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Building a Reading Culture Part 4

Building A School Reading Culture – Part 4 What Is A Reading Culture?

In this series, which I started last year, I have been exploring building a strong reading culture in my school. It was something we had identified as a library team as a goal to work towards. You can read part one here. I then started to investigate organisational culture research and culture change research and methods. These have all given me some excellent information and starting points. It has also guided my practice for the last six months as I stepped into acting head of library and into a position to drive change.

Now it’s time to look a little more closely at reading cultures, what exactly a reading culture is and why is it something to strive towards.

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Professional Learning: June 2022

Professional Learning Opportunities June 2022

If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, you are probably finding all those lost books, putting together your end of year report and generally finishing up for the year. Down here in the Southern Hemisphere we are nearing the middle of the year. Whether you need some PD for your break or some inspiration to keep you going, I’ve got some reading, listening and viewing for you.

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Professional Learning: May 2022

Professional Learning Opportunities May 2022

The start of a new month means just one thing…. It’s time for more professional learning. If you are like me, you still haven’t caught up on last month’s list. That’s okay – that’s kind of the point of me putting them all in a list so we can go back and access these resources whenever we can. I’d love to hear from you if you have registered for an event or have recently listened to a great podcast or read a great article so I can include it and share it in the next list. Until then, happy learning. 

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Wellbeing in the School Library

Supporting Wellbeing in the School Library

How do we support wellbeing in our school libraries? When I started to put together a webinar and article on the topic I discovered there were far too many aspects of supporting wellbeing, too many resources and tips to be able to fit into a short webinar or article, so here is a collection of links, webinars, podcasts and more on the topic. Have something you want to add? I’d love to hear from you, so please get in touch.

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Dr Margaret Merga offers many wonderful insights into the importance of school libraries. Her article How Can School Libraries Support Student Wellbeing? Evidence and Implications for Further Research explores how the school library is a safe space, offers resources to support mental health and wellbeing, and how reading for pleasure can have great effect on wellbeing.

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Professional Learning: April 2022

Professional Learning Opportunities April 2022

The start of April means the start of school holidays here in Queensland. I don’t know about you, but I am ready to just take a break for a week. If you are continuing work or maybe looking to do a bit of professional learning during your break, I have a wide range of webinars, reports, podcasts and Twitter threads to you to enjoy. 

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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: Inheriting a Genrefied Library

Inheriting a Genrefied Library

I have shared a lot about my experiences and thoughts around genrefication. I have written posts and articles, shared how I first started by genrefying a young adult fiction collection, before moving onto non fiction collections. I’ve presented at conferences and webinars on the topic. But, a first for me this year has been inheriting a library collection that had already been genrefied. I had worked in libraries before that had collections genrefied by someone other than myself, but those times were only for part time work or contract work. This year, I have taken over the library and am now responsible for a library collection where the non fiction is organised by dewey, the biographies are separated, and the young adult fiction collection was genrefied over 5 years ago.

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