Speakers - Biographies and Abstracts
AUSTRALIAN SCHOOL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE XXIV
Provoking the future: school libraries, pedagogy and technology.
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Managing Director, Eduwebinar Pty Ltd
Biography: Karen literally lives online as an educator and consultant. Her main area of work involves planning and hosting webinars that cover primary and secondary education with specific focus on innovative teaching and learning strategies and resourcing as it applies to curriculum design and delivery. She is also the director of an education consulting company that provides management, support and expertise in the field of school libraries, digital media literacy, information and communication technology integration and professional learning networks. Karen has been a teacher, teacher librarian, head of department, acting deputy principal, regional adviser and education officer working in government and non-government schools. From 2002 to 2014, Karen was the Executive Officer and then Chief Executive Officer of the Australian School Library Association. During the ‘90’s, she held the positions of president of the School Library Association of Queensland and the Australian School Library Association. She has 35 years’ experience working in the K-12 education sector.
Education Consultant for June Wall Consultancy
Biography: June Wall is currently an independent Consultant, eLearning and Libraries. She was previously a Teacher Quality Consultant for the Association of Independent Schools, NSW. She has been a Head of Department, teacher at primary and secondary levels, a lecturer, a professional development and education consultant, teacher librarian, and computer coordinator in the government and non-government sectors for over 30 years. Her passion has always been designing learning experiences that allow students and teachers to be innovative whilst based on individual inquiry. June’s research and practitioner interests span digital learning, digital pedagogies and future oriented libraries.
Keynote 1.1: Capacity building the profession for the future
Abstract: The rapid evolution towards a global “knowledge economy”, together with the ubiquitous nature of information and increasing impact of media and technology on how we earn and learn, means the profession needs to be agile and responsive to embrace new learning skills and to future-proof school library services to better address the learning needs of students. “Work preparedness” and “global achievement gaps” loom on the education horizon as we see a widening gap between what schools are teaching and testing and what students need to succeed as learners and global citizens. To prepare students for this future workplace, and their role as responsible, global, digital citizens, it is not only necessary to reflect on changing student learning but also on the need to develop an agile workforce of teacher librarians. It is an old line and even more critical today - "just in time" and not "just in case" learners need capacity to be continual learners, easily change their practice, and keep abreast of developments wider than the profession.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology.
Biography: Ann Gillespie is a postdoctoral research fellow within the Information Studies Group of Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Her work as a teacher librarian in primary schools lead her to investigate evidence based practice within that context, culminating with her 2013 doctoral thesis, Untangling the evidence: teacher librarians and evidence based practice. Her current research explores evidence based practice as it is experienced in the public libraries. Email Ann. Her thesis and earlier papers are available here.
Keynote 1.2: Finding the evidence in evidence based practice
Abstract: In order to flourish or even survive professionally in the contemporary standards-driven education environment, TLs need to demonstrate significant impact on student learning and the social and cultural aspects of their school community. This require TLs to operate at a high professional level as evidence based practitioners and to use evidence to redefine their roles, rethink work practices and realign with school ethos and vision. However, TLs are often challenged by what constitutes evidence and how to best apply differing types of evidence. In particular, they face a dilemma in substantiating the value of evidence that they encounter incidentally whilst carrying out their professional duties. This is often contextually rich evidence but hard to quantify and align with measurable outcomes such as NAPLAN scores. Therefore this paper presents a model of evidence based practice that enables TLs to recognise and effectively apply different kinds of evidence. I developed this model through doctoral research entitled Untangling the evidence: teacher librarian and evidence based practice, (Gillespie 2013). Drawing upon the experiences of 15 TLs, it shows how evidence based practice is most effective when incidental (or anecdotal) evidence is reinforced with purposefully sought data. In particular, I address the TL’s dilemma of how to raise awareness of their professional impact by moving from encountering to actively engaging with evidence.
Lecturer School of Education and Professional Studies of Griffith University, Gold Coast Queensland.
Biography: Dr Jason Zagami conducts research in cognition, professional learning and expertise, and all aspects of educational technologies – with a current focus on games in education, augmented reality and virtual environments, neural interfaces, and computing as a school discipline. Jason has many years' experience in K-12 and tertiary education and has been the recipient of an Outstanding National Achievement by a Teacher and Queensland Computer Educator of the Year awards. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher, president of the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE), past president of the Queensland Society for Information Technology in Education (QSITE) and editor of the Australian educational computing (AEC).
Keynote 1.3: Trends, challenges and developments in technologies that will influence the future of libraries.
Abstract: In 2014, a diverse group of 50 leading academics, librarians and knowledge professionals from around the world contributed to the development of the New Media Consortium Horizon Report, Library Edition. This forecast, developed using a modified Delphi research process, examined the wide range of trends, challenges, and emerging technologies for their possible impact on libraries.
That it was confirmed that technology continues to strongly influence libraries will be of no surprise to anyone, but what is of greater interest are the predictions of which technological trends, challenges and technologies are likely to be the most significant in their influence, and the timeframes in which librarians need to consider such developments.
The identified trends accelerating technology adoption by libraries included: an increasing focus on research data management, prioritisation of mobile content and delivery, the evolving nature of the scholarly record, increasingly accessible research content, the continual progress in technology, standards, and infrastructure, and the rise of new forms of multidisciplinary research.
These trends bring with them challenges to the adoption of such technologies by libraries: the embedding of library use in the curriculum, rethinking the roles and skills of librarians, capturing and archiving the digital outputs of research as collection material, competition from alternative avenues of discovery, embracing the need for radical change, and maintaining ongoing integration, interoperability, and collaboration with other schools and institutions.
Within such a context, there have been important developments identified in technologies for libraries, in the next year, electronic publishing and mobile apps are predicted to play a significant role. Over the following two to three years, bibliometrics and citation technologies, along with Open Content initiatives, will increasingly play a role. In the following four to five years, it is predicted that The Internet of Things, the Semantic Web and Linked Data, will increasingly influence how libraries operate.
These forecasts and timelines relate directly to academic and research libraries, and while school and community libraries have their own unique challenges and trends, they also share many of the same with academic and research libraries. The examination of these predictions can help all librarians make better-informed decisions through consideration of the forces and technologies shaping the nature of all libraries.
Head of iCentre, Iona Presentation College
Biography: Leonie McIlvenny has been an educator for over 30 years. She has been a primary school teacher, teacher librarian, curriculum consultant, online course developer, library consultant and Customer Relations Manager and has been involved in numerous innovative projects including e2C, the ASP Trial and 100 Schools Project for the WA Education Department. Leonie was an ICT Project Officer for the Teaching Teachers for the Future project. She has also lectured in Learning Technologies and helped create an online scientific inquiry unit (Inquiring About the World) as part of the Bachelor of Education Course at Curtin University. Her interest in information and digital literacies inspired the development of numerous online resources including Studyvibe, The research safari, The knowledge compass, Inspired learning at Iona, Countdown to crunchtime and Study skills Perth. Leonie is currently researching the use of digital badges to credential the learning of digital literacy skills.
Keynote 1.4: The future of digital badges: glorified stickers or powerful tools to credential learning.
Abstract: The concept of badges to acknowledge skills and competencies is not new as anyone who has been in the Scouts of Girl Guides can attest. The term digital badge, however, has only recently emerged and is fast gaining momentum as a potential system for credentialing skills, knowledge and accomplishments achieved by individuals within and across businesses and learning organisations. Digital badges evolved from the gaming industry as a form of digital reward, however, it was only when the MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with Mozilla, created the concept of Open Badges and launched the ‘Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition’, that its potential value as a legitimate and creditable accreditation tool has been considered. Universities here in Australia and overseas, as well as organisations such as the Smithsonian are engaged in rigorous discussion and debate about the merits of this new indicator of learning.
While there has been significant dialogue around the use of digital badges in higher education, little has been written about their potential use in schools. So one could ask the question ‘Where do digital badges ‘fit’ in the primary and secondary school arena?’ Could they be used as a valid educational assessment tool and do they impact intrinsic motivation in learners? Within the school library context could digital badges be used to capture evidence of those essential information and digital literacy skills that are scattered throughout the Australian Curriculum and present them is a transparent, systematic way that adds credibility to the library program and demonstrates the key role the library has in developing these essential skills?
To answer these and other questions a digital badge program was developed as part of a ten-week digital literacy course in an Australian secondary school in 2015. The content for the online program was informed by and developed from the ICT General Capabilities from the Australian Curriculum and the digital badges were imbued with metadata that reflected appropriate skills and knowledge as described in the ICT scope and sequence.
The generic nature the ICT General Capabilities provided an excellent opportunity to see whether these skills, which are not the domain of one learning area, can be systematically and comprehensively taught, monitored and assessed and their achievement demonstrated in a transparent and highly structured way through the digital badge program.
Research around the program examined how digital literacies could be operationalised into an online course and whether digital badging is an appropriate and reliable means of capturing ‘rich data’ about student learning as part of a strategic monitoring process.
This keynote will describe the current research around the use of digital badges as a form of credentialing skills and knowledge. It will showcase one particular program currently being implemented in an Australian school that is using digital badges to capture student achievement information around digital literacy competency, and will discuss the potential for digital badges to be used to promote the importance of the library in supporting the achievement of essential skills and knowledge from the Australian Curriculum.
Educational Consultant Softlink
Biography: Susan has been working with Softlink for over six years and has a broad range of experience providing advice to libraries, ranging from small schools right through to large educational departments and organisations. Prior to joining Softlink she was College Librarian for five years at an Independent boys school in Brisbane where her tasks ranged from processing Serial Subscriptions, Collection Development, Stocktaking and overseeing Special Projects. She has previously worked for the Library Recruitment Consultants, One Umbrella.
Managing Director, Softlink
Biography: Nathan Godfrey was Softlink’s Chief Operating Officer for five years before taking up the Managing Director’s role. He conceived of and initiated the development of the first Softlink Australian School Library Survey in 2010 in preparation for a submission to the Australian Senate Inquiry into School Libraries in Australia. Nathan felt that improved reporting on resourcing trends within school libraries in Australia would allow more informed and persuasive advocacy within school communities. Nathan is passionate about supporting school libraries and the professionals who run them and continues to be involved with the survey in an advisory capacity.
Keynote 1.5: The Softlink Australian school library survey: trends and future directions
Abstract: The presentation includes a summary of the findings from the Softlink 2014 Australian School Library Survey including budgets, staffing, library access, electronic resource use and feedback themes. Since commencing the survey in 2010, thousands of Teacher Librarians and school library staff have participated in the survey. This year Softlink received its largest response for any single year with 1,380 survey submissions from a wide range of public, Catholic and independent primary, secondary and K-12 schools (1,267 schools in total).
Topics explored in the survey include:
- Your school library and school's objectives
- How school libraries are resourced – budgets and staffing
- The role of the library within the school community
- Library trends and emerging issues – eBooks, digital devices and accessibility
- Library industry and professional development
- Viewpoints on opportunities and challenges for the next 12 months
This presentation offers a display and analysis of the information collected in the survey. Additionally, median school budgets and staffing levels from 2010 through to 2014 will be compared and presented. An analysis of the changes in school library budgets by school type, education provider type and state over the five year lifespan of the Softlink Australian school library survey will be provided.
Softlink Australian school library survey report indicates that school library budgets stabilised slightly in 2013/14 when compared to the significant percentage of schools that reported budget decreases between 2012/13. However, a comparison of median budget figures between 2010 and 2014 highlight the fact that many school libraries are attempting to meet changing technology requirements and delivery expectations with budgets that have remained stagnant or reduced over the five year timeframe.
The presentation will explore the impact of these budget trends on school library objectives and educational opportunities. Key feedback themes as provided by participants in the survey, will be presented. These include themes relating to the challenges faced by school libraries and emerging trends.
Continued investment in school libraries is integral to delivering the Australian Curriculum as a world-class curriculum. The 2014 report findings support that there is a positive relationship between budget, staffing and student achievement. The findings indicate that literacy levels are higher for those schools that support and invest in their school libraries, staffing and resources. As schools move from teacher centred to student centred pedagogy, the impacts of digital literacy and eLearning programs will continue to evolve the role of libraries and Teacher Librarians. In today’s digital world, whether a school is part of a large education consortia or a small independent, initiatives for the discovery and delivery of learning resources will require investment to support 21st century eLearning programs and resource the National Curriculum.
Pro Vice Chancellor (Scholarly Information and Learning Services) and Executive Director, Australian Digital Futures Institute at the University of Southern Queensland.
Biography: Professor Helen Partridge is also an Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). From 2007 to 2013 she coordinated QUT’s library and information studies (LIS) education program. Helen has published widely in the area of teaching and learning and has received a number of teaching awards including a Teaching Fellowship in 2008 from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) that explored the impact of social media on the LIS profession and its education. From 2009 to 2011 she worked with 11 Australian educational institutions on an ALTC project that established a framework for the education of the information professions in Australia for the twenty-first century. Helen has twice been elected to the Board of Directors of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), and was appointed a Fellow of the Association in 2012. She was the secretary for the Library Theory and Research Standing Committee of the International Federation of Library and Information Associations, and coordinated the committee’s project, Research Librarian Partnership, a mentoring program aimed at helping new LIS professionals develop their knowledge, skill and experience in undertaking research. Helen was the Chair of the Organising and Program Committees for the 8th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice conference that was held in Brisbane in July this year. Over 180 people from 12 countries attended the conference. Helen is currently leading a three-year study funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) aimed at developing an empirical basis for evidence based library and information practice. In 2016 she has received further ARC funding to work with ALIA and the National and State Libraries Australasia on a three year project exploring the adoption of “practitioner-researcher’ as an approach to professional practice of the nation’s library and information professionals. Helen has been a visiting Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford (2011) and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and Society, Harvard University. Follow Helen on Twitter @partridh.
Keynote 2.1: There is nothing so practical as a good theory’: understanding the theory-practice divide in the library and information science profession.
Abstract: It has frequently been noted that there is a divide between theory and practice within the library and information science (LIS) profession. LIS researchers lament that practitioners are not using research to inform practice; and LIS practitioners say that research belongs in an “ivory tower” and is not relevant to practice. This presentation will critically consider the nature of the relationship between theory and practice in the LIS profession. This presentation will explore the challenges of integrating theory into practice and the importance of utilizing a theory as a guide to practice. It will also explore the role that practice plays in informing theory.
Director, Library Services, Queensland University of Technology Kelvin Grove
Biography: Sue Hutley was appointed as the Director, Library Services at QUT in March 2014. For a year prior to being Director she was the Associate Director (Client Services and Learning Support) at QUT. Sue’s library career has included management positions in TAFE, special, public and academic libraries and Sue also held the position of Executive Director of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the peak body for libraries and library professionals in Australia from 2006-2011. During this time Sue advocated strongly for school libraries especially during the School libraries and teacher librarians in 21st century Australia, House of Representatives Education and Employment Committee Review of 2010-2011. Follow Sue on Twitter @suehutley
Keynote 2.2: Library management futures (or… Why would I work for you?)
Abstract: In a working world where each of us needs to embrace and adequately manage change, as library managers we also need to have a few plans in place.
“Management” is about managing strategy, objectives and resources. As library managers a key component of your management strategy must also be self-management. This is a broad topic but there are several questions that you can ask yourself, which are essential in today’s competitive work environment. Five questions will be discussed:
- Ask yourself why would a person want to work for you? – [Are you a great manager, how would you know this]
- Why does your employer continue to employ you? (Demonstrating your value)
- If you were to change jobs, who would employ you? (Do you present yourself well)
- Do you have a succession plan? (What’s your plan to identify someone to fill vacant positions in your library)
- Why would you need a succession plan? (What is at risk if the staff in your library are not replaced)
Three plans for the delegates will be mini-workshopped:
- A personal plan – strengths, weaknesses and ‘selling points’
- A basic library engagement plan
- A library succession plan for your library
And finally, I will answer the question of: Why, as a University Librarian, do I need all of you? (teacher librarians)
Children’s and Young Adult Publisher at UQP (University of Queensland Press).
Biography: Kristina has worked in various roles in publishing in Sydney, New York and London since 1999 and joined UQP in 2008. She works with Australian and international authors such as Claire Zorn, Nick Earls, Linda Sue Park, Rebecca Sparrow, Damon Young, Peter Carnavas, Katherine Battersby and Jane Caro and loves getting to think like a kid – every day!
Proprietor Riverbend Books Bulimba
Biography: Suzy opened Riverbend Books’ doors in 1998 on the corner of Oxford and Cambridge Streets. The name Riverbend harkens back to the early days in Bulimba when Indigenous Australians called the area Tugulawah, which translates as Riverbend. Riverbend has won Queensland Independent Bookshop of the Year six times and Australian Independent Bookshop of the Year twice. In 2014, the owner Suzy Wilson was recognised in the Australia Day Awards when she won the Queensland Local Hero Award.
Suzy founded The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) which was set up by members of the Australian Book Industry in 2005 with the core aim of drawing upon the skills and expertise of the Australian book industry to address literacy levels in remote Indigenous communities.
Suzy holds the view that books and reading maintain a unique and revered position in our world. They give joy, inspiration, insight and comfort to our everyday lives; they are the cornerstones of our civilization, they are essential for the development of empathy and humanity. This view of literature informs everything Suzy and Riverbend aspire to.
Suzy has also been awarded the 2010 Dromkeen award. This important award is made annually to an Australian citizen for a significant contribution to the appreciation and development of children’s literature in Australia.
Keynote 2.4: Children's and YA literature futures
Adjunct Professor Queensland University of Technology
Biography: Professor Erica McWilliam is an internationally recognised scholar in the field of pedagogy with a particular focus on preparing young people for ‘over the horizon’ futures. In her numerous presentations to educational leaders, teachers, parents and students, she elaborates on the challenges faced by all those who are seeking to ensure that our young people will live, learn and earn well in this demanding century. She directed the Creative Workforce 2.0 Research Program in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, and has also performed professorial duties as an educational researcher at the National Institute of Education in Singapore. She is a Fellow of the Australian Council of Education, an Honorary Fellow of the Australia Council of Educational Leadership and an Associate Fellow of the Learning and Teaching Council of Australia. Her most recent book, Educating girls, was published in 2013 with Queensland University Press.
Keynote 2.5: The future is not what it used to be
Abstract: In this presentation, Erica McWilliam explores some projections of the future of formal education that we need to unlearn in order to optimise our educational endeavours in schools. Many of our predictions from the past have turned out to be wrong — the millennium bug, the paperless office, more leisure time, and so on. Yet there are crucial changes we did not predict — how email would reshape our work, how the internet would make for a very different social and commercial world, how so many of our young people might prefer texting to talking, how a Stanley knife could be used as a weapon of mass destruction.
Unlearning, Erica argues, is more demanding than learning, in that it requires us to step back from well-rehearsed pedagogical routines to experience the discomfort of the unfamiliar and the ‘not yet’. In the place of sure knowing, unlearning demands that we apply ‘useful ignorance’ to problem-solving and problem-posing. In doing so, we model the key learning disposition of our times — ‘knowing what to do when we don’t know what to do’ — the capacity that will be most relevant to our profession and to the young people we teach.
It goes without saying that new technologies will continue to impact our lives in unprecedented ways. Erica notes the ambivalent relationship that has existed historically between formal education and new technologies, setting this against Generation Z’s whole-hearted embrace of screen-based engagement. Erica then discusses implications for teaching Gen Z and the role that teacher librarians can take as leaders of pedagogical change.
One key role ripe for unlearning is that of the teacher as a singular, isolated adult in a land of little people. In ‘my’ classroom, with ‘my’ kids, teaching ‘my’ subjects ‘my’ way, it is too easy for the singular adult teacher to remain cut off from what is happening in the other classrooms even those next door or across the corridor, and thus cut off from opportunities for timely peer-to-peer learning. Yet the preference for separateness in teacher culture lingers in many quarters as a marker of the devoted or dedicated teacher.
Teacher librarians are well placed to play a key role in leading the shift in teacher culture from ‘Gulliver-among-the-little-people’ to co-learner and co-designer, given the extent to which libraries have been more responsive to post-millennial learning imperatives, including the imperative to work collaboratively in a shared learning space. They are also better placed because of the work of teacher librarians has been the first to be impacted by new information technologies and the requirements of a culture focused on learning needs rather than knowledge supply. Yet teacher librarians, too, like their classroom peers, need to be more responsive to the challenge of building a collegial
culture, not merely a congenial
one. Erica will explore the importance of the latter for future-oriented teacher and student learning.
Manager - Scholarly Publications, Scholarly Communication and Digitisation Services, The University of Queensland Library
Biography: Helen Morgan is the Manager, Scholarly Publications at the University of Queensland Library. Helen joined the Library in 2012 as Manager, Research Data Collections, also with the Scholarly Communication and Digitisation Services. Helen manages a team of Librarians who specialise in providing researchers with bibliometric and research data management support. The Research Outputs Team produce strategic information reports, curate research data metadata records, contribute to building research support infrastructure around data and metrics, and provide specialist training for both researchers and librarians. Helen is particularly interested in strategic research impact and best practice research data management. Prior to her time at UQ Helen worked in Clinical Trials, both for Queensland Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital, and for Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit, at the University of Birmingham in the UK, managing the data for large, multi-centre, international randomised controlled trials.
Manager – Digitisation, Scholarly Communication and Digitisation Services, The University of Queensland Library
Biography: After qualifying as a librarian in 2009, Elizabeth Alvey has worked as an Education liaison librarian and as an Academic Skills Advisor at QUT Library. Since 2012, she has worked in special collections at UQ Library as a librarian at the Fryer branch and now manages the Library’s digitisation service. The service is responsible for creating, managing, and promoting digitised collections at the library. Her interests include accessibility and discovery of resources, especially unlocking archives and analogue data for use and reuse online.
Keynote 2.6 The future is here – open science, open data, and digital humanities
Abstract: The current generation of university students are the first generation who have grown up with the internet, where information is expected to be immediately available on demand. They engage with online media and information at an unprecedented rate, which opens up new opportunities for both learning and teaching.
Extensive use of the internet and digital technologies has brought about shifts in practice in research communities which have grown into the wider cultural movement: Open Science.
In Open Science communities, training provided to students focuses on the ability to manage and share research data, understand licensing and use digital tools. However, understanding the social and cultural environment in which research takes place and how openness could impact that is arguably even more fundamental. Therefore, awareness training in these new methods of scholarly communication is important to make sure students are taking advantage of the potential benefits and opportunities open science presents.
This presentation will focus on three topics around open science engagement opportunities for students, offering relevant links to engaging educational online media:
- Use of open science approaches for students learning.
- Strategies for the use of open data in teaching, learning and engagement.
- An example of a Digital Humanities Project, through the digitisation of UQ Library heritage collections.
Staying relevant in the open online movement: While we are increasingly digitising swathes of cultural heritage and legacy print materials for online access, how can we create useful digital collections rather than digital landfill? How do we create digital collections that support teaching and learning, that are:
- Easily discovered, used, and reused online?
- A complement to physical, heritage collections?
- Supporting learning needs from primary school to PhD candidates?
This presentation will outline important drivers behind digitisation projects at institutions at UQ Library, such as discoverability, preservation, and access. It will examine how we can value add to digitisation projects to make them more accessible and valuable in a teaching and learning context. Specifically, by contributing to wider discovery services; licensing for educational use; and transferring traditional skill training into the online environment. Finally, the presentation aims to provoke participants to think about how we can improve our use of digitised and digital materials. This will include a recent case study, from UQ Library’s special collections, which are being exhibited online to encourage classroom use.
- Molloy, J. (2014) Open Training for Open Science. OKF open Science Working Group.
- Carpenter, J., Wetheridge, L., Smith, N., Goodman, M., & Struijvé, O. (2010). Researchers of Tomorrow: A Three Year (BL/JISC) Study Tracking the Research Behaviour of ’generation Y’ Doctoral Students: Annual Report 2009-2010. Education for Change.
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