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.

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SCIS (Schools Catalogue Information Service) was created with the aim of providing schools with access to a database of consistent catalogue records created according to agreed national standards, in order to reduce the cost and duplication of effort of cataloguing resources in schools. Since its inception, SCIS has been responsible for improving the quality and consistency of cataloguing materials for schools.

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