Thank you Dianne

By Schools Catalogue Information Service (SCIS)

This edition of Connections marks the final time that Dianne Lewis will edit the newsletter.

When Curriculum Corporation conceived the concept of a regular newsletter for the Information Program, it was felt that the editor needed to be in a school to make sure that the newsletter just didn't become an advertising brochure of Curriculum Corporation. Information Program staff wanted the newsletter to report innovating use of technology in schools as well as use of Information Program products and services.

Dianne was approached to edit the newsletter and readily accepted. Over the past three years, Dianne has really established the newsletter as a source of information technology news for schools and her contribution to development of the newsletter cannot be underestimated.

Dianne is fully employed as Library Manager at Mt Scopus Memorial College in Melbourne and is currently involved in automating 3 libraries at the school. Knowing the amount of work involved in this process, Curriculum Corporation reluctantly accepted her resignation. Dianne felt that it was time to add new impetus to the newsletter by having a change of editor.

From all staff of the Information Program at Curriculum Corporation and readers of the newsletter, thank you for all your efforts for Connections. We wish you well in the future.

New Editor

The Winter Edition of Connections featured a lead article written by Heather Kelsall, Information Manager at The Southport School, Queensland.

Dianne Lewis when tendering her resignation, recommended Curriculum Corporation approach Heather to edit the newsletter.

Heather was contacted recently and has agreed to be the new editor, thus continuing the "editor in a school" theme for the newsletter. In this edition of Connections, a pen portrait of the new editor is included.

Welcome Heather


Heather Kelsall: Biography

Dip. Teaching; Graduate Diploma in Education (Teacher Librarianship); ALIA.

Married with two daughters: Seona, 3rd Year Science at Queensland University and Jaide in Year 11 at St. Hilda's Anglican School, Southport.

With a background in teaching, my first full time appointment to libraries was in Papua New Guinea back in 1972 as Library Resource Officer with the Department of Education. Returning to Australia in 1974, I was appointed T /L at Albury North High School which I left for domestic bliss, babies and dirty nappies! House duties were soon replaced by an educational resource business which I established in the mid 1970's -Riverina Educational Supplies.

The family moved to Queensland in 1981 and I joined the staff of Caboolture S.H.S. as T /L. From there I transferred to Morayfield S.H.S. as Acting Head of Resources until the end of 1987.

In 1988 I was appointed Senior Librarian at The Southport School -an Anglican Diocesan boarding and day school for 1300+ boys. This position has remained exciting with the Information Resources Centre advancing from a card catalogue to full automation, the 280 sq metres of floor space increasing to 610 and in 1994 the introduction of the TEP. As Department Head I am directly responsible to the Headmaster for the functioning of the three libraries on Campus, and have a staff of eight to assist me.

For the past four years I have also been part-time lecturer at the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE, taking both the Reference and Information Technology subjects in the Library Technicians Associate Diploma Course.

In the past I have reviewed for 'Orana', and have been published in several educational journals over the last 2 years. In 1993 I led a Workshop at ASLA (Adelaide) on CD ROM's supporting the secondary curriculum, and have run many in-service days for T /L's on information technology.

Professionally, I find the direction of information servicing exciting and a huge challenge, while privately genealogy takes up many spare hours!

Heather Kelsall

Schools Catalogue Information Service (SCIS)