Bec in the library

"I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library." — Jorge Luis Borges

Study visit: Melbourne Museum Discovery Centre (DC) August 6, 2014

Yet another Melbourne gem that lay hidden from my prying eyes during university and my first year of teaching!

The DC is an absolute treasure trove, full of exciting hands on learning based on and around the Museum’s main collection. My four year old and almost two year old were transfixed with all the choices on offer – animal skeletons, ancient coins, insects in amber that could be studied under the microscope and so much more!

Truthfully, so was I. The more I think about it, the more I want my own library to be very similar to the DC. I absolutely loved how interactive each of the mini exhibits were. Patrons could use all five senses to explore objects then within a handspan, they had a collection of books and a list of websites where they could find out more. All that was needed was an iPad at each exhibit so that patrons could search immediately and it would tick all the boxes for inquiry learning.

Couldn’t you just imagine pairs of kids side by side investigating an animal skull by rolling it around in their hands, using the microscope to examine it in minute detail. One of the kids would have a question so could just swipe the iPad on, head to a database (maybe PebbleGo or WorldBook Animals) and start searching for an answer using some keywords (that were helpfully posted within the exhibit). Oh, the possibilities give me goosebumps!

More about the Discovery Centre

The MVDC is run in conjunction with the Discovery Centre at the Immigration Museum.

The variety of information requests is incredible, from genealogy to random insect identification – the staff list this diversity as the highlight of their working day.

To aid in easy partnerships with other libraries such as State Library of Victoria, and to reduce cost, the DC use Voyager as their LMS.

Much of the artefacts in the DC are not catalogued in any way as they are not deemed of historical value.

The DC staff’s constant Tweeting and blogging provide additional promotion for existing patrons.

Will and Charlie examine the coin collection.

Will and Charlie examine the coin collection.

Will is mightily impressed with the old coins.

Will is mightily impressed with the old coins.

Will loved helping colour the replica Aztec calendar.

Will loved helping colour the replica Aztec calendar.

MVDC - more coins!

Will was fascinated by the 'station' where he could view the preserved insects under the microscope.

Will was fascinated by the ‘station’ where he could view the preserved insects under the microscope.

Will couldn't get enough of this artefact station.

Will couldn’t get enough of this artefact station.

This small book collection is  provided by the Museum to complement the artefact collection but is rarely used.

This small book collection is provided by the Museum to complement the artefact collection but is rarely used.

This is an example of what a typical artefact station looks like.

This is an example of what a typical artefact station looks like.

Patrons can use the internet and the MV website to find out more.

Patrons can use the internet and the MV website to find out more.

 

Getting my feet wet January 21, 2014

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Post 2 – Making my mark

(Post 1 – school overview)

During my time in the school – acting as a substitiue teacher for both the lower elementary TL and the upper elementary TL (yes, they have TWO FULL TIME teacher librarians!!) – I  participated in the following teaching and learning opportunities:

  • teaching every grade from EC3 through Grade 5 (EC3, 4 & K were simply reading and helping to navigate the library itself; G1-2 were fractured fairytales; G3 was non-fiction text features (table of contents and index), G4 was fractured fairytales ; G5 was trickster tales).
  • sitting in on a school wide department meeting.
  • reshelving books, AV, teacher resources
  • circulation for students and teachers
  • creation of teacher resource pack on the use of Bonnie Campbell Hill’s reading continuum
  • weeding a part of the non-fiction collection (right from taking from the shelves to deleting from the catalogue to boxing them up for shipping to the Philipines)
  • placing an order for next year’s books on Follett’s online ordering website
  • creating and then pulling titles for resource lists (winter festivals, Chinese New Year)
 

A dream come true!

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(Post 2 – What I actually did) – link to more info about this school

This post describes a school in which i regularly provide substitute cover for the two TLs.

The school is a prestigious, vibrant, well established EC3 – Grade 12 international school in a major city in China. It has a population of just under 2000 students.

Major selling points (in general):

  • A modern  50,000 square meter school building, situated at the center of a 133,500 square meter  (32-acre) campus
  • 2 purpose-built sports domes, sitting side-by-side on an area of over 8,500 square meters
  • 4 fully-equipped gymnasiums (one with a climbing wall); baseball and softball diamonds; two full-sized turf soccer practice fields, and an aquatics center with a 25-meter pool with diving boards
  • Hospital grade filtration system filtering indoor air 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • State-of-the-art, dedicated science labs in Elementary, Middle and High School
  • Dedicated visual arts wings in Middle School and High School; dedicated art studios in Elementary Performing arts wing with 600-seat theater, black box theater, rehearsal space, and studio stage
  • A 10,000 sq. meter outdoor learning environment for elementary school students

Library Media specific:

  • TWO full time teacher librarians to serve almost 800 students from EC3 – Grade 5
  • One TL teaches EC3 – G2, the other G3-5
  • 2 library-media centers with more than 80,000 volumes
  • One-to-one laptop program throughout the school
  • over 82,000 items in our collection
  • circulation sits at over 100,000 titles per year
  • subscription to over 160 magazines.
  • subscription to over 25 online research databases
  • interlibrary loan agreement with the National Library of China
  • family checkout of 10 titles (due to lack of availability of English language texts, this library serves as a public library to the school community)
  • access to firewalled sites (school streams connection through HK so parents are able to access YouTube, Facebook, personal blogs etc)
  • a group of 20 volunteers that cycle through the week – reshelving, repairing books
  • one full time library technician who works primarily in the Teacher Resource Centre (24,000 titles including guided reading texts, big books and professional reading)
  • one full time and two part time library assistants who predominately run circulation and collection organisation

Here are some images of aspects of this library I fell in love with:

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A fabulous display promoting the Panda book awards.

Come chill on the couches, read a magazine or a fun reference book!

Come chill on the couches, read a magazine or a fun reference book!

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Who do you see in the mirror? A READER!

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Want kids to pick up books and read? Face those babies OUTWARD!

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After reading one of the Panda books, kids can place a star underneath the title. Each star earns house points.

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American author and performer, Eric Litwin, was a visiting author for this school. The very talented EC3 teacher whipped up these fabulous full size models as promotional materials. Eric loved them!

 

 
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