WORKING TOGETHER: the importance of collaboration between the

WORKING TOGETHER: the importance of collaboration between the

WORKING TOGETHER: the importance of collaboration between the TAFE library and TAFE teachers Julie Barkman Teacher Library & Information Studies Sydney TAFE sydneytafe.edu.au real skills, endless possibilities TAFE NSW 10 institutes

107 libraries Setting the scene Sydney TAFE 9 libraries 69,251 students (11.9% of NSW enrolments) 16.9% - Diploma or above 40% Cert III & IV 10.2% apprentices & trainees 3.9% International students Plus commercial courses

Source: Sydney TAFE facts and figures (2013) sydneytafe.edu.au real skills, endless possibilities Setting the scene 39.4% students ESL 9.6% disabilities 30.1% combine work and study This highlights the importance of the support services offered by TAFE

sydneytafe.edu.au real skills, endless possibilities Libraries The most commonly accessed support service is the library . Source: Lets talk about TAFE (2013) sydneytafe.edu.au real skills, endless possibilities

Smart and Skilled 2015 Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW vocational education and training system Funding for teaching sections will be based on student enrolments and the retention rates of students Increases in students fees, e.g. Diploma Library & Information Studies costed at $9,380 Source: Smart and Skilled sydneytafe.edu.au real skills, endless possibilities Background, or where it all started

Library liaison between LIS section and Sydney TAFE libraries includes: Collection development Alerting LIS staff of new resources Engaging with industry Use of the librarys physical and virtual space sydneytafe.edu.au

real skills, endless possibilities A quest for more information 1. The literature search TAFE libraries and services for students and teachers Collaboration between library and teaching staff in academic libraries (extended to university libraries)

2. Conversations with TAFE teachers and Library Managers sydneytafe.edu.au real skills, endless possibilities Highlights from the literature search Higher education courses and TAFE Information literacy programs Embedding the library in courses of study via the Library Management System (LMS) Retention of students and the role of the library Librarian as consultant and educator sydneytafe.edu.au

real skills, endless possibilities Findings the Library perspective Strong relationships between the library, teachers and other campus staff All libraries assign Liaison Librarians to teaching sections / faculties

Teaching sections participate in collection development in particular the resource selection Librarians retain the responsibility for updating Course guides. While teacher input is encouraged very few teachers did contribute sydneytafe.edu.au real skills, endless possibilities

CourseGuides Management & Marketing (St George TAFE) sydneytafe.edu.au real skills, endless possibilities Students can link directly to relevant articles in library databases sydneytafe.edu.au real skills, endless possibilities

Information literacy i-lectures sydneytafe.edu.au real skills, endless possibilities Concerns expressed by Library Managers Teaching staff are not utilising specialist skills of the library staff, e.g. research & technology skills

Training sessions for teachers have low participation rates A decrease in the number of class groups brought to the library for tours and information literacy skills sessions A library presence on Moodle courses is often nonexistent, and at the best inconsistent sydneytafe.edu.au

real skills, endless possibilities Findings the Teacher perspective The library is an integral part in the accreditation process for higher education courses, a reduction in services or resources could mean the loss of accreditation for HE courses. sydneytafe.edu.au real skills, endless possibilities Findings the Teacher perspective Commercial business customers have high

expectations and consequently a high demand on the library services and resources placing higher pressure on the library services as these students expect a quality library service. sydneytafe.edu.au real skills, endless possibilities Findings the Teacher perspective With the increasing number of courses being delivered online students require 24/7 access to library resources and training . this can be achieved by providing links to the library on Moodle. the library is vital in achieving higher course completion,

customer satisfaction and allows teachers to be well resourced and deliver material flexibly. sydneytafe.edu.au real skills, endless possibilities Findings the Teacher perspective A changing role for the library, expanding to include: value added services to capture a new audience from non-teaching TAFE staff as they increasingly require tailored research and the production of bibliographies to promote and facilitate commercial needs and win training. sydneytafe.edu.au

real skills, endless possibilities Bringing it all together . Will the increased cost of courses be a deterrent for students? Will there be a change in the expectations of students to services available to them to support their learning?

How will the new funding model impact on teaching and learning resources and TAFE support services like the library? sydneytafe.edu.au real skills, endless possibilities Bringing it all together . Student access to support services, like the library are linked to student retention and completion rates. Therefore it is important to: Increase student awareness of the value of the library for

successful study Increase the visibility of the library to students teachers to promote the library as an integral part of the teaching and learning process sydneytafe.edu.au real skills, endless possibilities Where to next? Library and teaching staff to work collaboratively in the following areas: if teachers cannot afford the time to take students to the library, take the library to the classroom (roving librarian model)

create tailored information literacy skills tutorials to suit the content and level of study embed the library in the LMS links to CourseGuides, library resources and the library catalogue making the library only one click away sydneytafe.edu.au real skills, endless possibilities Embedding the library in the LMS sydneytafe.edu.au real skills, endless possibilities

Where to next? Teachers to utilise the research skills and knowledge of library staff to provide access to relevant resources Subject liaison librarians and teaching staff working together to develop CourseGuides relevant to specific units of study

Library staff become proactive in promoting library resources and services to the teachers and students sydneytafe.edu.au real skills, endless possibilities In conclusion As a teacher and a librarian, it is difficult to imagine how it would be possible to develop and deliver teaching and learning materials without access to the physical and online resources available through the TAFE library. It is also difficult to imagine what it would be like without

this close working relationship with the library staff. sydneytafe.edu.au real skills, endless possibilities The future Extending this collaboration to include: course research guides information and digital literacy skills tutorials embed the library into all Moodle courses / units to ensure students can easily access library services and resources And ultimately . by working closely with library and other teaching staff, develop examples of best practice in this

area (of course this could involve further research) sydneytafe.edu.au real skills, endless possibilities Ultimo TAFE library sydneytafe.edu.au real skills, endless possibilities

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