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.

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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.

Indigenous Literacy Day, Wednesday September 2 2009

David UnaiponThe Indigenous Literacy Project (ILP) is a partnership between the Australian Book Industry and The Fred Hollows Foundation to supply schools, libraries, early learning centres such as crèches, women’s centres and other identified institutions with relevant books and other culturally appropriate learning materials.

Indigenous Literacy Day is the annual  major fund-raising event for the ILP and  aims to help raise urgently needed funds to address the literacy crisis in remote Indigenous communities.  For information about how your school can support Indigenous Literacy Day go to the schools page of the Indigenous Literacy Project at

The image for this post is of  David Unaipon (1872-1967), the first Australian Aboriginal writer to have a book published in Australia. From the photographic collections of the State Library of New South Wales: