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Highlights of Connections 77

Teacher librarians and the networked school

Mal Lee and Lyn Hay present their view of the evolution facing schools and the role of the information centre professional.
"Schooling worldwide is in the process of evolving from a traditional paper-based operational mode to one that is digital and networked. The opportunities being opened daily for the astute, proactive information professional prepared to embrace and lead ongoing change are immense."

Natural disasters and disaster plans

In recent months many areas of Australia and New Zealand have experienced very serious natural disasters. These natural disasters have had significant impact on schools in the affected areas. Many schools continue to operate in difficult conditions or are temporarily operating off site. This article raises the timely question of school library disaster plans.

Behaviour

Adam Le Good explores the reasons behind unacceptable behaviour (of students and staff) and what we can do to minimise its effect.

Schools and social media

An article adapted from Denis Masseni's report of a 2010 survey of Victorian school Principals entitled 'Why schools are spooked by the social media'. It discusses the benefits of social media for schools and security and protection issues.

From little things big things grow

The fifth instalment of Nigel Paull's account of a new BER library at South Grafton Public School, New South Wales in which he describes the enthusiastic response of students to the finished library.