Posted by: eheino | September 26, 2014

Study Visit Day 4

Last Day! And they definitely saved the best til last.

Library @ the Dock

Reflection

What an inspirational library! It was the physical manifestation of everything we have been learning about 21st century libraries. What I will definitely take away from this visit is that it really is possible to put everything we have been learning about into practice (with money). This library really reached out to the community and brought them what they wanted – spaces to connect, learn and create, and the facilities to make that possible. I loved the idea of including technology lessons that reached out to people of all levels of experience, and the provision of iPads within the library as well. The children’s area was also inspirational, with lots of nooks for children to read, as well as interactive areas for them to learn and play. I would love to use lots of these ideas in my own library one day.

Evaluation                                                                                                                              Rating 5+/5

Absolutely no weaknesses to this visit. I think that all teacher librarians should come here when thinking about restructuring their library, if only to have a look around and see what is happening here. I am filled with ideas that I would love to put into practice one day, particularly after seeing the children’s area of the library. It was also inspirational seeing that this library was run mostly by young people, with not much experience. Seeing what they can do made me more confident in my ability to make a difference too. The presenters were so enthusiastic and full of ideas, I wanted to move to Melbourne and join them!

The Children's section. I love the way the shelves are designed so the kids can hide in there.

The Children’s section. I love the way the shelves are designed so the kids can hide in there.

Inside the library

Inside the library

Dial a Story! Installed by Penguin Books

Dial a Story! Installed by Penguin Books

Imagine looking out at this view while you read/study

Imagine looking out at this view while you read/study

Best room ever! The roof opens up to be like a terrace.

Best room ever! The roof opens up to be like a terrace.

'Create' area. Lots of technology classes are done up here.

‘Create’ area. Lots of technology classes are done up here.

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