Little Green Librarian

Blogging my way through a Masters in Teacher Librarianship at CSU!

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Portfolio: Final thoughts on the impact of my studies

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As I reflect on my studies at Charles Sturt University (CSU) and their subsequent impact on my practice as a teacher librarian, three themes emerge: the role of a teacher librarian, resourcing the curriculum and digital citizenship. In this blog post, my final portfolio, I will explore these three themes, explaining how the things I […]

No man is an island: A critical reflection

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“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” John Donne So often when we think about digital citizenship, the focus is on online safety. The ‘a-ha’ moment for me during this subject, however, has been the discovery that digital citizenship is actually […]

What is good digital citizenship?


Good citizenship, as a concept, is hard to define. Is it a combination of characteristics? A list of actions? A set of values? We know that to be a citizen is to be a recognised member of a country, but how do we define and measure what good citizenship is? When we apply these musings […]

Literature in digital environments: Critical reflection


Digital literature. The two words seem incongruous – as though something sacred has been defiled. I reflected in a previous blog post that the word “literature” has an implication of value attached to it (Riley, 2015), value that many believe is unachievable in the digital sphere. Sadokierski (2013) suggests that dwelling on a sense of […]

Digital storytelling: Context


I am a teacher librarian in a NSW Distance Education primary school. Our students are not on site at the school, and they have varying degrees of internet connectivity, depending on their circumstances. This presents unique challenges in terms of fulfilling the teaching part of my role. These two factors – student connectivity and the […]

Resource description: A reflection


Throughout this course, I have established a personal philosophy of resource description that will serve me throughout my career. It centres around three key points: users first, consistency and future thinking. Users first The introduction of the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) framework is an important development in the development of user-friendly systems, as […]

Digital storytelling: A proposal


Proposed topic Digital citizenship: Using public domain and creative commons images and music. Proposed digital tools I plan to create a visual novel using the free Ren’Py software, which will result in a “game” application file in formats suitable for PC and Mac computers. If time permits, I will also create an Android-compatible version of […]

A reflection on digital literature


Digital literature Defining digital literature is as inherently difficult as defining literature in general. Broadly, literature can be defined as the written word, but there is an implication when we use the word “literature” that those written words have some lasting value. Defining what is and is not of literary value is, of course, a […]

Digital literature reviews

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Merapi Stories (Website) In 2010, seismic activity around the Merapi Volcano in Indonesia caused a series of devastating eruptions, tragically claiming the lives of approximately 350-400 people and significantly impacting the lives of countless others. The Merapi Stories website explores, through interviews and thematic connections, the experiences of 21 people affected by this natural […]

Digital literature environments: Exploring the possibilities


When I completed my initial teacher training, over ten years ago, digital literature was only just beginning to be discussed in the context of education. In those days, incorporating digital content into a lesson was a risky business, due to the inevitable technical issues of having only two computers in your classroom that may or […]

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