January 2017 archive

ETL 503 Assignment 2 Reflection


I have been the teacher librarian at Wyong Public School for the past 12 months. Completing this subject has given me a lot of ideas for how I can improve the structure of the library, particularly the development of my school’s collection. The readings gave me a lot to reflect on being new to the position.  A few key things that I took away from the literature that demonstrate my knowledge and understanding of the role and nature of school library collections included:

  • Ideas for cataloguing applications (apps), promoting apps using Pinterest and Pearltrees, as well as creating order request digital forms to manage teacher app requests (Cantwell, 2013).
  • I am having trouble showing my principal the value of Apple ibooks/ebooks being a part of the collection and how they can support the needs of learners accessing information. Borne’s (2013) research revealed that students are actually growing to prefer ereaders to traditional books.
  • After engaging with McKenzie (2009) I learned the value and importance of creating an annual report. I also learnt about what this involves, such as: analysing the borrowing data, breaking down expenditure, keeping track of goals, reinforcing collection growth through donations and book club and making this known to families. It also showed me how a teacher librarian such as myself can gain a higher profile by annually reporting on the libraries success and areas of improvement.
  • I found Conway’s (2016) literature on how to support students with vision impairment a valuable tool for my school. This term a new student is starting with a vision impairment so I will be able to use the Non Visual Desktop platform to support this student. I also noticed that you can customise voices which may also support some of my school’s students that speak English as their second language and who are from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Forum Post 1.2 – After researching the literature and reading forum posts from my peers, I can see the importance of creating a collection development policy at my school. Avery (2014, p.13), as cited by Haifa (2015) defines, “Library collection development is the decision-making process by which libraries seek to accumulate (collect) and disseminate (publish) useful resources over time”. Like many of my peers’ blog posts that I read on collection development, I too had great difficulty in locating a collection development policy in my school because it just does not exist. This is most likely due to the previous librarian not having enough time or expertise in the area of policy development. I have found the literature quite beneficial to get my head around in order for me to develop a collection management policy at my school. I particularly found the examples from Debowski (2001) and Braxton’s (2014) sample development policy helpful in knowing what to include and what it looks like.

This subject has most certainly extended my knowledge and understanding of the role and nature of school library collections.

Future Proofing: Forum Post 1.2 – I found Mitchell’s (2011) reading, Resourcing 21st century online Australian curriculum: the role of school libraries very interesting in understanding the direction of future collections. I already feel that I have changed the direction of our curriculum since taking on the teacher librarian role a year ago.

The fact is that although we have part of an agreed curriculum published in 2011, we are in reality resourcing a curriculum that will change, and it is our role to keep an ever-watchful eye on what’s on the horizon and where we might be heading in the future

(Mitchell, 2011, p. 4).

This quote rang true to me as I feel that I am always reading literature in order to better understand my position and also make sure that I am personally driving the collection in the right direction to evolve with changes.



Debowski, S. (2001). Collection management policies. In K. Dillon, J. Henri & J. McGregor (Eds.), Providing more with less : collection management for school libraries (2nd ed.) (pp. 126-136). Wagga Wagga, NSW : Centre for Information Studies, Charles Sturt University. (e-reserve). Retrieved from: https://www.csu.edu.au/division/library/ereserve/pdf/debowski-s.pdf


Braxton, B. (2014). Sample Collection Policy. Retrieved from: http://500hats.edublogs.org/policies/sample-collection-policy/  Braxton, B. (2014). Sample Collection Policy. Retrieved from: http://500hats.edublogs.org/policies/sample-collection-policy/


Cantwell, K. (2013). Living appily ever after in the library. Connections, 86, 6-7. Retrieved from: http://www2.curriculum.edu.au/scis/connections/issue_99/feature_article/improve_schools_perceptions_of_teacher_librarians.html


Conway, V. (2016). Resources. WebKeyIT. Retrieved from: http://www.webkeyit.com/resources/


McKenzie, D. (2009). Importance of creating an annual report. [blog]. Library Grits. Retrieved from http://librarygrits.blogspot.com.au/2009/06/importance-of-creating-annual-report.html


Mitchell, P. (2011). Resourcing 21st century online Australian curriculum: the role of school libraries. 10-15. Retrieved from http://www.slav.schools.net.au/fyi/autumn2011/mitchell.pdf


Haifa, Atatreh . (2015, December). Re: Forum 1.2 [Blog comment]. Retrieved from https://interact2.csu.edu.au/webapps/discussionboard/do/message?action=list_messages&forum_id=_74942_1&nav=discussion_board_entry&conf_id=_23324_1&course_id=_14217_1&message_id=_983680_1#msg__983680_1Id