School Libraries As Multimedia Learning centres In-service Training

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First SLAMIT Course:

"School libraries as learning centres"

21 - 26 November 2006
Humpolec, Czech Republic

Photo: Peter Milford

The two previous Minerva projects, SLAM and the GrandSLAM, together demonstrated that the school library, as a multimedia and learning discovery centres, staffed with media specialists, ICT teachers and specialist teacher school librarians, could become an essential focus within curriculum planning and a central beacon promoting new learning styles and new processes within the institutions.

The SLAMIT courses will disseminate and spread the experiences of SLAM and GrandSLAM, together with that of recognised centres of excellence across Europe, using tools and learning materials from the projects through workshops, practical work, lectures and group works, presentation and debate, concentrated and in-depth introduction to management of school libraries and the use of information literacy and multi media systems.

The first SLAMIT course intends to contribute to escalating and accelerating the establishment and development of learning centres in the primary and secondary schools. The learning centres are important catalysts for promoting the introduction of new learning styles and methods and for the use of ICT in schools.

Key elements will be:

• To inform participants about new learning styles and methods – e.g. multiple intelligences, learning styles, learning strategies, ICT learning, e-learning
• To demonstrate through evidence of best practice how to integrate information literacy within daily education practice
• To advocate the development of school libraries throughout European countries.
• To encourage the integration of school library programmes into the instructional and curriculum development of the school.
• To promote the professional and continuing education of school library personnel.
• To foster a sense of community among school librarians in all parts of Europe
• To promote the publication and dissemination of information about the SLAM and GrandSLAM projects
• To share information about programmes and materials for children and youth