School involvement in the design of services to schools

The National Library is transforming its services to schools. To make sure we get this right, we are working with schools, thought leaders, expert practitioners and our own National Library staff to further refine our prototype services.

We identified the following 15 schools (from the 190+ who registered interest in working with us) to work closely with us on refining our prototype services:

  • Bailey Road School
  • Coastal Taranaki School
  • Kaiapoi High School
  • Kingsford School
  • Marlborough Girls' College
  • Orere School
  • Oturu School
  • Rangitoto College
  • Raroa Normal Intermediate
  • Rawhiti School
  • Thames High School
  • Waikirikiri School
  • Waikite Valley School
  • Waitaki Valley School
  • Wellington College

A further 91 schools were involved in seven regional workshops to provide feedback on the lending service, digital content service and capability building service.

Feedback from the first series of school workshops held in August and September 2015 has been collated into a report and has influenced (and continues to influence) prototype service development.

The report covers the big themes to emerge from the workshops:

  • how the lending service will work
  • ideas for how our digital content could be managed, and
  • the framework for the capaibility building service offer in 2016.

Read more in the Feedback from Schools for Prototype Service Development report.

Workshops with schools to help refine new services (August/September 2015)

Participants in service changes workshop

Teachers and librarians from the 15 schools came together during August 2015 for the first time in what will be an ongoing 18 month relationship with National Library’s Services to Schools team.

Feedback from the workshop was positive with schools enjoying the opportunity to collaborate with others and have a voice in transforming services to schools. 

The schools taking part were chosen from the 200 who had indicated an interest in working more closely with the National Library on our services design and implementation plans.    

From these 200 schools we chose representative schools that include large, small, rural, Māori medium, high decile, low decile, secondary, intermediate and primary schools.

These schools are now working alongside the Services to Schools team to help shape and refine the prototype services that will be introduced to schools in early 2016.

The focus is on improving reading engagement for students, supporting digital literacy for students and teachers and supporting the development of modern library learning environments.

Geraldine Howell, Director Literacy, Learning and Public Programmes for National Library says, “the best way to know if we’ve got it right and how it’s really going to work for our customers is to work alongside them to identify areas for improvement and work through solutions.”

Workshopping digital content

Another 100+ schools took part in seven regional workshops and provided further input on the development of prototype services.