I’m Isobel and I recently took part in some training that Elizabeth Hutchinson ran on FOSIL and the IFLA School Library Guidelines. I’m the librarian at Channing School, an independent secondary school in London, and have worked here since 2015, first as a part-time library assistant (whilst completing my MSc in Library Science at City University) and now as the librarian.
Elizabeth’s training helped me see how useful FOSIL can be for orientating oneself within the inquiry process. As has been pointed out by others, in schools we often focus on the Investigate and Construct phases and I’d like to raise awareness of the other stages in the inquiry process. And even within Investigate and Construct, there are so many skills to cover and the skillset helps to navigate these.
One of the ways I’d like to use FOSIL is to design and/or deliver a project that includes every stage of the inquiry process – either for use in library lessons or in collaboration with a teacher – similar to the Inquiry Journal that Elizabeth on science fiction writing. However, I’ll probably start by integrating it into work I already do on supporting students with finding and using resources. I’m also planning to introduce new teachers to FOSIL in their library inductions.