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Hebersham Project



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