Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Teacher development

Teacher Collaboration
One theme seems common to the best ideas for professional development these days: teachers working together. Whether it's lesson study or a schoolwide program of action research, teachers can learn a great deal from their colleagues. Phi Delta Kappan Dec 2006.
Leaders for the future
Br Kelvin Canavan discussed the Leaders for the Future initiative developed through the Catholic Education Office, Sydney. Perspectives on Educational Leadership Oct 2006.

Leading with the right work

In the January 2007 issue of Education Update Robert Marzano writes "the right work at both the school level and the district level is to do something that impacts the classroom". For more on Marzano and to hear an excerpt from his speech go to Shuffle: sounds from teaching and learning 06 posts on the ASCD blog at

Global citizens

Online conference for students
What does it mean to be a global citizen? This is the theme of online conferences for students being offered at no cost by iNet (International Networking for Educational Transformation)

For more information see website:

Planet Ocean under seige
The Jan/Feb 2007 issue of New Internationalist journal is devoted to the state of the world's oceans. Includes a range of articles and some very useful fact sheets.

New Internationalist is available from the CEO Library phone 9840 5735.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Information Online Conference 2007

The 2007 Information Online Conference contained a rich menu of ideas, inspiration and examples of what libraries are doing and can do with Web 2.0 technologies. I was fortunate enough to attend all three days this time and it was well worth it. The wide and varied programme offered so many topics that is was difficult to choose. Some of the session I found most useful were

Why are we still using hardcopy?
Katrina Hughes had surveyed libraries from Australia and overseas about their use of hardcopy and her results were very interesting. Even though we are moving headlong into the digital world, hardcopy is still a valid and most useful option for many resources. Especially interesting was that one of the main reasons for hardcopy use was as a result of client preference.

Convergence or collision? When IT and Library skills meet.
Where does the delineation between IT and library skills lie, and is there one nowadays? UWS Librarian Lisa Tyson looks at this question and documents a skills audit done at UWS.

From Service to Survey: The Unison Digital Reference Key
In the digital world how do we as Librarian measure our Web 2.0 service? What performance indicators can we use? This paper might be a start.

The Electronic Information Literacy Cocktail
Deakin University Library is using a range of technologies to provide online training and information. Synchronous communication technologies deliver training programs. RSS within the library portal is used to deliver library news, journal articles etc. Visit their site at and login as a guest.

Using a Wiki for Information Services.
Here is an example of ACU Library using Wiki software for their internal staff services manual. The manual becomes much more relevant and adaptable to change.

Using open-source software
Curtin University takes a look at how publicly available open source software can be easily adapted and used in the library environment. For example, Audacity is free open source software for recording and editing sounds useful for podcasts.

Key note addresses
Joanne Lustig talked about the Future of Libraries which she sees as a very bright future, full of possibilities. The ever changing disruption of Web 2.0 technologies is put into perspective when she points out that the invention of printing presses, were for the church, a disruptive technology as it gave more access to a wider range of people.

Librarians rule!
Dr Damien Conway’s keynote address “Four weddings and a funeral” was inspiring and of course he was very much appreciated by his audience when he foretold our future: Librarians will rule as we are the “information literati” and “knowledge connoisseurs" of the world.

After three days, I came away with lots of sites I want to explore and ideas I want to implement. I also recognized the unique opportunity we have in Parramatta Catholic Education as we are well placed to move forward with Web 2.0 technologies. Partly because of the work Judy has done with us but also because of the drive and initiative that can be found in our library network. Many of us are already on board with Blogs, RSS, Delicious and we have the expertise in our Network to share, inspire and drive the Web 2.0 initiative.

Most of the papers mentioned above are available on the web at:

Lisa Nash
CEO Library
Ph: 9840 5735

The Hedgehog concept

What does a hedgehog and a flywheel have to do with great management and leadership. The phrases such as; the Hedgehog concept, Level 5 leadership, Culture of discipline, the flywheel and the doom loop, form the basis of the book Good to Great by Jim Collins. In Good to Great, Jim Collins discusses these and other variables that enable any organization to make the leap from good to great.
This is not a dry read management book. It is very readable and the ideas are based on thorough research of those great companies and the things they did to achieve greatness.
Available at the CEO Library. Phone 9840 5735 or 9840 5737.
More information is also to be found at Jim Collins website: