Creating a Positive Professional Presence


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Teacher librarians are standing on the brink of a fantastic opportunity to make themselves indispensible within their schools.
With hundreds of new libraries and thousands of student laptops currently being rolled out to secondary schools, this is the perfect opportunity for teacher librarians to embrace technology, develop a Professional Learning Network, upskill and become leaders in e-learning.

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Creating a Positive Professional Presence

  1. 1. Cathy OxleyBrisbane Grammar School Image from
  2. 2. Teacher librarians are standing on the brink of a fantastic opportunity to make themselves indispensible within their schools.With hundreds of new libraries and thousands of studentlaptops currently being rolled out to secondary schools, this is the perfect opportunity for teacher librarians to embrace technology, develop a Professional Learning Network, upskill and become leaders in e-learning.
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  4. 4.  Blogs – Joyce Valenza, Buffy Hamilton, Judy O’Connell, Anne Weaver, Will Richardson Twitter Read professional journals – ACCESS, SLAQ newsletter, QUICK, ISTE journal Attend PD opportunities Get involved in the School Library Association
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  8. 8. Each year, The Horizon Report describes six areas of emerging technology that will havesignificant impact on higher education and creative expression over the next one to five years. Theannual Horizon Report seeks to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have considerableimpact on teaching, learning, and creative expression within higher education. The areas of emergingtechnology cited for 2011 are: Time to adoption: One Year or Less Electronic Books Mobiles Time to adoption: Two to Three Years Augmented Reality Game-based Learning Time to adoption: Four to Five Years Gesture-based Computing The full Horizon Report can be downloaded from
  9. 9. • Recommend educational and research apps (425,000 iphone apps so far!)• Recommend ereaders, ebooks and audiobooks• Allow students to search the catalogue• Use QR codes to take users to instructional podcasts and videos• Develop an ‘Ask a Librarian’ service• Promote citation creation• Promote database access• Use Twitter and Facebook for marketing• Use SMS alerts for marketing
  10. 10. “Local classrooms to get dose of augmented reality” Ikea augmented reality app:
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  13. 13. Principals now want a teacher librarian who is a curriculum and technology leader, an innovator and a mentor. Image:
  14. 14. General CapabilitiesLiteracyNumeracyInformation and communication technology (ICT) competenceCritical and creative thinkingEthical behaviourPersonal and social competenceIntercultural understandingCross-Curriculum PrioritiesAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culturesAsia and Australia’s engagement with AsiaSustainability
  15. 15. Are you actively engaged with your teachers to develop deep, critical thinking in your students? Image from
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  17. 17. “If you call yourself an information professional, you have tobe a professional in the information landscape of your time.” (Source: Joyce Valenza) Image from sirexkat FlickrCC
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  19. 19. Thumb - strength of character Establish pre-eminence (the you who shows up before you show up)Pointer - FOCUS Follow one course until successful: know your outcomes, take action, find what works and what doesnt, re-align until you achieve outcomesMiddle - brand Who are you? What do you stand for? Are you who you say you are? Standards, benchmarksRing - relationships 10% interested in working with you, 30% might, the rest probably wont everLittle - little things that count (what you do that others don’t) Its all about them. What is your core story? 90 sec elevator pitch Who is your audience? What is your focus? What is the core thing you want to get across? Re-align and re-focus to achieve your outcomes. Trump & Kiyosaki 2011, “Guide to developing your Midas touch” in The Midas Touch, Plata Publishing, Scottsdale, AZ
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  21. 21. Inhibitors:Time, knowledge, workload, teachers, staff skills,principal, IT dept … OR IS IT YOU?
  22. 22.   Research something your teachers might use  Look for something that might be useful to TLs  Showcase something you have done with students and teachers  Run a workshop/segment for your local TL network group  Write an article for the School Library journal
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  24. 24.  Glass half full Boundless energy Capacity for optimism Love what you do and do what you love Switch on a smile Find answers rather than negatives
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  26. 26.  Shelving Cataloguing Covering and processing Overdues Stocktaking Quiet libraries Tidy libraries Don’t do library aide tasks – otherwise you will be replaced with an aide!!
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  29. 29. “Mobilization of information in society is impossible to ignore... As information specialists, libraries cannot afford to be perceived as ‘missing the boat’ in delivery of information, or our clients may decide we are irrelevant to their needs.” (Source: Joanna Witt & Michelle Turner, Charles Darwin University Library)Image from
  30. 30. growth-forecast-by-region/ Moore’s Law – technology is doubling every 24 months
  31. 31. “Australia has the worlds highestper capita use of mobile phones.By 2013, more internet searches will be done on smartphones than desktop computers.”(Source: Tony Keusgen, Google Australia) desktops-for-internet-20110602-1fi1y.html Will they be searching the high quality information that you provide? Image from Mareen Hschinger, FlickrCC
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  33. 33. “...few mobile Web sites are as user friendly as an app, even when they’re from the same publisher. The better apps also keep some or all of the data on yourphone or tablet, avoiding data charges, and they’re formatted to take advantage of your device’s dimensions and technology.”
  34. 34. “Libraries in generalcan no longer wait for patrons to come tothem, but must reachout to their patrons in new and innovative ways.” Mobile = 40% of all tweets(Source: KPCB on 10 Mobile Trends)
  35. 35. Australia’s population in April 2011 = 22,669,000 200MM mobile active users vs. 50M in 9/09 2x more active than desktop-only users (Source: KPCB Top 10 Mobile Trends)
  36. 36. • Has 130 friends• Makes 8 friend requests per month• Spends 15 hours/month using Facebook• Visits Facebook 40 times/month, and spends 23 minutes/visit• Is connected to 80 organizational Facebook Pages, Groups, and Events (Source: David Lee King, TSC Public Library Manager) Image from andresrphotos, PhotoDune
  37. 37. Trinity Grammar The Illawarra Grammar School
  38. 38. “A small but growing number of libraries are beginning to apply mobiletechnologies to provide new services or to enhance traditional services. In doing so these libraries are making themselves not only more available but also more relevant to their users.” (Source: Helen Partridge, QUT) Image from MonkeyBusiness Photos, PhotoDune
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  42. 42. Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant (Mitchell Kapor, 2007)Image from
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  47. 47. “Connecting with what other people are reading” Image from
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  49. 49. “Connecting with what other people are writing”
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  52. 52. • Put in intense effort for a few years in an area where you will make a difference.• New game plan – Your rhetoric must resonate with your audience - find your pathway of connection from what you do to who you are working with.• Begin with the end in mind. (Source: Karen Bonanno)
  53. 53. 1 minute / day / week = 167% improvement / year5 minutes / day / week = 3778% improvement / year (Source: Dr Marc Dussault)
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