Connecting to students
GLADSTONE Regional Libraries has been announced as one of six national winners in the 2010 “yourtutor” e-learning awards.
The local library claimed the top spot in the Education Promotion category, courtesy of its successful yourtutor Education Roadshow conducted in May.
The award recognises the exceptional work performed by Gladstone Regional Libraries’ staff to promote the yourtutor online tutoring program.
Libraries’ staff conducted a public media event in March to raise awareness about yourtutor and then followed in May with the roadshow.
Designed to promote youth library membership, the roadshow required staff to undertake an exhausting schedule that included visits to nine schools and delivery of 21 separate presentations over three days, reaching more than 3300 students and teachers.
Gladstone Regional Library Young People’s Librarian Sue Norris said libraries throughout the region had experienced a considerable spike in youth membership after the roadshow.
“Allowing access to yourtutor with a library card is the single most effective way of encouraging students to join their local library membership and educational services,” Ms Norris said.
Communities with yourtutor have access to one-to-one, on-demand, online tutoring in all core curricula, as well as literacy and numeracy, throughout all school years and even into tertiary study.
With yourtutor, students use a public library card number to connect to qualified tutors to help with homework, difficult topics, assignment research, exam preparation and study questions.
Gladstone Regional Council Community Services portfolio spokesperson Councillor Maxine Brushe said the yourtutor program was a valuable asset for students and praised library staff for successfully promoting the service.
“This is a well-deserved achievement for Gladstone libraries’ staff,” Cr Brushe said.
“The library is always searching for ways to connect with the community to benefit our families and education.
“The council signed up to yourtutor so that local students could get extra help with their schoolwork – but at no cost to them.
“All it requires is a library membership number, so students across the local government area all have equal access,” she said.