Category: JBC Library

Capable, confident critical thinkers 

The advent of the internet has changed our lives and we must all respect and take responsibility for the online world in which we find ourselves. The importance of being media literate so that we may function consciously, critically and ethically in the media world, requires the assistance of the whole of society. Everyone plays… Read more »

Media literacy: What does it mean?

Media literacy: What does it mean? According to the Australian Media Literacy Alliance (AMLA), the newly formed agency to champion media literacy education in Australia, ‘media literacy is the ability to critically engage with media in all aspects of life. It is a critical form of lifelong literacy that is essential for full participation in… Read more »

Information skills:
The Big 6

Whenever a student encounters a problem or task that requires information in order to be solved, they are encountering an information-based problem. In order to solve this information-based problem, students require a process for information problem solving. One such process is often referred to as the Big 6. Two American gentlemen, Mike Eisenberg and Bob… Read more »

Importance of Reading

By now, most students will have completed reading the titles they have borrowed from the Library during Term 1. We are aware that such items will all be overdue, but no penalty will be given for not returning items at the moment. All we ask is that you look after the items you have until… Read more »

Reading Time with Boredom Busters

With the school holidays upon us, it is prime time to remind students of the Premiers’ Reading Challenge – whereby students are able to register their participation and read a minimum of 15 books over the challenge time. Challenge time lasts through to September and in those months students need to read ten titles from… Read more »

Credibility in the art of research

In this the age of information it becomes harder for students to navigate their way through the plethora of information at their fingertips. Students need to develop their skill of evaluating everything they read with a contingent of questions in mind. Evaluating skills can be sorted into five base areas. Authority: Who is the author… Read more »

Digital Literacy – What does it mean?

If we consider the basic Wikipedia definition of digital literacy as referring to an individual’s ability to find, evaluate and compose clear information through writing and other mediums on various digital platforms, then we could be missing some critical elements of what it means to be digitally literate in the current century. According to Coldwell-Neilson… Read more »

Digital Literacy components

Wall and Ryan (2012) divide digital literacy into three components: one, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Literacy; two, Information Literacy; and three, Critical Literacy. ICT Literacy refers to the ability to use technological tools; Information Literacy refers to the skills to access, use, organise, create, present and evaluate information; while Critical Literacy refers to the… Read more »

Premiers’ Reading Challenge 2019

The Premiers’ Reading Challenge began in 2005 and since then more than 2.8 million students have read close on 48 million books. MacKillop College students, too, have been an integral part of this challenge for a number of years. Literacy and numeracy skills lay the foundation for success in learning and in life and the… Read more »

Library Homepage

Have you visited the Library home page recently? If not, take a look at the new format. The library catalogue appears first and foremost while you are still able to search for the library resources. Then, the existence of the two boxes, ‘Library LibGuide’ and ‘Reading Matters’, can lead students to all the resources available… Read more »