Belonging in a connected community: Creating an environment of digital inclusion
Creating an environment of digital inclusion is a key role for school librarians. Once, the digital divide was understood to be about physical access to technology. Now, it is less about ownership and more about the ability to effectively navigate and use the information ecosystem created through technology.
As our existence becomes increasingly networked, students need to develop critical digital literacy skills that enable them to access education, participate and contribute to our society, engage in cultural and social activities and connect with family, friends and the wider world.
In this session I will discuss the ways in which school librarians can model and scaffold digital inclusion. We will explore the ways in which digital literacy can empower students to be active, informed and critical participants within our information ecosystem and how as school librarians, we can take an important role in ensuring our students have the capabilities to feel that they belong in this connected community.
Librarians as Leaders – “belonging” at The Leadership Table
Leadership is inherent with the role of the school librarian, and yet the value of leadership development for those holding this role is underestimated. While teachers aspiring to or holding more traditional school leadership roles may engage with leadership training and literature, similar opportunities for school librarians appear less commonly.
Through this session, school librarians will be encouraged to recognise, and build upon their leadership skills. Participants will refresh their knowledge of leadership styles, and consider the different ways in which they enact strategic leadership through their daily practice. Feeling confident and comfortable with the language of leadership will also be discussed, as the capacity to communicate the contributions of the school librarian role and the school library is vital for advocacy and professional recognition within the school community.
School librarians have a unique birds’ eye view of the school as they engage with the entire community, and they can bring a rich perspective if they have a seat at the leadership table. This session will inspire you to continue to lead from the library, providing strategic leadership across the different facets of the school librarian role.