Good to hear from you, the IB does seem to open up discussion about IL and there is more scope to develop research skills sessions. We are going to offer the Reflective Project as part of the IBCP next year and that will require students to research an ethical dilemma. I hope to work with the IB Co-ordinator to deliver a research session for our students taking this new course.
I’m a solo Librarian at Bryanston School and have worked in this role for five years. My library career spans over twenty-five years and I have worked in the public and private sectors using my transferable skills in public lending libraries, business reference libraries, specialised legal libraries and school libraries.
My interest in highlighting the importance of Information Literacy and collaborating with teaching staff to embed IL skills in the curriculum began with supporting the IB Extended Essay, A-Level coursework and the HPQ. I refreshed my skills and knowledge by attending the IL module, part of the MSc in Information Management at UWE. I have since worked with our IB Co-ordinator to embed academic honesty from Year 9 to 13 and to open up the discussion about learning through inquiry at Head of Department meetings.
I’ve attended Eton Group meetings and various conferences and courses that have focused on IL. The view of the role of the Librarian within an organisation is significant and the relationships between teaching staff and library staff really seem to determine the success of learning through inquiry.
I hope to be able to exchange and share information through this forum and look forward to participating in future discussions.