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A manual for developing policies and procedures in Australian School Library Resource Centres. Second edition, published 2017, launched 17 March, 2018 In 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. Download: 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. 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. One thing I’ve noticed is that the belief that students are adept at using the latest technology to find the information they need is simply not true. Students turn up in the library with the ubiquitous task of researching a topic and they don’t know where to start.

Usually they head to Google, which takes them straight to Wikipedia (it’s top of the list so it doesn’t take much effort). Teachers are busy enough as it is and often don’t have the time to critically assess all the sources of information out there. So don’t forget to seek out your school librarian. 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. Rather, the desire to read grows from the knowledge that print offers something wonderful and meaningful in a person’s life. Many of today’s teachers point with pride to the numerous trade books now found in classroom libraries and used for instruction. School librarians are different. 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. Now, I've been doing this long enough to know that the librarians who built the website described above are probably working their bifocals off. That said, who is? Seriously. More importantly, though, once these folks arrive at your site, does it provide them with an accurate and complete picture of what your library is all about? A proposed model for diagnosing information needs. Future Proof: Four Corners. Design and Technologies: An Introduction. 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 Their efforts were supported by; Google CS4HS programUNSW School of Computer Science & Engineering Overview Prezi: Robotics and the Australian Technologies Curriculum How Does RoboCupJunior Address the AC Technologies [open] RCJA Mapped to Design Technologies Scope and Sequence [open] RCJA Mapped to Digital Technologies scope and sequence [open] RCJA Elaborations [open] RCJA Project Lifecycle Template [open]

Library resource selection policy. School library support. School library support.