Library Design Resources
I am extremely excited that my new school is building a new school library in the next few years. While I have entered at a time when first designs have already been created and the general idea of the space is already known, there is a long road ahead as we finalise the library design and what the space will look like. I’d like to document this journey on my website.
Following librarians on networks and social media, there seems to be a wonderful trend of school libraries being renovated or redesigned. Hopefully this is a sign that school libraries and their staff are being valued by their school leadership and communities.
I needed a place to start collecting the library design ideas and research I was finding. I’m putting it here in a hope it might be helpful for others as well. Continue reading
Professional Learning Opportunities April 2021
Here is my list of professional learning opportunities for April 2021. Some of them are time sensitive to April, others are just what has come to my attention this month. It’s a way to help me keep track of things that I find or that are recommended to me. They mostly are for school librarians or the school library setting, but many are transferable to any library or education setting.
Looking for more resources? Check out my Professional Learning Series.
Most of the opportunities below are free and easily accessibly by following the links, others are require a fee. If you have any suggestions or links, I’d love to hear from you. Comment below or contact me here.
STEM ED Magazine Issue 2 – 10 April 2021.
When Kids Say “I’m Not a Reader”: How librarians can disrupt traumatic reading practices. KQED.
Conferences, Webinars, Podcasts and Meet Ups
Librarians & Dragons presents Dragons and Zombies. A face-to-face event about gamification, role-play games and escape rooms. Brisbane. 24 April 2021.
Australian Media Literacy Research Symposium – Face to face in Canberra, 13 April 2021
ASLA Keys To Learning Conference – 12-13 April 2021, online.
Future Ready Librarian Challenges
Our Primary Libraries 2021: Collective Collaboration 3 – 28th April 2021. Online
ALCC Copyright Training workshops and webinars – 15th April 2021, Brisbane and online.
STEM2021 On Demand. Free. Online. Starts 19th April 2021 but retain access to all keynotes and presentations until 31 December 2021.
Future Skills, Future Schools, Future Libraries with Karen Bonanno, National Director, Eduwebinar – 28th April 2021, 7pm. Online.
Non Fiction Genrefication
If you have followed by blog at all or worked with me, you’ll know I have a great interest in genrefication. I started my journey with genrefication in 2017 and since then I have experimented with genrefying fiction collections and monitoring what made it work and what didn’t work so well. You can read my initial genrefication process of a young adult collection, a one year follow up here, and a review of genrefication. While I had been tweaking non fiction collections over the past few years, it wasn’t until 2020 that I got to fully genrefy my first non fiction collection.
Here is the process our library team undertook to complete this genrefication of our non fiction collection and our initial results.
Pop-up Displays Term 1 2021
New year, new school, new pop-up displays. Some argue that displays fall under the role of the library tech or aide (if you are lucky to have them), however, as a aide or a teacher librarian, I love creating library displays. It’s such a great way to get to know the collection, pull and promote books that need some love, highlight diverse books, new books, important topics or just some favourites.
I am loving the display shelves in my new school library. There are two vertical shelves and one horizontal setup on the library and they make putting up pop-up displays so much easier. Here are a few from the first term this year.
Library Lovers Day
Professional Learning Opportunities March 2021
If you followed my blog or know me at all, you’ve probably noticed that I enjoy professional development. I enjoy learning and I enjoy my work. Putting the two together is just the most addictive combination for me.
You might have seen my Professional Learning Series, where I shared my favourite resources for finding a variety of professional learning opportunities. However, these past few months I have been struggling to keep track of all the professional learning opportunities that I have seen, had emailed to me, been offered or want to investigate. I’ve been writing them down as I came across them, so I thought I would share them here each month, adding links and resources as I come across them.
Here are my picks for March 2021. Most of them are free and easily accessibly by following the links. Most are online, with just a few being paid face-face events. If you know of any more, I’d love to hear from you. Comment below or contact me here.
Reflection on Genrefication
Have you genrefied your library? Searching blogs, library consultants ideas, and library journals, it seems most school libraries have given genrefication a go, or at least thought about it. I first tried my hand at genrefication back in 2017, when we genrefied the Young Adult section of our P-12 Library. You can read about my process genrefying the fiction collection in this post, as well as a one year follow up here. I have also written posts about genrefication for the National Education Summit blog here. I will be speaking about my experiments with genrefication in my presentation at the 2021 National Education Summit in Brisbane – find more information or buy a ticket to join us here.
But is genrefication still relevant? Is it still a buzz word? Does it deserve to be? How many libraries have genrefied and moved on? How many have decided it isn’t for them? I have worked at five school libraries over the past six years. Of those, four had genrefied their fiction section (or we genrefied while I was there), and none of them had a genrefied non-fiction collection. Since then, two of those libraries have now or are about to genrefy their non-fiction collection. I have also recently attended a genrefication workshop with Kevin Hennah, who has been a long-time supporter of genrefication. So, does this mean genrefication is still of interest to school library teams? Is it the way in which we will all move? After the 2020 we had, it seemed like many school libraries used the learning from home period to take the opportunity to genrefy their library. I’d love to hear whether you have genrefied, have it planned or chosen not to. Let me know in the comments below or connect via your choice of social media platform.
Two Goodbyes and a Hello
The end of 2020 has been a bit of a busy, wild and yet very exciting time. Coming to the end of 2020, it has come time to say goodbye to two schools and hello to a brand new school and school library.
I took on a long service leave contract at a Junior School Library in Term 4, 2020. This short-term contract was such a wonderful opportunity and I loved getting to know a new student body, group of teachers and fantastic, amazing library staff. Despite only being there for 9 short weeks, it was lovely taking library classes each week and getting to know the students and what they loved to read. It is always so interesting and inspiring to see how other school libraries are run and what they promote. I loved how visually appealing this Junior School Library is. Honestly gorgeous. I also learnt a lot about using beautiful artwork and nice frames to highlight literature in a very classy and appealing way. The library had a great aesthetic that I can attribute to a wonderful teacher library and library aide. It was a privilege and pleasure to step into this role and while it was sad to say goodbye at the end of the term, it was a wonderful term. I want to thank the school community and leadership who were so welcoming, the teacher librarian who very trustingly let me step into the role and the amazing library aide who helped me through the entire process.
Book Clubs #3 – Activities and Interactives
Over the course of this mini series we have looked at starting a book club and all the things to consider when you are setting a book club up. We have also looked at how to promote your new (or old) book club and recruit members. Now I want to talk about all the fun activities and interactive things you can do with your book club. These ideas range from the simple and quick to the more complicated. Some you can do for free or with the resources you have, others will need planning and budgeting.
Two Quick Christmas Book-related Activities
Do you know the Crayons series by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers? What about the Macca books by Matt Stanton? Both these picture book collections have a Christmas titles that are so much fun. This year, for our final few library lessons, I put together a few very quick and easy Christmas activities that tie in with the books.