Ms Nell Keen was one of two librarians jointly awarded the Queensland Teacher-Librarian of the Year at the Queensland School Library Association’s Conference earlier this week. This award recognised the highly effective and innovative way that Ms Keen supports young people’s learning through encouraging their engagement with a variety of physical and virtual experiences at the College. The award also recognised Ms Keen’s leading and innovative contribution to the professional network of Teacher Librarians across the state.
Earlier this year at information evenings, parents were very impressed to learn of the quality of resources available for Year 3-12 students through Lib-Guides, which Ms Keen has designed and made available online. Students across Years 1-5 have enjoyed being able to extend their thinking and creativity as they have utilised electronics, technology and other materials in lunchtime MakerSpace, MineCraft and Coding sessions. The after school Code Club conducted by the library has also been highly valued. The creative displays set up each week by Mrs Peta Peters and Ms Lily Smith have also stimulated interest and engagement, as have special events such as the Shakespeare Week and the celebration of Roald Dahl. Regular opportunities to engage with visiting authors is just one of the strategies that Ms Keen leads to inspire a love of reading and writing. We congratulate Ms Keen and her team of Mrs Peta Peters, Mrs Lily Smith and Mrs Helen Doyle.