ALIA Schools Online Forum: Teams in School Libraries – Day 5

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ALIA Schools Online Forum ‘Teams in School libraries’:

Day 5 – Conclusion

Welcome to the final day of the ALIA Schools Online Forum: Teams in School Libraries.

Today’s question is:

What will you do next to make your school library visible? Perhaps you have an action plan that you are intending to implement or one that you are currently working on that you would like to share.

Please post your thoughts and ideas in response to this post.

 


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9 thoughts on “ALIA Schools Online Forum: Teams in School Libraries – Day 5

  1. VIibility is, as we have seen, as much about participation outside of the space as it is about the library space itself. Being absolutely indispensible in terms of programs and the little things you do to service other teams throughout the school is a great way to make your library visible.

  2. Our Library Team is working on a Strategic Plan for the next four years. It aligns with the school’s strategic plan, Mission, Vision and Priorities. One of our key goals is to establish and market a distinctive, dynamic library culture. Making the library visible means adding value and involving all stakeholders: learners, teachers, staff, parents and the community.

  3. An idea for next year for making our school library visible:
    Place an exercise book in the staff room a week prior to Mother’s Day. Encourage staff to record in that book, a thing that their mothers (or motherly figures) have done to enrich their lives. Alternatively, staff could list the name of a story with a character that demonstrates inspiring motherly qualities.
    On the Friday before Mother’s Day, there could be celebrations during recess in the staff room. During this time, library staff could read out what the general staff members recorded in the exercise book.
    This activity could also be conducted with students. The exercise book could be kept in the library throughout the week leading up to Mother’s Day. Students would be encouraged to record in that book, a thing that their mothers (or motherly figures) have done to enrich their lives. Alternatively, students could list the name of a story with a character that demonstrates inspiring motherly qualities.
    On the Friday before Mother’s Day, there could be celebrations during lunchtime in the library. During this time, library staff could read out what the students recorded in the exercise book.
    It would be wonderful to hear about your idea(s) to foster a sense of teamwork in your school library and how you plan to continue making your school library visible to your school community.

  4. Others have mentioned this before, but events like NSS, Book Week, and visiting authors are great ways to promote the library, partly because they are a great excuse to bring teachers into the space to see something fun and exciting happening, and also because they provide a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with staff in the planning and presentation of the events, so that other staff associate the library with energy, creativity, enthusiasm for children’s learning, and professional expertise of thelibrary staff.

  5. Two of our action plans to make the library visible are:
    1. Publishing a library newsletter every two weeks which is sent to all staff via email – it includes what is happening in the library, hints on researching, lists of latest acquisitions and interesting articles to read regarding curriculum
    2. Collaborating with teachers to provide Libguides for students on the assignments they are set. This has allowed us to embed research skills into the assignments, go to the classrooms and work with classes, understand the needs of the teachers and helped with collection development
    We are having great success with both, word is spreading through the College as to what we can do and we certainly have a great online presence, in and out of the library.

  6. Clear signage might sound like an obvious suggestion but I have visited schools and found it difficult to locate the library as it was not clearly signposted!

  7. I would really like to include other members of our school community who are part of admin who don’t realise that they can use the library just like our teaching and students.

  8. Not sure that we have anything extra planned for next year, but we will continue with what has been working well so far to get staff coming to the library for more than just bring a class down.
    Staff are emailed the Library newsletter each term which highlights new books, useful websites and articles, various book or Literary Awards – longlist, shortlist or winners, any special activities or displays that the library has had during the term. These often complement school activities eg school production, SRC projects, etc. It also has a section for books that staff have recommended as good reads. This brings staff into the library to borrow something that is of interest to them. Library staff also get involved in extra curricular activities, so that we can be seen outside the Library.

  9. Sooo late in getting to this post, but we really want to get our web OPAC up and running this year, and make it a visually appealing place as well as informative. We want students and staff to be confident in searching library records themselves, and hope that this will encourage more effective use of their time in the library instead of having to shelf-browse. We would also like to include student book reviews in this space to highlight our interactive borrowers.

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