But I was born here!

One of my favourite UOI (Units of inquiry) has started for my G3 students - in our library lesson last week I introduced the theme through reference to (a somewhat dated, but still very clear) video Now one thing you can be certain about with students is that their responses will not be predictable. So … Continue reading But I was born here!

If we build it will they come?

In my past "homeless" week I've had opportunity to offer PD to my fellow librarians & library staff and to some teachers, and also to go into classrooms for a longer period of time and help with research, and I've had time to find, curate and put resources onto our libguides, and I'm hot-desking in … Continue reading If we build it will they come?

Firmware (& Software)

Planning for a library expansion and renovation involves considerable time, thought and work on the "hardware" of the physical building. Including last week's work of packing up the books and getting them put into storage. I'd blogged a little about how just prior to that we'd done a lot of weeding, and sorting out patron … Continue reading Firmware (& Software)

Is Digital Scholarship limited by cultural myopia?

  Introduction The parameters of scholarship in education are often based on Boyer’s (1990) dimensions of discovery, integration, application and teaching. Healey further expands on the scholarship of teaching to include “research into teaching and learning, critical reflection of practice and communication and dissemination about the practice of one’s subject” (2000, p. 169).   Broadening … Continue reading Is Digital Scholarship limited by cultural myopia?

State of School Librarianship – Selected Asian Countries

Four of the speakers at the International Conference on School Librarianship of Asian Countries spoke about the "State of School Librarianship" in their relevant areas: James Henri - Australia Patrick Lo - Hong Kong, Shanghai, South Korea, Taipei and Japan Jong Sung Kim - South Korea Chao-chen Chen - Taiwan Since you are all perfectly … Continue reading State of School Librarianship – Selected Asian Countries

Design – Space, thinking and time (3) …

A whole month has now passed and we're still making slow progress. In addition to the pretty pictures this week I'd like to post a little bit about "time" as a space and virtual spaces. We have 35 classes and 35 periods of 40 minutes which are potential useable in a week, so one would think … Continue reading Design – Space, thinking and time (3) …

Are we there yet? No … and this is why – an appeal to database owners and academic libraries

I'm about to write another assignment.  This must be about my 40th serious assignment of over 1,500 words requiring academic research, looking for good peer-reviewed studies, reading through 1,000's of pages to try and distill exactly what is being said, whether it is of relevance (directly or tangentially), and once I'm finished that to pause … Continue reading Are we there yet? No … and this is why – an appeal to database owners and academic libraries

Why can’t a library?

Be more like a store (with apologies to Frederick Loewe & Alan Jay Lerner)? And if it were a store, what kind of store would it be? Please don't say bookstore, because even though we apparently love them, they're dying and going out of business. Except for those that evolve beyond books, earn the respect of customers, get into … Continue reading Why can’t a library?

Don’t break my heart

I've just spent 5 days at the Suzuki European Convention, accompanying my cello playing daughter and viola playing son, which was a brilliant opportunity to observe some very hardworking and talented students and teachers in action. There are group classes, orchestra classes, concerts and a lot of playing and learning for the students, the teachers … Continue reading Don’t break my heart