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School library spotlight: Good Shepherd Catholic School

By Helen Tomazin

Issue 104, Term 1 2018

SCIS speaks to Helen Tomazin, WASLA award-winning library technician from Good Shepherd Catholic School in Lockridge WA, about what’s happening in her school library. What is your job title and what does your role entail? In my role as library technician, I assist in organising, operating and mainta

Using social media to support school library services

By Helen Stower, Margaret Donaghue

Issue 98, Term 3 2016

Mt Alvernia iCentre was an early adopter of social media for school library services, and is now five years into the journey which began experimentally and involved a steep learning curve. Currently, we are in the process of drafting social media guidelines and strategies. If we were to embark on us

Down the library path

By Bernadette Bennett, Kerry Gittens, Lynette Barker

Issue 92, Term 1 2015

Three teacher librarians from the Hunter region report on the planning to create an Information Skills Strategy and programme guide for the region based on the NSW DET Information Skills Process. When you are working with like-minded people sometimes the planets align and between you, clarity can be

Tinkering, making and building in the school library

By Jackie Child

Issue 102, Term 3 2017

Computers touch our lives in so many ways, from movies to medicine, education to entertainment, gaming to government, construction to commerce. Computers and digital technology are at the centre of every industry and code is the language of computers, so it makes sense that we give our children the

School library spotlight: Glen Eira College

By Karys McEwen

Issue 102, Term 3 2017

What is your job title, and what does your role entail? I am the College Librarian, which means I manage the library and all the diverse, rollicking, fabulous things that entails! Every day is different, but the main tasks I focus on are collection development, encouraging a love of reading through

School libraries support digital technologies

By Martin Richards

Issue 102, Term 3 2017

Over recent times, school libraries have become much more than a place for students to read and enjoy books, conduct research, and enjoy the comforts of a pleasant, welcoming environment at lunchtimes. With the ever-increasing emergence of new digital technologies, many schools are considering how t

School library spotlight: Rolleston School

By Kay Morfett

Issue 105, Term 2 2018

SCIS speaks to Kay Morfett, librarian at Rolleston School in New Zealand, about what's happening in her school library.  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 f

Enhancing the flexibility of library services

By Claire Elliott

Issue 106, Term 3 2018

Claire Elliott, Teaching and Learning Librarian at Trinity Grammar Preparatory School, shares some of the changes implemented in her library to broaden access and improve the quality of services they offer. Libraries and librarians are built around relationships. It is essential that they provide ex

School library spotlight: Mt St Michael's College

By Sandra Mannion

Issue 106, Term 3 2018

SCIS speaks to Sandra Mannion of Mt St Michael's College in Brisbane about what's happening in her school library. What is your job title and what does your role entail? I am a qualified teacher librarian, employed at Mt St Michael’s College in the role of Curriculum Leader, Library and Information

School library spotlight: Galston High School

By Jade Arnold

Issue 107, Term 4 2018

SCIS speaks to Jade Arnold of Galston High School in New South Wales about what’s happening in her school library. 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 respo

So, you have established a reading culture: now what?

By Catherine Barnes

Issue 108, Term 1, 2019

Students at Endeavour College in South Australia have been sharing their love of reading with disadvantaged students in the wider community through The Smith Family student2student Reading Program. Teacher librarian Catherine Barnes shares their story. ‘Fortunate’ is a word I use to describe my scho

School library spotlight: Modbury High School

By Linda Guthrie

Issue 108, Term 1, 2019

What is your job title, and what does your role entail? I am employed as a teacher librarian in a government secondary school with around 800 students. As a qualified teacher librarian, I really enjoy the range and scope of my role: teaching and learning, leadership, curriculum involvement, library

Promoting reading for pleasure in school libraries

By Emma Suffield

Issue 108, Term 1, 2019

UK school librarian Emma Suffield shares reading initiatives that have helped to increase her school’s lending numbers by 400 per cent over the past five years. I have been a school librarian for five years now and what a journey it has been. The reason I applied for this role was to promote readin

Library makerspaces: revolution or evolution?

By Chris Harte

Issue 97, Term 2 2016

The makerspace movement is gaining momentum in the world of libraries, although it is not an entirely new concept. One of the first makerspaces built specifically to invigorate the hearts, hands, and minds of young inventors opened in 1876. Established by Thomas Edison in the New Jersey hamlet of Me

School library spotlight: Melbourne High School

By Pam Saunders

Issue 99, Term 4 2016

In this issue of Connections, we introduce a new regular feature, ‘School library spotlight’.This article gives us an opportunity to interview school library staff, so we can share with our readers what is happening within school libraries in Australia and New Zealand.Do you have any questions you’d

Guerrilla book fair: getting staff involved in your school library

By Lucas Maxwell

Issue 100, Term 1 2017

UK-based school librarian Lucas Maxwell recommends ways to encourage teachers to make use of school libraries. Getting staff members involved in your school library can be tough. They are busy people, and any free time they do have is precious to them. Over the past few years, I’ve identified severa

School library spotlight: Chisholm Catholic College

By Monique McQueen

Issue 100, Term 1 2017

What is your job title, and what does your role entail? My name is Monique McQueen and I am a teacher librarian at Chisholm Catholic College, a secondary Brisbane Catholic Education school. My role is to manage the library program and staff; supervise the day-to-day running of the library; resource

School library spotlight: Campbelltown Performing Arts High School

By Cathy Costello

Issue 101, Term 2 2017

SCIS speaks to Cathy Costello from Campbelltown Performing Arts High School about what’s happening in its library, including library programs and services. What is your job title, and what does your role entail? As a NSW Department of Education employee my job title is that of teacher librarian. I p

Turning the school library into a thriving community hub

By Anne Devenish

Issue 103, Term 4 2017

Anne Devenish explains how engaging with your school’s wider community can help your library become a thriving, welcoming space that shares its love of learning and reading. Location, location, location! How does this position a school library to engage successfully with the wider community? Perhaps

Celebrating Children's Book Week with the CBCA

By Jane O'Connell

Issue 98, Term 3 2016

Australia’s rich history of storytelling is an important part of our culture. It helps us to make sense of who we are and how we live, and the theme for Children’s Book Week 2016 captures this history beautifully. Australia! Story Country opens up a world of opportunity to engage young readers by he

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