I was just going over some of the material from the conference and remembering talking to some of the other Sixth Form librarians about the lack of identity that our sixth form libraries are experiencing. What I mean by that is we are not a school library but we're not a university library. We are in this gray area in between. We are dealing with students who really aren't adults yet as they still behave like children but our library is more geared towards more academic study than a school library. It's a difficult situation. Without a clear identity how can you expect students to know how to behave? So I thought I would jot down some ideas about our function:
- to provide learning resources to students and staff
- to promote learning
- to encourage students to read fiction as well as nonfiction
- to help develop good research skills
- to provide a constuctive environment in which students can study and learn
I think it's a good start. The next step is to figure out how to put this across to the students. I shall ponder on that over Easter I think.