From the President - Current Issue

Access, Vol. 32, issue 4, 2018, p.2.

President, Kate Reid

What are school libraries for? What should you do in them? Who needs them? Who should we have in them? What information do we collect? Who do we collect it for and share it with? How do libraries support students/ teachers/curriculum? How can school libraries positively influence the evolution of the world? What does excellence look like?

You may think you don’t have time to read this issue of ACCESS right now, and you’ll just have a quick flick through, but beware! Each article will cause a chemical reaction in your brain, bubbles of inspiration will distract you from all the terribly important things you were about to do, and questions will start dancing across your inner view …

Stefanie Gaspari and Matthew Esterman mention borrowing approaches from retail to analyse user experience, and reference Stephen Heppell’s Learnometer. Have a look around the Learnometer site for ideas on factors to be aware of in designing learning spaces and suggestions for quick and easy ways to improve the learning environment, even if you can’t run a full renovation just yet. Could light and decibel-measuring apps be used to identify problem areas in your library? Connect this with the techniques in Deborah Ponting’s article such as constructing open-ended interview questions and collating responses to build a detailed picture of staff and student opinions after a school library redesign. How important is it to gather data after the project? How can this reflective practice guide our way forward?

Yanti Ropeyarn discusses a National Library of Australia project to digitise the collection of Bamaga State High School magazines, drawing connections between past and present school community, celebrating student achievement and providing greater access. Does your school library house a collection of past magazines? How could these be celebrated with your school community? Could they be digitised to preserve for future generations?

Leonie McIlvenny takes a daunting ideal — the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals — and shows how we can address some of these in our school curriculum and through the provision of supporting resources. How current are your print and digital resources on the topics of Climate Action (SDG13) or Gender Equality (SDG5)? Primary school libraries are well-equipped to look at SDG 14 — Life Below Water, and SDG 15 — Life On Land, while secondary school libraries will have resources suitable for considering Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG11) or Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG 16). Why not follow Leonie’s lead and build upon your existing collection through the lens of the 17 goals?

A fitting closure for this edition of ACCESS and for the school year is to identify and celebrate excellence. The Tasmanian school library community voted for and awarded the 2018 Doreen Hopkins’ Medal to Kimbra Weeks, in recognition of her years of outstanding service to the profession and her various school communities. Where were the moments of excellence in your school library this year? What could you celebrate with your staff, students and school community?
The biggest question of all: in 2019, what will you try?

Last updated: 11/7/2018 4:08:15 PM