DEC Scan Journal : August 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 3 August 2011 16 be set up, and anecdotal evidence has been used to refine the direction on a weekly basis. The next major step is to embrace evidence based research. NAPLAN results and OASIS Library statistics help guide how the library can enhance teaching and learning, and ensure best knowledge outcomes for students. Initial research amongst the school community has led to planning for increased opening times, at this stage one afternoon per week. This will complement the school’s innovative After School Academy, which currently offers recreational and academic programs. In the two months since opening, it has been determined that additional forward facing shelving is needed, an intriguing eye-catching lounge is being sought for the foyer and an increase in the amount of fiction resources will be matched by a decrease in nonfiction print resources. Since the completion of the new library, borrowing and recreational reading have increased. Students are keen to use the facilities, and their comments have been overwhelmingly positive. Using OASIS Library figures, this will be determined accurately at the end of the year. Through discussions with parents (the P & C now have their meetings in the library) an increase in parenting and curriculum-focused material is needed, while staff, who also enjoy meeting in the library (Figure 4), are keen to have their recreational reading collection enlarged. The President of SGPS P & C, Karen Cleaver, remarked: The spacious open plan gives the perfect learning environment. The new library provides state of the art technology and resources for our children and community, it is fantastic. The very supportive staff and school executive are keen for our library to continue to be well resourced with a mix of print and digital material. The library is perceived as embracing emerging trends. Highlighting these to staff for inclusion in future teaching and learning activities is central to student achievement. This has been evidenced by comments from the SGPS Principal, Sue Hillery: The new library at South Grafton Primary School is having an enormous impact on student and staff morale. This beautiful architectural space opens up new opportunities and possibilities. There is a fresh momentum and interest in literacy, quality literature and an ongoing emphasis on the vital importance of digital learning. As teacher librarians, we are eager to map out the direction for our 21C library and ensure that, as facilitators of learning, the SGPS Library remains in the forefront of innovative, exciting, and challenging programs. We also have to unpack and deal with the bane of a teacher librarian’s life – those two remaining boxes of mysteries. ■ Canniff, S . (2010) ‘Action Research in schools’, Scan 29(2) pp. 42–42. Hay, L . & Todd, R . (2010) School libraries 21C: a School Libraries Futures Project , School Libraries & Information Literacy Unit, Curriculum K–12 Directorate, NSW Dept. of Education & Training. Viewed 08 July 2011. <www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/schoollibraries/assets/pdf/21c_report.pdf>. SCIS 1465420 Hennah, K . (2010) ‘Rethink. Reinvent. Rejuvenate: interior design, merchandising & space management for libraries’, paper presented at 2010 Somerset International Conference for Librarians and Teachers, Gold Coast, Qld, 15–16 March. Viewed 08 July 2011. <www.somerset.qld.edu.au/conflib/images/general/ Kevin%20Hennah%20-%202010%20Conference%20Paper%20Rethink.%20Reinvent.%20Rejuvenate.pdf>. Paull, N. (2010) ‘From little things big things grow: Part Three. Library design essentials’, Connection, 75, Curriculum Corporation, Melbourne Schooling Issues Digest: the impact of school infrastructure on student outcomes and behaviour, DEEWR , Australian Government. Viewed 08 July 2011.<www.dest.gov.au/sectors/school_education/publications _ resources/schooling_issues_digest/schooling_issues_digest_building.htm>. Syba Signs, Viewed 08 July 2011. <www.sybasigns.com.au/>. References and further reading Figure 4 Staff enjoy meeting in the library The library is perceived as embracing emerging trends. ...we are eager to map out the direction for our 21C library.