I am a Librarian at Poynton High School located in Cheshire. The reason I am joining this forum is to find out more about the FOSIL framework. I am extremely passionate with regards to integrating information literacy into my school. My dream is that one day in the future it will be incorporated into every ‘nook and cranny’ of the curriculum, a little like at Darryl’s school. For the time being I deliver IL sessions on an ad-hoc basis, for those subject teachers who deem it a useful skill for students. When I am given this opportunity then a great deal of my energy and zest will go into its creation. I tend to ‘pick and mix’ the different IL approaches and frameworks matching it to the needs of the teacher, students and curriculum topic. Though I am a complete fan of Carol Kuhlthau, therefore try to incorporate inquiry based learning whenever I can. Another dream of mine is that one day I am able to focus on IL full-time rather than have to juggle it with other library duties and roles.
A little bit about my background. I do not come from a traditionally academic background, leaving school with very few GCSES. Through sheer hard-work and determination I have gained a BA(Hons) in Information Library Management (Manchester Metropolitan) and an MA in Information Literacy (Sheffield University). Plus, I have been Chartered status since 2009.
I am a believer that effective IL skills can help you achieve anything you want in life, whether that be navigating the web for resources to support an EPQ project, or navigating your way through the London Tube system. It’s for everybody!
I am really pleased to meet you all. I am very much looking forward to the FOSIL journey. Kevin.