DEC Scan Journal : August 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 3 August 2011 6 Future learning, reading, teaching: schools, libraries & teacher librarians Teachingandlearning Darcy Moore, Deputy Principal at Dapto High School, shares his thoughts about the contemporary challenge for teacher librarians in the digital communication technologies environment. In keeping with the topic of digital communication technologies, the article is adapted from blog posts @darcymoore.net. Teacher librarians: context (Part I) Posted by Darcy Moore on Sunday, May 29, 2011 I am presenting to teacher librarian colleagues about 'digital communication tools' this week. I'd rather say we are 'collaborat- ing' than I am 'presenting' and have used survey monkey to collect data from the delegates prior to the conference about their needs and yammer to seek advice about the perceptions of what 'skills' and 'knowledge' are needed in our contemporary libraries to engage students. This 'data' makes for very interesting reading and reveals some strong opinions. The topic I was set - 'digital communication tools' - seems straight forward but the more I think about how to structure the hour the more it seems essential to establish a philosophy and acknowledge (my) paradigm. As always, context is everything and I am not a teacher-librarian. Context The photo below is me, on the first day of kindergarten, squinting into the sun with my library bag in hand. My first tooth fell out, lining up for a library lesson, as I chewed on that string. I can still taste the drawcord. The other photo is the view from my office at school. I am located near the fiction shelves and often chat to students about what they are reading, suggest a book or website and browse the shelves myself. I found A Game of Thrones last week. Couldn't believe my luck that Di, our teacher librarian, had this series, currently adapted for television by HBO and having rave reviews in the US. From my first day at school until today, libraries have been central to my life. I fondly remember all the school and municipal libraries in the several towns I lived. (Teacher) Librarians, more often than not, were kind and accommodating. Mostly they were happy to have a young male avidly reading and borrowing so regularly.