Thanks to all who participated in ELR 2012
Educational Lending Right (ELR) school library survey is an Australian cultural program run by the Australian Government. SCIS manages the ELR survey on behalf of the Australian Government. The ELR survey collects data to calculate the number of copies of specific titles held in Australian school libraries. These book counts are the basis for payments to Australian book creators. The payments are to assist book creators to continue producing Australian books.
600 schools across Australia are selected each year to participate in ELR. This includes schools with enrolments over 100 from all sectors and that use library systems compatible with ELR software.
SCIS started approaching the schools from September, requesting data files be created and provided to us. We were delighted that by the end of term 3 we had already received 54 results! And by the first week of November we have reached all our result targets.
We would also like to acknowledge the ongoing support and assistance from the library system vendors, Sydney, Canberra/Goulburn and Brisbane Catholic Education Offices IT Support, and NSW and ACT Education Dept IT Support who support ELR.
Feedback from participants
The overwhelming feedback is that participation in ELR is straightforward. 96% of participants rated the ELR process as ‘not time-consuming’ (from a few minutes to half an hour to overnight – depending on the library system) and 94% of participants completed the survey independently with no assistance required from ESA or their library system provider.
- ‘I did the copying (CAL) survey last year. When I saw this survey, I thought: Oh, here we go again. But this one was very quick and easy. Thanks’
- ‘We are pleased our information provided will assist our Australian book creators and publishers.’
ELR 2012 goes green
In the interests of reducing the paperwork delivered to schools, we provided more information about ELR online and 97% of respondents noted that these online instructions and information were quite adequate for them to do the survey.
Thanks from our authors
We are very grateful to all the schools who took the time to engage with our request to participate in ELR. Australian book creators are also very appreciative of your support.
Mini Goss says;
‘Despite having over thirty books to my name the ELR payment is still a major part of my income and without which it would be even harder to survive in this difficult industry.’
Read more about ELR and the value Australian book creators have for ELR in each issue of Connections or on the ELR web pages.
Anthony Eaton, Australian author
The Educational Lending Right (ELR) 2010-11 School Library Survey was commenced in the first weeks of term 4 with 600 Australian schools invited to participate.
Participation involves running a small software program or performing an ordinary back up, depending on the library management system. Feedback from schools indicates that participation is quick and easy, taking only minutes to do. From the results we are able to create a book count of titles held in the schools. The Australian Government uses this data to calculate payments to Australian book creators.
Australian book creators highly value the income they receive from this important cultural program.
If you have been invited to participate and have not done so yet, please respond as soon as possible. We have received less than half the required number of responses to make the data statistically viable.
More information is available from ELR 2010-11 or telephone 1800 337 405 (outside Melbourne); 03 9207 9600 or email email@example.com.
ELR – Encouraging the growth of Australian writing and publishing
Educational Lending Right (ELR) is an Australian cultural program administered by the Office for the Arts, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. ELR scheme makes payments to eligible Australian creators and publishers whose books are held in school libraries.
600 schools have been invited to participate in this year’s Educational Lending Right school library survey. If you are one of the lucky ones chosen, we hope you are able to follow the instructions to provide a data file report or back-up file. And that is the survey done!This year participants will be given a $20 gift voucher from Curriculum Press, redeemable until end of term 1 2011. More information is available about Educational Lending Right.
As a result of the Educational Lending Right (ELR) 2009-10 School Library Survey, a list has been compiled of the top 100 Australian books.
Again Mem Fox tops the list with Possum magic, as she has every year we have published the top 100 list. Mem has a total of 7 titles in the list. The author with the most titles is Emily Rodda with 20 titles, followed by Paul Jennings with 14 titles. Morris Gleitzman comes in third with 9 titles in the list.
The top 100 Australian books list could be useful for promoting Australian books and reading. It is available on the SCIS ELR web page as a word document so you can adapt it for your use.
The 2009-10 ELR school library survey has now been sent out to 600 schools. If you are one of our selected schools for the 2009/10 survey, please complete and return the survey to SCIS before the 13th of November 2009, and do your part to support amazing Australian authors like Tohby Riddle, whose 2009 CBC short-listed picture book, Nobody owns the moon is the subject of this lovely display at St. Matthew’s Primary School library in North Fawkner.
For more information about ELR see our earlier blog post on the subject, and remember, each issue of Connections also features news and information about the ELR survey.
The ELR school library survey is about to begin for 2009 with sample schools receiving a package which includes information on the survey and how (quick and easy it is) to participate. Issue 69 of connections features the musings of teacher librarian Chris Kilfoyle of Leopold Primary School on her experiences at one of our survey schools and the importance of supporting our home-grown talent. Check out page 13 of Connections too, which features regular information about ELR.
The Educational Lending Right is an Australian cultural program, established with the purpose of ensuring Australian creators (authors, illustrators, translators, compilers and editors) and publishers received fair recompense for income lost from the availability of their books in educational lending libraries; and also as a way of supporting the enrichment of Australian culture by encouraging the growth and development of Australian writing and publishing. The ELR is administered by the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA), and is based on the results of The Educational Lending Right school library survey, undertaken annually by SCIS on behalf of DEWHA, which surveys the library holdings of more than 600 schools throughout Australia. For more information, DEWHA’s ELR page has general info on how ELR is administered and distributed.
Unfortunately copyright restrictions precluded me from posting an actual book cover image to acccompany this post, so I’ve compromised with the above creative commons image, taken from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kwl/ / CC BY 2.0