AYAD Assignment Summary (Romany Manuell)

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A brief summary of my year as a School Librarian (Ulei Junior Secondary School) in Vanuatu as part of the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development.

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AYAD Assignment Summary (Romany Manuell)

  1. 1. Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Assignment: S chool Librarian Ulei Junior Secondary School Library AYAD Intake 24 Assignment duration: 9 months Ulei, Efate, Vanuatu Romany Manuell
  2. 2. An overview <ul><li>The School </li></ul><ul><li>Standard of living </li></ul><ul><li>Job description </li></ul><ul><li>The Library </li></ul><ul><li>Six steps towards establishing the library </li></ul><ul><li>Achievements </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  3. 3. www.travelonline.com/maps/vanuatu_map.html
  4. 5. Ulei Junior Secondary School <ul><li>Boarding school </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers live onsite </li></ul><ul><li>200 students </li></ul><ul><li>8 teachers & their families </li></ul><ul><li>Next to Tanaliu Village </li></ul><ul><li>40 mins from Port Vila </li></ul>
  5. 6. Standard of living <ul><li>No hot water (sometimes no running water) </li></ul><ul><li>Electricity between 6pm and 9pm (usually) </li></ul><ul><li>No mobile reception in house (ok in library!) </li></ul><ul><li>House situated between Principal and Bursar </li></ul><ul><li>Across from the dorms </li></ul><ul><li>Hitchhiking to/from town on back of truck </li></ul>
  6. 10. The job description <ul><li>Assist to establish an efficient and functional library </li></ul><ul><li>Train a counterpart to manage the library effectively </li></ul><ul><li>Train staff and students </li></ul><ul><li>Improve the collection </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a policy and procedures manual </li></ul><ul><li>Purchase resources for the library within budget </li></ul><ul><li>Train local staff in library usage including computer research </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a circulation system: Manual? Digital? Online? </li></ul><ul><li>Create a computer-based catalogue (use BookCat)? </li></ul><ul><li>Run Info Lit classes for 200 students? How? </li></ul><ul><li>Catalogue! Without Web Dewey? What’s Dewey Abridged? </li></ul><ul><li>Train a librarian? But I’ve only just been trained..! </li></ul><ul><li>Get books. From where? </li></ul><ul><li>RESEARCH!!! </li></ul>
  7. 11. The Library <ul><li>POSITIVES  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There are books! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There are shelves! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some things have Call Numbers! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I have lots of willing helpers! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I can lead a weeding project! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NEGATIVES  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The books are old </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Termites, lizard eggs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some things have Call Numbers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classes will continue to run </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The teachers don’t want to throw anything away </li></ul></ul>
  8. 12. BEFORE
  9. 13. BEFORE
  10. 14. BEFORE
  11. 15. STEP 1 – Assessment of situation <ul><li>No electricity = no computers </li></ul><ul><li>Bislama/English communication </li></ul><ul><li>The school has no money = No budget </li></ul><ul><li>A system that is as simple as possible </li></ul><ul><li>= SUSTAINABILITY </li></ul><ul><li>and we have to work with what we have. </li></ul><ul><li>(One night of quiet panic) </li></ul>
  12. 16. STEP 2 - Catalogue and label <ul><li>Get everything off the shelves </li></ul><ul><li>Separate books into fiction and non-fiction piles </li></ul><ul><li>Label shelves: fiction, non-fiction, Dewey </li></ul><ul><li>Put books on shelves if already labelled </li></ul><ul><li>Assign Dewey numbers </li></ul><ul><li>Label everything (re-label if necessary) </li></ul><ul><li>Put everything back on shelves </li></ul><ul><li>Weed as we go </li></ul><ul><li>(Months 1-3) </li></ul>
  13. 18. Paula Jones’ Subject Index and Dewey Guide <ul><li>The kids call it “The Green Book” </li></ul><ul><li>Allows students and teachers to assign Dewey numbers (and practice English at the same time) </li></ul><ul><li>Acts as a “catalogue” - tick as you go </li></ul><ul><li>Purchase from the University of the South Pacific </li></ul>
  14. 19. STEP 3 – Teach and Train <ul><li>Teach Miss Iapson how to run the library </li></ul><ul><li>Teach the kids how to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look after books, label and repair </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find, borrow, return and shelve </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the Subject Index & Dewey Guide </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Run classes for staff </li></ul><ul><li>(Take over Miss Iapson’s Year 7 English class when she goes on maternity leave…) </li></ul><ul><li>(Months 4-6) </li></ul>
  15. 21. STEP 4 – Source new items <ul><li>Petition everybody I know to send books </li></ul><ul><li>Use blog as advertising </li></ul><ul><li>Get the Lions Club involved in hometown </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for new, not second-hand books </li></ul><ul><li>Buy whatever I can afford from any companies that ship to Vanuatu (wait months for delivery, hitchhike to town to pick up box) </li></ul><ul><li>Assign numbers and label as they arrive </li></ul><ul><li>(Months 7-9) </li></ul>
  16. 22. STEP 5 – Justify the project <ul><li>Collect statistics to show students/staff/AYAD: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Monthly borrowing rates – congratulate students! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stock take </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New item count </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Justification to self to overcome “challenges”: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep positive: look at how much fun the kids are having! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write/journal/blog extensively </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Try to keep things in perspective </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Obsessively work on resume and selection criteria for future jobs that don’t involve rats/mice/lizards/spiders/giant millipedes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>(Continuous) </li></ul>
  17. 24. STEP 6 – Help the students own the space <ul><li>Paint </li></ul><ul><li>Decorate </li></ul><ul><li>Put up posters </li></ul><ul><li>Make signs </li></ul><ul><li>Work on displays of new books </li></ul><ul><li>Engage the kids in art/craft activities </li></ul><ul><li>(Continuous) </li></ul>
  18. 26. Achievements <ul><li>AYAD Achievements : </li></ul><ul><li>Trained a counterpart to manage the library effectively  </li></ul><ul><li>Trained staff and students  </li></ul><ul><li>Improved the collection  </li></ul><ul><li>Developed a policy and procedures manual  </li></ul><ul><li>Purchased resources for the library within budget  </li></ul><ul><li>Trained local staff in library usage including computer research  </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Achievements : </li></ul><ul><li>Project management  </li></ul><ul><li>Collection development and maintenance  </li></ul><ul><li>Interior planning and internal promotion  </li></ul><ul><li>Reference  </li></ul><ul><li>Circulation  </li></ul><ul><li>Reader advisory  </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching and training  </li></ul><ul><li>Professional writing and research  </li></ul>
  19. 27. AFTER
  20. 28. AFTER
  21. 30. Conclusion <ul><li>Why choose the AYAD program? </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of skills/characteristics does it require? </li></ul><ul><li>MORE INFO ABOUT AYAD? </li></ul><ul><li>www.ayad.com.au </li></ul><ul><li>WANT TO READ MORE? www.rombloggy.blogspot.com (archives from 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>WANT TO SEE MORE PICS? </li></ul><ul><li>www.facebook.com/romanymanuell (add me) </li></ul>
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