FOSIL Group member Darryl Toerien has written an article – Heroic Inquiry at Blanchelande College – for ACCESS (Volume 36, Issue 2, June 2022), the national journal of the Australian School Library Association.
The article is shared here with the permission of the Editor, Lee FitzGerald.
The IFLA/UNESCO School Library Manifesto envisions the school library as integral to the educational process. This, however, is not the experience of many, if not most, school librarians around the world, even in countries where school libraries are required by law. The IFLA School Library Guidelines, which translate the principles of the Manifesto into practical terms, shed some light on why. This article reflects on the author’s ongoing efforts to realise this vison of a school library integral to the educational process, most recently at Blanchelande College in Guernsey, by means of the Guidelines. These efforts are characterised by a long obedience in the same direction, punctuated along the way by days of small beginnings.
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