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Organising information

At our Secondary School Library, we organise information in many different ways. We have a dedicated drive on our Network which only allows Library Staff access. Here we save instructions, procedures, templates, information etc. so that it is easily accessible if a staff member is away. We also have our own personal drive where we can save information that will not necessarily be required by anyone else. I store important correspondence received through e-mail in an “Important stuff” folder in Microsoft Outlook. (Very technical term, I know). Along with separate folders from different departments or committees, eg. I.T. Dept. and O.H.& S. correspondence.
Now that I have signed up to Evernote and Diigo I intend using each of these tools. I’ve already copied the ‘Sticky notes’ from my Desktop into Evernote and I will use Diigo to share useful links that I use as the A/V Technician, with the other Library staff here at work.
Many of our students do not have good workflow and organisational strategies and get themselves into a mess. It is assumed that students starting secondary school come with good I.T. skills and knowledge. We have found that this is not always the case. We are often trying to help students locate pieces of work they know they saved somewhere??? I have asked our Director of I.T. if all year 7 students could have introductory I.T. classes in the first term of school to familiarise them with our school network and to teach them how to organise, save, forward and print off their work. To date this hasn’t happened!

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Hi Everyone, my name is Aileen and I am the Library/AV Technician at John Paul College in Victoria. I started my career in the banking industry and then changed career paths after having children. I have worked in a Public Library and at another Secondary School Library. I am a member of both an A/V Network and a Regional Library Tech. network. This is my first PLN and I’m hoping to update my skills and get the most out of using web 2 tools.