Planning a school library

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Planning a school library

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  2. 2. My background <ul><li>teacher trainer history, social studies </li></ul><ul><li>in-service-trainer school library, reading promotion </li></ul><ul><li>head teacher </li></ul><ul><li>member of the board of the school library association of Hesse www.schulbibliotheken.de </li></ul>
  3. 3. My (former) school library
  4. 4. <ul><li>1. A school library has no end in itself. The goal is: avid readers, better performance at school, information literate students </li></ul><ul><li>2. Teachers, not least head teachers, play a key role concerning reading, reading promotion, information literacy and school libraries </li></ul><ul><li>3. Planning a school library? Some technical remarks </li></ul>Overview
  5. 5. Video : Drop everything and read <ul><li>Several initiatives that encourage students </li></ul><ul><li>to read and to achieve better: </li></ul><ul><li>Drop everything and read </li></ul><ul><li>Paired reading </li></ul><ul><li>Book talk </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy challenge </li></ul><ul><li>The library and the librarian are the backbone </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>are role-models: they read themselves, speak about reading, visit the library </li></ul><ul><li>support the librarian / teacher-librarian </li></ul><ul><li>meet them regularly </li></ul><ul><li>ensure cooperation between teacher-librarian and staff </li></ul><ul><li>provide the library with a fair share of the school budget </li></ul>Good head teachers ...
  7. 7. Sucessful Teacher-Librarians ... <ul><li>promote reading </li></ul><ul><li>teach information literacy </li></ul><ul><li>provide a good collection </li></ul><ul><li>collaborate with subject teachers </li></ul><ul><li>play an active role in “selling” the library to the staff </li></ul><ul><li>attend the meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Keith Curry Lance, in: Threshold, Winter 2004, p 9 </li></ul>
  8. 8. Planning a school library?
  9. 9. Mission <ul><li>learning to read; literacy </li></ul><ul><li>training of skills / information literacy </li></ul><ul><li>independent learning </li></ul><ul><li>promotion of strong learners </li></ul><ul><li>promotion of slow learners </li></ul><ul><li>afternoon/day care </li></ul><ul><li>help with home-work </li></ul><ul><li>reading promotion </li></ul><ul><li>collaboration with teachers </li></ul>
  10. 10. Activities <ul><li>extra-curricular </li></ul><ul><li>reading club/book-talk </li></ul><ul><li>pleasure reading </li></ul><ul><li>creative writing </li></ul><ul><li>author visit </li></ul><ul><li>book-exhibition </li></ul><ul><li>performance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>curricular </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>interdisciplinary or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>subject-oriented </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>guided inquiry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>research skills </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Collection <ul><li>2/3 non-fiction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>curriculum-oriented </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>focus on subjects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1/3 fiction </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;media-mix&quot; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>periodicals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>brochures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>cd-rom / dvd </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>internet-search engine, internet „catalogue“ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>intranet </li></ul></ul>The school library is not a small public library!
  12. 12. Space for ... <ul><li>class </li></ul><ul><li>groups </li></ul><ul><li>individuals </li></ul><ul><li>pleasure reading </li></ul><ul><li>exhibition </li></ul><ul><li>depot </li></ul>Centrally located in the school or on the premises, Exciting, welcoming, identifiably different from classrooms
  13. 13. Some Details <ul><li>About 5-10 books/media per pupil (2500 at least) </li></ul><ul><li>30 m 2 per 1000 books/media; 60 m 2 at least </li></ul><ul><li>10% of the collection to be replaced annually </li></ul><ul><li>Cataloguing software, OPAC </li></ul><ul><li>Shelves partly on wheels </li></ul><ul><li>Good lighting (daylight) </li></ul><ul><li>Carpet! </li></ul>
  14. 14. Budget and funding <ul><li>The library should have a fair share of the total budget because it is a whole school resource serving all staff and all pupils. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>There also needs to be a budget for the physical environment and appropriate furniture and equipment. </li></ul>
  15. 15. School libraries are centers for discovery, inquiry, thinking and creativity
  16. 16. <ul><li>A school without a library </li></ul><ul><li>is like a desert without an oasis </li></ul>

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