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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

The importance of school libraries in the Google Age

By Kay Oddone

Issue 98, Term 3 2016

g the internet (ABS 2016). With such widespread access to information comes the commonly asked question: now that we have Google, do we still require libraries and librarians? This question is particularly being pressed in schools, where smartphones mean that both teachers and students carry a wealt

The fourth age of libraries

By Sean McMullen

Issue 92, Term 1 2015

for modern librarians, some of whom even turned up in costumes based off my work. Fifteen years later, many of these librarians are now wondering if libraries will still exist in twenty years, let alone two thousand. The past holds some clues about the future of libraries. What did people do for en

School libraries then and now - in the digital environment

By Lance Deveson

Issue 120, Term 1 2022

Once again I feel very privileged to have been invited by the Connections staff to write an opinion piece. This time it is on how school libraries have changed over the past 30 years and how they might look in the rapidly evolving digital environment. How time flies when you’re having fun! Thirty ye

TikTok and libraries: a powerful partnership

By Kelsey Bogan

Issue 115, Term 4 2020

eryone to do their due diligence and thoroughly research and review any new app before choosing whether to use it themselves. What is the benefit for libraries? It is my opinion that libraries benefit from a robust and engaging social media presence. Our library’s social media presence has been one

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

By Adie Johansen

Issue 116, Term 1 2021

ommunity 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 with others. To achieve our vision we set four goals:• Leading the way.

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

A thank you to libraries and ELR

By Mem Fox, Nicole Richardson

Issue 102, Term 3 2017

What role have libraries played in your life? I grew up in Zimbabwe, Africa, so libraries didn’t play a huge role in my early life. But at high school I spent a lot of time in the Bulawayo Library (our major city library) which was very well endowed at the time, and full of excellent non-fiction tha

School libraries supporting literacy

By Stephanie Ellis

Issue 99, Term 4 2016

key factors in effective library programming: teacher collaboration.Below is a summary of the activities and strategies that were shared. How school libraries can support literacy Book of the week Promote a selected book either using your library management system, or by making a quick and easy-to-

School libraries enhancing student wellbeing

By Jackie Child

Issue 105, Term 2 2018

home, playground and classroom. It is a safe place where students can come to chill out, meet, talk, study, make and play. For many students, school libraries have always been a place of refuge from the playground or extreme weather.  School libraries, like so many public libraries, are changing. T

Leigh Hobbs on school libraries and storytelling

By Leigh Hobbs

Issue 100, Term 1 2017

What role, if any, did school libraries play in developing your love of storytelling? When I was a child at school — in the pre-computer and internet early 1960s — the school library was my centre of exploration and discovery. I had friends of course and liked mucking around in the school yard, but

Students need great school libraries

By Nicole Richardson

Issue 109, Term 2 2019

In the face of widespread budget cuts and the reduction in qualified staffing of school libraries across the globe, 2018 saw the formation of two grassroots campaigns — Australia’s ‘Students Need School Libraries’ and the UK’s ‘Great School Libraries’. Both campaigns set ambitious, yet important, go

The magic of school libraries

By Belinda Cameron

Issue 115, Term 4 2020

taff member are on display. They delight even the most avid Harry Potter fans. With COVID-19 momentarily halting the usual community events in school libraries all over the world, we have had to cancel our Harry Potter Evening. However, as Dumbledore reminds us, ‘Happiness can be found, even in the

Morris Gleitzman on the uniquely contributive role of school libraries

By Morris Gleitzman

Issue 109, Term 2 2019

s — something I have been doing for about 30 years. I speak to lots of school library staff, because of my long-held interest in the health of school libraries. Over the last 18 months, this has been particularly so because my predecessor, Leigh Hobbs, made the health of school libraries a specific

STEM in libraries: inquiry, fun and community

By Gary Lom

Issue 118, TERM 3 2021

undergraduate qualification is in visual arts! So, what can I say here that will be of interest to you, and how do I get to be the expert on STEM in libraries? Models of facilitation and inquiry When I first studied vocational education, we were introduced to a variety of approaches beyond didactic

New Zealand school libraries respond to COVID-19

By Glenys Bichan

Issue 114, Term 3 2020

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 there. How do you provide that space w

The positive potential of ebooks within school libraries

By Trish du Temple

Issue 113, Term 2 2020

sourced and under pressure, struggling to service the increasing number of students seeking help, and at risk of burnout themselves. I believe school libraries can help. They have an opportunity to provide resources to improve students’ mental wellbeing, strengthen resilience and better equip them w

Unique libraries: The School of St Jude in Tanzania

By Rebecca Hansford

Issue 119, Term 4

The School of St Jude is a unique school that is home to three unique libraries. St Jude’s is located in Arusha, Tanzania. The school provides 1,800 bright students from poor backgrounds with free, quality education. Established in 2002 with just three students, St Jude’s now stretches across three

School libraries: miracles and madness

By Jackie French

Issue 104, Term 1 2018

The first school I went to burnt down. This was not my fault. The library didn’t burn down, because there wasn’t one — just a classroom with a shelf of books. I won third place in the lottery to read one of the two or three new books donated each year: The Magic Pudding. Three weeks later, it was mi

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