VALA2012 Session 8 Foxall

Change or fade away: school libraries need to provide for, and lead, educational change

VALA2012 CONCURRENT SESSION 8: New Directions
Wednesday 8 February 2012, 14:55 - 15:25

Bronwyn Foxall

Abbotsleigh School, NSW

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Abstract

Change or fade away: school libraries need to provide for, and lead, educational change
School libraries are in a state of flux, dealing with the rapid pace of change in education and in the needs of staff and students. Libraries need to be leading educational change in their schools and reinventing what it means to be an excellent centre for learning. The six-year-old purpose-built library at Abbotsleigh needs alterations to the physical space, due to changing educational needs. In 2012, every student in the secondary school will have a laptop. The impact of this on the library means that there will be significant spaces that can be reinvented. This paper will focus on how the Betty Archdale Library at Abbotsleigh is seeking to meet these challenges and will discuss ways to address the issues associated with the changing educational landscape.

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