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Keynote presentation to the AIS Teacher-Librarian Conference "Investigating possibilities" Powerhouse Museum, Sydney 1 June 2012.

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  • This is an updated and slightly amended presentation I gave to the AIS Teacher Librarian Conference at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney Australia on 1 June 2012. I was very privileged share the day's proceedings with a great thinker, rebel with a cause, some time pot stirrer, and friend: Mal Booth. Mal is the University Librarian at UTS in Sydney and they are lucky to have him. Mal by the way doesn't know I have posted these comments. Check out his excellent presentations at http://www.slideshare.net/malbooth.
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  • IT WAS the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us.
  • We have weeded but we have also bought new material including books. Especially for areas that were under serviced. Library had been about over servicing the people “we” liked and under servicing the ones who were not using us or more of a challenge. Boys as reluctant readers.
  • We have weeded but we have also bought new material including books. Especially for areas that were under serviced. Library had been about over servicing the people “we” liked and under servicing the ones who were not using us or more of a challenge. Boys as reluctant readers.
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/ubookworm/56705107/
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/jenny-pics/640366943/

Australian Independent School Teacher Librarian Conference 2012 Australian Independent School Teacher Librarian Conference 2012 Presentation Transcript

  • The best of times and the worst of times:building the 21st century school library. AIS Teacher-Librarian Conference Investigating possibilities Sydney 1 June 2012 #AISTL2012
  • About Me • Librarian of 20 years experience. • Worked in private enterprise as well as State and Federal Government. • Set up EBSCO Publishing in Australia & New Zealand. These and the following photos are of the Bialik library staff helping launch the new National Year of Reading web site in September 2011 with authors William McInnes, Hazel Edwards, and Alison Lester as well as students from Melbourne High, Melbourne Girls’ College, Warrnambool Secondary College and Dandenong High School.
  • About Me • I am an active member of: – The Australian Library Association. – and VALA. I was the VALA2010 Conference Chair. http://www.vala.org.au • Passionate about libraries and their long term wellbeing. • I was brought into Bialik to rethink the library as a: – Playground of learning – Learning Commons – Informal education space, the lounge room for the school.
  • About this presentation • This presentation is not a about building a building. • It is about: – repositioning a school library within the school learning environment and community.
  • About this presentation • It is also about how one library is thinking about a school library’s relevance and value in a world of: – more online resources, – mobile devices, – changing pedagogues, – changing expectations, and – increased accountability. • How do we respond to the best and worst of times
  • About is presentation• Is the glass half full or half empty?• What is the future of a school library?• We need to continue to ask the hard questions of ourselvesbefore some asks and answers them for us.
  • About the Bialik Library
  • About the Bialik Library• Supports an independent multi communal Jewish day school with a just over 1,000 students in Melbourne Australia.• Academically Bialik is in the top 10 VCE (Victoria Certificate of Education) schools.• Supports a Reggio Emilia and Cultures of Thinking/ Project Zero philosophy.• Bialik College celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2012.
  • About the Bialik Library How has the library changed?The new library buildingopened in January 2011.
  • Change at the Bialik College Library• We now have to staff two floors with similar staff levels in a library that attracts more students and more classes.Staff FTE 2010 2011 2012TOTAL 4.66 5.06 5.26Info Desk Hours 2010 2011 2012Per WeeksTOTAL 46 90 90
  • Change at the Bialik College LibraryThe print collection is smaller, more focused and betteraligned to the curriculum and supporting studentlearning and literacy. It continues to get smaller BUTLibrary Before weeding After weeding Change % WeededSenior Library 19,701 16,440 -3,261 -17%Junior Library 23,796 21,767 -2,029 -9%ELC Library 9,967 8,674 -1,293 -13%Department 5,499 5,041 -458 -8%Teacher 823 373 -450 -55%ReferenceTotal 59,786 52,295 -7,491 -13%
  • Change at the Bialik College LibraryUsage of the collection has doubled because it is morerelevant and appealing. Average Monthly Issues (Loans) Note: 2012 shows Term 1 averages 3,000 2,500 2,000 1,500 1,000 500 0 All Issues All Issues All Issues All Issues Book Issues All Issues Book Issues 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
  • Change at the Bialik College Library• Challenges – We were asked to build a technology rich library. This has an impact on the recurrent budget. – Wages remain the biggest line item in the budget.• Solution – We have to work smarter Recurrent Budget and fasterplus 11% 3% automateand outsource. Collection IT• But how did we Wages do this? 86%
  • We learn, partner and share ideasWith many different types of libraries AND
  • We learn, partner and share ideasWe contribute and give back as much as we getor learn from others.
  • We introduced business planning to prioritiseour services and focused on what matters A. Curriculum B. Independent Learning C. Literacy•Our main objective (50%) is to support •A key secondary objective (20%) is to •A key secondary objective(20%) is to the curriculum to maximise each support independent thinking so supporting reading and literacy as a core students academic potential. students can learn to learn. life skill. Support Bialik Colleges Identity •We will protect and preserve the Bialik archive material in our care. (10%) What we deliver How we deliver•Physical and online content. •Timely, accurate, and authoritative products and services,•Text and multimedia content. •Delivered in an open, accountable and collegial way, with a,•Commercial and free content. •User focus that recognises different age and learning•Curriculum resources. levels, and•Reference and enquiry services. •Delivered in the most cost effective way - automate or•Research and study skill programmes. outsource back end processing so library staff can focus on direct engagement with students and staff.•Literacy and reading programmes.•Cybersafety programmes.•Study, reading, and social spaces. Face to Face Online / eLibrary Physical Collections Spaces / Buildings Reporting and Review
  • We introduced reporting and accountability• We will implement evidence based reporting across everything we do.• We will measure both Quantitative (What) and Qualitative (How).• Working towards linking reporting to our budgeting.• We will use industry recognised, tested and proven metrics. Content •The content we purchase, acquire, or Curriculum Learning Literacy Identity build to deliver on our objectives. 50% 20% 20% 10% Activities / Programmes •The face-to-face and online activities we complete to deliver our objectives. Staff •The staff we need to deliver on our objectives. Systems •The open source & commercial systems we use to deliver on our objectives. Facilities •The building and spaces we use to deliver on our objectives.
  • We introduced reporting and accountability• We will use recognised library standards and best practise when we report what we do and how we do it.• We will report against the priorities in our library plan.• We will be open and transparent in our reporting.• We will be individually responsible to our portfolios.
  • We introduced a brand to explain what we do – Exploreindicates that we offer a stimulating and rewarding physical and online educational environment that encourages students to actively enquire and explore as part of their learning. – Discoverunderlines the fact we support a culture of discovery. Discovery supports learning because with discovery comes connecting concepts and learning. Discovery also suggests that learning can be fun, stimulating, rewarding and empowering. – Learn underlines the role we play in supporting learning the facts (curriculum) as well as learning to learn (independent learning). – The  symbol highlights the progression from exploring to discovery, and as a result learning.• The library sub brand and tag is not to be used instead of, or in competition to, the Bialik College logo.
  • We focus on Students• Lots of WiFiand powerpoints.• Different types of seating and study spaces.• Noisy collaborative spacesand quiet studyspaces.• Variedand flexiblespaces with lots of colour.• Printas well as onlineinformation. Photos of libraries we used as examples when we began developing the Bialik College Library.
  • We integrate the onlineand physical library• The new Bialik Library and the new Bialik eLibrary are fully integrated.• Both the physical and online libraries fully support learning at Bialik.• See http://elib.bialik.vic.edu.au
  • How does the new librarybuilding work?
  • How the building worksThe new library is the most environmentallyresponsible building the school has built.
  • How the building works Entrances located off major thoroughfares. Multiple entrances. The library is open and porous to the rest of the school. Flexible & bookable learning spaces: noisy & quite spaces. The collection at the centre of things: • Easy access. • Creates separate zones • Study areas have lots of natural light Create spaces students can own but still maintain line of sight so staff can supervise what is going on.
  • How the building works Entrances located off major thoroughfares. Multiple entrances. The library is open and porous to the rest of the school. Flexible & bookable learning spaces: noisy & quite spaces. The collection at the centre of things: • Easy access. • Creates separate zones • Study areas have lots of natural light Create spaces students can own but still maintain lineThe library’s wireless network and power points in the outside of sight so staff can tables makes the courtyard an extension of the library. supervise what is going on.
  • How the building works Entrances located off major thoroughfares. Multiple entrances. The library is open and porous to the rest of the school. Flexible & bookable learning spaces: noisy & quite spaces. The collection at the centre of things: • Easy access. • Creates separate zones • Study areas have lots of natural light Create spaces students can own but still maintain line of sight so staff can supervise what is going on.
  • How the building works Entrances located off major thoroughfares. Multiple entrances. The library is open and porous to the rest of the school. Flexible & bookable learning spaces: noisy & quite spaces. The collection at the centre of things: • Easy access. • Creates separate zones • Study areas have lots of natural light Create spaces students can own but still maintain line of sight so staff can supervise what is going on.
  • How the building works Entrances located off major thoroughfares. Multiple entrances. The library is open and porous to the rest of the school. Flexible & bookable learning spaces: noisy & quite spaces. The collection at the centre of things: • Easy access. • Creates separate zones • Study areas have lots of natural light Create spaces students can own but still maintain line of sight so staff can supervise what is going on.
  • How the building works The Junior Library is on the first floor so it links directly off the Primary School class rooms.
  • How the building worksBookable areas have names that underline the learning activity that takes place in the space. Story World Story World supports reading and literacy among our younger students. InterACTIVE A craft / wet area that encourages hands on learning. It is also used for many of the Primary School library lunch time clubs.
  • How the building worksBookable areas have names that underline the learning activity that takes place in the space. Seminar Room The class room in the library with a smart board and coloured glass boards so students and teachers can write on the walls. ColLABorate For collaborative learning. Large TV screens attached to lap tops allow groups of students in each booth to learn collaboratively.
  • How the building worksBookable areas have names that underline the learning activity that takes place in the space. News Cafe With newspapers, magazines, and news TV the news Café is for catching up on new information. The coffee machine for senior students and staff makes this a social and informal learning space. This is where the printer, photocopier and scanner are located. Year 12 Study Lounge A dedicated quite study space for Year 12 students.
  • Challenges • Patron expectation is now much higher. Though we have given them more they want more again. • We have to deliver more. Especially more technology and more online services. • Our workhas become more variedand complex. • We have to deliver services on two levels with the same number of staff. • We therefore have to find further efficiencies and continue to streamline processes.
  • But what about…
  • What’s over the horizon oralready happening?• Mobile Web• APIs• XML and structured data• Internet of Everything• Augmented Reality• Patron generated acquisitions• The demise of the library catalogue interface• Aging profession with more and more Teacher Librarians set to retire• Expectation to do less with more
  • Cloud Computing• Free your catalogue into the cloud..• Focus on supporting learning and literacy rather than supporting IT.• Embed and mesh social media and enriched content.
  • Cloud Computing• ILMS Managed services going into the cloud. For example OCLC WorldShare.• Grab quality online content like the National Library Trove service on the fly and mash it up with our content.
  • Mobile Devices• These are already here but increasingly they will be the main or only computing platform our patrons will use.
  • Big data will get even bigger• www.data.gov There will be bigger datasets to• www.data.gov.au navigate so infographics will• www.data.gov.uk become more important.
  • Big Data + Infographics = New Discovery
  • Big Data + Infographics = New Discovery
  • Big Data + Infographics = New Discovery
  • Big Data + Infographics = New Discovery http://wikiproject.oii.ox.ac.uk/mapping_wikipedia/
  • Big Data + Infographics = New Discovery
  • Big Data + Infographics = New Discovery
  • Next generation discovery in schools• Products and service functionality found in universities may start to appear in school libraries: – More federated searching – Better search and retrieval – More eContent – Deep linking
  • The demise of the catalogue• You will be able to connect to students even when they don’t think to use the library.• Imagine a future where from your WiFi hot spots your students get search results from your library service prioritised in their Google searching.• Even when students don’t come to the catalogue or web address you can present your collection and services to them.
  • Better Collection Developmentand Accountability• Smarter and automated ways of collection development and promotion as well as• Report use and VALUE. For example:http://www.collectionhq.com/
  • EBSM® Key Performance IndicatorsEBSM KPI KPI RationaleGrubby Stock Users should not be expected to borrow items which are physically unattractive. This is a major cause of user dissatisfaction.Dead Stock Users should not be expected to wade through hundreds of dormant items of stock in the search for useful or desirable choices. This is a major cause of user dissatisfaction.Popular Author Users have an expectation of finding a good selection of works by favourite authors or on popular subjects on shelves at all times. Lack of such provisionProvision is a major cause of customer desertion.Popular Subject A good range of material in the most popular subjects areas at a branch is a key borrower requirement.ProvisionOverstock Subject Large quantities of unused and unwanted non fiction stock in any subject area, is counter productive to user satisfaction and convenience. It is also aAreas sign of wasteful provision in the past, based on assumptions about demand rather than analytical evidence.Understocked Supply should always try to match demand in non fiction subject provision. Failure to provide for this is a major cause of customer desertion.Subject Areas http://www.ebsm.com/EBSMKPI.html
  • We all needto avoidTall Poppy Syndrome• At Bialik it didn’t JUST happen, we had to work for it.• We had a poor old library with a poor budget.• The new library is bigger and has more technology. It is therefore more expensive to run. But…• We have only a slightly bigger budget.
  • We all need to avoid The Cargo Cult Trap • We can’t wait for someone to empower us. • We have to empower ourselves.http://www.flickr.com/photos/dret/5197053749/
  • Teacher Librarian of the FutureNow• What new skills do we need NOW?• What work flows and patterns do we need to abandon NOW?• Don’t wait to be taught• Don’t wait for the in service / PD training.• Learn something new every day.
  • Next Challenges at BialikWe are now working on the nextchallenges:• Googalise the catalogueand make the online resources easier to find and use rather than search.• Integrating the online and physical library services.• eBooks. See Eli NeiburgerLJ/SLJ eBook Summit presentation “Libraries are Screwed” on YouTube. See http://youtu.be/KqAwj5ssU2c• The internet of everything. The boundary between the physical and the online is becoming blurred.• Deliver library services via mobile devices.
  • How we are meeting these challenges• Continue to streamline and outsourceback end processes.• Library staff are vital. Free them up to directly engage Library staff wiki helps implement consistent and support students and staff. and efficient work practices. The library’s• Reskillingis the 3 year team plan communicates to the new constant. school where we are going and why. The• We need to learn new skills plan has the support of the Principal, Head and question old habits. of Curriculum, and Heads of School.
  • How we are meeting these challenges• Focus on the library space as a learning environment.• Work in partnership with suppliers.• Be prepared to experiment and make mistakes but manage the risks. eLibrary portal and Library YouTube channel e.g. new Bialik Library YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/BialikLibrary.• Reportand document what we do and the VALUE we deliver.
  • Conclusions• Is the glass half full or half empty? Its up to you.• Empower yourself. If you wait for someone to empower you; you will still be waiting.• Focus on why you do things not what you do. To paraphrase Bill Clinton: “Its about the patron stupid” In the case of a school this means its about learning.
  • Conclusions• With changes in technology, workflows and patron expectations, if your work is the same as it was 5 to 10 years ago something is wrong.• Are we there yet? Were never there yet as the world keeps moving forward. Ride the wave and enjoy the challenges.• Report value not work. Learn how to use pivot tables.• Enjoy the ride. Its an exciting time to work in libraries.
  • QuestionsCourtyard with wireless internet and power to the outside tables is an extension of the library.