My iCentre presentation at SLAV’s Future School Library Scenarios conference

I presented the featured address at the School Library Association of Victoria‘s (SLAV) ‘Creating collaborative learning spaces: Future school library scenarios’ conference held at Victoria University of Technology on Friday in Melbourne.

The future of school libraries has been a hot topic these past couple of years in Australia as a result of the Building the Education Revolution (BER) fund, a range of online forums and conferences exploring the vision for 21st century school libraries, followed by the national Inquiry into Australian school libraries and teacher librarians (we hope to see the outcomes of this in early May when the report is tabled at Parliament).

These have all been significant ‘blips’ on the teacher librarianship profession’s radar, and it has resulted in much discussion at the local community, regional and education sector levels, as well as the Australian general public due to increased media exposure across radio and press outlets. Check out the Links section on this blog for examples of these.

This address explored some of the issues, concerns and potentials of school library futures in the past couple of years and examined how a TL’s own practice can contribute to building capacity for a sustainable future where school libraries become key learning centres of information, inquiry, innovation, immersion and instructional excellence. I introduced the concept of the iCentre and the ways schools can develop such a centre based on the principles of form, function and brand. This is based on the Commentary I wrote for ASLA’s journal Access.

I think the three principles of form, function and brand provide a useful framework for schools wishing to explore the convergence of facilities, resources, people, funding, policy, programs and services to develop an iCentre. TLs as information, technology and learning specialists can play a leadership role in building their school’s vision towards an iCentre approach.

I presented the iCentre model as one future school library scenario that could be considered by schools, and suggested that the form-function-brand framework can be useful in exploring what a school library might look like in the future.

Some useful references on future school library scenarios and the iCentre approach include:

Hay, L., & Todd, R. (2010). School libraries 21C: School library futures project. Report for New South Wales Department of Education & Training, Curriculum K–12 Directorate, School Libraries & Information Literacy Unit. Sydney:  Curriculum K–12 Directorate, NSWDET.

Hay, L. (2010). Chapter 9: Developing an information paradigm approach to build and support the home-school nexus. In M. Lee & G. Finger (Eds.), Developing a networked school community: A guide to realising the vision (pp. 143-158). Camberwell, Vic.: ACER Press.

Lee, M. & Hay, L. (in press). Teacher librarians and the networked school community: The opportunities. Connections, Issue No. 77, Term 2.

Hay, L., & Todd, R. (2010). School libraries 21C: The conversation begins. [Refereed]. Scan, 29(1), 30-42.

Hay, L. (2010). Shift happens. It’s time to rethink, rebuild and rebrand. [Commentary]. Access, 24(4), 5-10.

I’d really like to hear from any schools already planning for or implementing the iCentre approach. We need to start documenting some school experiences as case studies in 2011.

6 responses to “My iCentre presentation at SLAV’s Future School Library Scenarios conference

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  2. Hello Lyn
    Your presention provides leadership as we move forward into a new model of school libraries. It is so much about relationships, environments and, as you say, ‘form and function’.

    School libraries have been places of innovation, but yes, this must continue and thankfully we have people like yourself to lead the way.
    Thanks again, Camilla

  3. Many thanks for your feedback Camilla. I agree we are facing very challenging times ahead and I think it is time to think beyond what we are ‘used to’ doing. Ultimately we need to be working with other key people within the school to develop new support structures to support learning and teaching – some of these new ‘support structures’ are yet to be defined or even invented! This is where we need leading practitioners in our field to forge ahead and create new future scenarios for school libraries and the role of the teacher librarian. This makes for exciting times, and it is also very scary. I recall Australian futures guru, David Ellyard‘s keynote address at the ASLA National Conference back in 1991 (held in the Blue Mountains at Leura, NSW) where he discussed (from memory) the future as 3Ps – possible, probable and preferred. He explores this in detail in his book Ideas for the New Millennium http://www.amazon.com/Ideas-New-Millennium-Peter-Ellyard/dp/052284975X and continues this work on his website http://www.preferredfutures.org/. I think we can still apply this strategic visioning process to our profession’s future. Maybe our profession needs to call on his services again, in the not-too-distant future! Cheers, Lyn

  4. Hey, very nice site. I came across this on Google, and I am stoked that I did. I will definately be coming back here more often. Wish I could add to the conversation and bring a bit more to the table, but am just taking in as much info as I can at the moment.

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