ASLA National Journal - Access - Commentaries

Between a Dropbox and a Hard Place

As educators, we pour a lot of our energy into planning, preparing, discussing and debating how to create the best learning environments. Conferences are designed to generate these insights. So too are articles like this. In my recent transition from my role at the State Library of Victoria to working with NoTosh, I hadn’t imagined the ways these worlds would connect and overlap. It has been refreshing to explore how design thinking helps find and reflect on problems and see them with fresh eyes. - MORE

Digital normalisation

Digital normalisation is when the digital technology that is already used naturally 24/7/365 outside the school walls is also used in all facets of the school’s operations. This paper provides teacher-librarians with a context and also the understanding needed to assist the ongoing evolution of the school and vitally to ensure that library operations operations are central to that evolution. - MORE

RDA for school libraries

RDA is a new standard for metadata description of resources held in the collections of libraries, archives, museums, and other information management organisations. RDA essentially standardises how metadata content is identified, transcribed and generally structured. - MORE

Three in One

Because teacher-librarians are curriculum specialists with a breadth of knowledge right across all curricula, they can go beyond teaching information literacy skills and even inquiry skills … they can lead in inquiry learning and pedagogical change in this area. - MORE

Learning everywhere

I propose that with the power of emerging technologies, the potential of the personal learning network, and the possibilities for newer methods of instruction, both teacher librarians and their students are on a positive path toward an emerging landscape of constant learning and growth. This article scans current research, the technology environment in library and information science (LIS) and recent trends to provide an overview and roadmap toward learning everywhere. - MORE

Digital citizenship

Responsible and ethical use of the Internet is not something that teenagers, in particular, consider to be important, and serious consequences are beginning to emerge as a result of careless and offensive online behaviour. Students need to be taught ethical and responsible ways to behave when using the Internet and encouraged to create a positive digital profile and to use the Internet for good and worthwhile projects. - MORE

Learning without frontiers

Each new academic year brings challenges, change and excitement in ways that might not have been expected or anticipated. While library shelves have been dusted, collections prepared, digital tools sharpened, and motivation is running high, the one point of certainty is that the learning landscape refuses to ‘be still’! When it comes to literacy, information and lifelong learning, the pulsing energy of change powers the curriculum of learning innovation throughout the year — now, more than ever, at a breakneck pace. - MORE

Building borderlands

Of all the demands made of 21st century schooling, few are more insistent than the demand that teachers respond to societal expectations of high student performance on standardised pencil and paper tests of mandated curriculum, and at the same time prepare young people for the lifelong and lifewide learning demands of a paperless, pencil-less digital age…Such paradoxical pressures are unlikely to be accommodated unless teachers are able to imagine and inhabit borderlands at the nexus of the past and the future. - MORE

Libraries as iCentres

This article presents a strong argument that librarians need to take proactive leadership roles in schools analogous to that of the chief information officer (CIO) in organisations, and that libraries need to evolve into what will be described as iCentres — the hub of the digital learning-based activities of a school. - MORE

Shift happens

This commentary explores some of the issues, concerns and potentials of school library futures and challenges teacher-librarians to examine how their own practice can contribute to building capacity for a sustainable future where school libraries become key learning centres of information, inquiry, innovation, immersion and instructional excellence. The concept of the iCentre is introduced. - MORE

Guided Inquiry

Imagine for a moment that you are preparing to return to your job as a teacher librarian after a few years’ leave. What changes will you notice? What areas of professional learning will be most important? - MORE

Ethics in the library

The global move towards introducing competition, flexibility and the encouragement of new ideas has raised the moral and ethical dimensions of leadership as an important topic for exploration. - MORE

Impacts of changes

The author presents a personal reflection on the changes to teaching in the 10 years to 2008 and their impacts on school libraries, with input and comments from colleagues. - MORE

Making a difference

While the school library is a learning space of considerable financial investment, this article focuses on the educational investment. Fourteen years of replicated and validated research shows that school libraries make a difference to student achievement. - MORE