2017 has been an exciting year for SCIS.
Our new website SCIS Data was launched in August, complete with a fresh rebrand and exciting new features to support school libraries. We also celebrated the 100th issue of our quarterly magazine, Connections, and to commemorate the milestone, announced that we would digitise and make available the full history of Connections.
We are proud to announce that — for the first time in our history — the entire collection is now available to view and download online.
Connections was developed in 1992 as a publication by library staff, for library staff — and a way to keep our readers up to date with SCIS news. In its formative years, it covered topics such as dial-up internet, setting up a CD-ROM service in the school library, and abbreviated cataloguing microfiche. We’ve found it fascinating to read back over earlier issues and discover how much has changed over the past 25 years. The uptake of technological developments has shaped the role of teacher librarians, and school libraries in general.
Connections has been led by a handful of wonderful editors, undergoing a few transformations over the years. Initially a six-page newsletter, it now boasts 16 full-colour pages, and offers a wide variety of articles, inspiration, and information relevant to school library staff. In 2017, to coincide with the launch of SCIS Data, we gave Connections a fresh new look.
You can find all 103 issues of Connections on our website, at www.scisdata.com/connections, along with:
- downloadable PDF copies of all issues
- article search by topic or author
- complete articles online (from Issue 90 onwards).
We hope you enjoy looking back on the history of Connections and Australian school libraries with us.
Wishing you all the best for the holiday season. We look forward to another exciting year in 2018.
From the SCIS team.