How would you answer the equivalent question for your own learning setting? What should a school library space provide?
And beyond the physical space, what is the role of other actors and elements in helping learners learn beyond their existing capacities?
This conversation has been happening over my career as a teacher librarian. It has changed to varying degrees as technology has changed. School libraries have also provided multiple spaces for multiple purposes – whether it is the quiet reading or study nook, the collaborative space that allows for sharing of conversations and the class space – of tables, and equipment. While the physical space dictates how the library is used, and can be a constraint, the library place is more than the four walls.
However, at its core, the school library space provides for community and relationships. It is a learning space, in varying formats e.g. class, individual or group work. It is a place for meeting as was mentioned in the video clip. But it is also a place where the emotions are cared for, where people matter, and where students can feel safe and in a ‘third’ home space.
Literature and multimodal literacies are at the core of the teaching, and this is reflected in the teaching practices, the collections, whether print or online and curation tools that support our students. Hence one role of the Teacher Librarian actor – helping learners learn beyond their existing capacities. The other role is all about developing the relationships with the community – the students, teachers & staff, parents.
Really, these are core provisions. And I am sure to provide more…