New Zealand News

By Jenny Carroll

As New Zealand school librarians head off for two weeks holiday, Jenny Carroll reminds us of dates to remember in 1997.

We have just had the AGM for School Library Network with the upcoming committee remaining the same as last year. For those of us on the committee, it has been a challenging time settling into our various roles and we look forward to another year.

Of interest to school librarians on this year's agenda is the Young Adult Conference in Wellington, scheduled for July 25 and 26. Speakers include Mary K. Chelton co-founder of Voice of Youth Advocates and Sam Edwards, visual literacy expert from the University of Waikato.

The NZLIA Conference will be held in Wanganui on the 16, 17 and 18 of October. Of particular interest to librarians in education is Ross Todd from the University of Technology in Sydney. He is expected to share his recent research results plus launch a new interactive multimedia learning package. There is also a slot for the information groups that were formed at last year's Queenstown Conference, to meet and mingle.  

The National Library in New Zealand has opened up a web site called TuneFrames' which is a collection of more than 1,000 Alexander Turnbull Library images showing New Zealand's history. Access to the database is free until the end of June. It is well worth a look at

Keep these snippets in mind, think about and keep in touch with the New Zealand scene. Until next issue best wishes from school librarians in New Zealand.

Jenny Carroll


School Library Network