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
A few recently published articles about the role of digital media in the library that you might find interesting…
Boston Globe, by David Abel.
A private preparatory school in New England has done away with it’s collection of more than 200,000 printed books in one of its campus libraries, in order to implement a digital learning centre (ie. library) that contains no printed material whatsoever. Scary? Just a little. The way of the future? Maybe not yet..
The Chronicle of Higher Education, By Jeffrey R. Young
Discusses the pros and cons of e-textbooks, and whether they’re really set to replace the printed text. The Arizona State University is participating in a e-textbook experiment supported by Amazon, using the Kindle e-book reader, and the results to date have been mixed.
CNN, by John D. Sutter.
A fairly general article about different initiatives being undertaken by public libraries in the U.S., and how the role of the library (and the librarian!) is changing in the face of new technologies. Hardly exhaustive, but it’s an interesting starting point for discussions about digital medias in the library.
The image of the ebook reader above is from Flickr creative commons.
[Drumroll please] … and the shortlisted titles for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2009 are:
A S Byatt The Children’s Book (Random House, Chatto and Windus)
J M Coetzee Summertime (Random House, Harvill Secker)
Adam Foulds The Quickening Maze (Random House, Jonathan Cape)
Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall (HarperCollins, Fourth Estate)
Simon Mawer The Glass Room (Little, Brown)
Sarah Waters The Little Stranger (Little, Brown, Virago)
Click on the title links above for plot synopsis and author bios, or see the official Man Booker Prize website for more details.
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.
As you may be aware, initial testing of RDA is to be undertaken by the U.S. National Libraries (The Library of Congress (LC); the National Library of Medicine (NLM); and the National Agricultural Library (NAL)). The testing period was due to begin in July this year after the release of the online version of RDA and was projected to take approximately nine months. However, there been have unforeseen delays in releasing RDA and so testing has not yet commenced.
At this stage SCIS (along with other national agencies) is still awaiting the outcome of the U.S. testing. We’re also closely monitoring the implementation plans of the national libraries including the National Library of Australia. Naturally before committing to a course of action regarding RDA, SCIS will need to consider the impact of any such changes on our users very carefully, and will also need to confer with library system vendors to ensure that any changes will be supported by school systems. If you’re worried about RDA affecting the library records you download from SCIS, please don’t be – we won’t be making any changes until we are certain that our users will be able to support the new standard!
Those of you interested in undertaking a bit more research on RDA’s development and implementation might find the following sites interesting:
http://www.rda-jsc.org/rda.html – Created by the joint steering committee for the development of RDA, this page contains background information and FAQs about the and projected implementation of RDA.
http://www.nla.gov.au/lis/stndrds/grps/acoc/rda.html – The National Library of Australia’s RDA information page contains information about the projected implementation of RDA by the National Library, as well as links to some interesting presentations on RDA and the conceptual models on which it has been based.
http://www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future/rda/ – The Library of Congress’s RDA testing page gives information about progression and methodologies of the testing being undertaken by the U.S. National libraries.
The gorgeous image I used for this post is of a book fair on the Thames, and is by Jasoon, whose images on Flickr Creative Commons can be viewed at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasoon/ / CC BY 2.0
We love this picture of Geraldine the Giraffe
(who also moonlights as a book trolley
in her spare time).
Taken by those crafty cataloguers
at CMIS in WA, and created by one extra crafty CMIS Evaluator – named Jean (we are reliably informed).
Those of you who have Edublog accounts are probably very familiar with this excellent blog set up by the team at Edublogs and edited by tertiary educator and passionate blogger Sue Waters – and for those of you who are considering dipping your tootsies into the blogging waters it’s an excellent source of tips, tricks and links to information on how to go about setting up your own Edublog.
At the moment the Edublogger is running a competition to see who can post the most useful advice on using blogs with their students – and giving away sixteen Edublogs supporter 12 month subscriptions as an incentive for you to contribute your wee mite of advice for the masses! Those of you are considering how best to implement web2.0 technologies in your libraries and classrooms should also stay tuned to see some of the great ideas that come out of this competition.
For more information see: http://theedublogger.edublogs.org/2009/08/11/share-your-tips-and-win-big/
Teacher librarians might find this fantastic blog created by the CMIS staff at the Department of Education and Training in WA to be a useful source of regular fiction news and reviews. Recent posts include the World Fantasy Awards nominations for which fabulous Australian picture book author Shaun Tan has picked up 2 nominations.
Follow them on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/cmisevalff
Welcome to the new SCIS blog. Designed to complement our brand-new website, our new blog is your one-stop shop for school related library and information news!!