I had a media interview with Sharon Bird yesterday for today’s Illawarra Mercury. ….
What she would like to see in the report are some brief descriptions of successful TL programs, just 4-5 paras each describing a library where programs have been successful, things that work, success stories for student learning.
Imagine if every TL sent in one success story. Nothing flash, can be simple. This is a chance for TLs to show / showcase what they do, the unique role, the ‘new and exciting ways things are happening’ and the difference it makes. However we only need a sample. Think of writing something up yourself, and/or suggest someone who is running a successful program or does something well.
To help collate this we have put up a wiki, so that people can contribute, and see what the coverage is like. It would be useful and inspiring as well.
Is anyone interested in being a contact person or on a working group for your state or sector? It would be good to have people to accept and post emails from people inexperienced with Web 2.0, and/or select, encourage and support people to write a few paragraphs … However as time is short, and the end of term is approaching, the wiki offers the simple option of directly contributing.
Sharon Bird’s requests for case studies and examples can be seen in the hearing transcripts. In Canberra on 27TH May with ASLA (ACT) and Catholic Education Office she asked for examples to be sent, in the context of discussion of small schools and online services in general. The committee has also been asking about the value of collaborative teaching. However Sharon also asked more broadly ‘I would like the report to paint a bit of a picture of the new and exciting ways these things are happening.’ and ‘I encourage you to have a look for case studies that may add a real story to the broader comments that the report will make. … if we want the general public to read the report and understand what it is we are talking about then some of those real examples would be very useful.’
Here are some of the excerpts from the above hearing;
CHAIR—One of the things raised with us in the New South Wales hearing was that yes, it is great that there is an entitlement, but it is pro rata for small schools, so the teacher librarian may only be there one day a week. …So then it is very difficult to engage in leadership and collaborative roles.
CHAIR—Clearly it is unrealistic to say that a very small school could advocate a full-time teacher librarian. Have you seen examples of where that shared role across a number of schools actually works better because there are some things in place? We are looking for some recommendations.
CHAIR—It is interesting that one of the very well-resourced independent schools that gave evidence to us—you would just salivate—has an online library and their school website has a connection to their online library. Students presume that the library is both physical and online, which I thought was very interesting.
CHAIR—There are some very exciting examples going on. To some extent we are hoping that if you have a case study of what you do and would like to send it to us for our report, I would like the report to paint a bit of a picture of the new and exciting ways these things are happening. I encourage you to do that.
CHAIR—If you know of an example, like the one you have just given, Anne, or the research work you were talking about with the senior students, send it to us.
CHAIR …I encourage you to have a look for case studies that may add a real story to the broader comments that the report will make. If you want to have a think about that, it would be good, although I appreciate it that it will be another task on top of busy lives. But if we want the general public to read the report and understand what it is we are talking about then some of those real examples would be very useful.