Hunter School of the Performing Arts

This case study showcases how this school has embraced and embedded future-focused learning and teaching practice. Four key questions are addressed to demonstrate how they identified problems and constraints, overcome specific challenges and their learnings from this journey.

Location: Lambton Rd, Broadmeadow

Level: Central/Community School, Kinder to Year 12

Enrolment: 1,144 students

What learning problem were you trying to solve?

Hunter School of Performing Arts is committed to moving the library into the 21st century. We did a literature review of C21st libraries and took staff on a professional learning journey to the Sydney Centre for Innovative Learning. We began by authorising a massive reduction in the non-fiction collection and rationalisation of fiction. This created a reduction in the amount of mobile shelving and increased space for furniture which could be reconfigured according to the nature of the lesson. We installed additional wireless access points (WAPs) to increase access to wifi.

We successfully applied to become a Lighthouse School for the OLIVER implementation pilot. We want to increase access to e-Readers and cloud based resource catalogues.

BYOD take-up in the school is near 90%.

What were your constraints?

The largest constraint was the reluctance of a staff member to reduce the book collection size. Books were offered back to faculties first and then free to students.

What did you do?

Allocated funds for Stage 1 to reduce collection. OASIS Library identified books which had multiple copies, books which had not been borrowed in the last 3 years etc. Allocated funds toward the purchase of bespoke furniture. Old portable shelving was offered for sale to other schools.

What have you learnt so far?

Libraries are a learning resource centre more than a book repository. Many books are outdated. Libraries tend to accumulate new books without rationalising the reduction of others. Use of the space has increased since the space has been reconfigured.

Further reduction of the collection is possible and will occur with Stage 2 as more funds are available in 2016. Stock take at the end of the year takes less time.

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