ALIA Schools National Online Forum – SLRC guidelines – Day 4

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Welcome to the fourth day of the ALIA Schools Online Forum – Unpacking the School Library Resource Centre guidelines for self reflection and evaluation.

Today we ask participants to revisit Sections 1 and 2 of the guidelines document and share your insights on the following point:

  • How could you gather evidence to support Sections 1 and 2?

We thank you for taking the time to participate in our online forum and look forward to reading your comments.

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10 thoughts on “ALIA Schools National Online Forum – SLRC guidelines – Day 4

  1. How could you gather evidence to support Sections 1 and 2?

    Section 1: Would involve getting copies of all the policies and documents. Most of our documents and policies are on a special drive which is accessible to all staff members. Reports specially for the library are kept my the Head of Libraries persons.

    Section 2: This would involve the library maintain records so they could have this evidence. Our library tends to safe this sort of evidence on a shared Library drive, so it is accessible when required. The library would also need to ensure they have these types of documents for collection. From the list in the notes I know our library doesn’t have a number of these.

  2. What sort of evidence would I gather? Two years ago, the library team worked extensively to develop a comprehensive Library Policy and Guidelines document – collection development, selection criteria, challenged book policy, weeding criteria etc. The completed document was presented to the principal for feedback and approval. This document is now part of the Staff handbook.
    I am interested in hearing what other examples of evidence people gather that may support Sections 1 and 2.

  3. The LRC Guidelines serve as a very handy checklist for such documents as outlined by Edith and Susanne, above.
    The provision of a comprehensive set of Library and Policy Guidelines would also be valuable accountability and ongoing reference resource for Library staff.
    I would be interested to know how solo library staff, including non-teaching or non-library staff in charge of school libraries, might go about such measures.

  4. Over the last two years we have worked on providing a Library Policy document and this year we are working to develop written procedures to underpin the policies and ensure consistency of practice. The policy document has been approved by Administration and a precised version is provided in the Staff handbook. The Copyright policy is also administered by the library. For the first time last year we were given opportunity to present an annual library review and for this we provided policy statements, budgets and statistics, but also a collection of anecdotal evidence from our stakeholders which proved to be very beneficial with many on the review panel commenting that “they didn’t know we did that”, particularly in the areas of teaching and learning. It was a light bulb moment for some about the value of the library. Experience would indicate that squirreling away this evidence throughout the year provides a more comprehensive and less stressful approach to review.

  5. Developing policies and library guidelines document is an essential evidence that documents what we do and promote our work to the administration. However,I am always conscience that we need to keep our students and parents informed what we do as well. Our school newsletter goes out each fortnight, hence I will try to put an article about the library in each newsletter i.e. information about a resource, book reviews, reading challenge updates etc.

  6. The LRC Guidelines serve as a very handy checklist for such documents as outlined by Edith and Susanne, above.
    The provision of a comprehensive set of Library and Policy Guidelines would also be a valuable accountability and ongoing reference resource for Library staff.
    I would be interested to know how solo library staff, including non-teaching or non-library staff in charge of school libraries, might go about such measures.

  7. Regular library updates via newsletters and the like is a great idea for promoting resources and also events that serve to enrich student engagement. Evidence of achievement or success in such programs can also be gauged by way of follow up surveys for students and staff.

  8. Our library procedures are regularly updated and we are in the process of upgrading them from print to short videos / screencasts etc. Much of the data we gathered for the review was from surveys to groups of parents, teachers and students and middle leaders. Focus group interviews were extremely valuable and added qualitative data.
    I do an annual report with statistical, anecdotal and visual data. I also do annual goal setting and review which, in line with AITSL accountability, is directly linked to the school priorities in the Operational Plan.
    Sometimes it seems that there is report after report in one form or another, but it does help to step back and away from the ever present busyness to reflect and plan properly.

  9. Section 1 seems like it would be fairly straightforward, as the role of the Library is very much to provide services (both as resources and intangibles such as teaching program and pd for staff) which support the mission and vision of the school

    Having said that, gathering the data to demonstrate achievements for section 2 would be quite a bit trickier. We don’t have official Policy Documents for the Library because anything labelled ‘Policy’ has to be approved by the School Board. we have Guidelines instead, and info booklets for staff and parents. The learning and teaching activities are fairly well-documented as lesson plans and a scope-and-sequence helping me to track what we do across grades.

    The big issue for me is reports on collection data – we migrated systems 2 years ago so I don’t have much info from before then, and I haven’t had much luck discovering how to run statistical reports in the new system.

    Actually, every subset gives me another thing that I’d like to do… to echo comments from Day 2 or 3, this seems like a project that would take a long time if done comprehensively. I think that at this point I would start by prioritising areas most currently relevant, and collect data to report on those areas first.

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