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My Digital Footprint

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.

School Libraries Today & the Future

The growth and democratisation of the Internet in recent years has removed barriers of access to information for all of us.  The impact on libraries has been a move away from hard copy resources to the convenience of searching online.  Teacher librarians and library staff, however, who have tranformed the nature of library services have found a new and exciting challenge.  

SCIS Asks 2013
SCIS conducted its annual consultation workshop in Melbourne on Thursday 14 November 2013. The consultation engaged SCIS and its partners in discussion about future priorities in our support of school libraries.

2013 Australian School Library Survey - Softlink
Findings from Softlink’s 2013 Australian School Library Survey into school library budgets, staffing and literacy levels in Australian school libraries.

School Libraries Work!
This Research Foundation Paper brings together position statements from a variety of organizations and findings from nearly two decades of empirical studies that cite the measurable impact school libraries and library media specialists have on student achievement. Scholastic Research (USA)

School Libraries 21C 
Report of the School libraries 21C online discussion (2009), by Lyn Hay and Ross Todd, contains responses to the moderated discussion blog School Libraries 21C. As part of the School Libraries Futures Project, the blog was created to gather a diverse range of viewpoints and perspectives on the status and future of school libraries in NSW government schools, with a view to identifying directions, challenges, and support for the continuous improvement.

Learning for the Future: Developing information services in schools
Published by the Australian School Library Association (2001), this manual is somewhat dated but serves as a guide to the management of school library spaces, staffing and recommended specifications.

School Libraries & Information Literacy Research
This page from the NSW Dept of Education & Training features links to full text research papers with ongoing value for informing professional practice.  It includes significant research that provides conceptual frameworks and a sound research base.  

IASL - School Libraries Online
Access to the majority of these papers require membership, or access via a public library database, however, index of articles are included with some public articles.

Synergy
Publication of the School Library Association of Victoria (SLAV) published twice annually (May and October) and edited by Dr. Susan La Marca. The aim is to bring members a wider view of the world of school librarianship with particular emphasis on current research, direction and ideas in educational practice. Open access except for most recent publication which is available to SLAV members only.

Powerful libraries make powerful learners - Illinois Study
School library research conducted by Keith Curry Lance, Marcia J. Rodney &  Christine Hamilton-Pennell. Throughout this report, the impact of school library programs and school librarians on test performance has been analyzed employing data for over 650 Illinois schools.

Treasure Mountain Canada3
Research and scholarly papers, written over the 6 months prior to the conference, form the core of the day-long working sessions. Participants discuss, debate, and build their knowledge together – all focused in 2014 on the implementation of the new National School Library Standards of Practice. 

School Library Reporting - Anne Weaver
This publication provides assistance in creating a school library annual report.