Hebersham Project


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Presentation by Blacktown Library at Library Innovations, SLNSW, 28 November 2008

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Hebersham Project

  1. 1. Parents and kids learning together @ your library The Hebersham Project
  2. 2. Who we are: <ul><li>4 branches – Max Webber (Blacktown), Mt Druitt, Lalor Park, Riverstone. Soon to be 5 (!) with Dennis Johnson (Stanhope Gardens) opening mid 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>Population: 284,692 </li></ul><ul><li>Library members: 90,562 </li></ul><ul><li>Loans: 932,717 </li></ul><ul><li>Visits: 1,424,548 </li></ul><ul><li>You can visit us at http://www.libraries.blacktown.nsw.gov.au/ </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Public Library Statistics, Bibliostat </li></ul>
  3. 3. Q: What is the Hebersham Project? <ul><li>A: A five week pilot information literacy program, developed and conducted by Blacktown City Libraries’ staff in partnership with Hebersham Public School. </li></ul><ul><li>The course ran from 27 August 08 to 24 September 08, from 6 –7pm each Wednesday evening (5 weeks). </li></ul><ul><li>A small grant was obtained to help finance the project as part of Adult Learners’ Week 2008 </li></ul>
  4. 4. BCCLS staff involvement <ul><li>Presenter and chief content writer: Margaret Redrup-May </li></ul><ul><li>Guidance, support, and co-ordination: Jennifer Burrell </li></ul><ul><li>Technical support and content: Samantha Cadwallen </li></ul><ul><li>School coordination and content: Teachers from Hebersham Public School, Sue Connell (Principal), Chris Payne and Kylie Bryant </li></ul>
  5. 5. Who participated? <ul><li>There were twenty participants - 10 children were selected from Year 3 & 4 classes at Hebersham Public. They were joined by one of their parents </li></ul><ul><li>Each child brought a donated laptop to the sessions. Parents used library public access PCs </li></ul>
  6. 6. Aims of the Project <ul><li>Address the ‘Digital Divide’ by introducing participants to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic Internet structures, such as URLs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic searching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cyber safety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library resources on the Web </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Further aims of the Project <ul><li>Foster co-operation and bonds between the Library, the School and local community </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage use of the local library by presenting it as a ‘connected’ place, not just a book repository </li></ul><ul><li>Present Library staff as ‘guides’ to the online environment </li></ul><ul><li>Potentially develop a portable, versatile information literacy program with broad relevance which could be taught by any of you, in any of our libraries! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Evaluating the Project <ul><li>Each week, adult participants were asked to fill in a brief survey seeking their opinions on the lesson that night </li></ul><ul><li>Library staff and teachers from Hebersham Public School were also involved in an ongoing process of evaluation </li></ul>
  9. 9. What we learned in Week 1 <ul><li>A brief history of the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>How to use Encyclopaedia Britannica online (library resource) </li></ul><ul><li>What you can do with social networking sites, such as Bebo, Facebook </li></ul>
  10. 10. Evaluations <ul><li>The best part of Week 1’s programme? </li></ul><ul><li>Learning how the Internet got connected, or started </li></ul><ul><li>Accessing Britannica Junior online </li></ul><ul><li>Safety awareness for the kids </li></ul>
  11. 11. What we learned in Week 2 <ul><ul><li>The structure of an internet website address (URL) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information literacy: what is it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Looking at a specific site: How to evaluate a website. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 – Virtual reality worlds </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Evaluations <ul><li>The best part of Week 2’s programme? </li></ul><ul><li>All of it! </li></ul><ul><li>Getting to know what the abbreviated words in an internet address are and what they mean </li></ul>
  13. 13. What we learned in Week 3 <ul><li>Looking at a specific site: Library catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>Internet safety – Cyber predators </li></ul><ul><li>Information literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 – Youtube and Flickr </li></ul>
  14. 14. Evaluations <ul><li>The best part of Week 3’s programme? </li></ul><ul><li>Learning new ways of approaching the library </li></ul><ul><li>Learning about Cyber predators </li></ul>
  15. 15. What we learned in Week 4 <ul><li>Internet safety – Cyber bullying </li></ul><ul><li>Looking at a specific site: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search engines: Google </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject directories: KidsClick </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 – blogs and wikis </li></ul>
  16. 16. Evaluations <ul><li>The best part of Week 4’s programme? </li></ul><ul><li>Finding out about KidsClick </li></ul><ul><li>Learning how to use Google properly </li></ul>
  17. 17. What we learned in Week 5 <ul><li>Internet safety – general safety notes </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 – financial sites </li></ul><ul><li>Looking at a specific site: YourTutor </li></ul>
  18. 18. Evaluations <ul><li>The best part of Week 5’s programme? </li></ul><ul><li>“ I am elated to know (YourTutor) when my children get stuck now I feel less threatened in knowing there is help, if I can’t explain” </li></ul>
  19. 19. Our evaluations <ul><li>Five weeks is too long! </li></ul><ul><li>Need more staff members to be trainers </li></ul><ul><li>Parents were excited about what we offered </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encyclopaedia Britannica </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using the library catalogue on line </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>KidsClick </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yourtutor </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. The future? <ul><li>Course will be divided into smaller units </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet for beginners (Already being done at the central library, but will be extended to Mt Druitt branch in 2009) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cyber safety for parents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Beyond Googling” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific Internet usage like research family history </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Training for staff to be trainers </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships with schools </li></ul><ul><li>Search for money </li></ul>