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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

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

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

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

Ebooks: to subscribe, or not to subscribe?

By Martin Gray

Issue 101, Term 2 2017

Teacher librarian Martin Gray weighs the arguments for and against ebooks. 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 subscrib

Non-fiction: the elephant in the library

By Rebecca Tobler

Issue 107, Term 4 2018

Rebecca Tobler writes about the need to rethink non-fiction collections, and consider providing engaging resources that spark students’ imaginations. 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 sectio

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

Improving reading outcomes for students with dyslexia

By Anna Boyle

Issue 112, Term 1 2020

Anna Boyle answers the question: what is dyslexia? and explores how specially designed Dyslexic Books can improve reading outcomes for students. What is dyslexia? Dyslexia is a specific learning disorder that involves difficulty in learning to read or in interpreting letters and words. According to

Working together: collaboration between libraries and bookstores

By Kristen Proud

Issue 112, Term 1 2020

Kristen Proud, the owner/manager of Squishy Minnie Bookstore, explores the variety of ways that schools, teachers and library staff can engage with bookstores. My partner Lucky and I opened Squishy Minnie, a specialist childrens and young adults (YA) bookstore, just over two years ago in Kyneton, a

What is The GiST?

By Emma Durbridge

Issue 112, Term 1 2020

Resources to inspire and inform girls, schools and families in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). 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