September Library Report


Hisar Library opening with storyteller Alec Williams


As you can see from the photos above this was a wonderful day of celebrating the new library space. Each class arrived and cut the ribbon, officially declaring the Hisar Library OPEN. Alec worked with every class – Lindsey tells me he was exhausted by the end of the day. He wrote a special poem. As usual Alec was very generous with his time and energy. Next month I will report on the newest addition to the Hisar Library: the much anticipated loft.

ECIS 7th triennial Librarians’ Conference, Waterloo, Belgium. Thank you for the opportunity to attend this conference. The pre conference workshop was called “Rethink, Reinvent, Rejuvenate” and was run by a marketing expert, Kevin Hennah. He certainly challenged me to do just those things for our libraries at IICS. I have started work with Jennifer Gokmen to look at using the school branding colours and to ask her to help design a library logo. Our team is taking the time to display as many books as possible face out. There are more aspects to this and I am trying to implement the ideas I learned daily, taking small steps which will hopefully in the course of time make a big impact in the way our school community uses the library and the print collection.

The key note speakers all focussed on the conference theme of literacy. Jim Cummins from the University of Toronto gave some inspiring strategies to help ESOL students develop literacy in their home language and in the target language. I have been talking with some of the ESOL teachers about some of these ideas. One was to have the students write their assignments in two languages, their home language and the language of tuition. Then house the assignments in the library so students using the same home language can read the word and celebrate what was learned as well.

I attended many worthwhile workshops – two of which I have started to work with staff here to explore further. One was how the library can support the Extended Essay. Patricia and I have discussed the ideas and have some plans to create some workshops for the grade 11 students and to offer some lunchtime meet the expert times in January for the grade 12 students to tell the school community about their learning having completed the extended essay. The other was a workshop on ‘Battle of the Books’ which is one way a school can encourage and celebrate reading. Lauren Grahame and I are working on possibly launching this for grade 4 and 5, 6 and 7 during Love Reading week and having the final Battles in May.

The workshop I presented on our school journey with New Literacies was well attended. I was surprised at how many schools are at the beginning of this journey. I received some very positive feedback. Some teachers took our New Literacies document back to their schools to add to their road maps to literacy.

I was tweeting @kiwionthego using the conference hashtag #ecislib2014 and I was blogging about some of the sessions on my personal blog I have written a blog post for our  Professional Learning  website.


Grade 2 begin using Destiny Lindsey, Maria and I have started to work with grade 2 use of Destiny by giving them usernames and passwords. This has many challenges at both campuses due to technology availability but we are creative librarians and have made a good start. Our sessions with Destiny and grade 2 cover Information, Tool and Community literacy and will continue until the winter break at least.

Personal Learning Communities – I am so sorry to have missed the Friday launch of this PD initiative. There are so many great communities I would like to act as a resource person for the ones involved with student inquiry.

Teacher Librarian job description Thank you to John – I now have a job description. It only took 6 – 7 weeks to complete and finalise. Now I would like to look at the 2014 – 2015 Library Goals. With John’s help you will see a draft of these very shortly.


Skype meetings with students in Portugal. Next week and the week after our grade 4 students will be talking with grade 4 students from Colégio Luso-Internacional do Porto  in Portugal about books they enjoy reading. This is part of the International Association of School Libraries celebration of school libraries month. 4H will go first on Thursday 23 October and 4D will be in the following week.

Quote this month Perhaps this should be added to the job description

Librarians are tour-guides for all of knowledge.

–Patrick Ness

Amanda Bond

Teacher Librarian


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