Open Gearing Up School Libraries Social for the Semantic21st Century Learner Mobile
WHY? School learning structures are pre-digital, and have not kept pace. Disconnect between students and technology outside school, and the more restricted use they experience inside school . Pedagogical Shifts in the 21st CenturyTeacher directed learning ➥ Self/ participatory learningClassroom learning ➥ Networked/global learningStandards driven ➥ Exploring ideas and conceptsTeaching ➥ Active learningTeacher expertise ➥ Collaborative learning partners
WHY?: Learning is more integrated than ever. There is a direct connection between the lesson and the library. There is a symbiotic relationship between the learning resource, the learner, the teacher and the librarian.
Library WHY?: QUOTE “We have an Internet connection and Google – the library is redundant.” RESPONSE Recent research* shows that this is definitely not the case. Student s in schools with libraries perform quantitively and qualitatively better. With a new learning paradigm which prepares students for living and working in a complex information environment, libraries are more important than ever. *[Recent studies of library systems in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Pennsylvania - http://is.gd/Sl1wbc]
What a Library Does: Processing materials by hand; Cataloguing materials; Ordering materials; Providing information literacy training; Supervising ancillary staff and student volunteers; Maintaining local databases; Liaising with faculty to promote the library and its relevance to the curriculum; Supporting and enhancing educational goals as outlined in the schools mission and curriculum; Developing and sustaining the habit and enjoyment of reading and learning; Offering opportunities for experiences in creating and using information for knowledge, understanding, imagination and enjoyment; Supporting all students in learning and practicing skills for evaluating and using information; Providing access to local, regional, national and global resources; Organizing activities that encourage cultural and social awareness and sensitivity; Working with students, teachers, administrators and parents to achieve the mission of the school; Promoting reading and the resources and services of the school library; etc. etc. etc.
What a Library Does : Much of the time of a librarian is taken up doing administrative, technical or routine work which can be centralised thus freeing their time to do the important work of supporting the development of a 21st century lifelong learner/knowledge creator and a Librarian 3.0 attitude
Library/Librarian Future Roles"The future is already here... Its just not evenly distributed.“William Gibson
Librarian Key Work Areas : Web 3.0 Reading Development Extending the Information Curriculum Fluency Bringing the Library ALIVE!
Librarian Key Work Areas: WEB 1.0 was for viewing and linking Web 3.0 a thread through the data universe our context and any context their/our data infinitely reconnected for other and ever smarter uses Personal Learning Environments; - Twitter etc. Personal Learning Networks – Skype, rafi.ki Personal web tools – Facebook, Tumblr Cloud computing – Open access software` Mixed Reality (e, v and p)
Librarian Key Work Areas: From The North Carolina Middle School Journal [http://is.gd/PCngcu]
A Future Librarian’s Life: Making a significant impact on teaching and learning Making the library(online and offline) fun and enjoyable Motivating all kinds of readers/searchers Keeping up-to-date and staying part of the big picture Being a leader not a follower Encouraging learners and teachers to be creative and innovative
So let’s free up sometime for them to do this! Please consider the following
Libraries Support Unit (LSU) Proposal Direction 1: To develop Policies & Procedures : A Library 3.0 Orientation Standards for services and collections Procedures for all aspects of the library service Evaluation Criteria
Libraries Support Unit (LSU) Proposal Direction 2: To streamline the Document Cycle : Centralised selection (in liaison with faculty & librarians) Centralised ordering Centralised Receipt, Upload and Distribution Economies of scale - $$ saved through co-ordinated procedures
Libraries Support Unit (LSU) Proposal Direction 3: To create a Digital Portal: which integrates: library management system eLearning Digital Content and Services Interactive Environments (e.g. www.rafi.ki)
Libraries Support Unit (LSU) Proposal Direction 4: To be a Training Provider: Developing Guided Enquiry as a core skill Training Library Staff in Library Literacy Workshops for Faculty and Library Co-operation Co-ordinate training for library and faculty
Libraries Support Unit (LSU): Benefits Short term: Better co-ordinated procedures; Minimised duplication of materials; Librarian’s time freed for more learner-centred activity; Beginning of cost saving on materials.
Libraries Support Unit (LSU) Benefits Medium Term: Continued saving of resources (human and financial); An improved student experience; More integrated learning process; More value derived from the materials and the library; Better co-operation between faculty and library.
Libraries Support Unit (LSU): Benefits Long Term: First Class Status with a resultant effect on reputation and matriculation; Continued saving of resources (human and financial); A dynamic environment with independent learners and happy staff A 21st century virtual learning environment A library fully integrated into the teaching and learning cycle Taaleem will be ready for Web 3.0
Libraries Support Unit (LSU) Forward Plan To achieve this
Libraries Support Unit (LSU) Forward PlanStep One : Establish Parameters for LSU Survey of current practice Cost Benefit Analysis Strategy Document Budget Proposal Work Plan
Libraries Support Unit (LSU) Forward PlanStep Two : Establish Policy and Procedures for Libraries and its Support Unit Policy Framework Document Library Standards Manual Library Procedure Manual [based on international benchmarking and in consultation with library staff and faculty]
Libraries Support Unit (LSU) Forward PlanStep Three : Plan & Setup Libraries Support Unit (LSU) Staff Equipment IT Infrastructure – Hub and Network Furnishing/Fitting Run User Acceptance Test
Libraries Support Unit (LSU) Forward PlanStep Four : Implement SLU a. MATERIALS Standardise online selection tools in all libraries Individual libraries liaise with faculty/students Identify key digital resources across all schools Consolidate the materials order (physical & digital) Order, Receive, Distribute, Ensure Their Use, Evaluate b. ICT c. TRAINING Build a professional team Prepare Information Fluency Curriculum Evaluate and source software Build on a suitable eLearning platform Plan the Infrastructure Work with faculty to integrate library Develop the Portal into the learning/study cycle Training for library staff in outreach
Libraries Support Unit (LSU) Forward PlanStep Five : Student benefits They can begin to ...... Work independently and collaboratively to solve problems Analyse information critically in all formats and media contexts Apply information strategically to solve personal and social problems Make decisions based on accurate and current information Use information and communication technologies with skill, purpose and wisdom Respect information sources and diverse perspectives Honour intellectual property and privacy rights Appreciate the aesthetic qualities of various creative and scientific expressions Communicate effectively and expressively using a variety of information and media formats. [From Achieving Information Literacy (AIL) Canadian Association for School Libraries (2003)]
Libraries Support Unit (LSU) Forward PlanStep Five : Faculty benefits They can begin to see...... 1. Research quality rise 2. An improvement in the output of students; 3. Job satisfaction increase as the learning process shifts to collaborative mode 4. New opportunities for professional collaboration and development 5. Personal learning transformed
Libraries Support Unit (LSU) Forward PlanStep Five : Library Staff benefits They can begin to see...... 1. Themselves at the core of the learning cycle 2. A greater diversity of roles to challenge them; 3. A richer career path 4. New opportunities for professional collaboration 5. Personal learning transformed
THANK YOU “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change”. Charles Darwin REFERENCES "The Future of Research and Scholarship - Open, Social, Semantic, Mobile“ - http://is.gd/jxXDQB “A Perfect Match: Library 2.0 in support of IB framework of learning” - http://is.gd/ai6BXB “The Next Big Thing is Web 3.0 – Catch It If You Can” - http://is.gd/x2IOBk “Learning in the 21st Century” - http://is.gd/HR5UKr