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Topic one: Moving into 21st Century

Posted by arlekeno on April 4, 2009

Response to ASLA bill of rights: 

Asla Bill of rights doesn’t really look like rights for libraries, more like responsibilities.

The first two are about education, about what is required. The third is about info, but in regards to Education.

Response to Herring: Teacher librarians and the school library. In S. Ferguson (Ed.), Libraries in the twenty-first century: Charting new directions in information services

I find it interesting that there is only T.L.s in the Anglophone world, makes me wonder what they do in the the rest of the world.

Also made me think about how T.L.s can relate to the future of libraries expanding beyond school borders, e.g. using links to clickview videos for students using netboks at home to access relevant information for class.

This article is great for what the role of the TL and the Library is. I especially like the

should follow this. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) School Library Manifesto states that ‘The school library equips students with lifelong learning skills and develops the imagination, enabling them to live as responsible citizens’ but it can be criticised for putting services before this in a preceding sentence (International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) 2006, paragraph 1). Some school libraries emphasise the creation of a suitable learning environment – the mission of Beechmont State School (2006, paragraph 1) is ‘to promote a supportive, effective and enjoyable information environment which will enhance lifelong learning and teaching opportunities for all members of the school community’.

Many school libraries include reading for enjoyment as well as for information in their mission statements. Beaconhills College (2006, paragraph 1) states that its mission is ‘to ensure that students and staff members read for pleasure and develop the necessary skills to use information, ideas and technology ethically, creatively and critically to make intelligent judgements throughout their daily life’. Given that reading for pleasure is a small


is ‘to ensure that students graduate as competent, critical and ethical users of information. It is our mission to prepare lifelong learners: information literate citizens able to determine their information needs, recognize relevant information, solve problems and effectively communicate the results of their research.’ (This aspect of teacher librarianship is discussed below.)

Mission statements for school libraries

Herring was a lot more interested in Whole of school, and ICT than ASLA’s b.o.r. was.

I was also thinking about getting a computer and downloading the entire Project Gutenburg database onto it (P.G has a way of doing this) so students could come in and download a free book onto their netbooks, this could be a way to use the new technology that will be provided into schools by the govt, and give the library access to several thousand more books for almost nothing!

Response to Haycock: The crisis in Canada’s school libraries: The case for reform and re-investment.

The entirety of this article could be switched to N.S.W. , just white out Ontario! We have the risk of shutting. We would have the same correlation of success in tests, such as Naplan to library funding/use. Australian Teacher Librarians would be inclined to introduce more Australian resources. My library receives a lot of funding from the P&C to make up shortfalls in the budget and it appears advocacy by T.Ls in Oz is the only way to even maintain school libraries let alone advance them.

Wish I could make the school executive and the minister for Ed read this article.

How will I use this material to help my future career?

Well, for starters my school (and I) are doing most of the recommendations (except possibly advocacy, note to self, send a letter to the teachers Fed. to make sure they are lobbying fr us!)

I will definitely use this knowledge to make sure I can argue my case for more funding and the place in the library.

I will use the models of best practice and the roles of library and T.L. as a guide for my work

AND I will keenly look out for signs of backsliding in the attitude towards T.L.s


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