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Non-fiction: the elephant in the library

By Rebecca Tobler

Issue 107, Term 4 2018

Having recently completed my retraining as a teacher librarian, I have spent a great deal of time contemplating what to do with the non-fiction section. During my extensive research, I became increasingly frustrated that, as I’d initially discovered during the retraining, the only guidance was that

Student perspectives on ebook and audiobook usage

By Tehani Wessely

Issue 98, Term 3 2016

Various studies suggest that ebook usage is suffering in comparison to its print counterpart. Franklin’s (2016) research indicates that readers overwhelmingly prefer print books to ebooks, while others argue that readers’ information retention and comprehension while using ebooks are not as strong a

Ebooks: to subscribe, or not to subscribe?

By Martin Gray

Issue 101, Term 2 2017

I have an iPad, and it has books on it. I read them on the train from time to time. Our school library has some paid ebooks where I think they are worth it, and lots of free ebooks. But when I am asked why I have not subscribed to an ebook platform for my school, I have several reasons why I am not

Graphic novels: providing a different perspective

By Karen Gray

Issue 91, Term 4 2014

Graphic stories have been told since time immemorial. From the 17,000-year old cave paintings of Lascaux, the hieroglyphics of Ancient Egypt, the tapestry panels of the Middle Ages, and the invention of the printing press; all had a graphic story to tell.Today, manga, comics, comic books, graphic li

Architecture of genre

By Les Kneebone

Issue 96, Term 1 2016

If you have participated in any kind of professional learning event in the last couple of years, there is a good chance you would have encountered the ‘genre’ presentation. Genre is a hot topic in school libraries, and who doesn’t like to hear the good news stories we often hear in these presentatio

SCIS is more

By Ben Chadwick

Issue 97, Term 2 2016

Welcome to Connections 97. It is a pleasure to introduce a new face in the SCIS team. In March we welcomed Doreen Sullivan to our cataloguing team in Melbourne. Doreen came to us with a long career in cataloguing, including work at RMIT and DA Direct. I’d like to thank our editor Nicole Richardson f

Improving reading outcomes for students with dyslexia

By Anna Boyle

Issue 112, Term 1 2020

What is dyslexia? Dyslexia is a specific learning disorder that involves difficulty in learning to read or in interpreting letters and words. According to the Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-5, American Psychiatric Association 2013), it is a developmental disorder that beg

The importance of multicultural literature

By Marianne Grasso

Issue 96, Term 1 2016

Australian primary schools are more culturally diverse now than ever before. By including multicultural literature in the school library fiction collection, teacher librarians ensure they provide their students with texts that represent the culturally diverse classrooms and home environments in this

Working together: collaboration between libraries and bookstores

By Kristen Proud

Issue 112, Term 1 2020

My partner Lucky and I opened Squishy Minnie, a specialist childrens and young adults (YA) bookstore, just over two years ago in Kyneton, a small regional town in Victoria. Our main aim was to increase the access local children and young people had to quality literature and to literary events. Prior

The future of Australian educational publishing

By Lee Walker

Issue 116, Term 1 2021

The year 2020 was a year like no other, and Australian educators and students have faced extraordinary challenges as schools closed, reopened, and then closed again in response to COVID-19. Overnight, teachers had to radically change how they delivered their teaching, and I have great admiration for

Educational Lending Right (ELR) School Library Survey 2019–20

By Daniel Hughes

Issue 113, Term 2 2020

Many thanks to everyone who participated in last year’s ELR School Library Survey. The 2019–20 survey was one of the most efficient, and reached the highest percentage of Australian schools yet. The survey is conducted by Education Services Australia (ESA) on behalf of the Australian Government’s Of

What is The GiST?

By Emma Durbridge

Issue 112, Term 1 2020

In 2016, the Office of the Chief Scientist released a data sheet that headlined with ‘Australia loses female talent at every stage of the STEM pipeline despite no innate cognitive gender differences’. This statement is mirrored around the world, particularly for countries that are more likely to hol

SCIS advertising partners and promotions

By Schools Catalogue Information Service (SCIS)

Issue 116, Term 1 2021

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SCIS is more

By Caroline Hartley

Issue 115, Term 4 2020

Our publisher partners and their important role in supporting learning The SCIS school library community includes over 9000 schools across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom who are using the SCIS database of approximately 1.6 million catalogue records and viewing approximately 4500 recor

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

The positive potential of ebooks within school libraries

By Trish du Temple

Issue 113, Term 2 2020

‘What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.’ — Ralph Waldo Emerson How can we help students flourish in a world filled with increasing pressures and uncertainty? Academic expectations, social relationships, technology overload and identity formation

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

Everyday ELLA ideas for reading

By ELLA

Issue 116, Term 1 2021

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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

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