BGS Library 2010 BGS Library
Annual Report June 2010 Reflections & Directions
In an era of rapid change, the mission of the Library is to to provide an inviting, dynamic learning environment along with services that support and enhance teaching, literacy and opportunities for learning in new and challenging ways.
Years 11 and 12 Information Literacy sessions Years 9, 10 and 11 Digital Citizenship sessions 860 lessons taught or assisted by teacher librarians Libguides and Research Guides created for online assistance Consistent APA referencing style introduced across the School Library blog to connect with parents and School community Apollo Book Club for Year 12 BGS and BGGS students Year 9s highly engaged in Book Trailer unit for IBSC Action Research Project Rich program of author visits and reading promotions in the Middle School Library All four teacher librarians presented at the International School Library Association Conference
Challenges for the Future
• • Access to information wherever, whenever – we need to develop a very strong online presence available 24/7 and be where they are – Facebook, uTunes, YouTube, blogs, Twitter. Explosive growth of mobile devices and applications will drive new services – QR codes, mobile phone apps, iPad apps. Collaborative online conversations, different learning spaces, cloud computing, a tidal wave of information – all will demand our attention. Library staff will need to continually upskill in order to meet the challenging new demands on their time, knowledge and expertise. Shift from print to digital ‐ we need to explore the future of e‐books, e‐texts and e‐readers.
eBooks & eReaders Mobile phones ‐ QR Codes Twitter and Facebook Professional Networking Upskilling Staff Curriculum Mapping Digital Citizenship Leaders are Readers Reading Blog Spring Hill Young Writers
Teaching and Learning
At the beginning of Term 2 we conducted four Information Literacy sessions for each of the Year 11 and 12 students. While these were useful to ensure all students had access to the same information, it was also important to follow up these lessons within individual classes, and link the learning to actual tasks and assignments. We achieved this in many cases, however this is an area we need to focus on much more in 2011. Greg is planning to develop a Library Academic Plan by mapping the curriculum for Information Literacy and ICT skills, and this will then enable us to develop an Information Literacy framework and show us which departments and year levels with whom we need to work more closely. In 2011 we have allocated different teacher librarians to work with different departments so they can become very familiar with the curriculum for each subject and thus more effectively support those departments with professional literature, curriculum resources, classroom support and knowledge of online tools to enhance teaching and learning. During the second half of 2009 usage of our Gale databases increased as I was promoting them to the teachers. In Term 1 this year we had heavy use of these databases as the Science, History and Geography departments were all promoting their use. Usage has declined over the year, which could be because we weren’t continuing to promote their use as much, or because the boys were using other databases such as JSTOR, Library Webs and Britannica Online. In 2011 we will endeavour to collect usage statistics on all databases to give us a more comprehensive overview. This year we established a consistent referencing system – APA style –across the school, and we then taught many of the boys how to use the features in Word which allowed them to easily create a bibliography and in‐text citations. We also spent time creating the Library pages in MyGrammar, and the students accessed our databases from there, as well as the APA Referencing instructions and our Research Guides ‐ a new initiative developed in Term 3 in response to the need for more detailed sources of information for senior students. Digital Citizenship lessons on the responsible use of the internet and mobile phones were presented to Year 10 and 11 boys, and the Year 9s were given a lesson on copyright: plagiarism of images, video clips and music, and where to find free images and music. A Libguide was created to complement these lessons, and in 2011 the Digital Citizenship program will be further developed for Years 6‐10 as part of their PD program. Our databases cover:
History, Literature, Science, Music, Art, Geography, Economics, Current Issues, Images (in 2011)
Apollo Club Titles
The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper The Turning by Tim Winton Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
Leaders are Readers 2011 Campaign
Senior boys will be targeted to contribute to the Apollo Club, TwoMinute Book Reviews, our Reading blog and our READ posters.
Books and Reading
Michelle and Vicki have both done outstanding work this year in providing engaging and reflective reading experiences for the students. Michelle has focused on Year 12 and Year 9 students, while Vicki has provided a range of activities for Years 6‐8.
In the Middle School a number of students attended the Somerset Celebration of Literature, while others skyped author Carole Wilkinson during the Online Literature Festival. Authors Derek Landy, Charlie Higson, Roland Harvey and Dave Hackett all visited the school, and the boys and their parents were treated to a very enjoyable Book Week breakfast with Dave Hackett as guest speaker.
The Year 8s have all been involved in in‐depth conversations about books in their Literature Circles program, with each of the teacher librarians taking two classes. Three teams of boys also participated in the Interschool Readers Cup Competition, and the Year 8 and 9 competition was held at BGS in the Forum.
In the senior school we have READ posters on display showcasing leaders in the school reading – the staff and sporting/ cultural captains. The Mothers of Past Students donated $1000 to the Library and each year we will use this to purchase a large canvas print of the School Captains reading. The Year 12s have also acted as leaders by participating in Two‐Minute Books Reviews and the Apollo Reading Club where significant texts were read and discussed with Year 12 girls from BGGS.
Michelle worked extensively with the Year 9 boys to develop a Wide Reading program and a Historical Fiction reading program. Two Year 9 classes also participated in the Book Trailer unit during Terms 3 and 4 – an Action Research Project Michelle is conducting for the International Boys Schools Coalition. The boys were highly engaged in the creation of these book trailers, with one commenting, “This has pushed me further than what I ever thought I could achieve.” The completed book trailers were played in the Learning Commons at the end of the year, and this resulted in very high demand from other students for those books. We believe this unit has had a positive influence on boys’ reading.
An exciting addition in2011 will be the introduction of our new Reading blog, where we plan to showcase reviews by all year levels and staff, as well as promoting all things related to books, reading and literature.