Reflections on the International Association of School Libraries (IASL) conference

Kay oddone, kasey garrison, krystal gagen-spriggs, monique shephard, lee fitzgerald & di ruffles

The Teacher Librarianship team along with several of our fantastic adjunct staff were thrilled to be able to engage in professional learning and networking at the recent International Association of School Libraries (IASL) conference in Rome, Italy.

Between us we presented six papers;

  • Understanding the World: How Australian teacher librarians define information literacy (Kay Oddone and Kasey Garrison);
  • “It was a real eye-opener”: Young adult literature and adolescent mental health (Monique Shepherd and Kasey Garrison);
  • Failure to flourish: Students and teacher librarians in Australia (Lee Fitzgerald, Alinda Sheerman and Kasey Garrison);
  • Transformative Learning (Di Ruffles);
  • Teacher librarians as influencers of reading cultures in schools (Krystal Gagen-Spriggs) and
  • From books to bots: Scaffolding ethical and critical use of Generative AI (Kay Oddone, Krystal Gagen-Spriggs and Kasey Garrison).
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Understanding the changing nature of information literacy in education

A recent study exploring how college students conceptualize the online information landscape has found that information literacy approaches relying upon a ‘static’ presentation of information, which is sought by the student, does not reflect the current environment where algorithms and information platforms push information directly to users (Head et al., 2020). As the nature of information access has changed, so too must our understandings of information literacy and how we teach it. This year, the NSW Department of Education launched the Information Fluency Framework (New South Wales Department of Education, 2022).… Continue reading “Understanding the changing nature of information literacy in education”

5 Reasons we need Teacher Librarians and School Libraries in 2022

Headlines that speak of the horrors of war, of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and our struggles to reduce climate change make it clear that students must be educated to be globally aware, creative critical thinkers, able to meet complex challenges and adapt to new situations (Celume & Maoulida, 2022; Cimatti, 2016; Trilling & Fadel, 2009). The recently published UNESCO report from the International Commission on the Futures of Education highlights the need for “a new social contract…grounded in human rights and based on principles of non-discrimination, social justice, respect for life, human dignity and cultural diversity” (International Commission on the Futures of Education, 2021, p.… Continue reading “5 Reasons we need Teacher Librarians and School Libraries in 2022”

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