Access, Vol. 31, issue 4, 2017, p.3.

Rachel Hoare, Editor

Where has 2017 gone? Here we are already with the last issue of ACCESS for 2017 and Christmas is just around the corner.

I am confident you will enjoy the excellent content we have in this issue. Sue Marks writes about the successful inquiry-based learning (IBL) pilot program introduced at Oxford Falls Grammar School, New South Wales. The Year 10 students used critical and creative thinking to solve real-world problems, working collaboratively to create solutions that they presented to others. The excellent results demonstrate how IBL equips students for school life and the years beyond the school gates.

Tom Allen and Adam Jefford introduce another fascinating program run at Pimpama State Secondary College, Queensland, again with Year 10 students. It was a 12-week design thinking and social entrepreneurship program, where students were challenged to embrace risk and failure, and confidently respond to community problems by creating social enterprises, products or services that create a positive impact. The Fix-ed program focuses on repairing products, where students repaired items for the local aged-care community and, in so doing, made a difference in their lives and improved their well-being.

We bring you the second article by Trove about their exciting new edeposit facility. More digital content is being added to the edeposit service daily, giving school libraries greater access to the rich and ever-growing pool of online NLA resources. Teacher librarians will play a critical role in assisting students as they navigate their way to the resources they need.

There are two interesting pieces by Martin Gray in this issue: one detailing his survey on extra duties that teacher librarians do in schools, and the other on the school library as the third place. I am sure you will find both useful.

Morag Tunks writes an interesting article about how she used picture books to discuss well-being and social justice issues at Waverley College Junior School, New South Wales.

We bring you another in the series, Ask a cognitive scientist, as well as plenty of ASLA content. Isobel Williams explains the new Fellow and Associate Fellow of the Australian School Library Association awards and introduces us to the first two recipients, Sue Johnson FASLA and Helen Chapman AFASLA. We also introduce you to another ASLA Board member. Finally, Ailsa Hill tells us about the ASLA meeting at Jordan River Learning Federation, Tasmania, where author Sarah Brennan presented to ASLA members and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our authors for your generous contributions to ACCESS this year. You have provided us with fascinating and informative content to read and learn from. Please continue to support the journal in 2018.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year. I hope you all enjoy some rest and relaxation in the summer holiday. 

Enjoy your reading! 

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