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School Library Spotlight: Xavier College, Burke Hall

By Fiona O'Rourke

Issue 119, Term 4

e. I was particularly struck by this comment: ‘I am not a great reader but the library makes me feel safe.’ It highlights another important role that libraries play – helping to maintaining the wellbeing of our students. 4. How do you promote reading and literacy in your school? Are there any challe

School Library Spotlight: Forest Hill College

By Helen Farch

Issue 117, Term 2 2021

staff at SCIS are knowledgeable and always ready to help with any queries. SCIS provides an invaluable service that enhances the value of all school libraries. Image credits Images supplied by Helen Farch

Supporting Australian book creators

By Anna Fienberg

Issue 116, Term 1 2021

back on track, like the needle on vinyl as it finds your favourite song. My need to escape into stories – reading and writing them – has sprung from libraries. My mother Barbara, co-writer of Tashi and retired teacher librarian, enthused her class about a new book by learning the first chapter in t

What is a future ready librarian?

By Mark Ray

Issue 113, Term 2 2020

s of future learners is, and always has been, universal. Strategic focus As a teacher librarian for 20 years and then as a district leader overseeing libraries for another seven years, I have always believed in aligning library practices and programs with ‘what keeps administrators up at night’. Whe

Pivot! Moving a library forward when COVID gets in the way

By Catherine Barnes

Issue 117, Term 2 2021

er, in a space where learning is a purpose and a priority, this also provided opportunities to ‘pivot’ and enhance our programs in other ways. School libraries were no exception. With the awareness that we didn’t want to force a complete change of direction, both educationally and in the values our

Genrefication 3.5 years later: Reflections

By Susan Davenport

Issue 117, Term 2 2021

ibrary lesson activities that challenge them to borrow from different genres and allows for data-driven management. Managing genrefication across two libraries Where the genres are the same in both libraries, the same image and language is used. This has had a positive outcome of recognition when Ju

School library spotlight: One Arm Point Remote Community School

By Mel Rowsell

Issue 115, Term 4 2020

e simply reading for pleasure, and where students and staff can be confident that the information they find is current, unbiased and accurate. School libraries have the opportunity to connect both staff and students to a wider world of information. In a small remote community, I hope to see our scho

Positive promotion of the school library

By Jae Rolt

Issue 93, Term 2 2015

After I was named Australia's Favourite Librarian people began asking what it is that makes me so popular with my students, families, colleagues, and community.Whilst the ideas here work for me, they may not work for everyone. Sometimes you need to try other ways to find what works for you and your

School library spotlight: Galston High School

By Jade Arnold

Issue 107, Term 4 2018

What is your job title, and what does your role entail? My official job title is teacher librarian. My role within the library is multifaceted. As the manager of the library, I am responsible for acquisitions, resource management, and research services, and I manage two school administrative and sup

School library spotlight: Rolleston School

By Kay Morfett

Issue 105, Term 2 2018

What is your job title, and what does your role entail? How many people work in your library? I work at Rolleston School as the librarian. My role is 25 hours a week, split over five days. I have a teacher in charge who is really wonderful and supportive and, aside from a brilliant group of student

The need for diverse book collections

By Helen Caple, Ping Tian

Issue 122, Term 3 2022

Australia is a diverse nation. Statistics from organisations such as the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS, 2022), the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016 Census (ABS 2017), and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW, 2019) have painted a v

How an old book created a commitment to better represent First Nations Australians

By Kerry Klimm, Dale Robertson

Issue 117, Term 2 2021

ous educators from across the country have approached Kerry wanting the list to take to their schools. They expressed their concerns about what their libraries housed and how there was a lack of resources and support to help them decolonise their collections. We both continue to have conversations w

SCIS is more

By Ben Chadwick

Issue 120, Term 1

This issue celebrates thirty years of Connections magazine. Can you believe it? Thirty years ago SCIS decided it needed a way to keep readers abreast of changing school library technologies and informed about developments in SCIS’s products and services. The first issue dealt with dial-up, CD-ROMs,

The value of podcasts for school library staff

By Amy Hermon

Issue 110, Term 3 2019

No one likes to feel foolish, and I don’t know anyone who wants to admit that they don’t know something. This is how I became such a fan of podcasts and decided to create one of my own. I was never more aware of my kryptonite than sitting in my first class in library school. With nine years of exper

Marketing your school library

By Andrew Downie

Issue 110, Term 3 2019

How many times have you heard a school library professional make a comment such as, ‘My school leadership team doesn’t understand my role or the value it brings’. As a teacher librarian with long experience working both as a teacher librarian and in an education sales environment, this question is c

Website and app reviews

By Nigel Paull

Issue 120, Term 1 2022

Aboriginal & Torres Straight Islander Mathematics Alliance ATSIMA is an Indigenous-led charity that seeks to develop innovative techniques and resources to enhance the teaching of mathematics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Content includes professional learning, r

Even better than the real thing? Virtual and augmented reality in the school library

By Dr Kay Oddone

Issue 110, Term 3 2019

As a child, I spent hours gazing through my stereoscopic View-Master, clicking around the film cartridges that revealed 3D images of nature, superheroes and classic stories. The View-Master allowed me to escape into an imaginative world in a different way to books or television. Holding it up to my

Developing low-budget literacy programs in schools

By Sue Bursztynski

Issue 109, Term 2 2019

Writer in residence Last year I retired after many years in the library and classroom, and focused mostly on my writing. However, as I was missing my students, I signed up as a volunteer with the Ardoch Foundation. Ardoch is a children’s education charity focused on improving educational outcomes fo

SCIS is more

By Dr Ben Chadwick

Issue 121, Term 2, 2022

Some things are fundamental to providing a library service. Of course, you need a decent collection of resources, but you also need to support students to discover it, explore it and use it to meet their interests and research needs. Now, imagine a student came into your library and asked if you had

Two sides of children’s literature: gatekeeper and creator

By Karys McEwen

Issue 121, Term 2 2022

ed the idea for All the little tricky things, and that my book will be ‘just right’ for at least some of the kids who discover it in their own school libraries, or have it handed to them by their passionate, intuitive school librarians.