A Learning Commons Journey
Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 8:27PM
Camilla Elliott in Change, Library Management, SLAV, learning commons, slideshare, vision

A Learning Commons Journey: 10 year transition from Camilla Elliott
The recent School Library Assoc of Victoria conference focussing on school library design and change was an opportunity to share our 10 year library transition at Mazenod College. The physical transition has been from a 1970's style library, through to a revamp that breathed in new life and flexibility, until finally in March 2018, moving into a competely new building.
Whilst the physical transition has been complex. Before anything could be achieved we needed to have all library staff on board for the journey. This commenced in 2010 when I introduced the concept of School Library as Learning Commons and the idea of changing the day to day library philosophy to a student centred approach. Library in name but with a Learning Commons philosophy. (See writing on this topic).
Bringing staff on board is an essential first step with any change. When a school library transitions, the first step is development of a shared vision and, in our instance, an understanding of the role of the library in the life of the student. The change required involved a commitment to professional learning and growth for each staff member.
This is often an overlooked first step and as a consequence, the library building changes, is refurbished and renewed and the libray staff remain the same. The outcome of a focus on building over staff results in dissatisfaction, resentment and a lack of ownership. 
A new library building is wonderful but the foundation of success in the construction of that building is an involved and committed library team equipped to offer a vision of school library appropriate to today's society.  Be informed, be involved, be ready.


Article originally appeared on Linking for Learning (http://www.linkingforlearning.com/).
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