The Australian School Library Association (ASLA) is honoured to announce the winner of the ASLA Citation Award for 2007 and to commend and give recognition of services rendered to the profession.
This citation, awarded biennially at the ASLA National Conference, is given for outstanding leadership in promoting and developing teacher librarianship in one or more of the following fields:
- Policy formation
- Program implementation
- Administration of the Association
In 2007 ASLA recognises the contribution of a national leader who has dedicated a career to ensuring Australian school libraries are dynamic and innovative learning communities.
The recipient of the 2007 ASLA Citation has given outstanding service and leadership to school libraries in Australia, and receives this award particularly in the areas of education, publications, research and innovation. Her vision has had ongoing positive consequences for the profession of teacher librarianship across Australia.
Lyn Hay: Recipient of the ASLA Citation 2007
Lyn Hay started her teacher librarianship career with the New South Wales (NSW) Department of School Education working as a high school teacher librarian. In 1994, Lyn was appointed as a lecturer in the School of Information Studies with Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. Her expertise as an educator, her desire to make users information smart, her willingness to model lifelong learning and her ability to make connections with people are qualities that demonstrate Lyn's professionalism.
Lyn has received this award, in particular, for her services in education, publications, research and innovation. As an educator and information professional, Lyn has been relentless in ensuring that her students are well versed in the digital learning community. Lyn has taught thousands of teachers and teacher librarians through the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters programs at Charles Sturt University.
In the area of publication Lyn has been an avid writer in the field of teacher librarianship within Australia. Her work is also well recognised internationally. Lyn has produced journals, monographs, conference proceedings, papers and keynotes.
She is completing her PhD on the use of Web 2.0 to support student's research. She is currently working with Dr Ross Todd to undertake a review of the professional and research literature on the impact and value of school libraries supporting student learning for the NSW Department of Education and Training. Lyn has been involved in many research projects including exploring the concept and practices of smart information users. This project was supported by an external grant from the Australian School Library Association (ASLA).
Lyn was actively involved in the development of the electronic listserv, OZTL_NET, which connects teacher librarians, school academics, students of teacher librarianship and consultants within Australia as well as globally. In this innovative spirit Lyn continues to explore the development of online conferences and synchronous online classrooms (MOO).
She has been an outstanding leader in the field of teacher librarianship and her contribution to the profession is acknowledged in the referee statements supporting Lyn's nomination for the ASLA Citation Award.
Referee's comments include:
"As a lecturer, Lyn demonstrates a commitment to best practice in her development and delivery of course material for postgraduate teacher librarianship studies. Her breadth of knowledge in information literacy, the embedded application of information and communication technologies and the role of teacher librarians in forging learning communities has shaped my own, and many other teacher librarians, careers. A significant effect of her educational expertise and delivery is that many of her graduating students have been well positioned to make a positive impact on the teaching and learning programs delivered in their schools. They have become leaders, initiators and facilitators in embracing and championing information literacy and emerging technologies in their workplace and beyond."
"Lyn has always been one of those rare people whose work has always been shaped by the desired holistic scene. She has striven in the ten plus years that I've known her to lift her profession to the level required of digital schools".
"Lyn was prepared to travel to rural areas, both regionally and in the outback, to help people think through the possibilities that the online world would open up for teacher librarians. Despite many of us not really understanding how we could be involved in discussions (many of us were coming to terms with the wonder of OZTL_NET, another innovative and, as we no doubt agree, highly successful asynchronous environment that she founded with Ken Dillon), Lyn was like a dog with a bone, never giving up on the vision of a connected teacher librarian community."
Presentation of this award is an opportunity for her peers and colleagues to acknowledge her commitment to the profession and it is with honour that we bestow the ASLA Citation Award 2007 to Lyn Hay. This award was presented to Lyn Hay at the ASLA XX Conference, Adelaide Convention & Exhibition Centre, Adelaide, South Australia.
[Lyn Hay accepting her award from Anette Ainsworth, ASLA President]
Lyn's acceptance speech
It is with sincere gratitude and deep appreciation that I accept this ASLA Citation award. I’d like to thank ASLA NSW for considering me a worthy nominee and in particular those ASLA NSW members who were committed to pulling together the nomination… exactly what you did and how you did it is beyond me!!! But I’m sure it required significant work behind the scenes to make this happen.
I’d also like to thank those referees who contributed to this nomination… heartfelt thanks for your kind words.
Teacher librarianship has been my life, in that TLship was my initial career choice, when as a school student in Year 9 I started to consider what my possible career options were. Travel agent, communications officer in the Navy, school teacher and librarian were my main 4 possibilities. By Year 11 I had decided I wanted to combine what I thought would be the best of both worlds, that of teaching and the world of information in librarianship. It took my careers advisor nearly 6 months to finally come up with a university course that met my needs in combining both teacher training & TLship, a partnership between Macquarie University’s Faculty of Education and Kuring-gai College of Advanced Education’s School of Library & Information Science. Under the guidance of Noelene Hall and Margaret Sim I gained my undergraduate TLship qualification, and as a first year out teacher I was lucky enough to secure a TL position in a central school in NSW… and so my journey in TLship began. I’ve never looked back. I have always believed in the important contribution a school library and qualified TL can make to the lives of learners & teachers in schools, whether as a student, as a practising TL, and now as a tertiary educator and researcher.
And I have worked with some wonderful people along the way, far too many to mention here, but I think those who I have worked with, taught with, learnt with, been challenged by and with, and have explored new teaching, research and ICT frontiers with, will know how these encounters and experiences have shaped me as a teacher librarian professional over the past twenty-five + years.
While I would also like to acknowledge the incredible support provided by my family and friends (some of whom are dear professional colleagues as well, with some of you here to share this occasion with me), I would like to dedicate the receipt of this award to three TLs who are no longer with us and who have helped shape my TLship journey.
Firstly, to my aunt, Miss Vera Moon, who our family lost in June of this year. Aunty Vera was the first teacher librarian I ever met. Her TL career began in the late 1940s and in 1956 moved to St George Girls High School as the TL where she remained up to her retirement in 1973. She introduced me to the wonderful imaginary world of literature, and more broadly all of the arts. She had an incredible thirst for knowledge, was a passionate Shakespeare fan, was a voracious reader of both fiction and non-fiction, as well as current affairs. Aunty Vera modelled lifelong learning to me before I even understood what that was, and opened the world of the school library from a TL’s perspective to me, even in my formative years. She also maintained friendships with some of her pupils well into her retirement, a few until the day she died, which to me is an indication that she touched other young people’s lives in many special ways… the sign of a good teacher, I think.
Secondly, I would like to acknowledge Dr Laurel Anne Clyde’s influence on my life as a TL. The first article I read by Anne was an article on audiovisual media in 1983 during my undergraduate TLship training, and I continued to read the work of Anne for over the next 20-something years. Anne’s and my professional paths crossed back in the mid-90s, we developed a strong online professional relationship as listserv managers, sharing much online time while participating in online conferences and spending time celebrating new technologies as they emerged… I found a fellow ‘Internet geek girl’ in Anne, which was great and in the late 90s and the early 2000s collaborated as part of the International Association of School Librarianship’s leadership team in publishing with Anne as IASL’s web manager and me as editor of the association newsletter. She always hassled me about ‘getting that PhD’, and I think she would be happy to see that I am exploring Web 2.0 technologies as part of my doctoral research.
And finally, I would like to acknowledge the influence my dearly departed friend and ex-CSU colleague, Kylie Hanson has had on my life as a TL professional. Kylie and I shared so much in TLship, from developing curriculum content for TLship subjects at CSU, coordinating and trialling the integration of new technologies into our teaching, coordination and publication of online conferences, co-editorship of the IASL Newsletter… the list goes on… but Kylie was more than that, she was my critical friend as an educator, writer and researcher. She was often my travel buddy when presenting at res schools, seminars and conferences across Australia and overseas, where we could always fit in some shopping time, she was like the sister in many ways.
To conclude – I always thought that a prestigious professional award such as this should come a little closer to the end of one’s career… and unless some of you know something I don’t, I hope I can continue my career in TLship in some way, shape or form for a number of years to come… until I think it’s time to pack up the laptop, my professional commitments and online personaes, and pack my bags, golf clubs and partner into the camper trailer and become a gray nomad!
At times I think having two of me will be the only way I will achieve what I would like to achieve, but while that’s not possible, I look forward to working with ASLA and the broader TLship community to continue shaping our profession for the future.