The role of the teacher librarian in the bookless library: information literacy and resource creation

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modfied Delphi study examined the views of the leaders of Australia's teacher librarian associations on the bookless school library. Interviews gathered data on the participant's views of what a …

modfied Delphi study examined the views of the leaders of Australia's teacher librarian associations on the bookless school library. Interviews gathered data on the participant's views of what a bookless school library might look like.

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  • 1. The role of the teacher librarian in the (printed) bookless library: information literacy and resource creation Dr James E Herring Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia
  • 2.  
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  • 4.
    • Print – free library?
    • Virtual school library – totally virtual library?
    • Is there still a “library” space?
  • 5.
    • What will the bookless school library look like in physical terms?
    • What will the teacher librarian’s role be in relation to information literacy?
    • What will the teacher librarian’s role be in relation to resource creation?
  • 6.
    • - learning commons as ‘a place that can enhance cross-disciplinary learning and social interaction’.
    • - flexible spaces, possibly with modular furniture
    • interactive walls presenting students and staff with dynamic displays
    • - students would also be able to download the content of the interactive walls, depending on copyright
    Results of the study – physical appearance
  • 7.
    • information literacy will be more important in a bookless school library
    • the teacher librarian will have an important role in providing in-service sessions for teachers on aspects of information literacy
    • virtual presence, which would not only give students online access to information literacy advice, but which would be able to answer students’ queries online
  • 8.
    • teacher librarians should extend their role of resource provider into that of resource creator
    • the expertise needed to create meaningful learning resources, including knowledge of e-learning in schools
    • the time needed to create resources
    • the need for teacher librarians to collaborate with teachers to create resources which would use advanced technologies (e.g. web 3.0 and web 4.0).
  • 9. Any questions?