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Book Week 2022: Resources and Links

Book Week 2022: Resources and Links

Book Week is often one of the biggest events in the school library calendar. Book Week throws into the light the importance of reading, school libraries, children’s literature and Australian literature. It is a chance to celebrate all of that and more.

The theme for Book Week 2022 is Dreaming With Eyes Open… The theme is decided and announced each year by the Children’s Book Council of Australia and they do an amazing job of creating resources that fit the theme and official artwork.

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Ramblings: A Year in the Life of a TL – Getting started

A Year in the Life of a Teacher Librarian – Getting Stared with the Year

It has been my goal for some time now to share what my role as a teacher librarian is comprised of in the day in, day out. I hope that it shares some light into what can sometimes be a mysterious and unknown role to those outside libraries. I hope it might inspire someone to enter the world of school libraries as I was once enticed. And I hope it encourages others in the school library world to share their experiences. Of course, my role and experiences are unique and would differ if I was in a different country, state, school, library setting or role, and the joy of library work is that no one day, library, role or experience is ever the same. I may post once a month about this, but far more likely I will put fingers to keyboard once a term. If you would like to read all of the posts in the series, you’ll find them here. 

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Ramblings: A Year in the Life of a TL – Summer Holidays

A Year in the Life of a Teacher Librarian – Summer Holidays

It has been my goal for some time now to share what my role as a teacher librarian is comprised of in the day in, day out. I hope that it shares some light into what can sometimes be a mysterious and unknown role to those outside libraries. I hope it might inspire someone to enter the world of school libraries as I was once enticed. And I hope it encourages others in the school library world to share their experiences. Of course, my role and experiences are unique and would differ if I was in a different country, state, school, library setting or role, and the joy of library work is that no one day, library, role or experience is ever the same. I may post once a month about this, but far more likely I will put fingers to keyboard once a term. If you would like to read all of the posts in the series, you’ll find them here. 

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Ramblings: Planning Library Displays for the Year

Planning Library Displays for the Year

I love planning my school library’s displays. Whether I was working as a library aide or as a teacher librarian, one of my favourite parts of my job is to plan and prep the displays – physical and digital – for the library. I know it’s not a favourite task of all librarians, while other love it. I am constantly amazed at the creativity people reach and the lengths they go to to achieve jaw-dropping arrangements. I am not that creative or skilled by any means, but I am pretty good at planning. And, I’ve found, that if I have my displays planned for the year, including pop-ups, big creative displays and simple book collections, then I am far more likely to actually achieve a rotation of displays, rather than just leaving one up for the whole term (been there, done that). Continue reading

Ramblings: Creating A Library Presence on the School Website

Creating A Library Presence on the School Website – Where to Start

In my last post on this topic, I explored whether it is important or not for a school library to feature on its school’s website. Having an online presence is important to spread the word and love about the school library, and what better place to start than the school’s website. However, getting your library featured on the school’s website might not be that easy. It might depend on who controls the school’s website, the flexibility available for changes and additions, leadership’s support for the library, as well as time and access.

When I set out to update our school library’s presence on the school website, I went through a few steps. I thought I would share them here in case they are helpful for you.

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Ramblings: Library Presence on the School Website

A Library Presence on the School Website – does it matter?

School Libraries – Heart of the School

I think, if you are reading this, we can agree that school libraries are an important part of the school. Vital, one might say. They are often said to be the heart of the school, the hub of learning, wellbeing and belonging, a safe and welcoming place, a place of innovation, creativity and, of course, research and reading. As such an important part of the school, it should feature heavily on the school website, right?

Does your school library feature on your school website?

Whenever I look up a school or try to find a school library, I always start with the school website. Is the library listed in the menu? Can I find the library via search? Sometimes, the library has a dedicated page, sometimes a link to an entire separate website, sometimes there are links to articles in the digital newsletter, but surprisingly enough, sometimes I can find no mention of the library at all. Is this a choice made by the IT team, an external team who put together the website, the library team, the state education department or district, the marketing department, the principal? Is this a sign that there is no library or library team? Did the library team have a say in whether the library is featured? And if it is featured, did the library team have a say in the content displayed?

Is your school library featured on the school website?

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Ramblings: 2021 Year in Review

2021 Year in Review

So much of this website is a record of what I have read or done. I love that I can look back and check how I did something or what books I’ve read and loved. It comes in handy – especially when I’m trying to remember how I did something and the brain is a little fuzzy – and I hope that it helps others.

In the spirit of record keeping, I’m going to review my year here. This probably won’t be an overly helpful post for you, dear reader, but it does help me to reflect on what I achieved or didn’t achieve this year. I’m the kind of person who loves a good statistic. So, here’s my stats for the year, as well as a bit of a reflection overall.

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Ramblings: Updates, end of year and looking forward to 2022

Updates, end of year and looking forward to 2022

Well, it’s that time of year again. We are on the countdown to holiday season. Reports are due, there are preparations for farewell presents, my living room looks like a bomb went off (and maybe took down a bit of Santa’s workshop with it), and my brain has decided that it’s already holiday time, so I’m spending just as much time getting things done as I am fixing mistakes. Oh, well. I must say I am super grateful for everything in my life right now, crazy busy though it might be.

A new job (sort of)

As we wind up to the end of the year, I wanted to share a few updates with you. If you’ve been following along with my professional journey, you’ll know I started my career in school libraries as a library volunteer while studying, stepped into a library aide role and pieced together part-time or short-term teacher librarian roles where I could get them. It is with great excitement that I get to share with you that from next year I will be taking on a full-time, on-going role as teacher librarian and acting head of library. I am super excited to be returning to full-time work (part-time work is for the birds, people!)

I am also excited by the opportunities next year is set to bring. We have a new library building just starting construction, we have big plans for our collections, will be continuing our reading initiative program, starting tech and makerspace sessions in the library and have a whole range of other exciting things planned.

Professional learning for 2022

I am also looking forward to what 2022 will bring in the way of professional learning (you all know I am addicted to professional learning by now, right?)

I am super excited to share that I’ll be presenting at the National Education Summit in Brisbane in August with Dr Kay Oddone. The line up for the event looks AMAZING. You can find all the details on the NES website. 

I’ll also be running a session with SLANSW in March about escape rooms and library programing. Stay tuned for more information to some soon.

I will be continuing my monthly PD lists, to which you can subscribe or check out the lists from this year. 

I also have lots of plans for this website, updates, new pages, more posts on my adventures in the school library and some professional learning courses. I’ll share more details soon, but for now you can find more on the For Librarians page. 

Happy holidays

To everyone, thank you so much for reading along, dropping in and generally giving me an audience to write this to. I am so grateful you are all part of my journey. I love collaborating and sharing with you, being inspired by you and joining with you in this crazy ride.

I hope you have a refreshing and relaxing holiday break, no matter what that might look like for you. I look forward to what 2022 will bring us all.

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