in-service-trainer school library, reading promotion
member of the board of the school library association of Hesse www.schulbibliotheken.de
My (former) school library
1. A school library has no end in itself. The goal is: avid readers, better performance at school, information literate students
2. Teachers, not least head teachers, play a key role concerning reading, reading promotion, information literacy and school libraries
3. Planning a school library? Some technical remarks
Video : Drop everything and read
Several initiatives that encourage students
to read and to achieve better:
Drop everything and read
The library and the librarian are the backbone
are role-models: they read themselves, speak about reading, visit the library
support the librarian / teacher-librarian
meet them regularly
ensure cooperation between teacher-librarian and staff
provide the library with a fair share of the school budget
Good head teachers ...
Sucessful Teacher-Librarians ...
teach information literacy
provide a good collection
collaborate with subject teachers
play an active role in “selling” the library to the staff
attend the meetings
Keith Curry Lance, in: Threshold, Winter 2004, p 9
Planning a school library?
learning to read; literacy
training of skills / information literacy
promotion of strong learners
promotion of slow learners
help with home-work
collaboration with teachers
focus on subjects
cd-rom / dvd
internet-search engine, internet „catalogue“
The school library is not a small public library!
Space for ...
Centrally located in the school or on the premises, Exciting, welcoming, identifiably different from classrooms
About 5-10 books/media per pupil (2500 at least)
30 m 2 per 1000 books/media; 60 m 2 at least
10% of the collection to be replaced annually
Cataloguing software, OPAC
Shelves partly on wheels
Good lighting (daylight)
Budget and funding
The library should have a fair share of the total budget because it is a whole school resource serving all staff and all pupils.
Resources such as books, CD-ROMs, Web sites, magazines and story tapes remain useful only while up-to-date or in good physical condition. Consider the cost of replacing outdated or worn out resources and filling stock gaps.
There also needs to be a budget for the physical environment and appropriate furniture and equipment.
School libraries are centers for discovery, inquiry, thinking and creativity