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Topic one. History of the School Library.

Posted by arlekeno on April 4, 2009

I am finally well enough to study again and have completed all the readings and tasks of Topic one.

Responses to Lundin: School librarianship [electronic resource] School library development in Australia, pp. 1-21, 1981

I would say the “new stirrings” are the studies into School Libraries and the lobbying done by pro school library groups.

I noticed a lot of similarities to some things in the 1970s to today, for example, Politicians not doing anything until it is politically advantageous and then not following through, shocker.

I would be interested in comparing the short fall of Teacher Librarians in the 70s to today, Lundin quoted a T.L. shortfall of 5000. I wonder what the shortfall is now, or wil be after the baby boomers retire. Will the Govt. Train more T.L.s or will they just replace us untrained teachers (who would be more flexible, not being tied to Biblio) or non teaching librarians ( who are cheaper) Teachers would have no reason to treat a non-teaching librarian as an expert or an equal.

In the 1970s libraries were recognised as multimedia, VERY relevant to now; but there were also problems with preparing space/resources for all the A.V. material, a see a parallel now to the computer revolution, especially when all the new wireless netbooks are given out to students next year.

The final thing I wish to comment on is the T.L. to student ratio, Lundin talks of 500 students to 1 T.L. with 2 clerical staff. My school of 1250, has 1.2 T.Ls with 2 clerical staff. Hhmmmm.

Response to Hazell: Promoting learning [electronic resource] : challenges in teacher librarianship School library and information services in Australia, pp. 17-22, 1990

The Hazell article says to me that we should do our best to maintain T.L. and Library position and Funding.

The current issues of the 1990s were : Social Justice, Resource Based Learning, Co-operative programme planning and teaching.

The Current Concerns were: The Role of the T.L., Teacher Educaton, Economic issues, stafing, statistics, national standards.

All the issues and concerns in the 90s are relevant today. There is still a need for more co-operation, the role of the T.L. is always under review, Economic issues are a big concern, I know my Libraries budget is roughly half what it was 10 years ago. It may as well be the same time as now.

Responses to ASLA: Learning for the future: Developing information services in schools (2nd ed.). Carlton, Vic.: Curriculum Corporation. Learning for the future, 2001, pp. 1–8.

ASLA identifies Information Literacy and the Knowledge society as new factors of importance (again I think of the new netbooks).

Students need to be able to work out not just how to find info, but to work out if it is useful, a much neglected part of Info Literacy. My school uses SCIS to put up reliable websites to aid with this.

ASLAalso suggests we should use s 4 stage plan to make sure we are meeting school needs including the use of ICT etc. 1) Analyses of needs, 2) develop policy, 3) implement policy, 4) Evaluate policy. This all seems pretty obvious to me though.


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