Libraries and Learning
On Thursday 24 November, Waikato Picturebook Research Unit, otherwise known as WaiPRU, hosted its inaugural symposium with the theme centred around ‘Diversity of Picture Books’. There were 14 presentations, discussing a number of different topics related to the theme and a number of staff from Services to Schools were lucky enough to attend.
Amidst the wealth of online resources at our fingertips about children’s and YA books — favourite blogs, author websites, nerdy bookclubs, twitter streams and newspaper pages, there is still a place for structured, objective, comprehensive and reliable review journals.
The issue of censorship and what we allow on our library shelves will be an on-going and difficult issue for many librarians and teachers.
In schools, modern library learning environments are an important hub for developing the essential 21st century ability of 'adaptive expertise'.
This headline hit the news recently — 'Libraries become teaching spaces at overcrowded schools'. Now some schools also face leaky or earthquake-prone buildings. If your library space is unavailable or needed as a classroom, here are some things you can do to remain operational.