Information Services to staff and students

Standard

Staff Information Needs

Three factors to take into consideration before providing information services to teachers

  • Time release for collaboration & planning
  • Willingness and cooperation of staff
  • ICT & information skill levels

Ten reasons why your next pathfinder should be a wiki … (Valenza, 2010)

Valenza (2010) states that Wiki pathfinders allow you to link with ease and upload all forms of content but most importantly she maintains that they are collaborative documents that can be built and contributed to by all members of the learning & teaching community. Teachers can use pathfinders to set up groups, upload Assignment tasks and assessment guides, host or link to presentations and showcase student work. Students can share their work, thoughts or ideas.

5 Key areas of effective information services in order of importance

Looking at both SLASA & ASLA recommendations, I consider the following to be the most important areas of information services

  • to ensure that the library resource centre is multi-functional and a focal point for student learning
  • to select resources to support the information needs of the school community (learning/teaching needs)
  • to ensure the  maximum use and access of resources (Information literacy support / Promotion/Reference interview)
  • to manage the organization, storage and circulation of resources (Access)
  • to provide the availability and use of information and communication technology (ICT) (Access)

Student information needs

The more information a TL can gather about the school community the more effectively they are able to provide pertinent and purposeful information services. Clearly understanding your user/community needs is crucial to resource selection and collection development. I like the School Community Profile Template because it considers all areas of importance.

http://schools.natlib.govt.nz/sites/schools.natlib.govt.nz/files/Community%20profile%20template%20FINAL%20Apr2012_0.pdf

  • Characteristics – Age, gender, religion, language, interests
  • reading/cognitive level
  • social development level – individual needs
  • socio-economic background – ethnicity, ESL, Access to internet and technology/devices
  • Curriculum trends
  • Attitudes & skills of teachers

What methods can a TL use to provide students with reminders of the information skills process?

  • Posters on display such as, the information literacy model (followed by the school), website evaluation criteria, Boolean Operatives, Student friendly search engines
  • Provide a variety of Step by step instructional guides – Use Prezi or moviemaker, create podcasts or brochures to engage students as well as guide them to search the library catalogue or web, databases and directories, to create mind maps etc…

Valenza, J. (2010). Ten reasons why your next pathfinder should be a wiki. Retrieved from http://informationfluency.wikispaces.com/Ten+reasons+why+your+next+pathfinder+should+be+a+wiki

 

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