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Our resource centres should be drivers of teacher and student learning. We cannot afford for our resource centres to be underutilised or bound in a twentieth century learning paradigm. (Great Libraries of Learning)

I continue to look for ways to define our revised/refreshed/remixed vision of library to the world.  (Please, please scroll way down. I can’t get this widget to fit in this blogspace and you need to see it!)

 

Great Libraries of Learning:Is your library answering the needs of your students?

Very happily, the school library team in Far North Queensland FNQ Learning Development Centre – ICT, is now sharing its amazing (and embedable) brochure, as well as a rich wiki that describes what school libraries and librarians might/must be for 21st century learners.  (I just discovered it via Judy O’Connell’s Hey Jude blog.)

Clive Dixon, Regional Executive Director of the team, explains the purpose of the new document (and of school libraries):

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Research in constructivist learning and student information seeking in complex and diverse information environments tells us that our resource centres should be drivers of teacher and student learning.

We cannot afford for our resource centres to be underutilised or bound in a twentieth century learning paradigm. Fixed class lessons, closed doors, program development and inflexible instruction need to be replaced by flexible, anytime and anywhere learning by staff and students.

With new and refurbished facilities in many schools and a demonstrated need for us to raise expectations and improve the higher order thinking skills of students, this is a good time to focus on the role of the teacher librarian and the resource centre. Schools can invigorate their resource centre to be the hub of teaching and learning – owned by everyone in the school.

This is an inspirational read–a must read for teacher-librarians, a clear tool for describing our constructivist mission and vision. Thank you, North Queensland! 

Now, friends, who wants to work on a brochure for our country? 


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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is the teacher-librarian at Springfield Township High School, a technology writer, and a blogger. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

Comments

  1. Donna Baumbach says:

    I’d certainly be willing to help…

  2. mrsdurff says:

    Thank you for this resource!

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