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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.

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