Bec in the library

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

Study visit: British school in China September 20, 2014

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Students in Grade 2 – 5 are the predominate users of this library however children aged 3 to 6 are also catered for with weekly lessons given by a visiting TL who is based on a separate campus.

Now that the library is staffed with a qualified TL who promotes the space as a learning hub, students are slowly becoming more frequent users of the library for services other than pleasure reading. Explicit information literacy teaching and hosting literature based events are new and developing facets of this library’s services. 

A more developed AV and database collection would be beneficial for this school.

It is a sad indictment on the previous librarian and the philosophy of the school that this library utilises almost no technology.

The library faces substantial challenges in internet access due to the Board’s refusal to pay to circumvent the government firewall.

Locally sourced resources are the responsibility of the already time-strapped TL and library aide which means piles of books litter the staff work area.

Literature based events are held weekly and library displays are now stretching into the corridors of the school, sending a clear inclusion message.

 

This small space started out as the TL's first teaching space but she has since migrated to where the large screen TV is situation so she can utilise the document camera into her lessons.

This small space started out as the TL’s first teaching space but she has since migrated to where the large screen TV is situation so she can utilise the document camera into her lessons.

 

The shelves are too tall for the young kids but they have a good collection of fiction resources. As the school uses a British curriculum, there is a heavy emphasis on British writers.

The shelves are too tall for the young kids but they have a good collection of fiction resources. As the school uses a British curriculum, there is a heavy emphasis on British writers.

The TL is working diligently training a core group of upper primary students as Junior Librarians. Learning to reshelve correctly is their number one job!

The TL is working diligently training a core group of upper primary students as Junior Librarians. Learning to reshelve correctly is their number one job!

One of the (many) things that drives the TL crazy is the complete and utter lack of storage space. This circulation desk area is a mess because there just isn't anywhere to put anything out of view!

One of the (many) things that drives the TL crazy is the complete and utter lack of storage space. This circulation desk area is a mess because there just isn’t anywhere to put anything out of view!

I squeezed my body into one of these and chilled out with a book. They don't really match the rest of the library decor but they are pretty cool.

I squeezed my body into one of these and chilled out with a book. They don’t really match the rest of the library decor but they are pretty cool.

As with most international schools in Beijing, there is a large Korean population whose information needs have to be met.

As with most international schools in Beijing, there is a large Korean population whose information needs have to be met.

The NF is in a mess! The only way the TL can cope with the disorder is to tackle a shelf at a time, knowing that soon, SOON, it will be right!

The NF is in a mess! The only way the TL can cope with the disorder is to tackle a shelf at a time, knowing that soon, SOON, it will be right!

Getting kids to be interested in the library is of top priority. Competitions seem to be working in this regard.

Getting kids to be interested in the library is of top priority. Competitions seem to be working in this regard.

The collection speaks volumes (!) about what clientele is served in the library.

The collection speaks volumes (!) about what clientele is served in the library.

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