SCIS workshops

In the 2010 SCIS Survey there were requests for access to SCIS training from a significant number of respondents. In response to this, the SCIS Subscriber Support Coordinator role has been designed to provide increased training and professional learning opportunities in the use of SCIS and its value to the school library community.

The following half day seminars are available to Victorian library staff in Term 2, 2011.

‘Making the Most of SCIS’ workshops for Term 2, 2011

Register online for either workshop at:

Cost $85 per person includes materials and light catering. Payment on invoice

This training will highlight how SCIS cataloguing services can assist staff to provide a more effective library service to their school community. Learn how you can customise your SCIS profile to optimise your use of SCIS. Make the most of book cover images, and catalogue records for learning objects, video files, educational websites and e-books. Find out how to use SCIS Authority Files to save time and to enhance your library catalogue.

If you would like to discuss hosting a SCIS training seminar in your region, please contact Pru Mitchell.

School Library Advocacy YSL6

Evidence & Image is the focus of the Your School Library conference being held online from 4 – 18 March 2011.

An impressive array of international guests will provide presentations on the theme of school library advocacy and help school library staff develop strategies to explain the value of the library to administrators, colleagues and parents.

School libraries are not a luxury item – they are essential to learning. But getting that message out is a challenge.


Presenters and participants will share success stories from around the world
Gary Hartzell – Stephen Krashen – Keith Curry Lance – Carolyn Foote – Tricia Adams – Jerry Hurst – Maureen Twomey – Georgia Phillips – Sharon Bird, MP – Lisa Perez –  Buffy Hamilton – Sarah Pavey
Further details are available in the YSL6 flyer (pdf, 597kb)

Once registered you will receive a login to the Sosius online forum where each day a new presentation is loaded, and email discussion gets underway. The online forum allows you to work entirely at times that suit you, but to get maximum value from the conference many find it important to negotiate at least one professional development or work from home session during this time.
The tag for the conference is #ysl6

PD Planning 2011

Last Friday the Australian National Professional Standards for Teachers were released with some strong statements about professional engagement and professional learning. National Professional Standards for Teachers

Standard 6 – Engage in professional learning
Standard 7 – Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community

The timing of the standards publication is apt, as school library professional associations and other professional learning providers in Australian and New Zealand are getting started on their professional learning calendars for the year. Here are some of the upcoming highlights which SCIS is involved in.

SCIS Seminar, ACT, Friday 18 February 2011

SCIS is running its first ‘Making the Most of SCIS’ training seminar for 2011 at the Centre for Teaching and Learning in Canberra, on Friday 18 February.

This training will highlight how SCIS cataloguing services can assist staff to provide a more effective library service to their school community. Learn how you can customise your SCIS profile to optimise your use of SCIS. Make the most of book cover images, catalogue records for TLF learning objects, Clickview files, educational websites and e-books. Find out how to use SCIS Authority Files to save you time and enhance your library catalogue.

It’s not too late to register your interest at:

ASLA ACT AGM and PD Day, Canberra Grammar School, Saturday 19 February 2011

Pru Mitchell, SCIS Subscriber Coordinator will be presenting a session on ‘Rethinking the OPAC’ at the ASLA ACT conference on Saturday 19 February at Canberra Grammar School, Red Hill. The programme includes:

Lyn Hay, Charles Sturt University:  The Future of School Library: A State of Emergency?
Delia Browne, Copyright Advisory Group: Copyright Issues for Educators in the Digital World
Sue Martin, Burgmann Anglican College: Glogster workshops
Paul MacDonald, Beecroft Childrens Bookshop: The Place of the Book in the E-Book Age

Register for this conference at:

AISWA Resource discovery and the OPAC, Scotch College WA, Wednesday 23 February 2011

This workshop is being offered through the Association of Independent Schools of WA (AISWA) on Wednesday 23 February at 4.00pm, Bunning Resource Centre, Scotch College Swanbourne.
Register at:

Planning your PD for 2011

The edna Library events calendar lists further opportunities for school library staff planning their professional learning and professional engagement for the year.

Library Lovers Day Happy Library Lovers Day!

Eventful 2011

With people around the world, our thoughts at this time are with all those affected by devastating floods. We are waiting anxiously to see how schools, libraries and infrastructure have been disrupted and how as a community we can help in the aftermath. This is not the beginning to 2011 that anyone expected when they closed their doors at the end of the school year.

Flooding doesn't concern wheelie binsFlooding by Kingbob86 CC-by

Events such as this and the 2010 Canterbury earthquake in New Zealand  have certainly shown the impact of  online social media and crowdsourced, citizen journalism. It has been impressive to witness the community in action through twitter, facebook, flickr, YouTube and mapping tools.

The Wikipedia article on the 2011 Queensland floods is one resource ready for teachers addressing this issue with classes in a few weeks. Starting on 29 December 2010 Wikipedians have maintained updated summaries of the extent of the floods across each river basin, described the response effort and referenced over 80 sources.  Viewing the history and discussion associated with development of this article provides a highly relevant starting point for an information literacy activity.

It is amazing to realise that on Saturday 15 January 2011 Wikipedia will turn 10.

Celebrations of the relatively short history of this project are planned for many places around the world, and people are sharing their stories of what being involved with Wikipedia has meant to them.
Wikipedia Timeline
Our stories: Wikipedia10

10 sharing book coverWikipedia10 by JayWalsh CC-by-sa-3.0

2011 Calendar

Planning library displays or theme-based units for 2011?

To find events to celebrate or commemorate in 2011, check out the 2011 Australian Schools Calendar of special events available from Education Network Australia (edna).

The calendar lists events and celebration days with each date linked to event information, useful for planning library displays, school theme-based events, blog posts and online celebrations.

2011 is …

2011 Australian Schools Calendar

International Year of Chemistry
International Year of Forests
International Year for People of African Descent
International Year of Youth
World Veterinary Year
Year of the Bat
Year of the Solar System

Print your calendar

This year’s downloadable calendar was designed by Alice Fraser of La Trobe University, Bendigo. Alice took the UN International Year of Forests as the theme. Print each month and display the calendar in your school’s library, staffroom and classrooms.

Download complete 2011 calendar in pdf format

Online calendar

From the regularly updated online version of the calendar you can download events, school term dates and public holidays into your calendar software.

calendar_add Click the calendar icon in the right hand column of the online calendar to download events one-by-one

RSS icon Subscribe to be notified of new events as they are added to the Australian Schools calendar during the year.
Suggest an event to be added to the calendar.

SLANZA 10 years on

slanza_headerHappy Birthday to the School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (SLANZA) whose members are meeting in Auckland and via video conference this afternoon to celebrate their 10 year anniversary, and to conduct the 2010 AGM.

We extend congratulations to current SLANZA President, Senga White and to recently announced President-elect Fiona Mackie, and wish the association all the best for the next 10 years.

SLANZA was launched in 2000 with the vision of strengthening and promoting the role of school libraries and enabling all school communities to become information literate, and has already had many successes in delivering the goals it sets itself to:

  • provide a national voice for school library teams
  • advocate for the critical role of school libraries in reading, teaching and learning
  • improve the professional standing, working conditions and qualifications for all staff involved with school libraries
  • support professional development through conferences, network meetings and regular newsletters
  • develop links with associated national and international professional organisations.

SLANZA conferences are always friendly and professionally stimulating events and planning is underway for July 2011 at St Cuthbert’s College, Auckland. Check out also the stunning latest issue of Collected magazine.

International School Library Day 2010

The SCIS team extends greetings and best wishes to school library staff everywhere as International School Library Day 2010 is celebrated today in Australia.

ISLD logo

Diversity Challenge Resilience
School Libraries Have it All

This year’s theme reflects well the reality of students, schools and collections diversifying, of the challenge of new buildings and technologies, and of the resilience required by library staff, systems and associations.
It also reminds us that good school libraries deliver positive outcomes in so many areas: cultural diversity, multiliteracies, literature and community learning.

Further information about International School Library Month is available from the International Association of School Librarianship and 2010 Coordinator Marie O’Brien.

A number of celebration events and awards are part of this significant day.

Australian Teacher Librarian of the Year Award 2010

Congratulations to Janice Wilson from Lake Tuggeranong College, ACT for winning the Australian Teacher Librarian of the Year 2010 awarded by the Australian School Library Association (ASLA) and Pledger Consulting (LinksPlus/Weblinks).
Described as a curriculum leader and effective manager in a very complex school library-public library environment, Janice exemplifies the criteria for this award as an exceptional Australian teacher librarian in a school setting whose professional practice has a positive impact on student achievement and information literacy. ASLA describes the role of a teacher librarian as having three key professional specialisations: curriculum leader, information specialist, and information services manager.

ASLA NSW Teacher Librarian of the Year 2010

NSW Teacher Librarian of the Year 2010 is Elizabeth Greef, St Andrew’s Cathedral School. Elizabeth’s citation refers to her work managing the resourcing of new programmes in the school including the International Baccalaureate and Gawura, the school’s indigenous program.

ASLA Tasmania Teacher Librarian of the Year 2010

Tasmanian Teacher Librarian of the Year is Kate Reid, of the Kindergarten – Year 8 Library at The Hutchins School Tasmania
Connect with @katemreid on twitter

Western Australian School Library Association

WASLA is holding an International School Library Day dinner in Subiaco tonight to celebrate the announcement of awards.
WA Teacher Librarian of the Year is Jane Graham, Wesley College, South Perth
WA Library Officer of the Year is Bronwyn Hogg, Helena College

School Library Association of Victoria online

SLAV celebrates today by inviting you to join in an Elluminate online webconferencing session at 11.00am (AEDST – check your time zone here) to launch the 2012 National Year of Reading (NYOR). Get your headset on, follow the link to Elluminate and join Sue McKerracher who will present details of the NYOR and the promotional material that is available for you to use in gaining support and interest at your school.

So how did you spend International School Library Day? We’d love to hear about it.

Book Week 2010

What is the longest running children’s festival in Australia?

Who is the national patron of the Children’s Book Council of Australia?

What is the theme of this year’s Book Week?

Where can you find the Short List and Notables List for the categories for Children’s Book of the Year?

Questions that any library would be happy to answer! Find the answers to these questions and more information from CBCA’s Book Week. The pages contain great ideas for celebrating Book Week in school libraries. There are also links to other sites which have created resources for promoting Book Week, which is celebrated from 21 to 27 August 2010.

Book Week helps encourage Australian book creation. Our children should have access to Australian literature as part of their reading development. Who do you think will win in the five categories? This year’s Children’s Book of the Year is announced on Friday 20 August 2010. We will have to wait for the big announcements which are usually reported in the major newspapers the next day.

Access All Areas; Library and Information Week 24 – 30 May 2010


This is the week to shamelessly promote yourselves!  With Julia Gillard’s Australian School Library and Teacher Librarian Inquiry currently taking place, Library and Information Week provides an excellent opportunity for school libraries to keep their community aware of the hugely important role played by the library in supporting school staff and the curriculum; and in teaching effective information searching skills and developing a love of reading in all students.

If you do nothing else for Library and information week, DO take part in National Simultaneous Storytime, run on Wednesday 26 May. This year the book is Little White Dogs Can’t Jump by Bruce Whately and Rosie Smith,  which will also be made available electronically via the National Simultaneous Storytime webpage for those schools which do not have their own copy. Get creative, grab a projector, and you’re off!

Other fabulous ideas on how to promote your library are available from, and please don’t forget National Library Technicians’ Day on Tuesday 25 May.   This is an important opportunity to remind everyone of the important role played by library technicians in school libraries, as well as an excellent excuse to host a celebratory morning tea!

And don’t forget, there’s no reason to restrict activities to one week of the year either. Running activities all through the school year is a very effective way to keep the library in the fore-front of the school’s life.

This post was co-authored by Anthea Amos, Connections Editor.

SCIS staff out and about this month!

NZ Lake Paringa between 1923-1929

SCIS staff will be visiting the land of the long white cloud and also travelling to Adelaide this month for  conferences held by the New Zealand Aotearoa and South Australian school library  associations respectively.

SCIS manager Leonie Bourke will be in Adelaide next Monday to give an update on new features in SCIS to attendees of the SLASA Library Support Staff conference in Adelaide, as well providing an introduction to The Learning Federation’s digital resource bank, Scootle, and discussing how best to integrate it with other library resources.

Leonie will also be giving a talk on how the Schools Online Thesaurus (ScOT) supports resource discovery in Scootle at the SLANZA conference in Christchuch between the 28th and 30th of September.

SCIS will also be represented at the SLANZA conference by New Zealand cataloguer, Bruce Moir, formerly employed by the National Library of New Zealand as a Library Advisor, who will be giving a seminar on using successful cataloguing in schools and using SCIS, and SCIS director of marketing Tricia Nathan will be giving a seminar on making the most of SCIS in your school library, as well as running SCIS training workshops in Auckland on the 24th of September.

The image above is a panoramic shot of Lake Paringa, on the West Coast of the South Island in New Zealand, taken some time between 1923 and 1918, and can be found as part of the National Library of New Zealand’s photostream on Flickr.