School, public and tertiary libraries share many goals and a vision of students as information literate, information enabled and independent lifelong learners. Teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians are particularly well placed in their communities to work with each other to provide comprehensive information services for young people. When working in collaboration, their information and support services can be coordinated and complementary. Cooperative and innovative developments in Queensland are described
Building the technology rich and information rich learning environments that will prepare students for active citizenship in a learning society requires extensive information systems within and between schools and across communities.
The richness of the school's information services will influence and may even determine whether or not teachers and students are empowered to be independent learners both today and for the rest of their lives. (1)
School, public and tertiary libraries share many goals and a vision of students as information literate, independent lifelong learners. Teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians are particularly well placed in their communities to work with each other to provide comprehensive information services for young people. When working in collaboration, their information and support services can be coordinated and complementary. In addition, in Queensland, Education Queensland offers systemic information services and resources through AccessEd Library Services.
Across Queensland innovative projects are underway where school libraries are forming partnerships with systemic, public and university libraries to create networked learning communities and extend the range of information services and resources available to students and teachers.
Brisbane City Council Library Services and Summer reading
The Brisbane City Council launched in 2002 an exciting initiative working with schools in the metropolitan area to promote independent reading outside of school. Primary school principals were invited to encourage their students to become public library members and participate in the summer reading program to be conducted in public libraries across the city during December 2002 and January 2003. Offered in partnership with Queensland Museum, the summer reading program provided incentives and rewards for reading, sharing reading ideas with others and attending free activities in the libraries and museum such as internet treasure hunts, storytelling, interactive drama and meet the author or illustrator. The four schools that encouraged the highest percentage of their enrolment to participate in the program were given a pc.
Mt Isa district union catalogue
In 2001 the Mount Isa and District Teacher Librarian network produced a union catalogue on cdrom. Included in the catalogue are the collections of the Mt Isa City Council Library and eleven primary and secondary schools in the city. The catalogue allows librarians and teacher librarians to share the wealth of resources held in their collections for the benefit of their collective users and enables savings because the Mount Isa and District Teacher Librarian Network has a free daily district mail bag. Teachers are able to develop bibliographies, pathfinders and units of work based on available local resources and students are able to plan their information searches and choices. This project has given all district stakeholders the opportunity to become lifelong learners within a knowledge sharing community.
Townsville and Thuringowa City Libraries--working hand in hand with schools
Townsville and Thuringowa public libraries and district schools have a well developed program of cooperation. Public librarians and teacher librarians attend regular meetings of the North Queensland Teacher Librarian network and share ideas through a listserve that has grown to include teacher librarians in other areas such as Charters Towers and Bowen. Australian Library and Information Association (Alia) meetings and shared professional development days such as Children's Book Week workshops provide further opportunities for networking.
This networking has resulted in resource sharing and joint resource development and programs. Books North, a children's literature festival takes authors into schools for minimal cost. Teacher information nights are held at public libraries. Online databases are shared, local history resources and kits that support curriculum have been jointly developed. Mobile libraries visit local schools and reading programs such as Men Read 2 encourage children to visit both school and public libraries.
Noosa Shire Council Library works with Flame
Flexible learning and alternative mobile education (Flame) is a program in which schools and the Noosa Youth Services provide alternative social and personal development experiences within an educational framework for students experiencing difficulties in mainstream schooling.
These young people attend Flame one to two days a week at Noosa Library where internet and pc facilities and library materials support their work with specialist teachers.
University of Queensland Cyber-school Services
This service offers teachers and students access to quality information, technical support and training. Schools can negotiate discounted purchase prices for access to ejournals and online databases. The website provides links to selected internet sites in specific subject areas; a virtual reference collection; authoritative e-resources for each of the key learning areas of the curriculum and the University Cybrary's online catalogue. Advice, support and solutions to technical problems; training and regular updates for teachers, teacher librarians and students; tours of the University of Queensland Cybrary's branches and guidance in the use of relevant information resources are also provided.
The State Library of Queensland
The State Library facilitates and supports cross sectoral, holistic service provision for young people by working in partnership with other groups. One such group is Alia Children's and Youth Services Qld (CYS) which promotes interaction between library and information specialists who work with young people. The State Library offers a range of online information services for young people and training for the community and librarians including
* State Libraries' catalogues State Reference Library, John Oxley Library and Public Library services and a selection of databases www.slq.qld. gov.au
* Library services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people www.slq.qld.gov.au/pub/atsikit/
* Children's Book Week activity pack www.slq.qld.gov.au/pub/cbw 2002/index.htm
* Programming ideas for teenagers www.slq.qld.gov.au/pub/teenprog/ index.htm
* Internet for teenagers www.slq. qld.gov.au/pub/teeninter/index.htm
* Multicultural and Indigenous activities www.slq.qld.gov.au/pub/ festivals/index.htm
* Child's play childsplay.slq.qld. gov.au
* Free internet training for the public throughout communities in Queensland in partnership with BHP Billiton bhpskillsnet..slq.qld.gov.au/ index.htm
* Training for librarians in a range of service development initiatives including the internet and services for young people www.slq.qld.gov.au/ projects/opal/index.htm
For more information about the activities of State Library of Queensland Young People's Services visit www.slq.qld. gov.au/publib/yps/
AccessEd Library Services
AccessEd Library Services provides library collections and information services for Education Queensland and Queensland schools. These include
* professional collection (incorporating disability services materials)
* professional exchange
* curriculum collection (incorporating disability services materials)
* curriculum exchange
* classroom resource reviews
* video library (subscription service)
* periodical centre for schools (subscription service)
Professional collection The collection provides a range of information, research and executive information and other value added services with a collection of approximately 70,000 books and journals. It incorporates educational history resources and services and provides advice and information to schools to assist them with the celebration of significant school anniversaries.
Professional exchange includes digital resources, access to full text online journal articles, and a desktop reference service education.qld.gov.au/corporate/ professional_exchange/
Curriculum collection More than 60,000 titles, including books, periodicals, cassettes, software and kits with a primary to year 12 focus, including resources suitable for students with disabilities and learning difficulties. Catalogue information is available online through the AccessEd website and requests for up to 50 resources at a time can be emailed to the library staff.
Curriculum exchange The online gateway to quality assured curriculum resources including
* Teaching ideas and practices (Tips)
* Hot topics
* EduList--quality reviewed internet sites that are relevant and appropriate for classroom use.
* MacquarieNet--Australian and international reference works
* Classroom resource reviews of books, multimedia resources, kits, websites and computer software education.qld.edu.au/tal/curriculum_exchange/
Periodical centre 24 hour turnaround photocopying service for articles in journals indexed in Guidelines
Video library 40,000 videos with a P--12 focus including captioned videos for the hearing impaired. Requests for videos can be made up to one year in advance to assist in program planning www.accessed.education.qld.gov.au
School libraries provide
* Information resources across the curriculum
* Tuition in critical literacy
* ICTs in the curriculum
* Collaboration with teachers
* Encouragement of reading
* Selection and management of resources in print, audio, video and electronic formats, including internet
* Physical facilities
* Access to other school, university, public and state libraries (Knowledge Sharing Communities)
State Library provides
* Young people's services
* Information and research services for visual arts, audiovisual, family history, maps, music, Qld history
* Online resources and publications eg Homework help on netlinks
* Training services
* Networks of 326 public library sites
Public libraries provides
* Collections of books, magazines, videos, dvds, cdroms, music cds
* Reference assistance and online information
* Internet training
* Reader's advisory services
* Special events eg author visits
University libraries provide
* Professional collections
* Access to ejournals and online databases
Education Queensland AccessEd Library Services provides
* Research services
* Online databases and ejournals
* Web bibliographies
* Curriculum library
* Video library
* Periodical Centre
* Corporate Library (including disability services collection)
* Curriculum resource reviews
* Curriculum exchange
* Professional exchange…