Teacher librarians essential to connect, integrate and lead curriculum change in our digital world


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ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference - Jane Viner - Teacher librarians can connect school communities. People of influence – the Principal, Vice Principal, Heads of School, Curriculum leaders and teachers are essential partners in the journey of connection and integration of curriculum change. This session will explore how MLC Libraries teacher librarians are using their MLC Digital Library to connect, integrate and lead.

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Teacher librarians essential to connect, integrate and lead curriculum change in our digital world

  1. 1. Teacher librarians – an essential species to connect, integrate and lead curriculum change in our digital world Jane Viner Director of MLC Libraries Methodist Ladies’ College Kew Victoria Australia ASLA XX111 The Curriculum Experience: Connect, Integrate, Lead September 28 – October 1 2013, Hobart Tasmania Australia
  2. 2. Library What does this word mean to you in 2013? • Digital libraries, print libraries, physical libraries • A journey of discovery of literature • Collaborating with others on a project • Being introduced to a new resource • Seeking advice on a bibliography • Investigating the array of databases • Finding a supportive place to study • Browsing the shelves, exploring the website • A world of information and a physical place to relax, have fun, research or read!
  3. 3. Book Week 2013
  4. 4. Book Week 2013 Walton Library – Beware the Vikings
  5. 5. Digital learning spaces • Students • Teachers • Staff and parents • Age appropriate • Gender • Multi tasking • Technology • BYOD or not • Connectivity and access • Cyber safe • Digital literacy
  6. 6. MLC teacher librarians • Curriculum liaison • Subject and topic guides • The information process and intervention • Connecting with teachers • Integrating inquiry into the curriculum • Leading change with research tasks • Leading teachers to integrate new skills • Discussing and reporting on curriculum via Learning and Curriculum Group (LACG) • Reporting on curriculum via the Director of Curriculum to the Principal, College Management Team (CMT) and the College Board
  7. 7. Project proposal form
  8. 8. Project proposal • What tangible service, product, document etc. will be delivered to your area of the College? - Replace library website with LibGuides for College - Access to MLC Libraries resources and programs - A virtual library service • What are the benefits to the College? - Maximise use of the MLC Libraries resources including digital, online and AV equipment - Cost effective and improved ongoing management
  9. 9. Key questions for LibGuides • Why? – old site cumbersome, pre Web 2.0, inflexible • What? – Libguides CMS • When? – demo site Sept. 2012, launch Aug. 2013 • Who? – Librarian, CCC staff, supplier, AV specialist, teacher librarians, library & AV technicians, Director • Where? – daily back up by vendor in the Cloud - weekly local backup by Librarian on local network • Which? – library resources and services
  10. 10. How? Ten steps for Libguides 1. 2012 Sept: Trial for demo site 2. 2012 Oct: Prepare College proposal for Future Technologies Directions Group (FTDG) demonstration and presentation 3. 2012 Oct: Approval granted for initial trial 4. 2012 Oct: Subscription organised for development 5. 2012 Oct – Nov: Form LibGuides project team, decisions about structure and creation of content 6. 2013 Feb: Topic guides trialed in select research classes 7. 2013 Mar – April: More topic guides created and trialed 8. 2013 May: Presentation to student forum. Staff and student focus group, feedback collected and collated 9. 2013 July: Presentation to FTDG and final approval granted 10.2013 August: Launch of LibGuides to Learning and Curriculum Group (LACG) and College community
  11. 11. Feedback quotes – students and staff • “Liked all the resource information being available from one page” • “Found it easier to navigate” “This looks fantastic!” • “Resource types in columns such as AquaBrowser with subjects and Dewey numbers worked well” • “This will be a great resource for the team" • “What a fantastic resource for students. It certainly makes for much more interesting and thorough (and easy) research than in my day (!)." • “I like the “look” of the page with lots of colour and it is reader friendly.” • "The layout is very accessible and the links to databases are very useful for students" - Year 10 Science teacher • “The direct links to resources are very useful as are the call numbers for related book resources. The layout seems more friendly in comparison to the previous pathfinder and is easy for the students to navigate" • The new library website "looks less confusing ... you can see assignment topics and the relevant resources really easily. You can click on the link (to the website) and go directly to it." Year 10 student. • "Less busy and easier to navigate than trying to find information on the old website". Year 10 student. • "The assignment guides (topic guides) look much better than the Word or PowerPoint resources (pathfinders) that the teacher librarians used to put together." • "The boxes are fantastic for grouping resources together". Sarah, Year 10 student. • ”The site has "direct links to databases and websites. Questia was very good” ...
  12. 12. Statistics from 19 August – 25 August Official launch 16 August 2013
  13. 13. References, citation and bibliographies • Citations • Bibliographic generator http://www.slasa.asn.au - Online Referencing Generator • RefWorks • What do you use with your students?
  14. 14. Connecting with students
  15. 15. Digital signage
  16. 16. Junior School Library
  17. 17. Teacher librarians 2013 and beyond! • Curriculum liaison and support • Subject and topic guides • Connecting with teachers • Integrating inquiry into the curriculum • Leading curriculum change with research tasks and guided inquiry • Empowering teachers to integrate new digital skills into their subjects • Changing teaching practice by action research evidence • Improving student learning outcomes
  18. 18. John Danalis, Author visit
  19. 19. Bibliography © 2013 School Library Association of South Australia. Developed by Nick Baker, Carol Grantham and Silvana Jenkins. Accessed 16 Sept 2013 http://www.slasa.asn.au/org1/org9Bi1BabxKDzm/ Feinberg, Jonathan, 2013. Wordle. Accessed 10 Sept 2013, http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/7029127/digital_learning_spaces Hughes-Hassell, S & Harada, VH, 2007, School reform and the school library media specialist, Libraries Unlimited, Westport, Connecticut, USA. Prensky, Marc, 2012, From digital natives to digital wisdom: hopeful essays for 21st century learning. Hawker-Brownlow Education, Moorabbin, Victoria, Australia. Robertson, J and Timpsley, Helen (ed.) 2013, Learning and leadership, Hawker Brownlow Education, Moorabbin, Victoria, Australia. Viner, J, 2013, ‘Library - What does this word mean to you in 2013?’, Connections, 16 August 2013, accessed 23 August 2013, http://connections.mlc.vic.edu.au/senior/article.cfmArtID=13704>. Viner, J, 2012, Get the message through wikis, SLAV, accessed 25 August 2013, <www.slav.schools.net.au/downloads/08pastpapers/43promote/viner.ppt>.