2015 Day 1
Provoking the future: school libraries, pedagogy and technology. Held at The Playhouse, Women’s College, University of Queensland on Tuesday 29 September and Wednesday 30 September 2015
Keynote 1.1: Karen Bonanno, Managing Director Eduwebinar and June Wall, June Wall Consultancy: Capacity building the profession for the future
So a minimal level qualification to find secure, well paid employment will be post-graduate qualifications. Basically people who need managing are no longer employable. To secure employment you will need a mixture of formal qualification and self directed learning of high level skills. Young people need to be VERY good at something, which will require effort and application. You can read more about her argument in this blog post .
Her idea for the role of school libraries is somewhat contrary to other speakers. Whereas other speakers have told us that the library should support the teaching of curriculum she recommends modeling ourselves on the 17th C coffee houses where aspirational young men met for self learning, networking and intellectual debate over coffee. In other words the library should the place for self directed enrichment and intellectual cross fertilisation of ideas and challenge.
When you buy at independent booksellers/publishers 70% of the money stays local. When you buy online from overseas all the money goes overseas. The cost of books in Australia is higher because of the small size of the population and distances.
Interesting trends are poetry including verse novels and non-fiction.
Neil Gaiman article: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreams.
Schools should encourage all students to become members of their public libraries and state library that way they can access data bases and resources that may be too expensive for the school to afford.
Blogging is a valuable way to reflect on theory and practice.
We can use the ways of collecting evidence that we learnt from Anne Gillepsie to measure the social good and impact on people in our libraries.