Don Tapscott outlined 4 principles of an open world:
- sharing; and
How can these principles be applied to school libraries or teacher librarians?
Collaboration needs to occur between the TL, teachers, executive staff, the principal, students and other school stakeholders. This collaboration will help attain goals at all levels as well as assist in the development of a whole school approach to learning. It can be seen for example through TLs team teaching with other teachers, collaborating ideas with the teachers/students on events such as Children’s Book Week and TLs and teachers collaborating during programing sessions.
Transparency occurs through communication between the TL, teachers, executive staff, the principal, students and other school stakeholders. This can be seen for example through cross curricular lessons and discussing and promoting the use of available resources to students and teachers.
Sharing can be seen for example through telling other faculties what resources are in the library and finding out what resources are in their faculties. Building upon these resources together promotes the sharing of them. Sharing online resources via email, Edmodo, etc is another example.
Empowerment can be seen for example through encouraging and assisting with the use of technology by students, staff and other school stakeholders, teaching students how to research in the library and on the internet and creating leadership positions such as library monitors for students.
Consider how this understanding of the 4 principles can support you in leading change at your school or in your school library?
I would ensure
- I have a good understanding of my school resources
- I understand how to use, implement and share skills and resources associated with technology
- I am open to others opinions
- I am prepared to change
- I understand that the leadership also involves being lead at times i.e. utilising others strengths and trusting them to take charge.