Saturday, 17 February 2018

LLCN - Library Learning Commons Network

On Thursday, I had the opportunity to present to the Library Learning Commons Network about my work this year around one of the strands from the Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons document. I have been focusing on the strand: Fostering literacies to empower life long learners, for two reasons:
  1. The noticeable decrease in reading levels over the last 4 years
  2. An increase in ELL students
These two reasons meant that my library collection was simply not meeting the needs of all students. As a result, I set out to do the following this year:
  1. Change in language. I don't refer to students as emerging, reluctant, or struggling readers. I refer to all students as readers, because they are. I have made a conscious effort to make sure I frame my conversations in the positive, always. I have also moved away from the tern hi/lo and instead refer to books as Quick Reads. Quick Reads are books for everyone and I make sure to book talk these books as well, because everyone enjoys a Quick Read.
  2. Change in mindset. Seeing all students as readers meant that I had to change my approach to the collection and the students. I strive to have a more inclusive collection and have tried to integrate the different levels of books within the collection.
  3. Examining my bias. On my bulletin board behind my circulation desk, I have printed the covers of the books that I have read over the course of the school year. I looked at the books that I had read and realized that I wasn't reading the collection - I was avoiding the graphic novels and the middle grade reads. Clearly that was unacceptable as I need to be passionate about all types of books in order to talk to students about them.
  4. Acquisition. For this, my library assistant and I took a morning and went to the bookstore to check out the non fiction books in the toddler/children's section. We spent hours scouring books to see what books at a grade 1-4 reading level would be a good fit for our school. It was time well spent as we purchased a variety of non fiction books that we knew would be of use to teachers and be good fit books for our students.

It's a start, but I still have a lot of work to do to make sure my library is a safe place where all students are comfortable and confident that they will find their own perfect reads.



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