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Presentation by Blacktown Library at Library Innovations, SLNSW, 28 November 2008

Presentation by Blacktown Library at Library Innovations, SLNSW, 28 November 2008

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    Hebersham Project Hebersham Project Presentation Transcript

    • Parents and kids learning together @ your library The Hebersham Project
    • Who we are:
      • 4 branches – Max Webber (Blacktown), Mt Druitt, Lalor Park, Riverstone. Soon to be 5 (!) with Dennis Johnson (Stanhope Gardens) opening mid 2009.
      • Population: 284,692
      • Library members: 90,562
      • Loans: 932,717
      • Visits: 1,424,548
      • You can visit us at http://www.libraries.blacktown.nsw.gov.au/
      • Source: Public Library Statistics, Bibliostat
    • Q: What is the Hebersham Project?
      • A: A five week pilot information literacy program, developed and conducted by Blacktown City Libraries’ staff in partnership with Hebersham Public School.
      • The course ran from 27 August 08 to 24 September 08, from 6 –7pm each Wednesday evening (5 weeks).
      • A small grant was obtained to help finance the project as part of Adult Learners’ Week 2008
    • BCCLS staff involvement
      • Presenter and chief content writer: Margaret Redrup-May
      • Guidance, support, and co-ordination: Jennifer Burrell
      • Technical support and content: Samantha Cadwallen
      • School coordination and content: Teachers from Hebersham Public School, Sue Connell (Principal), Chris Payne and Kylie Bryant
    • Who participated?
      • There were twenty participants - 10 children were selected from Year 3 & 4 classes at Hebersham Public. They were joined by one of their parents
      • Each child brought a donated laptop to the sessions. Parents used library public access PCs
    • Aims of the Project
      • Address the ‘Digital Divide’ by introducing participants to:
        • Basic Internet structures, such as URLs
        • Strategic searching
        • Cyber safety
        • Web 2.0
        • Library resources on the Web
    • Further aims of the Project
      • Foster co-operation and bonds between the Library, the School and local community
      • Encourage use of the local library by presenting it as a ‘connected’ place, not just a book repository
      • Present Library staff as ‘guides’ to the online environment
      • Potentially develop a portable, versatile information literacy program with broad relevance which could be taught by any of you, in any of our libraries!
    • Evaluating the Project
      • Each week, adult participants were asked to fill in a brief survey seeking their opinions on the lesson that night
      • Library staff and teachers from Hebersham Public School were also involved in an ongoing process of evaluation
    • What we learned in Week 1
      • A brief history of the Internet
      • How to use Encyclopaedia Britannica online (library resource)
      • What you can do with social networking sites, such as Bebo, Facebook
    • Evaluations
      • The best part of Week 1’s programme?
      • Learning how the Internet got connected, or started
      • Accessing Britannica Junior online
      • Safety awareness for the kids
    • What we learned in Week 2
        • The structure of an internet website address (URL)
        • Information literacy: what is it?
        • Looking at a specific site: How to evaluate a website.
        • Web 2.0 – Virtual reality worlds
    • Evaluations
      • The best part of Week 2’s programme?
      • All of it!
      • Getting to know what the abbreviated words in an internet address are and what they mean
    • What we learned in Week 3
      • Looking at a specific site: Library catalogue
      • Internet safety – Cyber predators
      • Information literacy
      • Web 2.0 – Youtube and Flickr
    • Evaluations
      • The best part of Week 3’s programme?
      • Learning new ways of approaching the library
      • Learning about Cyber predators
    • What we learned in Week 4
      • Internet safety – Cyber bullying
      • Looking at a specific site:
        • Search engines: Google
        • Subject directories: KidsClick
      • Web 2.0 – blogs and wikis
    • Evaluations
      • The best part of Week 4’s programme?
      • Finding out about KidsClick
      • Learning how to use Google properly
    • What we learned in Week 5
      • Internet safety – general safety notes
      • Web 2.0 – financial sites
      • Looking at a specific site: YourTutor
    • Evaluations
      • The best part of Week 5’s programme?
      • “ I am elated to know (YourTutor) when my children get stuck now I feel less threatened in knowing there is help, if I can’t explain”
    • Our evaluations
      • Five weeks is too long!
      • Need more staff members to be trainers
      • Parents were excited about what we offered
        • Encyclopaedia Britannica
        • Using the library catalogue on line
        • KidsClick
        • Yourtutor
    • The future?
      • Course will be divided into smaller units
        • Internet for beginners (Already being done at the central library, but will be extended to Mt Druitt branch in 2009)
        • Cyber safety for parents
        • “ Beyond Googling”
        • Specific Internet usage like research family history
      • Training for staff to be trainers
      • Partnerships with schools
      • Search for money