So how do I see the future of information services in schools? Joyce Valenza produced the School Librarian's manifesto in 2010 and it has been reprinted in a number of places since then. Joyce combines the traditonal reading and researching aspects of librarianship with the changing technologies and information sources and the future. She is visionary! Check this out if you are unsure if there is a place for a teacher librarian in our schools of the future. Also from Joyce Valenza: this poster on 'What TL's teach'
Dr Mandy Lupton, in her blog Inquiry learning and Information literacy reflects on the progression from Library skills --> information skills--> information skills (1980s) --> information literacy (1990s) --> inquiry learning (21st C). Library based skills --> student based skills --> combining to create an information literate student --> via inquiry learning. My place is to facilitate inquiry learners in their quests for information and understanding. Huge!
Reflecting on 2012.. I have been to a real smorgasbord of schools. From each I see and learn. As I sit in each seat I am aware of how different each library service and school is, and how the busiest libraries are not necessarily the ones that support student learning to the maximum. The libraries that contribute the most to student learning outcomes have collaborative relationships with teaching staff and are involved in the development and delivery of programs rather than sporadic inclusion. A vital library should not be measuring its success in numbers through the door at recess, but on the number of students that are participating in RBL units, and who are being guided to develop skills for the future. 8/11/2012