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SCIS is more

By Caroline Hartley

Issue 114, Term 3 2020

Welcome to another edition of Connections and I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I have recently joined the SCIS team and have an extensive background working in educational and library technologies, e-learning, publishing and educational services across K–12 and higher education

School libraries and sustainability

By Katalin Mindum

Issue 113, Term 2 2020

With the current focus on climate change and the impact we are having on the environment, many of us are wondering how we can make a real difference. Libraries are quite naturally places that people turn to for ideas as well as answers. They tend to be positive, proactive and full of amazing, commun

School libraries transform

By SLANZA (School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa)

Issue 115, Term 4 2020

School libraries across New Zealand are supporting a nationwide campaign to ensure that every child has access to a well-resourced library with a specialist librarian who can help them develop a lifelong love of reading. Many children in schools in Aotearoa do not have that right. SLANZA (School Lib

School library spotlight: Yarra Valley Grammar

By Dr Mark Merry, Miriam Meehan

Issue 112, Term 1 2020

Dr Mark Merry Please tell us about the new YarraValley Grammar Research Centre andwhy the school has invested in it? There was a reasonably shallow view at one stage that libraries were going to go out of fashion because everyone could sit at home and do their research online. That misses the point.

Supporting Australian book creators

By Alison Lester

Issue 110, Term 3 2019

I love school libraries and it makes me feel sad and angry when I hear about schools closing their libraries. The library should be the engine room of every school, a place where students and teachers can go and be expertly steered to the information they need. And, this information might be digital

New Zealand school libraries respond to COVID-19

By Glenys Bichan

Issue 114, Term 3 2020

How do you run a school library when no-one can enter it? The lockdown made us all reflect on our practice and on the questions, ‘Who are we?’ and more importantly, ‘Why are we?’ School libraries are a place of transformation for our students and our staff. Students can flourish, grow and explore th

Supporting Australian book creators

By Daniel Hughes

Issue 114, Term 3 2020

Each year, Educational Lending Right (ELR), an Australian Government cultural program, makes payments to thousands of book creators and publishers across Australia. These payments compensate them for income potentially lost as a result of their books being available for loan in educational lending l

Windows and mirrors: Visibility and representation in Australian LGBTQIA+ YA fiction

By Nell Day

Issue 113, Term 2 2020

Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange ... When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own li

Supporting Australian book creators

By Ruilin Shi (with thanks to Jeannie Baker)

Issue 111, Term 4 2019

Australian book creators, including Jeannie Baker, lose income through the free multiple use of their work in Australian public and educational lending libraries. That is why the two Australian Lending Right Schemes (ELR and PLR) are so important to all of them. The Educational Lending Right (ELR) s

School library spotlight: St Joseph’s College, Geelong

By Joy Whiteside

Issue 114, Term 3 2020

The library’s role in the school community is to be connected, multifaceted, flexible and relevant … the library has to be everything to everyone in the school community. What is your job title, and what does your role entail? I am the Library Manager at St Joseph’s College (SJC), Geelong, a Catholi

School library spotlight: Toowoomba State High School

By Lorraine Petersen

Issue 113, Term 2 2020

What is your job title, and what does your role entail? I’m the Textbook Hire Library Coordinator at Toowoomba State High School. I am studying a Diploma of Library and Information Services, and work as a teacher aide four mornings a week in the Textbook Hire division of our library. My work there f

Supporting Australian book creators

By Sally Rippin

Issue 115, Term 4 2020

When I was growing up, our family moved around a lot. We lived in England, Brunei and Hong Kong, as well as Darwin, Perth and Adelaide, moving every couple of years because of my father’s job as an engineer. By the time I arrived in Melbourne, ready to start Year 8, I had already been to seven diffe

Easy access to library services: public and school libraries working together

By Adie Johansen

Issue 116, Term 1 2021

Since 2015 we’ve been modernising our library service for the Manawatū community and embracing change. Our vision is simple: to be ‘the best little library in New Zealand’. A library is more than just an avenue for books. Libraries are community hubs where you can learn, create, feel safe and engage

School library spotlight: Trinity Grammar School, Sydney

By Courtney Nolan, Stefanie Gaspari

Issue 116, Term 1 2021

What is your job title, and what does your role entail? Courtney: Library Services Manager for Trinity Grammar School, Sydney. In my role I take on many of the responsibilities that come with managing the administrative side of our library services. I managed our team of library support staff, and d

Supporting Australian book creators

By Anna Fienberg

Issue 116, Term 1 2021

In her novel Celestial Navigation, Anne Tyler observes: ‘One sad thing about this world is that the acts that take the most out of you are usually the ones that other people will never know about.’ Like billions of other fans of good fiction, I am saved every day by insights such as Anne’s. Novels l

School Library Spotlight: Forest Hill College

By Helen Farch

Issue 117, Term 2 2021

The school library: more than just the physical space. What is your job title, and what does your job entail? Forest Hill College (FHC) is a co-educational government secondary school of approximately 580 students based in Burwood East in Melbourne’s east. Our school library is run by two library te

Supporting Australian book creators

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Issue 112, Term 1 2020

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Fathers reading week: a case study for the Great School Libraries campaign

By Lucy Chambers, BAHons; DipLib; MSc; MCLIP

Issue 115, Term 4 2020

Summary The UK Great School Libraries Campaign1 invites school librarians to submit case studies, to demonstrate how their library contributes to teaching and learning in the school. I take you through the process of writing a new case study based on Fathers Reading Week. Note: the word ‘Fathers’ in

What is a future ready librarian?

By Mark Ray

Issue 113, Term 2 2020

Librarians of the past or future? In my 2016 TEDx Talk, Changing the conversation about librarians, I suggested that we are good at associating librarians with our past, but may not be as clear about their role in the future. Later that same year, Future Ready Librarians launched in the United State

School library spotlight: One Arm Point Remote Community School

By Mel Rowsell

Issue 115, Term 4 2020

What is your job title, and what does your role entail? I am Mel, Library Officer at One Arm Point Remote Community School (OAP RCS). This small school of around 130 students is on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula in WA. When I first started working at the school, the library consisted of a few half