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SCIS is more

By Caroline Ramsden

Issue 109, Term 2 2019

Welcome to issue 109 of Connections! Have you caught up with all of the new features that we added to the SCIS service in 2018? It was a busy year. Diacritics in SCIS records Last year, SCIS began including diacritics in new catalogue records. Diacritics are marks above or below a letter that show t

From the desk of a SCIS cataloguer

By Mavis Heffernan

Issue 95, Term 4 2015

The SCIS cataloguing team regularly source, receive, and catalogue a range of print and electronic resources suitable for use in school libraries. Electronic resources include websites, apps, and ebooks, and are available for SCIS subscribers as easily downloadable files using the Special Order File

SCIS is more

By Caroline Ramsden

Issue 110, Term 3 2019

s since Issue 96, and gave the magazine a complete new look from Issue 103. She also arranged the digitising of all the back issues, now available at scisdata.com/connections. Thank you, Nicole! As always, we welcome submissions to Connections from both first-time and experienced writers. It is a gr

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

SCIS is more

By Dr Ben Chadwick

Issue 113, Term 2 2020

ng continuity in learning, literacy, research and the world of the imagination. This is the silver lining we have seen during these trying times, and SCIS is very proud to be part of this passionate and vital school library community. Many things are changing for SCIS, too. During the pandemic we ar

Why SCIS prefers to catalogue with item in hand

By Doreen Sullivan

Issue 98, Term 3 2016

So you have an item you’d like catalogued — maybe it’s a book complete with an ISBN. That makes it easy to track down information for it, so SCIS should be able to catalogue it without seeing the physical item or digital file, surely? But SCIS has a preference to catalogue from the original, and you

Cover images and SCIS

By Renate Beilharz

Issue 109, Term 2 2019

ring cover images to schools as part of their subscription since 2008. This article explains how school library staff can use these without breaching SCIS Terms of Use. Cover images Text-only catalogue displays have become a thing of the past. While the old adage ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ is

SCIS is more

By Carmen Eastman

Issue 112, Term 1 2020

onnections! We are looking forward to another busy year – look out for upcoming professional learning sessions and webinars. We love talking with the SCIS community! When we are out and about at conferences, or in SCIS workshops, we are often asked about SCIS Authority Files, and how they can improv

SCIS is more

By Caroline Hartley

Issue 114, Term 3 2020

Welcome to another edition of Connections and I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I have recently joined the SCIS team and have an extensive background working in educational and library technologies, e-learning, publishing and educational services across K–12 and higher education

SCIS is more

By Caroline Hartley

Issue 117, Term 2 2021

Welcome to the Term 2, 2021 issue of Connections. Thank you to everyone who responded to our SCIS User Survey. We appreciate you taking the time to share your ideas on a range of topics that can help us provide better service to the school library community. When reviewing the most searched for Help

SCIS is more

By Caroline Hartley

Issue 116, Term 1 2021

new school year, and we look forward to engaging with you at upcoming events, via our social media channels and term newsletters, and through our new SCIS Data user surveys. Our strategic priorities for 2021 include ensuring that we provide a consistent and reliable service to our users, maintain th

SCIS is more

By Caroline Hartley

Issue 119, Term 4

Welcome to the Term 4, 2021 issue of Connections. As we come to the latter part of 2021, another very busy year for the SCIS team, we would like to extend our thanks to the school library community for your support and camaraderie. The global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us throughout 2021,

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

SCIS is more

By Dr Ben Chadwick

Issue 121, Term 2, 2022

and possibly series titles. But these pieces of information do not contain any context. That’s where Authority Files come in.  Authority Files are a SCIS product that can be imported into your library system to provide context around authors, subjects and series titles. This crucial network of info

A note from the editor

By Nicole Richardson

Issue 103, Term 4 2017

Welcome to Connections 103! There have been lots of exciting changes at SCIS recently: after several standards changes to help make your life easier, we have just launched our new, modern, innovative and user-friendly platform, SCIS Data. And as part of our promise to bring you a more beautiful and

New and revised subject headings

By Soula Kipos

Issue 90, Term 3 2014

This is a summary of new and revised SCIS subject headings implemented in June 2014.In this list the headings are marked with:* Existing allowed headings which have been updated with changes to references or notesA Headings which were previously USE references but are now headings in their own right

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 relationship between SCIS Subject Headings and ScOT

By Les Kneebone

Issue 95, Term 4 2015

SCIS cataloguers use a combination of SCIS Subject Headings (SCISSHL)(1) and Schools Online Thesaurus (ScOT)(2) when adding resources to the SCIS database. ScOT is a relatively later addition to the SCIS arsenal of cataloguing tools, introduced and explained in Connections Issue 60(3). This article

Cataloguing standards: what you see is what you get

By Natasha Campbell

Issue 111, Term 4 2019

It’s rare to have a day when we don’t receive a small parcel or large box of books delivered to one of the six Schools Catalogue Information Service (SCIS) cataloguing depots. SCIS cataloguers add approximately 4,500 catalogue records to the database each month, keeping it relevant and current. The

Consistency matters

By Mavis Heffernan

Issue 108, Term 1 2019

NOTE: Due to some changes in SCIS standards, this article was updated from its original text on September 29th, 2021. The SCIS database is well known for its high-quality catalogue records. We sometimes receive queries from SCIS subscribers about inconsistencies in our records. However, these are of