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 capable of reading the presentations I am not going to … Continue reading State of School Librarianship – Selected Asian Countries

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 their communities, incorporate new ideas such as subscription services, “reading … Continue reading Why can’t a library?

The Teacher Librarian and multi-lingual environments – an opportunity

 One trend in education that has received limited attention in teacher librarian (TL) literature is the demographic shift in schools to more students with cultural and linguistic diversity. Statistics from the USA, Canada and Australia indicate around one in five students do not speak English – the language of school instruction at home (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2013; “Canadian Demographics at a Glance: Some facts … Continue reading The Teacher Librarian and multi-lingual environments – an opportunity