5 Summary of Session 8
Congratulations on completing An introduction to school librarianship.
You began the course by considering how an awareness of school policies, government legislation, the content of the curriculum, and the needs of your stakeholders are all essential if you are to effectively support your school.
The rest of the course looked at how to best utilise technology in your library, how to create a reading rich culture in your school, how to embed both reading and information literacy, and how to champion your library.
In this final session, you have considered different approaches to writing reports and how you can gather evidence to contextualise and focus your arguments. You have also seen that this evidence needn’t just be hard statistical data gathered from your Library Management System (LMS) or social media pages. Anecdotes and other qualitative information which you can glean from surveys and daily interactions with library users can also be used to great effect in reports. When taken together, the evidence you gather and the reports you produce can be used to reflect on your performance, substantiate your achievements, and devise strategies for further development.
One of the common themes running throughout the course has been the creation of your library development plan. Now that you have reached the end of the course, you should be well placed to create your own plan with the ultimate goal of supporting your school and stakeholders to the best of your ability.
Although no two schools and no two libraries are the same, by providing a rounded approach to school librarianship this course should have provided you with a secure foundation to build on and the confidence to approach challenges facing the typical librarian wherever they arise.