Access Editorial - Current Issue

Access, Vol. 32, issue 4, 2018, p.3.

Rachel Hoare, Editor

Welcome to the final issue of ACCESS for 2018. This year seems to have flown by all too quickly and I can't believe that Christmas is almost upon us. I hope you will be able to enjoy some time off work and have the opportunity to rest and recharge your batteries in the summer holidays.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the authors and contributors who write such excellent content for our professional development and reading pleasure. Thank you also to the peer reviewers, whose contributions behind the scenes allow us to benefit from long-form academic papers. ACCESS would not exist without our amazing writers and reviewers, so thank you for your generosity and willingness to share with us your professional experience and expertise.

Keep those articles coming! We are always on the lookout for interesting and educational material, so please consider writing something in 2019. We welcome papers that explore evidence-based practice or practical applications of research or pedagogical theories. Tell us about your library, particularly if you are fortunate to work in a redesigned, innovative learning environment. Please share your library journeys with us. We also love to hear about reading programs, creative writing activities, digital literacy and information literacy programs and how you incorporate STEM teaching in your school library.

In our commentary, Matthew Esterman and Stefanie Gaspari discuss the functions and purposes of libraries and how they have never been more important, since they 'make us better'. They said:
Our young people are drowning in the ocean of information, mis-information, opinion and a shadow of society that drags us away from our best selves. ... If we design a library with humanity in mind, we won’t just change the world. We’ll shape it.

Yanti Ropeyarn brings us the final part in the series from the National Library of Australia, a fascinating story about digitising the Bamaga State High School magazines.

Leonie McIlvenny writes about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and how they integrate so effectively with the learning outcomes of the Australian Curriculum, in particular the General Capabilities. Thank you, Leonie, for your informative paper.

Deborah Ponting's peer-reviewed paper explores the research and redesign process of a school library. This careful analysis and evaluation produced an outstanding result in the Centre for Learning and Innovation.

Finally, Ailsa Hill brings us news of the Doreen Hopkins' Medal winner for distinguished service to school librarianship in Tasmania, which was awarded to Kimbra Weeks. They held a celebratory dinner and Ailsa's photos capture a very happy event.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year. I look forward to receiving your articles for one of our issues in 2019!

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