Editorial

Access, Vol. 32, issue 1, 2018, p.4.

Rachel Hoare, Editor

It’s time
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With the passage of marriage equality into law, it’s time to ensure your libraries meet the needs of LGBTQIAP+* students. Will Kostakis writes:
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In my 10 years as a touring author, I have seen the shift in attitudes towards LGBTQIAP+ people on campuses and recognised the increasing openness LGBTQIAP+ students exhibit in schools. This ought to be reflected in texts for young people and has been. A resistance to those texts is a resistance to reflecting the world in which our students live, and it’s a resistance to some of the most exciting works for young people being released today ...

If you don’t feel you can actively cultivate a collection that is more diverse in your school, I encourage you to, like me, take the time to have this difficult conversation with your peers. I have visited enough schools to know that there is no one set way to do things at a religious school, just as there is no one set way to do things at independent or public schools. Share solutions, book recommendations and positive stories … We need to talk about this.

*Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual and other marginalised orientations and identities.

There has been widespread concern about the decline in performance of Australian students in English, Maths and Science, compared with other OECD countries in international testing. National testing also shows a decline in ICT literacy and research and critical thinking skills when searching online.

Holly Godfree and Olivia Neilson explain:
An essential component to reversing these trends, solving many of these problems and preparing today’s young people for their futures is the reinvigoration of school libraries.

Holly and Olivia’s excellent advocacy article provides ‘the missing piece in the education puzzle’. They challenge readers to support the School Libraries Matter! campaign here
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 ‘As library professionals, it is our job to spark and light that fire.’ It’s time to get involved.

Cran and Sarah Middlecoat inspire us, showing their hands-on rocketry incursions are:

... a deeply engaging learning experience for all ages (teachers included) and all abilities. It also turns out to be the perfect vehicle for STEM learning.


It’s Rocket Science Adventures programs are also lots of fun:

However, it’s rare that maths calculations are associated with such joy and excitement ... an automatic giggle is triggered in anyone launching a rocket for the first time.


Ben Chadwick guides us through the exciting new SCIS Data website, with clear instructions on how to search for resources and make the most of the vast range of bibliographic data available.
Philip Minchin then introduces us to tabletop games. He explains how play is learning and how well games fit in to the library, where self-directed learning is the norm.


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