Libraries are community hubs. In addition to connecting people with information, libraries connect people with people.
It is important the school library does not ignore the community in which it exists. The communities surrounding our schools can enrich teacher instruction, refresh pedagogy and revitalise faculty. By sharing and connecting with the local community the school librarian can enrich, embrace and enhance the overall student learning experience.
Librarians connecting and opening dialogue with the local community demonstrates to our peers we are not seen as ostracised or solo workers. practical collaborative sessions which will identify the tangible and intangible resources in communities; institutions, businesses, natural resources, university/colleges/further education, hospitals, museums, non-profits, local authors and illustrators, organisations and physical structures which the school librarian can collaborate and support with.
Describe how mentoring, career planning and internship opportunities can be offered to students from community members, entrepreneurs, families, associations, political entities and religious establishments.
Demonstrate how local communities can become more engaged in developing their youth and at the same time the youth can become more engaged in the prosperity and values of their community.
Gain and share new knowledge, skills, talents, knowledge and dispositions for learning and personal development that students will use throughout their lives to turn them into lifelong learners with enhanced Approaches to Learning skills.
Share achievements and success stories from the local community.
All educators, leaders and co-professionals especially those who do not fully understand or utilise the role, purpose and vision of the School Librarian.Back to the conference
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