My ETL507 Prac was undertaken at Corrimal High School. I have gained so much from my practical experience at Corrimal High School and possess a greater understanding of the diverse range of responsibilities a TL must manage every day in order to provide a relevant, inviting and equitable service to the entire school community. I have seen firsthand how a teacher librarian should support the core business of the school, how to improve student learning outcomes and how to promote reading. I have learnt how to better incorporate the use of ICT by seeing what works and what doesn’t work. I have also learnt how to assist in the development of student’s information literacy skills. Running the library for half a day on my own and teaching classes on my own, and as a team, has built my confidence. I got such a thrill when I put my first ever loan through Oasis and when I found the perfect resource that matched a student’s requirements. I can’t believe how much I enjoyed every task, big or small. I now believe that I am capable of achieving the duties required of a teacher librarian’s role. This confidence has come from a fuller understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a TL and by putting into practice the last year and half’s teachings from my master’s degree.
My role during my placement at Corrimal High school was to support the TL and LSO in any jobs that were delegated to me. The first day I observed the overall running of the library and then I was given the opportunity to run the library as I would do if the library was my very own. For half a day, whilst the TL was assisting with an immunisation program I even ran the library and two classes on my own. This was an experience I will never forget and one that has confirmed that I want to be a teacher librarian.
Some activities that I was involved in are as follows;
- Learnt how to navigate Oasis i.e. borrowing, reserving, and discarding
- Learnt how to process a book, from barcoding and SCIS subject headings right through to book covering
- Learnt how to operate the two library terminals
- Learnt what to do with overdue or lost books
- Discussed loan periods and book amounts per student
- Discussed stocktake and when it is undertaken
- Resourcing for the curriculum – was asked to find books about different topics to assist teachers from numerous faculties
- Liaised with staff and students who had library enquires or book requests
- Viewed, discussed and helped to amend the library budget that has been allocated for the 2014 school year
- Created blind date books
- Culled shelves in order to keep the collection up-to-date
- Discarded the books in the library management system that I selected to be discarded
- Assisted teaching a year 8 motivation lesson
- Taught a special education lesson on the 1000 paper cranes novel
- Assisted with a special education year seven literacy program lesson on nouns
- Organised a special Education year nine English class’s work on deserts, reefs and marine life.
- Taught a year 9 science lesson on radiation using the library computers
- Taught a year 8 motivation lesson – incorporating ICT technology into the lesson
- Taught a year seven English class that were preparing for a three minute speech on an endangered animal
- Discussed with year 8 the importance of authentic websites – here I incorporated ICT and utilised hoax websites throughout lesson
- Ran roll call
- Ran the library for half a day all on my own (the TL attend the sports carnival on school grounds)
- Monitored recess and lunchtime student activity
- Attended assembly
- Rearranged shelves
- Created new library signage for shelves
- Discussed collection development and how it should support the curriculum across different platforms.
- Discussed where to find appropriate educational resources
- Promoted the library by writing a newsletter article.
- Printed out overdue loans and wrote notices for students, being careful not to give students a note if their circumstances at home meant that they would be reprimanded.