90% there …

Well we're getting close to completion (all the yellow stickers are things the contractor needs to work on and the pink ones, things we need to do!) on our library project  (more links to the history here, here and here) and I'm feeling a little more relaxed. And even in the mood to discuss what has … Continue reading 90% there …

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)

The unmentionables

Reading "Small Things" and discussing it with colleagues and friends, combined with the Sinna Man video has set me off on a train of thought of what the "unmentionables" in children's literature - or more specific, picture books are. Yes, some Europeans are doing some things, but it doesn't yet seem to be in the … Continue reading The unmentionables

MLA8 and Chinese …

A fellow librarian in Shanghai and I have been working on creating some new MLA8 posters in Chinese for her bilingual school / library.  It's been an interesting process to put it mildly. We started off with the MLA posters I created with Katie Day about 2 years ago, and which she updated recently to … Continue reading MLA8 and Chinese …

It’s so beautiful I want to cry …

It's been a tough few weeks, and this morning I was reminded just what it's all about. I was reading "All the lost things" by Kelly Canby to a Grade 2 class, and at the end, one little girl said "It's so beautiful I want to cry" at which point I also wanted to plink … Continue reading It’s so beautiful I want to cry …

Make-over update

When I tell people we're getting to renovate and extend our library their first reaction is "wow, that's amazing, you're so lucky!". And yes, prima facie it is so. But right now it's feeling rather overwhelming. And ironically most of that is not so much to do with the change as the amount of preparation … Continue reading Make-over update

What lies beneath

Just a quick post here, based on a bunch of letters I got from my G1 students asking what the "roles and responsibilities of a librarian were" - I had to very quickly cobble it together in about 3 minutes I had between classes, so I'm sure I've forgotten tons. What I wanted to bring … Continue reading What lies beneath

L1 and the role of the school

I received an email last night from someone who had read my blog on Building a LOTE collection in an international school and she quite rightly pointed out that it's a relatively easy thing for a librarian thing to do.  Here is her question: I am a school librarian in an IB candidate school. We are … Continue reading L1 and the role of the school

Beyond “delight and inform”

I had the privilege of attending a presentation by Dr. Myra Bacsal of the NIE at Tanglin Trust School last night about how picture books can be used to promote SEL (social and emotional learning) and the work she is doing to bring both the "hardware" and "software" into the Singaporean school system. I'm totally … Continue reading Beyond “delight and inform”