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A manual for developing policies and procedures in Australian School Library Resource Centres. Policy-template.docIn a spirit of collegiality, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Schools and the Victorian Catholic Teacher Librarians (VCTL) make available to school communities A Manual for Developing Policies and Procedures in Australian School Library Resource Centres.

A manual for developing policies and procedures in Australian School Library Resource Centres

It is the result of a joint working party and has been published to support the professional practice of staff in school library resource centres. The collaborative nature of this document and the spirit of cooperation in which the work was performed has enabled this document to not only be completed but also to be made available to all school library resource centres in Australia at no cost. The document is only available electronically. The importance of school libraries in the Google Age. Kay Oddone In Australia, access to the internet is almost ubiquitous.

The importance of school libraries in the Google Age

In 2014–15, 85% of the Australian population aged 15 years and over were internet users, with 99% of people aged 15–17 using the internet (ABS 2016). With such widespread access to information comes the commonly asked question: now that we have Google, do we still require libraries and librarians? This question is particularly being pressed in schools, where smartphones mean that both teachers and students carry a wealth of information in their pocket, and school budgets are increasingly stretched between a wide range of competing demands.

Regular newspaper articles spread the gloomy news about the demise of the teacher librarian; articles such as 'Teacher librarians on borrowed time' in The Age (Preiss 2014) speak of funding pressures in Australian schools — but this is not just a local phenomenon. Don't overlook your school librarian, they're the unsung heroes of literacy. When talking about teaching and learning, most people don’t immediately think of librarians.

Don't overlook your school librarian, they're the unsung heroes of literacy

But in a school where the librarian or learning resource centre manager is valued and properly made use of, we can teach important skills. Librarians are in the privileged position of being able to work with teachers across all subjects and students of all ages, observing the inner workings of a school from a slight distance. Formula for Failure. Reading levels and readability formulas do not create lifelong readers Reading is both a skill and a behavior.

Formula for Failure

It is a combination of knowing how to read and the desire to do so. It’s crucial, of course, that we teach children the skills that will allow them to read, and in fact, for the last several years America’s schoolchildren have shown steady growth in reading acuity. But what I call reading behavior–the practice of lifelong readers–extends beyond the ability to pronounce words or select the main idea from a passage. 5 Things Every School Library Website Should Have. I ran across this article the other day outlining the 5 "essentials" that every school website should have.

5 Things Every School Library Website Should Have

Naturally, it got me thinking about my own library's web presence. I'm one of those nerdy people who actually really loves tinkering with web design. Don't get me wrong, I'm no code writer, but given a little time and a few tools, I can make, if nothing else, a huge mess good effort. Additionally, I probably spend more time than I should poking around other school library websites too - just trolling for inspiration and such. It's easy to spot the sites that only get updated once per year. A proposed model for diagnosing information needs. Future Proof: Four Corners. Design and Technologies: An Introduction. LEGO.com Education Home - About Us - LEGO Education Australia - Australian Curriculum.

Links to the Australian Curriculum. ACARA has recently released the working version of the new Technologies Curriculum.

Links to the Australian Curriculum

Robotics in general and RoboCupJunior specifically fit extrememly well with this new curriculum. Over time we will be adding more resources that show the links between Robotics and the Australian Curriculum. Australian Curriculum - Technologies : These resources were prepared by; Bronwyn MoretonGerald EliasSusan BowlerGreig TardianiDamien Kee. Library resource selection policy. School library support. School library support.