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Harnessing the power and versatility of Web 2.0 tools is a path that Penguin Australia have taken with a vengeance to ensure that information about their publications are seen and read by the widest possible audience.

While I’ve blogged in depth about these publications on BevsBookBlog – my other blog – I can’t help sharing here how very impressed I am with the efforts of Penguin’s marketing and publicity team.  While obviously demonstrating a great deal of talent, the real winners of their efforts are their readership: teachers, teacher librarians, librarians and of course the kids for whom they publish great literature.

Similarly the State Library of Victoria’s blog Inside a Dog aims to engage and capture the imagination of our teenagers. With the basis of their blog being input by young readers, the message for educators is clear.  Engage students.  Empower them to be active users of the web in their day to day schooling.  Embed opportunities for students to actively use the amazing range of tools that are available.

To be able to comfortably empower our students though, educators themselves must feel comfortable with new technology.  Somehow though, I feel that educators are always on the back foot, always scrambling to keep up, always trying to squeeze more hours into the day to pick up new skills so that they can stay one step ahead of their students.

The pressures on teachers are great but the needs of their students are greater.  School administrations regularly grapple with how best to provide their staff with increased knowledge and know how. Various models can be seen in place across our country’s schools.  But harking back to a phrase I recently picked up from Joyce Valenza, I’m convinced that teacher librarians, a group of educators who have constantly battled to have their profession valued and recognized, must now cease the moment and ‘lead from the centre‘.

Days slip by so quickly.  The myriad of tasks that need attention in our libraries must somehow be re-sorted and re-prioritized so that we can lead by example, step in and assist, direct, encourage and guide both our teachers and our students to a playing field in which they can all become lifelong learners.

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