where to find me:
Director, Leading Learning Institute
Email: lyn_hay at live.com
Head of Professional Learning, Syba Academy
Email: lyn_hay at sybaacademy.com.au
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what I do:
In 2014 I joined the Syba Academy team as Head of Professional Learning. My role involves the development of the Academy’s professional learning program, hosting face-to-face seminars and workshops, presenting at conferences in Australia and internationally, designing and teaching online extension courses, and facilitating the Academy’s CLiP.it! and PLP programs.
I am also the founder and Director of the Leading Learning Institute which provides consultancy and research services for schools, including vision building and strategic planning for school libraries and iCentres, school library reviews, and the design of school improvement and evidence-based practice programs in schools using quantitative and qualitative research methods.
I have worked as an educator for 30 years, starting my teaching career as an English/History teacher and Teacher Librarian in NSW central schools and high schools.
In 1994 I began my academic career as a Lecturer with the School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga (NSW, Australia). I taught across a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in teacher librarianship, library and information science, information technology, teacher education, and tertiary education. In 2009 I moved to CSU’s Canberra campus.
In the latter years of my tenure at CSU, I completed a number of scholarship in teaching projects exploring the integration of a range of technologies in subjects taught by the School of Information Studies, including the ‘SIS Learning Centre in Second Life’ project and a CSU Flexible Learning Institute (FLI) Fellowship project. To find out more about what motivates and informs my teaching practice take a look at My Teaching page.
My research interests include the impact of school libraries on student learning, teacher librarian-principal partnerships, information behaviour, information policy, and education informatics, and I am currently completing my doctoral research on Web 2.0 technologies and student learning. I have also been working on the concept of an iCentre in schools – see my article ‘What is an iCentre’ for an overview.
I have written a number of journal articles, book chapters and papers. A selection of these are listed under Publications.
I have presented at numerous conferences including regional, national and international conferences. Keynotes and invited speaker presentations are listed separately.
My academic qualifications include:
- Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education (Secondary – Teacher Librarianship and English), School of Education, Macquarie University/Kuring-gai CAE, Sydney, 1985
- Master of Applied Science (Teacher Librarianship), School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, 1996,
and I am the recipient of a number of national and international professional awards including the Teacher Librarian Leadership Award for being a Learning Commons Visionary for 2012, the ASLA Citation in 2007, the ASLA(NSW) John Hirst Award (1997), and the IASL/SIRS Commendation Award (1997).
About this Students Learn blog:
In early 2009 this blog was created as a way of engaging with students enrolled in Charles Sturt University’s postgraduate teacher librarianship programs. Throughout each of the subjects taught within our Graduate Certificate and Masters courses in TLship, a major theme that is addressed is the important function of the school library in supporting student learning, thus the name chosen for this blog.
The blog has been used to share new research and literature highlighting the many ways school libraries support teaching and learning in schools. It has provided a (somewhat brief) commentary on new resources and ideas, emerging theories and technologies, and best practice in teacher librarianship since its inception.
From 2011, the content of the blog broadened to include Lyn’s musings on her learning and teaching experiences as a distance educator in the higher education sector, who thrives on testing and trialling new technologies to support her students’ learning. Lyn also uses this blog to curate research findings on the impact of school libraries on student learning and continue to advocate for the teacher librarianship profession.