Meeting 3 – 24.10.11, 11am
Andrea Swenson at East Side Community High School (grades 6-12)
Reasons to meet
- Barbara had recommended Andrea as an outstanding librarian
- Andrea had just received a new grant for laptops, nooks, cameras and screens in the library, and I wanted to see what she planned doing with them
- Andrea does a lot of collaborative work on information literacy
- In talking about information skills, Andrea stressed that librarians had to be innovative in their approach to teaching these to hook teachers in – suggesting a new end-product such as a podcast or filmed presentation. Part of generating a new end-product will often mean reframing the question, which adds value to the research done
- Have a series of “end product” ideas ready to offer to teachers, and also a series of “information nuggets” – research lessons that you can seamlessly fit into those projects so that the students’ research skills improve
- Andrea talked about what she was planning to do with the new technology – much of this such as the cameras was to make it easier to create different types of research end-products
- Approximation of Andrea’s favourite quote – “Libraries are no longer where we provide stuff, but where we create stuff” – might be a Buffy Hamilton phrase?
- Collaboration – importance of going to HOD meetings, getting foot in the door wherever there may be supportive teachers.
Josie to take away
- Speak to library staff and come up with list of end-products and nuggets ready to use in collaboration with teachers
- Josie to read up on the theory behind “framing the question”
- Look for Nancy Johnson’s book on Framing Questions
- Start planning which Departments/Junior Yeargroups would be best to start with