‘Yesterday, a student asked for a book on Emmanuel Macron. It will be delivered today, and I will be able to catalogue it within five minutes because SCIS is quick. I’ll have it in her hands this afternoon.’
School: Eltham College
Type: Independent school for boys (aged 7–18) and girls (aged 16–18)
Cataloguing subscription: SCIS Data + Authority Files
Library management system: Accessit
Size of collection: 11,780 in junior library; 22,665 in senior library
Eltham College, a high-performing independent school in South East London, focuses on the core business of school libraries: providing access. Librarian Caroline Roche works in the senior school library, supported by a library assistant and a school community enthusiastic about the library’s role. Spread over three floors, Eltham College’s senior library provides space for students to study, read and gather during break times. In a library that prides itself on immediate access, SCIS Data contributes to their fast-turnaround workflow.
Continue reading SCIS Data case study: Caroline Roche, Eltham College, UK
In this blog, Lucy Chambers shares with us some of the successful reading promotions that she has held in her schools. Lucy presented them as part of her workshop on school librarians sharing good practice, held at the CILIP School Libraries Group Conference in April.
Continue reading Taking reading for pleasure beyond the library
Most subscribers use SCIS Data to download records for books and other physical items that they would like to make available in their library catalogue.
But, with over 100,000 records available for websites, apps, ebooks, audiobooks, and digital videos, it is also the perfect tool to help build your digital collection.
This blog post looks at the benefits of including digital content in your library catalogue, and how SCIS supports this.
Continue reading Enhance your library collection with digital content
Teacher librarian Tania Sheko highlights the teaching aspect of teacher librarianship, and how she facilitates learning in her school.
Continue reading The ‘teacher’ in ‘teacher librarian’
Fleur Morrison writes about the importance of libraries, whether in our cities or schools, for the future of our communities.
There are plenty of things that young people feel aggrieved about being saddled with. Climate change and a long-running war in the Middle East are two that leap immediately to mind.
But there are other things handed down by previous generations that seem to suggest extraordinary generosity and vision. One is libraries.
Continue reading Let’s not think of libraries as gifts, but as wise investments
SCIS forges into a new frontier
The Schools Catalogue Information Service (SCIS) is working with several major school library management system vendors in Australia and New Zealand to revolutionise how library catalogue records are distributed to schools.
Continue reading Is there life beyond MARC?
At SCIS, we have been working closely with library system vendors to improve the SCIS experience. We have made two changes to enable libraries to select the download options that will best suit the library system that they are using.
Continue reading Personalising the SCIS experience
For Library Lovers’ Day, we celebrate the work of Jane Viner, who was awarded Teacher Librarian of the Year in 2017. SCIS recently spoke to Jane about what makes her library unique and what she finds most rewarding about her role and working in school libraries.
‘I loved this book, Mrs Viner. Now I know why I like reading. Are there any more like it?’
Continue reading In conversation with ASLA’s Teacher Librarian of the Year
Library media specialist
Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA
Do you ever stop and think about what the school library can be for your learning community? It is easy to get caught up in the daily activities and forget about the endless possibilities that exist for our learners. As I prepare to begin my 10th year as a school librarian, I’ve been thinking about how the library spaces and resources can transform our students’ lives. I would like to share some recent happenings that have illustrated this to me.
Continue reading What can a library be?
In 2017, we launched SCIS Data — a modern, intuitive and user-friendly platform that makes resource management in schools even simpler. To help ease your way into the new website, we have recorded a series of instructional videos, available to view on our Vimeo page. You can also visit our comprehensive help centre, packed with help articles based on your FAQs.
We will also be hosting a series of webinars in January and February to help you make the most of SCIS Data. Webinars are open to all school library staff and are a great way to discover how SCIS can support your library’s cataloguing and collection management, with the opportunity to chat with fellow library staff. Sessions are approximately 45–60 minutes, and we are happy to answer questions throughout.
Continue reading Professional learning webinars: Term 1, 2018