Editorial - Current Issue

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

Rachel Hoare, Editor

This issue of ACCESS has a great mix of articles to guide, inspire and help you in your daily roles in the school library. Lee FitzGerald, Kasey Garrison and Alinda Sheerman bring us 'It's just what the brain does: The shape of Guided Inquiry', a fascinating discussion about Guided Inquiry (GI) and how to implement the Guided Inquiry Design (GID) process with your students. Their use of student research and feedback about their GI experiences is fascinating and very informative.

Ruqqiya Dean also embraces inquiry learning skills as she describes the development of the Pymble Ladies' College information literacy continuum. Ruqqiya's description of the step-by-step process her team went through to establish a customised information literacy model is instructive and I hope will help others. If you would like further information, Ruqqiya is happy to share the Pymble Six-Step Inquiry Wheel with readers.

Di Laycock and Timothy Ross introduce us to The Kings School Maker Place. Their article describes how they researched, constructed and resourced their makerspace, to allow students to experience learning through meaningful making projects. The Maker Place has been very successful, encouraging their students to extend their practical making skills as well as creativity, problem-solving and teamwork. I wish these maker spaces had existed when I was at school!

Alison Peacock then tells us the story of their road to change as they transformed their 20th century library to a 21st century learning commons at the P J Walsh Library at Oakhill College. Their new learning space looks amazing and I'm sure the students and staff must love their new learning environment. Please do share more of these stories with us of how your libraries are changing to suit the learning needs of today's students.

Nikki Curtis brings us the latest Softlink school library staff survey results, divided into five themes. It is an interesting snapshot of 'the wish list for the future', capturing the voices of passionate but practical school library professionals. Nikki writes that Softlink hopes the survey feedback will 'resonate with principals and education managers, and provide school library staff with additional support to ensure their own ideas and initiatives become actualities'. Absolutely! I couldn't agree more.

To finish off this issue, Dr Mia Ridge introduces us to the fascinating and enormous process of digitising the Collections at the British Library. I was blown away with the scale of this process, captured in Mia's words: 'Over 3 million new items are added every year, and as digital publishing increases in volume, within a few years the library expects to ingest 5 terabytes of data a day.'

Now's the time to mark your diary for ASLA's 50th Birthday Conference, to be held at the National Library, Canberra, 14–16 April 2019. More information...

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