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Fresh idea and thinking in response to literature.

Posted by sarahelliott on March 30, 2009

Feeling inspired by all the reading that I have done (yes I think it’s paying off!) on ILSCs and the role of the TL, I think it’s time that I tried to become a ‘catalyst for change’ in our school!
If ,in order to be a successful ILSC, the whole school community must be the focus of the learning process, then the staff too should be actively involved in building upon their knowledge and skills. Through my new understanding of the role of the TL, I am looking to how I can show leadership and initiative by encouraging the development of an ILSC in our school.
I have decided to try to introduce the idea of sharing knowledge better within our faculty.
How? By developing a system for sharing video clips, podcasts and potentially articles with each other. My initial idea was to somehow create a space on our virtual learning environment where people could post these PD resources. The reasoning for this was that everytime staff log on to our VLE they are immediately told of new items that have been added since their last visit. This way, they would hopefully click on the link and be presented with the relevant resource. However, I’m not convinced that our VLE is totally suitable for this purpose. Therefore, I am considering developing a wikispace. Another staff member also supports this suggestion, as it would enable us to create different pages for different curriculum areas and pedagogical ideas. My vision is to have an organised area where people can post items and where we can discuss our ideas and thoughts on them. I particularly like the idea of posting video and audio clips, as they are so accessible and don’t require the same intense level of concentration as reading an article.
The problem? How to get the staff to keep checking the wikispace? I am wondering if it’s possible to set up some sort of live link to the VLE to alert staff when new resources are posted… Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated – share information with me and help me become better informed!
Of course, I’ve never set up a wikispace before, but I’m taking confidence from the fact that I’ve succeeded in creating a blog. There ain’t no stopping me now!
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Information Literate School Community

Posted by sarahelliott on March 24, 2009

In Henri’s chapter on the information literate school community (ILSC), he sets out to define exactly what is meant by an ILSC. It is clear upon reading his work that an ILSC does not have to be a physical place, but is an idea and a philosophy that a school should aim to develop. In a successful ILSC, the whole school community (not only the students) is the focus of the learning process -learning how to be informed. It is especially important to recognise the need for all teachers to become masters of being informed, as they are to act as role models for the students in the school.

The sharing of information and knowledge with our peers can help us all better our own knowledge and skills. Issues that are linked to an ILSC should be addressed in staff meetings and through professional development and in-school training. The principal of a school should act as a leader and instill in others an openness to new ideas and a desire and eagerness to learn new skills. The Teacher Librarian should also play a key role in the development of an ILSC, as they should help facilitate collaboration and implement professional development programmes that will assist other staff members to understand information literacy better and to provide them with strategies to integrate it into their teaching (p.25).

Henri sees the Teacher Librarian as a leader for change within a school. Somebody who other teachers will look to for help with implementing what they have learned, for expertise on issues such as copyright and plagiarism, for knowledge on latest technologies and resources. In my experience, teacher librarians have never had such an important role within a school. They have not necessarily been viewed as having the same authority as teachers and too often, teachers have not made use of the expertise that a TL has to offer. In modern times, the TL is becoming more of an expert (not just in terms of knowing different resources that are available) and more of a curriculum leader in school. They are taking on new responsibilities that will raise their status within the school community. I hope that the school community is ready for this change and are happy to collaborate with the TL and share knowledge and skills together.

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