Thought experiments and information literacy

A little while back KDA (Librarian Edge), enthusiastically placed a book on my desk and said I had to read it and I had to create a library guide based on it (I did, see this, and it was very enthusiastically received by Mr. Fleischman).  She was completely right.  What a wonderful resource has been placed into the hands of librarians and teachers everywhere.  Read … Continue reading Thought experiments and information literacy

Blog task 3: Information Literacy is more than a set of skills

The question of whether information literacy (IL) is more than a set of skills is an important one, as it sets the philosophical basis that informs the approach that an institution and its administrators, teachers and teacher librarians (TL) take in the design and implementation of a program. IL can probably thought as occurring along a continuum of proficiency, dependent on a number of factors … Continue reading Blog task 3: Information Literacy is more than a set of skills

The role of the TL in practise with regard to the convergence of literacies in the 21st Century

In what authors are referring to as the post Gutenberg parenthesis society, (Kenny, 2011; Pettitt, Donaldson, & Paradis, 2010), an emphasis on textual literacy is no longer sufficient. Shifts in technology, particularly with the advent of Web 2.0 and its social media affordances mean that literacy has become a dynamic and multifaceted concept that goes beyond information literacy but incorporates digital, visual, media and a … Continue reading The role of the TL in practise with regard to the convergence of literacies in the 21st Century

Role of the TL trends and more assignment

I’m in the process of complete immersion and drowning in information, data points, ideas, readings literature, to do my latest assignments. I’ve been trying mind mapping – does that make any sense? It does to me it’s life the universe and everything of TLship.  The issue is to translate that into 2500 words, no more no less appropriately referenced.   I also have other stuff. … Continue reading Role of the TL trends and more assignment

ETL401 Blog Task 1: The role of the TL in schools

The role of the teacher librarian (TL) can broadly be understood by looking at the elements of: Who we are Where we are What we need to know and What we need to do. Who we are To misquote Karl Menninger “What the teacher (librarian) is, is more important than what he teaches.” (“Karl A. Menninger Quote,” n.d.).  It is the way in which individuals fulfil their … Continue reading ETL401 Blog Task 1: The role of the TL in schools

School Librarian Connection Conference Hong Kong

Over the weekend I was fortunate enough to attend some professional development in Hong Kong, SCHOOL LIBRARIAN CONNECTION created and co-ordinated by the super-librarian Dianne McKenzie of LibraryGrits fame (subscribe to her blog – it keeps me learning and thinking inbetween formal conference opportunities – she also writes some very interesting reflections as part of her COETAIL learning experience in “Wagging my Coetail”). All the … Continue reading School Librarian Connection Conference Hong Kong

Building a LOTE collection at an International School

Most international schools have a sizeable student population who speak a language other than English (LOTE), and offer language instruction in either mother tongue or second language at various levels. The question then is what role the school library plays in building a LOTE collection and how this can be financed and what other options exist. Both the IBO (International Baccalaureate Organisation) and UNESCO encourage … Continue reading Building a LOTE collection at an International School