Advocacy

Here is a post on advocacy that I have copied and pasted across from OZTL posted

 

It’s vital to support arguments promoting school libraries and TLs with sound evidence. Demonstrate the outcomes of TL activity, school library programs etc – beyond listing input, ie. what you do.

 

Evidence can include: statistics, qualitative evaluations and anecdotal feedback. Even NAPLAN can be your friend! Real examples and quotes are particularly powerful.

 

Supplement the evidence you gather within your own school with research findings from wider afield, Australia and internationally. Look to: reports from Softlink; articles by researchers like Lyn Hay, Ross Todd, Barbara Combes; advocacy resources from organisations like ASLA, SLAQ, ALIA, The Hub<http://hubinfo.wordpress.com/tls/advocacy/>, AASL<http://www.ala.org/aasl/advocacy/resources>

 

 

 

This article summarises international research that provides compelling evidence about the impacts of TLs and school libraries on literacy and learning outcomes: Hughes, Hilary, Bozorgian, Hossein, & Allan, Cherie (2014) School libraries, teacher-librarians and student outcomes : presenting and using the evidence.<http://eprints.qut.edu.au/74876/> School Libraries Worldwide, 20(1), pp. 29-50.

 

 

 

This report provides evidence from Gold Coast schools: Hughes, Hilary E. (2013) School libraries, teacher-librarians and their contribution to student literacy development in Gold Coast schools.<http://eprints.qut.edu.au/60260/> SLAQ, Brisbane.

 

 

 

Ann Gillespie’s research demonstrates how TLs can be effective evidence based practitioners: Gillespie, Ann M. (2013) Untangling the evidence : teacher librarians and evidence based practice.<http://eprints.qut.edu.au/61742/> PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

— and look out for her forthcoming article in Access

 

 

 

To help illustrate your points, here’s a great infographic from Library Research Service in Colorado http://www.lrs.org/2013/02/27/make-the-case-for-school-libraries-with-our-new-impact-studies-infographic/

 

 

Best of luck  Hilary

 

 

 

Dr Hilary Hughes

 

Senior Lecturer, School of Cultural and Professional Learning

 

Faculty of Education, QUT

 

 

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Welcome to the English Language Growth Resource:

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Support for this project has been provided by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

  • Module 1: Staying motivated about your English. Module 1 introduces students to the importance of one’s motivation and beliefs and how these factors can have an impact on one’s learning.
  • Module 2: Using your English. Module 2 introduces students to opportunities where they might use their English more and how to cope in these situations. This module also alerts users to consider how much they are actually using English in their day-to-day lives and how this might be increased.
  • Module 3: Studying in English. This module covers strategies of value for academic learning, such as, social strategies (learning with groups, friends, etc), cognitive strategies (actual ways to expand knowledge) and metacognitive strategies (ways to organise one’s learning).
  • Module 4: What your lecturers expect of you. In Module 4 advice is provided about the expectations of lecturers. This information focuses in particular on the value of time commitment and exposure to the discipline area through extended reading.
  • Module 5: Strategies for you to try. Module 5 is the longest module and includes strategies for improving the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). This module also includes a section on developing one’s vocabulary for better discipline understanding and information literacy.

Find the modules here

Reading
Writing, Grammar & Vocabulary
Listening and Speaking
Plagiarism and Referencing
Activities and Quizzes
Learning and Study skills

Edith Cowan University

University of Melbourne

Macquarie University

Deakin University

Economics resources

Current Economics Short videos from the Khan Academy

Discussions of economic topics and how they relate to current events.

  1. Economics of a Cupcake Factory
  2. Cupcake Economics 2
  3. Cupcake Economics 3
  4. Inflation, Deflation & Capacity Utilization
  5. Inflation, Deflation & Capacity Utilization 2
  6. Inflation & Deflation 3: Obama Stimulus Plan
  7. Unemployment
  8. CPI Index
  9. Simple Analysis of Cost per Job Saved from Stimulus
  10. Unemployment Rate Primer
  11. Floating Exchange Resolving Trade Imbalance
  12. China Pegs to Dollar to Keep Trade Imbalance
  13. China buys US Bonds
  14. Review of China US currency situation
  15. Data on Chinese M1 Increase in 2010
  16. Data on Chinese Foreign Assets Increase in 2010
  17. Data on Chinese US Balance of Payments
  18. Chinese inflation
  19. Floating Exchange Effect on China
  20. Floating Exchange Effect on US

Business and Franchise websites

NAB business site http://www.nab.com.au/Business_Solutions

A word cloud of economic terms

Its a jungle out there

Its a jungle out there

 

Comparing Reading on a device and a book

This list of articles was collated by

Dr Barbara CombesLecturer,  School of Information Studies Charles Sturt University Building 05, Boorooma Street Wagga Wagga NSW 2678 Australia in reply to a query on OZTL

Cuddling_with_multiple_devices

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ackerman, R. & Goldsmith, M. (2011) Metacognitive regulation of text learning: On screen versus on paper. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 17(1), 18-32

 

Bailey, J. (2010). You wouldn’t read about it. The Age. Retrieved Sep. 16, 2010 from May 9, 2010 http://www.theage.com.au/national/you-wouldnt-read-about-it-

20100508-ul30.html

 

Birkerts, Sven. (2004). The truth about reading: It’s easy to blame technology for our younger generation’s declining interest in literature. But what, if anything, can be done about it? School Library Journal, 50(3).

 

Carr, N. (2010). How the internet makes us stupid. The Age. Retrieved Sep. 1, 2010 from  http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/how-the-internet- makes-us-stupid-20100909-15383.html

 

Coiro, J. & Dobler, B. Coiro, J., & Dobler, E. (2007). Exploring the online reading comprehension strategies used by sixth-grade skilled readers to search for and locate information on the Internet. Reading Research Quarterly. 42, 214-257. Retrieved Sep. 1, 2010 from  http://www.newliteracies.uconn.edu/pubs.html

 

Coiro, J., Knobel, M., Lankshear, C., & Leu, D.J. (Eds). (2008). Handbook of research on new literacies. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. Retrieved Sep. 1, 2010 from  http://www.newliteracies.uconn.edu/pubs.html

 

Dixon, E. (2010). The importance of books and reading in early learning. Literacy News. Retrieved May 23, 2010 from http://www.childup.com/blog/The-Importance-of-Books-and-Reading-in-Early-Learning/

 

Federman, M. (2010). Why Johnny and Janey can’t read, and why Mr. and Ms. Smith can’t teach: The challenge of multiple media literacies in a tumultuous time. Retrieved Sep 1, 2010 from http://individual.utoronto.ca/markfederman/WhyJohnnyandJaneyCantRead.pdf

 

Jabr, F. (2013). The reading brain in the digital age: The science of paper versus screens. Scientific American. Retrieved June 3, 2013 from http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=reading-paper-screens

 

Liu, Z. (2005). Reading behavior in the digital environment: Changes in reading behavior over the past 10 years. Journal of Documentation, 61(6), 700-712

 

Mangen, A.; Walgermo, B.R.; Bronnick, K. (2013). Reading linear texts on paper versus computer screen: Effects on reading comprehension. International Journal of Educational Research, 58, 61-68.

 

Paul, A.M. (2011). ‘Digital literacy’ will never replace the traditional kind. Time Magazine. Retrieved March 19, 2014 from http://ideas.time.com/2011/10/26/why- digital-literacy-will-never-replace-the-traditional-kind/

 

Szalavitz, M. (2012). Do e-books make it harder to remember what you just read? Time. Retrieved March 8, 2014 from http://healthland.time.com/2012/03/14/do-e-books-impair-memory/

 

Wolf, M. (2009). Beyond decoding words. Does the brain like e-books? New York Times. Retrieved May 5, 2010 from http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/14/does-the-brain-like-e-book

A post from BB on copyright

This was posted by Barbara Braxton on OZTL_net 14 August and contains useful information about copying digital materials

 

1. There is a list of what is protected at http://www.smartcopying.edu.au/copyright-guidelines/copyright—a-general-overview/1-3-what-is-protected-(types-of-works)

2. Under Educational Licence B, the Hard Copy Scheme allows the copying and communication of a reasonable portion of hard copy text works (eg books and printed journals). In this instance, communication is defined as “Communicate means making copyright material available online or electronically transmitting copyright material. ‘Making available’ can include putting material on the internet or intranet. ‘Electronic transmission’ includes emailing, streaming or electronic reticulation.” But the kicker is “reasonable portion” which is defined as “in the case of a literary, dramatic or musical work in hard copy, 10% of the pages of the work or if the work is divided into chapters, up to one chapter”.
3. Scanning or photocopying a larger part of a text work by a student or teacher to assist his or her research or preparation of an educational course can still be a fair dealing for the purposes of research and study. However, the teacher/student must assess whether copying more than a reasonable portion would be fair. For example, it is probably fair to copy the whole of a book for research or study if the book is out of print so the school/TAFE can’t buy it.

4. While there may be flexible dealing exceptions, this will not often apply and the following have to be assessed…
◦the proposed use is narrow in scope
◦whether it would conflict with a normal way the copyright owner exploits the material and ◦whether the use would unreasonably harm the copyright owner http://www.smartcopying.edu.au/copyright-guidelines/what-can-i-copy-communicate-/2-1-text-works

5. Changing a print work to a digitised one may be considered format shifting and the rules regarding that are at http://www.smartcopying.edu.au/information-sheets/schools/format-shifting I have written to the NCU for clarification. I will share the response.

6. This is what I found about audio books on Smartcopying http://www.smartcopying.edu.au/information-sheets/schools/using-itunes-in-schools/using-itunes-in-schools/using-itunes-in-schools

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Copying audio books on the iPods for loan in the school library

Trish is the librarian at Heathcoat High School. She would like to start making audio books available for loan to students on iPods. Trish has found 4 audio books from iTunes that she would like to purchase and loan to students on the library’s 20 iPods.

Can Trish copy the audio books straight from her iTunes account onto each iPod or must she purchase a copy of each audio book for each iPod?
Trish must purchase an audio book for each individual iPod. This is because s 200AB will only apply to where the copy is made for educational instruction and removed from the iPod as soon as practicable after it has been used for educational instruction. In this case, the audio books will be made available to students on a permanent basis throughout the year. Trish will need to purchase 20 copies of each audio book to download on to each iPod. The individual iPods can then be loaned out to different students in the school as required.
http://www.smartcopying.edu.au/information-sheets/schools/using-itunes-in-schools/using-itunes-in-schools/using-itunes-in-schools
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Barbara

Review: The secret maker of the world – stories by Abbas El-Zein

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The secret maker of the world – stories by Abbas El-Zein

cover imageUQP, 2014. ISBN 9780702250071.
(Age: Yr 11-Yr 12, Adult) Recommended. I resisted this collection of adult short stories at first and then I read several stories in rapid succession. I found the stories elegant but did not feel engaged. The stories while diverse featured a similar theme a man who unknowingly awaits his fate and whose self absorption has stood in his way of perceiving the truths around him. I found the stories to be packed with beautiful lines but at times wished the writer had ‘killed his darlings’ more often.
However the memory of the stories linger and play with my mind and two in particular have subsequently gripped my imagination. Red carpet is the story of a corrupt politician, as he waits in his office for his aide, mulling over his rise and rise, and preparing for the speech that will define his success. He is unaware that in the ten minute walk to deliver his speech his life will unravel. The killer blow lays in the last line.
Birds eye tells the story of the wise scholar who is oblivious to the undercurrents around him and who procrastinates and makes increasingly foolish choices as the medieval city Merv is about to be conquered and sacked. In a preface it is explained that this story is based on historical events and figures.
There is a vivid imagination and the stories leap across time, cultures and continents. I feel it will enhance any collections of short stories gathered for Years 11 and 12.

Importing Authority files into Oliver

In Management>Import, select the MARC Radio button.

From then on, see the attached screenshot for the settings

Selecting “MARC-21 Authority’ in the ‘MARC format’ field is crucial.

It is important to select ‘Load subjects’ otherwise the subject authorities won’t be loaded (which is really the point of having a subject authority).

As for the ‘Existing Records’ options. For authorities we want to replace what was there with the new SCIS authorities, so we select “Replace existing resources”.

The last time we loaded the reference only file (RSAF-marc.dat) it took 2.5 hours to process we therefore recommend that this is an overnight housekeeping task

http://scis.edublogs.org/files/2014/05/IM-24n0kv2.jpg

2014 the year of…

Each year the United Nations (UN) allocates an entire calendar year to focus on particular topics or themes. Many countries actively participate in promoting these years.

Here is a list of some of the titles on Crystals from the SCIS catalogue.  Useful call numbers are 548 Crystallography and 549 Mineralogy. Find out more about Crystals through these sources

A search on the SCIS database for Family Farming Australia returns the following titles Family Farming Australia

You can find resources  for International Year of Family Farming from Global Dimension here

In 2014, Red Cross will celebrate 100 years of people helping people in Australia with  Centenary 2014: (SCIS no. 995944 )

In 2014 we also welcome in the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Horse.

The European Brain Council has pledged to make 2014 the European Year of the Brain.

Scotland  declared 2013 the Year of Natural Scotland (SCIS no. 1592797) but this year is Homecoming Scotland 2014

Celebrate the Australian Year 2014.  Vivian Harris has compiled a monthly guide to celebrations and birthdays for 2014

Radiant Orchid is the Pantone Colour of the year

 "pantone radiant orchid" by homestilo   Creative Commons Attribution License
“pantone radiant orchid” by homestilo
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Reconciliation week

Here is a post from Linda Hathaway to OZTL on Reconciliation week

 

It’s National Reconciliation Week – a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to contribute to building a reconciled Australia. It is held between two significant milestones in Australia’s history, May 27 (1967 Referendum) and June 3 (Mabo Day). Reconciliation involves building positive, respectful relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for the benefit of all Australians. http://www.reconciliation.org.au/

 

Information and key dates in Reconciliation:

http://www.reconciliation.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Lets-talk…Reconciliation.pdf

 

Latest news:

 

*         Noel Pearson’s argument in favour of constitutional change, recognition of indigenous peoples and the removal of racial discrimination from the Constitution.

 

*         Maiden speech of Senator Nova Peris – first Aboriginal woman in the Australian Parliament.

 

*         Reconciliation messages – including Australian of the Year Adam Goodes, Meshel Laurie, Troy Cassar-Daley & Fred Chaney.

http://www.reconciliation.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/RA-News-29_web.pdf

 

Resources and fact sheets: http://www.reconciliation.org.au/category/resource/

 

Video -Reconciliation is for all of us  (2:5 min.): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYu2Q09zoXM&feature=youtu.be

 

Sing Loud! song competition

Learn and perform one of the 3 reconciliation songs in the playlist below – or perform your own original reconciliation song. Upload your performance to the Sing!Loud website. $1000 prize each for the best original song and best cover song – judged by Delta Goodrem and Gurrumul. Competition closes 8 June.

Details and videos of songs already submitted: http://www.reconciliation.org.au/nrw/category/sing-loud/

Delta, Gurrumul & the Sydney Symphony Orchestra perform Bayini on The Voice 2013….beautiful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi6zbPjtO6I

 

Recognise (part of Reconciliation Australia) The people’s movement to recognise Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution – “We want to see fairness and respect at the heart of our Constitution, and to remove discrimination from it. Our goal is a more united nation. This is a chance for Australia to acknowledge the first chapter of our national story, and to forge our future together – after so many chapters apart.”

http://www.recognise.org.au/

School Learning Guide (Years 10-12) – Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution: http://www.recognise.org.au/uploads/custom/08ae158740e5ed91d082.pdf

 

Share our pride (part of Reconciliation Aust.) Information about the First Australians; Culture; Shared history; Beyond the myths; Respectful relationships; Famous indigenous Australians; Books; Films.

http://shareourpride.org.au/

 

NAIDOC Week 6 – 13 July: Serving country – centenary and beyond The theme honours all ATSI men and women who have fought in defence of country – from the warriors in the Frontier Wars to those who have served in Australia’s military engagements around the world.

http://www.naidoc.org.au/