Hi, my name is Libby Iriks. I’m a primary school teacher librarian in the southern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. I teach students from K-6 at my current school and this is my fifth year working as a teacher librarian, with a total of ten years teaching experience.
I’ve recently been reading some quality blogs by elementary librarians coming out of the US but I’ve been struggling to find any Australian equivalents, not that they’re not out there, I just haven’t discovered them…yet. As well as this, it seems to me that a lot of the Professional Development offered for Library staff often has more of a high school focus. I’m craving opportunities to get practical ideas to use in my primary school library and a lot of the American blogs offer this, however, I would love to be able to refer to one with an Australia focus. So I thought I should start writing my own and it may encourage others to do the same.
I envision this blog as a way of discussing issues that are relevant solely to those of us in a primary school setting. In addition, I see it as a way of sharing ideas with anyone working in Australian primary school libraries, not just teacher librarians. A tour of some of our WA schools recently brought to my attention just how different our libraries can be from one another, from staffing to furniture to layout to equipment to learning programs. It opened my eyes to just how many choices we can make in the day to day running of our libraries. I thought I could start to share what I do in my library and can only hope that there are others who follow suit.
If you have any feedback for me or suggestions on what you would like to read about, please send me a message using the form below.