Have You Read This?

By Heather Kelsall

The Seminar Series from IARTV has printed Gary Stager's presentation to Melbourne schools on 'Computing and the Internet in schools: an international perspective on developments and directions.' As the Adjunct Professor of Education at Pepperdine University, LA, Gary has been extensively involved with the innovative use of computers in USA schools and as a consultant to several Australian schools. In this presentation he offers a provocative, entertaining view of computing and the new technologies suggesting there needs to be a re-evaluation of the relationship between technology and education. He also discusses the role of the Internet, multimedia, and laptop computing in the context of students constructing their own learning: innovative! IARTV Seminar Series. November 1996, No.59.

Insite Vol.18 Issue 2, February 1997 features informative reports from State and Federal parliamentary libraries and is worth reading from cover to cover! Nick Bannenburg, Queensland Parliamentary Librarian maintains that with the ever-increasing involvement of government in all aspects of our society our elected members need access to an efficient and effective information source to assist them in their legislative and constituency roles. He also mentions that parliamentary library staff often have to digest, interpret and analyse data so that it can be more readily used by their clients. T /Ls can relate to that! "Efficient and effective information source." p. 10.

In his article 'Are research libraries dying?', David Moursund provides T /Ls with a thought provoking and a personal experience perspective involving traditional research libraries and the ever expanding cyberspace resource. He comments that technology is making information available more rapidly and at far less cost than the traditional paper format, and the effects this will have on library budgets and acquisition policies. Learning and leading technology. Vol.24 No.3 p:4

Mal Lee challenges school administrators to assess what constitutes quality education in the information age and beyond, and how they need to prepare themselves to lead their school community through change and into the new age. He outlines the challenge then provides strategies to make it all happen highlighting the need for the principal to lead in IT development and not leave it to the IT Coordinator or the T/L. 'Into the information age'. The Practising Administrator. Vol.18 N o.4 p:40.

T/Ls are always conscious of students with more IT knowledge than they have and Stephen James in his article 'Hacker attack' looks at the why and how. As an experienced hacker himself he then proposes a number of assertions regarding hacker profiles, ethics and motivations. Stephen also makes the comment that the first principal of a good hack is to do no harm: perhaps we T /Ls can take heart from this! Internet Australasia. Vol.1 Issue 2 p:47

Heather Kelsall