The latest issue of SLANZA’s flagship publication here in New Zealand has hit the eSphere – Collected #7 focuses on evidence based practice. Having been involved once again in editing this edition, I can tell you that blood, sweat, and not a few tears give substance to the pages therein, and I urge you to read and ponder, share and discuss. The amazing Dr Ross Todd has blessed us with his professional expertise, and he shares space with some of the shining lights in the school library sector in New Zealand.
SLANZA is not the only organisation taking on this topic. New Zealand Public Libraries have just published their strategic vision for 2012 – 2017. Point two on their list of strategic national priorities reads, “Develop an evidence-based model of measurement that demonstrates value and contribution to outcomes”.
Neither of these publications claims that it will be easy. We will need to adopt different mind sets, and find new ways of measuring the difference we make. Cross-sector collaboration may be key – as each of us, at some point, seeks to work with the clients of the other! It seems to make sense that we collaborate, share ideas and strategies, and successes as we find them.
Take particular note of Senga White’s contribution in Collected, Keys to effective collaboration. It is a model for success, and the work that Senga is doing in the area of preparing senior secondary students for tertiary study is ground-breaking. Her presentation at a recent international conference on information literacy was very well received, and her work may well be a model to guide many of us in our journey towards improved evidence based practice.