DEC Scan Journal : Volume 34 Issue 2
2015 Volume 34, Issue 2 4 Contents Editorial Reflections Teaching & learning Research Curriculum support Share this Resource reviews How can your library meet your vision for learners and learning? Collaboration, creative use of technology for learning, and engaging learners are common themes throughout this issue. Scan articles continue to offer inspiration for collaborative and transformative pedagogy. Teacher librarians can leverage these ideas and be partners and leaders for cultural change. The result will be improved student learning, within and beyond the physical Library classroom. Pedagogy and learning spaces, including libraries, are undergoing change. Responding creatively to the needs of all learners is at the heart of a school library’s responsibility for curriculum support. Colleen Foley, Libraries Coordinator, Public Schools NSW, is responsible for policy advice and leadership for school libraries and information literacy. E: email@example.com .edu.au reflections find us on facebook www.facebook.com/ScanJournal find us on facebook www.facebook.com/learnDEC follow us on twitter https://twitter.com/scanjournal follow us on twitter https://twitter.com/learnDEC Libraries and teacher librarians have always been powerful cultural icons: centres for equity in society and education. Two recent publications are essential reading for teacher librarians and those interested in great libraries for the future. The Future of library services for and with teens discusses concepts relevant to all libraries. Key issues about the seismic shift that libraries must be part of are included. Libraries need to be places of connection and safety. Technology, and digital and other resources, provide participatory, flexible services in a welcoming environment. The new library system will enhance our capacity to do this. Forecasting the future of libraries explores trends for all types of libraries, including school libraries. Significantly, it argues for deepening involvement in pedadogy and learning: the key brief of NSW Department school libraries. What about Department support for school libraries? We are re-thinking and re- prioritising Department support for school libraries. For example, a new support website is in development. Department teacher librarians, principals, library staff and those interested in school libraries will have the opportunity to contribute to our renewed strategic priorities. Face-to-face focus groups are scheduled for June 23 in the Liverpool area, June 24 in the Penrith area, and by VC, for rural and regional schools on June 25. A Department school libraries conference will be held in the last three weeks of Term 3. Further information will be circulated through teacher librarian professional networks and social media including DEC Yammer. Join the conversation already started! Oliver homepage at Banks Public School The implementation of the new library system, Oliver, for all NSW government schools is progressing well. By 15 May 2015, 83 schools had been moved to Oliver. The key focus in Term 2 is the lighthouse schools. Julie Grazotis, lighthouse school teacher librarian at Banks Public School, says: Students are excited about the looks and features of Orbit ...staff comment about the look and ease of use ... Julie intends to take advantage of Oliver for teaching, using popularity searches and writing reviews for Premier’s Reading Challenge activities. Other lighthouse schools will start sharing their enhanced contributions to learning using Oliver, through Scan and the project website, once they have had time to become familiar with the new system. Up to date information about the library project is available for Department teachers on the School library system intranet pages and Scan. Watch the pages for ongoing updates.
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