INF536: Critical Assessment

Looking back on this last semester, I can only sum it up by saying that change, beauty and progress in thought and learning is not only wrought by avalanche and volcano but also by the constant erosion by drops of water and bits of sand.  That combined with space and time. In the same way, this … Continue reading INF536: Critical Assessment

INF536: Assessment 4 – Part A: Applying spatial changes and design thinking to middle school reading– a three phase collaborative approach

Introduction There is a long history of research into the value of and elements contributing to the success of classroom libraries. They have an important role in ensuring accessibility of written works to promote fluency and skill in literacy and thereby contributing to academic achievement. But the literature appears to concentrate on elementary schools (Hopenwasser … Continue reading INF536: Assessment 4 – Part A: Applying spatial changes and design thinking to middle school reading– a three phase collaborative approach

Design – Space, Thinking and Time (4)

September literally flew by, and I'm at the point of finishing up my final assessment for this course, and working on my critical reflection.  But first I wanted to critically reflect on where I was in my own library space. I'm expanding the LibGuides to better resource our curriculum and to supplement the gaps in the … Continue reading Design – Space, Thinking and Time (4)

Design – Space, thinking and time (3) …

A whole month has now passed and we're still making slow progress. In addition to the pretty pictures this week I'd like to post a little bit about "time" as a space and virtual spaces. We have 35 classes and 35 periods of 40 minutes which are potential useable in a week, so one would think … Continue reading Design – Space, thinking and time (3) …

Assessment Item 3: Literature Critique

  The challenges of the school library as an evolving learning space Word Count: 2,628   Bibliographic details: IDEO. (2014). Design thinking for libraries - a toolkit for patron-centered design (p. 121). IDEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Retrieved from Haycock, K. (2007). Collaboration: Critical success factors for student learning. School Libraries Worldwide, 13(1), … Continue reading Assessment Item 3: Literature Critique

Design – space thinking and time (2)

I can't believe more than a week has flown by. As promised here is the next update ... I still haven't managed to get to my whole "to do" list, but there has been some progress!  We've probably catalogued about 700 of the 1,000 chinese books that need to be catalogued - thanks to the … Continue reading Design – space thinking and time (2)

Design – space, thinking and time (1)

Time to make a quick reflection of the last 3 weeks before I forget it all in the blur of activity of the coming weeks.  When I started my job I inherited a library that is not very large, serves around 650 elementary school students ranging from Kindergarten (age 3) to Grade 6 (age 11/12). … Continue reading Design – space, thinking and time (1)

Extra observation – Ikea

Last Sunday afternoon I went to Ikea to have a look at the flow of people, and also to observe the design elements of a very successful store concept. In the end I didn't use my observations for the official blog post, but rather it inspired me to think about my library space as "solution … Continue reading Extra observation – Ikea

Blog 2: Observation – Dog Walk

I undertook a dog walk observation exercise where I considered the first stage of the Luma Taxonomy of Innovation - looking (Luma Institute, 2014). My route from home to the Botanic Gardens is roughly 1km and it takes me past a fairly busy transport hub of bus stops and a MRT (mass rail transport) station. … Continue reading Blog 2: Observation – Dog Walk

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 … Continue reading Why can’t a library?