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Access, Vol. 32, issue 3, 2018, p.2.

President, Kate Reid

Spring is sprung,
The grass is riz,
I wonder where the birdies is? (Anonymous)

September heralds such an uplift in energy and mental creativity — capacities which we thought we had exhausted in planning and running Book Week activities! Spring brings fresh air to blow away the winter cobwebs, and can be a wonderful time to consider new perspectives and directions.

This month’s ACCESS has a terrific set of articles to spark new ideas — delve into Broughton College’s deeply integrated Guided Inquiry program, investigate Oakhill College’s beautifully named ‘reimagining’ of the library, consider the development process for Pymble Ladies’ College’s information literacy continuum, tinker with The Kings School’s creation of their Maker Place, find common ground in Softlink’s report School library staff share: our wishlist for the future, and savour the enormity of the digitisation task undertaken by the British Library.

But now to look back for a moment at NAIDOC Week, I’d like to highlight the role that school libraries can play in providing our school communities with resources that respectfully acknowledge the histories and cultures of Indigenous Australians. Recent months have seen the launch of two incredible websites which should be included in your collection of digital resources to support the Australian Curriculum’s cross-curriculum priority Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures.

Common Ground was founded by Rona Glynn-McDonald, a Kaytetye woman who grew up in Alice Springs, as a way to share authentic content about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures. The collection of articles and media is grouped under three main subheadings: Culture, History and Reconciliation. Rona has brought together information from across Australia, helping to develop our understanding of the rich variety of cultures too often gathered under a single banner in traditional texts.

The Orb is a site supported by the Tasmanian Education Department, and focuses on exploring Tasmanian Aboriginal heritage. It has a growing collection of classroom resources to support teachers looking to integrate the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority with other areas of the curriculum.
The print world this year also saw the publication of Dr Anita Heiss’ anthology of Indigenous voices Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia. The contributions provide snapshots of diverse experiences from Indigenous Australians from every age and stage of life. I urge you to read this book and then share it far and wide.

After all, that’s what school libraries are all about — finding the best books and information for our communities and sharing them far and wide.

Last updated: 9/5/2018 4:35:30 PM