From Library to Learning Commons: ERSLN Presentation 9 September 2013


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Presentation to the ERSLN (Eastern Regional School Library Network) Melbourne, Australia on the 9 September, 2013 at Mater Christi College. From Library to Learning Commons.

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From Library to Learning Commons: ERSLN Presentation 9 September 2013

  1. 1. Welcome Mater Christi College Learning Commons Tuesday, 10 September 2013
  2. 2. Mater Christi College Programs From Library to Learning Commons Advocacy Tuesday, 10 September 2013
  3. 3. Mater Christi College A school of Good Samaritan education 1,050 girls Years 7-12 Celebrating 50 years Tuesday, 10 September 2013 Our curriculum framework is the MYP - Middle Years Program 7-10 (IB) VCE, VCAL and VET are offered at Year 12. School is divided into Middle (7-9) and Senior (10-12) schools.
  4. 4. Information Fluency program Tuesday, 10 September 2013 IF program has run for over 9 years - lessons once a fortnight to all Year 7 classes, taught out of context and rotated through the Domains Based on the Five As - Aquire, Acces, Analyse, Apply and Assess (Lee Crockett) 2013 - different approach, as a class begins a research task the T-L will work with them to ensure the 5As are taught in context and just-in-time. Evaluate at yearʼs end.
  5. 5. Wide Reading and Year 9 Literature Circles Tuesday, 10 September 2013 English classes from 7-12 read once a fortnight or once a week Year 9s Literature Circle
  6. 6. Homework & Study Club Tuesday, 10 September 2013 Homework Club for Middle School and Study club for Year 10s, teacher staffed, hot drinks and biscuits Scholastica - for silent study for senior school - always supervised by staff and open late until 8.00 twice a week.
  7. 7. The Edge Tuesday, 10 September 2013 Edge - all year levels - for those who love reading and writing, meet once a fortnight - excursions to Reading Matters, incursions of writers.
  8. 8. “Creating schools for the 21st century requires less time looking in the rear view mirror and more vision anticipating the road ahead” Ian Jukes (The Committed Sardine) Tuesday, 10 September 2013 This is from Ian Jukes whose Committed Sardine blog is a great resource and it sums up the dilemma we faced when we began formulating a vision for the library in 2010. We needed some help trying to predict what we would be doing and the role of the library with the change that was about to take place - 1:1 computing. How do you anticipate the road ahead if you donʼt know what the future holds?
  9. 9. My revised manifesto for a 21st century teacher-librarian Tuesday, 10 September 2013 Joyce Valenza - manifesto written in October 2010. Joyce articulated the types of activities and skills that were needed since revised it earlier this year.
  10. 10. Tuesday, 10 September 2013 Adapted the manifesto to our own mission statement for the space and the staffing in the library Communicated to - principal and whole school staff meeting Advocacy - important to target the staff and how it can support them and affect educational outcomes begin by establishing relationships with staff and then proposing an opportunity to work with them Induction day for new staff - take-away brochure about the services and the support you offer
  11. 11. Tuesday, 10 September 2013 First thing was to change the culture This costs nothing We became a “Yes we can” library Respond in this way to every request Examined what we do with regards the students as a first priority rather than the library staffʼs benefit
  12. 12. Tuesday, 10 September 2013 Get rid of as many rules as you can especially those that were made for the benefit of the staff rather than the students 3 rules only - no food, no borrowing without a card, no borrowing with overdue books doors were opened - security gates dismantled bags were allowed in no limit on loans increased loan period to 3 weeks for all resources puzzle table, cards sit on the floor increased opening hours 7.45-5.00pm open all recess and lunch (closed first 10 mins) bumper crowds
  13. 13. Tuesday, 10 September 2013 Does it impact on student learning? Does it make their life easier. why were they lining up in a corridor packed with lockers prior to entering the library which was supervised? have use of all areas without asking permission
  14. 14. Tuesday, 10 September 2013 we supply coloured paper, they can use the laminator, they can come in the out-door and go out the in-door they can use poster paper, we hold books for them if no card, we basically donʼt say no, we find a solution to their problem and fix it.
  15. 15. Scholastica VCE study centre Tuesday, 10 September 2013 Scholastica Supervised by staff at all times Open late on Tuesday and Thursday until 8.00pm For Year 10 (Higher Study) Year 11 (mandated to attend) & 12 Changed culture of study for VCE students
  16. 16. 2011 1:1 laptop program Tuesday, 10 September 2013 2011 - MAC introduced whole school went from windows and PCs to Mac Laptops Year 12 did not receive a laptop - class set of ipads provided
  17. 17. 2011 1:1 laptop program Tuesday, 10 September 2013 Next year will see roll-out of new computers to Years 9, 10, 11 and staff. Year 12s will inherit staff machines Year 7s will have an ipad and keep until year 9 - then a MACbook
  18. 18. Tuesday, 10 September 2013 Classroom tools LibGuide Advocacy is more than providing data to principals Supporting the students and teachers at every opportunity Raises your profile and that of the library Word spreads especially if you celebrate achievements alongside the teachers you have supported at staff meetings Refreshers to staff briefings Many staff were finding it difficult to move to MAC Made a conscious effort to be ahead of and provide support, one-on-one sessions, workshops on professional learning days Built the classroom tools LibGuide - work in progress Promote applications and websites through the LMS rather than the email system
  19. 19. Tuesday, 10 September 2013 Fewer classes were coming to the library T-L still visiting classes but print collection was not being used - began a deselection process - discarded books that did not support the curriculum, over 10 years old, hadnʼt been borrowed and unattractive Re-think and change IWB in every classroom and everyone had a device Demand for the Seminar room declined dramatically What to do?
  20. 20. David Loertscher David LankesIan Jukes Tuesday, 10 September 2013 Inspiration came from Personal Professional Learning Blogs, tweets, journals
  21. 21. Tuesday, 10 September 2013 David Loertscher is the driving force behind the Learning Commons idea These publications are invaluable Began reading these and envisaged a Learning Commons for MCC Passed them to the Director of Curriculum
  22. 22. Learning Commons Engagement Student Centred Flexible spaces Connectivity Higher Order Thinking PARTICIPATORY LEARNING COLLABORATION Showcased Learning Loertscher 2010 Tuesday, 10 September 2013 Presented to Curriculum and Learning Team (Learning Leaders, Domain Leaders and specialist learning leaders) Then to Leadership team - deputies and facilities Innovations Group and then whole staff The Learning Commons would become the learning centre for the whole school - teachers and students ESL, Tech experts, Tutors, careers, ed support would be on-hand, one-stop-shop for learning Need for a bigger space What could we accommodate initially? Careers and pathways were now on site with office modification
  23. 23. Tuesday, 10 September 2013 Study Tour to USA (2012) - attend ISTE and more recently the CEFPI conference has provided inspiration
  24. 24. Tuesday, 10 September 2013 I visited some University Libraries and Public Libraries and arranged interviews with librarians to speak about Learning Commons Pace University NYC
  25. 25. Tuesday, 10 September 2013 Learning Commons at Pace University
  26. 26. Tuesday, 10 September 2013 Pace University Learning Commons English tutors had offices within the library
  27. 27. NYC Public Library Tuesday, 10 September 2013 NYC Public Library - traditional
  28. 28. Brooklyn Public Library Tuesday, 10 September 2013 Brooklyn Public Library - Have since built an information commons Meeting with planners and librarians who showed me the plans and drawings
  29. 29. Brooklyn Public Library Information Commons Tuesday, 10 September 2013 providing for users who have begun using Public libraries as their place of business Internet connections, computers, book making machine, break out spaces, small lecture and meeting rooms, conduct workshops.
  30. 30. CEFPI Conference NZ 2013 Council of Educational Facility Planners International Tuesday, 10 September 2013 CEFPI conference Auckland NZ Visits to new learning spaces talks from leaders in the fields of education and architecture How we learn and how we need to change our thinking and pedagogy For change to succeed we need to make it hard to imagine how to use the space in the old way - e.g. Seminar room - does not support or work if teacher centred learning
  31. 31. Library Auckland Girls’ Grammar Tuesday, 10 September 2013 Planning for the future must involve the students new systems are required to generate new ways of doing things Key role design and furniture has is in enabling teachers to change pedagogy When planning for the future, do not draw from the past must have the right pedagogy in place - no building will provide this but it can help to drive change forward
  32. 32. Tuesday, 10 September 2013 Change to the physical space required change to the virtual space and so went from Wordpress Blog to a LibGuide as our webpage Easier to edit, easier to navigate. with the deselection of books and reconfiguring the shelves we found an increase in usable floor space - we could now accommodate 4 instead of 3 classes Half the Year 8 cohort working on an IDU using the space in a flexible manner
  33. 33. Tuesday, 10 September 2013 Learning Booths idea stemmed from visiting Bialik a few years ago (with principal and deputy) and observing students who would come out of class to the library in small groups and they would gather around one computer and all watch a small screen. students display their work and present to smaller groups rather than the whole class sitting through 24 presentations collaborate when working on a common task compare their homework discussion points lunchtimes - play an interactive game online supports extra curricula activities Anime club - drawings by members can be displayed to small groups brainstorming online - using Padlet
  34. 34. 2010 Vision Statement Communicate Culture  Change Help  Desk   Proposal 2011   Learning  Commons Proposal (Physical  and  Virtual) Communicate 2012 Careers  &   Pathways 2013 Learning   Booths From Library To Learning Commons Tuesday, 10 September 2013 this is our journey communication at every step successful because this library has a high profile and support of the principal and teachers have benefited from the support of the library Advocacy: keep records of every request from teachers all the LibGuides I prepare spreadsheet of all classes where Information Skills are taught attend year level meetings and circulate especially to Humanities and Science domains -research focused subjects
  35. 35. Thank you Tuesday, 10 September 2013 Thank you Questions Tour
  36. 36. Acknowledgements The Library as Incubator Project. 2013. Announcing: The Shelby White & Leon Levy Information Commons at Brooklyn Public Library | Library as Incubator Project. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 25 Jul 2013]. School Library Journal. 2010. A revised manifesto. [online] Available at: http:// [Accessed: 25 July 2013]. Tumblr. 2013. President Obama yes we can. [image online] Available at: [Accessed: 25 July 2013]. Unknown. 2012. Change. [image online] Available at: [Accessed: 25 July 2013]. Unknown. 2013. David Lankes. [image online] Available at: [Accessed: 25 July 2013]. Unknown. 2013. Lucacept banner. [image online] Available at: [Accessed: 25 July 2013]. Unknown. 2013. David Loertscher. [image online] Available at: [Accessed: 25 July 2013]. Unknown. 2013. The paradigm shift banner. [image online] Available at: [Accessed: 25 July 2013]. Unknown. 2013. Daring librarian banner. [image online] Available at: [Accessed: 25 July 2013]. Unknown. 2013. Free technology for teachers banner image. [image online] Available at: [Accessed: 25 July 2013]. Unknown. 2013. Ian Jukes. [image online] Available at: [Accessed: 25 July 2013]. Unknown. 2013. The unquiet librarian banner image. [image online] Available at: [Accessed: 25 Aug 2013]. Unknown. 2013. SCIL banner image. [image online] Available at: [Accessed: 25 Aug 2013]. Images Tuesday, 10 September 2013 Acknowledgements