The Study Visit to Sydney was an interesting mix of different types of libraries – from the excellently resourced Reserve Bank Library to the much more moderately resourced public libraries at Haynmarket and Ultimo. An excellent visit was to Sydney Girls HIgh School where the very effective teacher Librarian Liz Maxwell gave an insight into catering for a whole school of gifted and talented students. One of the challenges for the TL here is to develop information literacy. The school is interesting in that it is a state school but is highly selective at the same time. The CSU students were fascinated to hear about how an effective TL can make a real difference to learning and teaching in a demanding school. Final visit was to the University of Technology Sydney where the students were given a presentation on the library’s present and future and an interesting tour of the library which is seeking to make more spaces for students to study in groups.
One of the pleasures of going to Sydney is to ride on the ferries and I always advise people coming to Sydney to get the ferry to Manly when it’s light and come back in the dark, as you get superb views of the city lit up at night and also the Opera House and Harbour Bridge when it’s dark. The links provided are taken by expert photographers but even the fuzzy ones most people take look good. It’s always good to get advice on photography from a good teacher – who might even be a teacher librarian!