Sunday, November 15, 2015

EARCOS Conference - Taipei, Taiwan. Day 1.

Last weekend I had the privilege of attending and presenting at the EARCOS "The Tech-Integrated Library: Imagining the Future One Service at a Time" workshop held at the Taipei American School, in Taiwan. The TAS school librarians who were instrumental in organising the event were Dr Candace Aiani, Barbara Middleton and Carol Youssif who did an outstanding job of balancing presentations with networking time.

EARCOS Librarian Weekend Workshop from Taipei American School on Vimeo.

There were over 70 in attendance with a number of excellent presentations on how technology is being integrated into library programs across the Asian region. Jenny Luca  (@jennyluca) from Melbourne, Australia started us off with her presentation on "Just What are we Preparing Our Students For?" where she shared with the fast pace of change in the workforce and what the students of today will be facing on graduation. Automation, globalisation and collaboration were the key takeaways from her presentation.

We then had an opportunity to use the app Klikaklu in supplied iPads in teams of three to explore the four (yes four) libraries of TAS. This app gives you visual clues that you need to find and match up. We had 15 clues to find throughout the libraries and it was quite engaging. Of course, we got sidetracked at all the fabulous things at in the TAS libraries. They have so much space, and I did not take nearly enough photographs, so I am hoping that others can share their links that I can share from here.
Klikaklu in action
The Chinese Library at TAS

The Lower School library - Just a beautiful space, this is only a portion of it.
The Middle School Library had a mini fair in it on this day,
so it was not in it's normal configuration.
The wow factor of the Upper school Library. Electonic RSS feed in the centre,
with touch screen ebook display on the sides.

iPad journals ready for reading, the quiet zone with the non fiction,
and a beautiful large space for the fiction.
After the Klikaklu tour, I chose to attend Candace's session on "eBook lending and Purchasing models" where she shared how she has moved into providing ebooks, journals and most of the collection for the senior students into a digital format. She uses Zinio For Libraries where students can access and download onto their own devices and also Zinio for Consumers and Newsstand  all accessible on iPads in the library.

Candace then explained to us the various models she uses to provide the resources for her students information requirements and the advantages and disadvantages offered by each. 

We then looked at providing access to these options through the online catalogue and other means. The overall conclusion was that offering access to students to digital resources is still very messy.

Next on my learning was Kate Brundage from Singapore American School "Using everyday data to promote student learning". Kate shared with us one lesson she developed where the students accessed their own school / reading log / borrowing records and reflect on it, with question prompts like ...

What do you notice about your history? 

What doesn't your history tell you?
How can you use this information?

Using the following process the students reflected and shared ...

  • Students login to the online catalog and access their history
  • Give them time to silently review their history and record their observations on sticky notes
  • Allow them to share their observations in a small group
  • Have each group report out to the whole class
  • Repeat these steps for observations, questions and next steps
  • Create a Blog entry reflecting on the learning
The student reflections on their own reading history were quite profound and led to some interesting discussion in the class and in our own learning environment.

The session participants then had an opportunity to examine the reading logs of two students and were asked to make comments on what we observed. The link to the responses are on padlet .
Kate's message was that we can use the data we have to help students see the journey they have been on, and move forward to become lifelong readers.

I then attended Candace & Katie Day's presentation on "Considering Libguides" where they showed us different ways that libraries across the region and beyond are using Libguides.
That evening a few of us headed into the Shilin night markets and had a grand time. Stay tuned for day 2. The storified tweets can be found here - Earcos Librarian @ TAS
The senior school student has similar behaviours the world over.

1 comment:

Beth said...

Oh wow, simply inspirational!