It’s a funny time of year in education, November and December. I never knew this before. It’s the time when educators need to decide if they’re staying or going in their current school or position, and if not, what the next move will be. I’m new to this game, and as I librarian I get to see all classes, all teachers and many parents. Observation … Continue reading The 10% problem
I always like seeing how different libraries make use of their wall space (if they have any) and what art work or displays or other interesting bits and pieces are on display. All of the work below is particularly special as it was created by the primary pupils of the school library and then put on display there. I particularly like the first item, which … Continue reading Art in the library
As week 2 of my professional placement draws to an end I’m thinking more about this network thing. Both now, and during my study visit I’m noticing more and more the difference between “networked” librarians and “non-networked” to put it a little crudely. Of course, even the “non-networked” librarians are networked, in the “no (wo)man is an island” sense of the word, but its a question … Continue reading Network, networking, social networking
(a) define what social networking is (in your own words); In my opinion there are two types of social networking – that which occurs online, and that which occurs online. In both my online and offline worlds I enjoy having disparate networks of friends and connections who define parts of who I am and how I function in the world. These days, my online and … Continue reading First questions
In some ways libraries have never just been about the books or the building. Even since the first libraries they’ve been about a certain idealism, a world view, a concept of teaching, learning, enquiry, culturalisation, what ever you may call it. So yesterday it shouldn’t have taken me by surprise with Ms. S asked me in a little bit of a panic what should be … Continue reading when the library is more than a library
Library at Kuma Cambodia – no borrowing only reading onsite I’ve just spent 8 days in Cambodia on an extremely interesting services trip run by UWCSEA-East. During the time we were exposed to 5 of the Global Concerns that the school supports through its service program commencing in the infant school with Kuma Cambodia, Green Umbrella (grade 3), Epic Arts (grade 5) up to ISF (grade … Continue reading Haves or have nots?
Each library we visited went about creating, updating and weeding their collection in different ways. On the one hand we had UWCSEA-East, where the librarian could build up a collection of 30,000 items from scratch, and had the luxury of being able to carefully consider the philosophy behind the collection. On the other, we had the Institute of South East Asian Studies, with a 45 … Continue reading Collection
These are the cultural exercises we were required to consider prior to the trip. I found both the readings and the exercises quite challenging – not in the difficulty sense, but in the sense of confronting your own views and culture. The chapter that the exercises were taken from is : What is Culture? from “Culture and Education” which is now on my list of … Continue reading Cultural Exercises