for the Blog she is planning to begin in the near future.

My goals will be to go back to the Australian Curriculum and know it well for my primary students (especially the General Capabilities) and to continue to expand my personal digital literacy skills and PLN and also to engage students in an appropriate digital environment.

Images: Personal collection of Careyque2.

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Reflecting: Collection Policy

 Library sceneThe creation of a library collection policy initiated a professional discussion that reinforced in my mind the complexities of the role of a teacher librarian.  The TL needs to maintain relationships with both technology and people (Winzenried, 2010 p15).  Much of the accumulated ‘teacher’ expertise that one brings to the role is only evident when suitable resources are connected to a particular teaching-learning context at just the right time.  To ensure that ‘connecting’ ability continues to be valued, the TL needs to know the clients, the curriculum and the collection well.  Schools are dynamic places with ever-changing personnel and networks of connections to the world of information (Zagami & Finger, 2010. p201).  So too, is the information environment where the school librarian continually evaluates the collection against criteria – determining the relevance and usefulness of each resource – whether accessed physically or electronically.

By closely considering the attributes of an effective school library collection policy, I am increasingly certain that the development of a collection needs to be carried out by a qualified TL (Winzenried, 2010 p197).  One who is willing to continually refine their own learning network and skills in order to support and advance their colleagues and the worth of the Library Resource Centre.  That TL should be proactive in identifying and then supporting and guiding their client community toward improved individual and collaborative learning processes (Berger, 2007, p124).  Within their role as the resource manager, that TL needs to take the lead in articulating the LRC goals as they support the mission of the whole school.

Hughes (2011, p130) suggests: ‘There is now a massive amount of research which demonstrates the power of school libraries, appropriately supported by staffing and facilities, to enhance learning opportunities.’  He goes on to say that this is even more significant for students whose access to ‘learning opportunities’ at home is limited.  Each teacher in the school has the power to influence others – the TL however, is in a unique position to form relationships and build trust between all students, colleagues and the ‘collection’ to then positively influence learning for the benefit of all in the community.

The lists of criteria associated with resource selection, acquisition and then de-selection; the techniques used to evaluate the collection – were more extensive and complex than I had previously realised.  The cyclic nature of these processes referred to by Kachel (1997, p9) needs to be constant – to ensure the effectiveness of the LRC.  It became apparent that a TL needs great moral strength to act as an advocate for each member of your client community in order to achieve a balance of resources to be shared by all.  The many facets involved in effectively managing the resources of the LRC to meet the needs of the learning community (students and staff) and the curriculum – require continual reflection.  Rather than operating in isolation, I see the necessity to reflect within a team to continually evaluate the relevance of the collection.

I can conclude that an effective TL needs to be a reflective educator – committed to continually improving their practice by developing their awareness of themselves and others in their context, reflecting and taking action built on inquiry and thought, using all the resources at their disposal (Harada, 2010 p25; Haycock, 2010 p11; Yukawa, Harada and Suthers, 2007 p179).

 Bibliography:

Berger, P. (2007) Literacy and Learning in a Digital World.  In Hughes-Hassell, S. & Harada, V. (Ed) School Reform and the School Library Media Specialist   Westport, Conn: Libraries Unlimited.

Haycock, K. (2010).  Leading from the Middle: Building Influence for Change.  In Coatney, S. (Ed) The Many Faces of School Library Leadership.  Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited.

Harada, V. (2010). Librarians as Learning Leaders: Cultivating Cultures of Inquiry.  In Coatney, S. (Ed) The Many Faces of School Library Leadership.  Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited.

Hughes, P. (2011). Education revolution – a place for the school library? In Winzenried, A.   Visionary leaders for information.  Wagga Wagga, NSW: Centre for Information Studies, Charles Sturt University.

Kachel, D. E. (1997). Collection assessment and management for school libraries: Preparing for cooperative collection development. Westport, Conn: Greenwood.

Toor, R. & Weisburg, H. (2011).  Being Indispensible: A School Librarian’s Guide to Becoming an Invaluable Leader.  Chicago: American Library Association.

Winzenried, A. (2010). [et al].  Visionary leaders for information.  Wagga Wagga, NSW: Centre for Information Studies, Charles Sturt University.

Yukawa, J., Harada, V. & Suthers, D. (2007). Professional Development in Communities of Practice.    In Hughes-Hassell, S. & Harada, V. (Ed) School Reform and the School Library Media Specialist   Westport. Conn: Libraries Unlimited.

Zagami, J. & Finger, G. (2010).  Teaching and learning opportunities: Possibilities and practical ideas.       In Lee, M. & Finger, G. (Eds). Developing a Networked School Community: a guide to realizing the vision. Camberwell, VIC.: ACER Press.

Images:  From personal collection : Careyque2

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