What is 21st Century learning?How does this impact on the way that we teach our students? As the resources are becoming predominatently online, how is the school library relevant? How do school librries impact on student learning?What would a school library of the future look like?What would be the primary functions and responsibilities to meet the learning goals of schools?What would be the essential work of the Teacher Librarian?What will it take to get there?
With today’s information ever changing, students need to have the skills required to process large amounts of information and to be able to filter out the important sections.How does this relate to the school library?School libraries need to help students with their development of the 21st century fluencies.
It is important for the library to be able to create zones where students can explore, create, synthesize and collaborate.Changing the layout of the shelves to create more small areas for useMove furnature around to create quiet reading spaces, pods for internet connections, whilst ensuring there is still space for whole class group activities with access to IWB.
Take the opportunity of the new curriculum to cull the library resources and minimise space being wasted by old irrelevant resources.
The essential work of the Teacher librarian includes:Curriculum designInstructional leadershipTechnology innovationTeam buildingKnowledge and facilities managerThe role of the TL can differ across school contextsPeople are central to the TL’s daily practice
What is the school’s idea of how the library can grow into the future.Do you have a good understanding of the potential for the Teacher librarian, or are they just used for RFF and senior study supervision?How can you go about developing a collaborative culture within your school?Is there scope to budget for change – things can happen on a small budget, be creative with your ideas.Develop project-based learning for students and they will take offUse the skills of the TL to manage and resource the school through technologyDon’t forget the skills of the library technician
In the library
is 21st Century Learning?
Looking at the library space within the
How to entice students in
Reaching out – collaboration
Planning a course of action
The 21st Century Learner
Today it is essential that students have the skills
to function within a rapidly changing society.
The global digital citizen has 5 main fluencies:
about your school library:
What images come to mind?
What does it feel like, look like sound like?
The physical environment
physical appeal of the library is critical
to getting students in.
Are there spaces / zones within the library
for students to complete different tasks.
Fluid Library Design
a go at designing your ideal library
Consider the current library layout:
What would you change?
Can current furniture be modified?
Use all the
within the library
to attract the
eye of the
does your library reach out to
students and teachers?
Book clubs / chess clubs / press clubs
Access to IWB
Culling and Weeding
Too many resources can detract from the services in the library
technologies are being used by
Is there a school library:
you library have access to:
with teachers is critical
What collaborative ideas do you have?
School level action
is the big picture?
Understanding of the TL role
Develop a collaborative culture
Budget for change
Project-based learning, webquests
Making the most of the library technician