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John Seely Brown

The web has just begun to have an impact on our lives. As fascinated as we are with it today, we’re still seeing it in its early forms… My belief is that not only will the web be as fundamental to society as electrification but that it will be subject to many of the same diffusion and absorption dynamics as that earlier medium.

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Entries in change (3)


Education, PISA & the state of play

Change is one of of the constants of the 21st century and a commitment to be observant of changes occurring in our daily lives and applying them to the classroom is a must for every educator.

In this video Use data to build better schools, Andreas Schliecher, OECD Education Directorate provides an explanation of the role of the PISA 2012 results which reported the educational competencies in reading, mathematics and science of 510,000, 15 year old students across 65 countries.  It proves clarification of many of the arguments surrounding the PISA testing and cuts through the rherotic to place a clear emphasis on why our education system has to change.

Change is not an option.

Dirk Van Damme in his post The global talent pool has taken on a dramatically different look states that by 2030, China will be home to 27% of the global pool of highly educated people, and India to another 23%. The United States would follow with only 8%. And of the emerging economies, Brazil and Indonesia would follow with 5% each. Together China and India would be home to half of the world’s highly educated youth.  Access to education worldwide is increasing and the traditional balances of an educated population are shifting. 

Andreas Schliecher's presentation The high cost of low educational performance is was recorded in 2010.  It provides an overview of the reasons for educational change and the trends that were apparent at that time.  In his article the The case for 21st century learning he stresses the need for educational innovation, saying

Education today is much more about ways of thinking which involve creative and critical approaches to problem-solving and decision-making. It is also about ways of working, including communication and collaboration, as well as the tools they require, such as the capacity to recognise and exploit the potential of new technologies, or indeed, to avert their risks. And last but not least, education is about the capacity to live in a multi-faceted world as an active and engaged citizen. These citizens influence what they want to learn and how they want to learn it, and it is this that shapes the role of educators.

He closes by saying "Success will go to those individuals and countries that are swift to adapt, slow to resist and open to change".  We really must look at education broadly with a worldwide perspective to see the real state of play in the world.   



Library Teams 2.0

This keynote presentation was delivered at the School Library Assoc of Victoria conference recently.  It is a reflection on a 4 year journey of building and working as a library team involved in transition as we move to cloud based library management, digital resourcing and an increased need for high level personal skills.  It's a journey that countinues and has been made smoother by reference to policy, planning and discussion.  Social media is an increasingly important aspect of our learning and emerging role.

An early paper written on the topic Library Team 2.0 provides some background, however, we continue to evolve and trial new approaches.




Challenge, creativity and change - a new school year

As we prepare to return to school after the summer break and the builders are completing the final touches on our refurbished library, I'm starting to wonder how our new spaces are going to be used.  There was much excited aniticipation as we set out on the journey, now it's time to test those ideas and see what works as we envisaged.

This video Challenge, Creativity and Change: Jerry Lee at TEDxStLawrenceCollege struck a chord with me in providing support for reflection as we return to our school libraries for a new school year.  It raises challenges that can guide our thinking and help set an agenda for dynamic action this year.


  • SALY - Same As Last Year - is this your plan for 2013?
  • What traditions that have outlived their purpose will you challenge this year? Challenging tradition leads us to the world of change.  All of us have different traditions, identify your own, discuss them with your library team, challenge their purpose
  • Why are you doing what you do every day? Why? Why? Why?
  • Everybody wants change but nobody wants to change.  We can see what others should do differently but it's always more difficult to see how we ourselves should change
  • Quote from the movie Shoreshank Redemption: Get busy living or get busy dying!


As so many teacher librarians and library staff worry about their role and the future that administrators may have planed for them, I urge you to reflect, identify and act.  

As a library team (of one or 20):


  • Analyse your plans for this school year
  • Discuss them and toss around possibilities
  • Take your big ideas to the principal and curriculum leaders
  • Put a value on everything you do. Prune for new life
  • Act decisively and  .......... Don't settle for the frog - aim for the princess even if she scares you!


I'll say again what we hear so often today - 'It's and exciting time to be working in school libraries' - Exciting not Easy!