How’s your reading culture?

Students spend the majority of their year in a focussed environment where they are consistently practicing and participating in reading. But when the doors close for summer and the students leave to head back into the real world, they don’t perceive reading as a fun or pleasurable activity. And therefore not worth pursuing whilst they are away from school. The strategies that haven’t quite turned into long term knowledge disappear into the clear blue skies of summer break. Thus resulting in a regression in reading progress.

The Power of Professional Development

I was privileged to host the SLANZA Term 4 event in our library last weekend and was blown away by the passion, and in depth conversations I witnessed from the 37 participants. Being a new librarian I find it invaluable to attend as much professional development as I can. The potential and mind expanding properties…

The “Ah Ha” moment with technology

I am very privileged to work with a number of excellent educational practitioners and they are particularly excellent in the way they use technology. Before I go further, this excellence does not mean they are whizz banging hot shot ‘digital migrants’, it means they know how to use technology as a tool to enhance and…

Themifying our Collection – why and how?

Libraries have traditionally organised their collection based on the author’s surname and in the case of non-fiction upon the Dewey Decimal system. However, a fictional collection based solely on an author’s surname does not appear to be a responsive or particularly helpful method for students to find books. And here’s why… Jean Piaget was an educational…