Thinky thoughts

I’m pretty sure I don’t share enough.

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Yes I rave on twitter from time to time, but I tend to shy away from some of the other outlets for school library discussion in New Zealand often due to time constraints (I really don’t have much time during the school day for anything except classes, PYP planning and keeping my head above water!)

Our school library is part of an independent school and I sometimes sense that other school librarians feel that anything we do is irrelevant because of a perceived disparity in budget and resourcing levels. I don’t agree with this. All of the things we are doing to make our library more student-centric can be adapted or adopted anywhere and all of the innovative things we are doing have been inspired by other librarians and educators from libraries and schools of every type. Take what you can, and use what suits your community and situation.

Here are some things I think about (mainly while in the shower but generally all through the day…and night) that I’d like to share. I’d like to slip in a few blog posts about these in between #365PictureBook posts.

  • Hacking Dewey
  • Collection arrangement by format – is this relevant when so many formats are converging? I am switching to putting things where kids will be looking for them or where they will get most use and value.
  • Fiction genrefication/genrification – what we did and what it means for students, teachers and librarians
  • Discussing those print vs digital articles that seem to polarise librarians…
  • A publisher by publisher summary of digital content availability in NZ School Libraries including access rights and pricing issues – and what this means for collection development.
  • Collection development with a high proportion of digital content (print vs digital, digital only, titles in both formats etc)
  • An open letter to publishers regarding their stance on eBooks in school libraries (especially if you are in New Zealand or Australia)
  • Any other ways to collectively put pressure on publishers to open up availability of digital resources for our students
  • My changing view of non-fiction – our collection for curiosity and inquiry contains more and more material that isn’t strictly nonfiction
  • How we are using multiple-user (school-wide) eBooks instead of buying print non-fiction wherever possible (very relevant after changes to National Library Services to Schools Curriculum support)
  • Time management, work life balance etc
  • How one manages feeling like a ninja librarian trapped inside a middle-aged body?

Let me know if there is anything else that I rave about on Twitter that you want to know more about that I can share here…. Even if no one reads my thinky thoughts –  I am hopeful that reflection, articulated into words on a page, might mean I can let go of more and stop thinking quite so much?

2 thoughts on “Thinky thoughts”

  1. From Twitter there is so much I know you do that I would love to hear more about, especially being in a new role where I want to shake things up a bit. I love the idea of you sharing more of your work. As for it not being transferable, I see it as being about grabbing the kernels and finding ways to apply those truths in your own situation.

  2. Thanks Cath – I love the kernel idea 🙂 Love sharing with other librarians and educators with a growth mindset – change is good if it is part of a process of continuous improvement.

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