On a sunny autumn morning at Dilworth School in Auckland over thirty SLANZA members took part in an awesome morning of discussion and debate. Back by popular demand, this was the second year that SLANZA Auckland has run a PD morning in this format.
The day started with a “Take a stand” topic (There is no point in covering books) with all participants invited to stand in a line between agreement and disagreement. Despite environmental concerns the consensus was that covering and reinforcing books was still a cost-effective process.
We then viewed half the ideas we had posted on a smackdown slideshow. Each person who had contributed a slide about a great idea a tip (about websites, displays, books etc.) shared their inspiration.
We learnt about ways of connecting with staff, new resources on the Services to Schools website, websites for display inspiration, popular games to use in the library, finding inspiration for continuing professional development online, how to add extras into the Hell Reading challenge and much more.
The next session of the morning involved everyone splitting into four groups to discuss a number of topics led by committee members:
Table 1. Connecting with teachers led by Annie White
Table 2. Collaboration with public libraries led by Chris Taylor
Table 3. How to meet the needs of enquiry learning - when each child is doing a different topic led by Liz Hamilton
Table 4. Book clubs for kids who don’t read led by Anne Rolinson (in the absence of Pam Lilley who had to race away to support her family and greet a new grandchild).
By this time we were all in need of some more fresh coffee and morning tea, and amazed to see the wonderful spread - homemade scones, cheese, dips, nuts, cakes and sweets - laid out by Liz Hamilton.
The second half of the morning began with another ‘Take a stand’ topic (Promoting the library as a social/safe place interferes with our teaching and learning role) with most attendees reluctant to make such a black and white distinction about the role of the library.
The remaining smackdown slideshow slides were discussed before we all split into four groups for more topic discussion. This also included David Ackery from Waitakare college talking about the power of ideas to change people’s perception about the value of literacy.
We are all indebted to Trish Webster and Michele Coombridge for planning such a successful event and Annie White for hosting us all in her library.
Corinne Hinton, King’s College
On Wednesday 20th November over 40 Auckland librarians met at the beautiful Frances Compton library at St Cuthberts School for Girls to spend time catching up with each other, enjoy lovely food and wine, and to hear Crissi Blair (librarian at Rangeview Intermediate and the winner of the Storylines Betty Gilderdale award for 2019) interview Toby Morris, author and illustrator for the Spinoff website. The discussion was wide ranging and included some background information about his bilingual graphic novel The Treaty of Waitangi and his writing process – he uses a tablet for his illustrations which is the same as working on paper but much easier. Toby’s website is Xtotl where you can view his body of work. He also talked about the new Spinoff book he has written in conjunction with Toby Manhire which was published at the beginning of November. Toby described his powerful cartoon, On a plate, that illustrates the cycle of poverty which exists in New Zealand, a thought provoking message.
As a special thankyou for everyone's hard work and thanks to the generosity of our sponsers (below) we were able to provide books and other giveaways to our attendees.
The evening was a great success and a great way to celebrate the end of another busy year.
Look our for lots more exciting PD coming in 2020!
Special thanks to:
Birkenhead Paper Plus
On the 18th September 30 members of Auckland SLANZA were welcomed to Dilworth School’s library by six student librarians singing a Tongan hymn and a Samoan farewell. It was so good we asked them to sing them again!
Our first speaker was David Riley, author, teacher and Reading Warrior who spoke about working with Pasifika students. (David teaches drama at Tangaroa College in Otara where many of the students come from Pasifika communities). He started by explaining why he started writing for Pasifika students in particular – because there was nothing available for them at the time. He then went on to explain his writing process – collecting information from many sources including the Sir George Grey Special Collections at Auckland Central City library. These are places that most students would never be able to access. Another key part of the process is feedback from the library community – he values our input into people and topics that our students need resources for.
When David is choosing a sportsperson to write about he looks for those that have overcome adversity or personal health issues and therefore have an interesting back story. He believes that Pasifika students need to have true representation of their cultures and positive stories, rather than the negative images so often portrayed in the media. David also believes that to make our libraries relevant to our Pasifika students we must make them about relationships not just books and computers. It was wonderful to meet David and hear his story – and we were able to check out all his books and purchase some too!
Another Pasifika supplier present was SSAB (Samoan Stationery & books Ltd) who brought along a tempting collection of books and Samoan treasures for us to purchase.
Finally Phillippa McKenzie from the National Library reminded us of some valuable resources that they have available
(Topic Explorer, Many Answers and Digital New Zealand) and explained how each site works so that we can navigate them successfully (very helpful as they are all very different). Please see Phillippa’s presentation (attached) for other VALUABLE websites.
Thank you to Annie White and Dilworth School for allowing us to meet in your beautiful library, to meet your
students, and to share some time together.
On Saturday 17th August SLANZA members met at the National Library in Parnell for an informative morning centred around the new He Tohu Tamaki exhibition in Auckland. This exhibition has grown out of the He Tohu: signatures that shape New Zealand display in Wellington, and consists of a learning space centred around three documents - the Treaty of Waitangi, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand and the Women’s Suffrage Petition. He Tohu also covers five themes including: the documents, people, place, living together and our future.
Teachers and students are welcome to book times to visit and engage with the resources, and already students from both primary and secondary schools have enjoyed the display.
We started the morning with a timeline challenge. Each member was given a small paper with a key historical New Zealand event, from the signing of the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand to the introduction of the law allowing same sex marriage. However, there were no dates on the papers, and our challenge was to stand in line in the correct order of each of the national events. This created much discussion and some surprises.
Following this we split into groups and discovered some of the rich resources that have been put together for the display. The exhibition includes two virtual reality stations and everyone had the opportunity to put on the head gear and get up really close to each of the documents as they are displayed in Wellington. It was interesting to notice that people used red, blue and black ink when they signed their names on the Women’s Suffrage Petition.
The room is decorated with a number of large images blown up from the Archives, the Alexandra Turnbull Library etc. One of the most interesting images (from the Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections) is a black and white photo of women going to vote at the Drill Hall in Auckland in 1899. The image shows four women walking towards the hall surrounded by two long queues of men. Are they celebrating the occasion, or rushing in to avoid censure?
During the morning we saw the box set of curiosity cards designed to inspire student inquiry with any year level. Each card features a historical image and some have links to further online content at DigitalNZ.org . Ideas for using these cards, and blank templates for students to design their own local cards, can be found at natlib.govt.nz/schools.
Part of the display involves a number of videos and interviews responding to the documents which can be found by searching Te Tohu on YouTube. I particularly enjoyed He Whenua Rangatira. A Maori land. showing animations from the map table bringing to life the history of Maori arrivals, and seafaring trips abroad etc
We were reminded not to forget the Topic explorer area of the National Library website found under Services to schools, where nine He Tohu topics have been added. “Each topic features a carefully selected set of national and international resources, including websites, images, videos, books and more.”
Finally, there are two audio visual apps available in both Maori and English which can be downloaded from the App store. The first, is a Re-telling of a story of Ngati Whatua Orakei by Taiaha Hawke and Tamsin Hardy and the second Turikatuku: the woman who inspired the soul.
For anyone interested in New Zealand history and finding out about the resources available to use and explore it, the Te Tohu is a wonderful display. He Tohu Tamaki will remain until the end of 2020.
Our AGM at Freemans Bay Primary was very well attended and we're pleased to announce a new committee member has been added to the team. A very warm welcome to Liz Hamilton from Grey Lynn Primary School.
Your current committee is :
Corinne HInton - Kings College (covenor); Lorie Pushon - Marist College (secretary); Sharon Jackson - Albany Senior High School (NE rep), Pamela Lilley - Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate (treasurer), Elizabeth Atkinson - Avondale College; Trish Webster - Rangitoto College; Anne Rolinson - Aorere College; Dale Tifflin - Freeman's Bay School; Lisa Alcott - National Libary; Chris Taylor - Carmel College; Annie White - Dilworth School; Michele Coombridge - Pinehurst School and Liz Hamilton - Grey Lynn Primary.
Following the AGM. we were lucky have Jenny Nagle and Christine Dale founders of One Tree House Publishing, talk to us, bringing with them two of their authors.
Jenny outlined why the company was set up, about 15 months ago, the impetus being, overseas publishing companies withdrawing from the New Zealand market creating difficulties in publishing for New Zealand authors and titles.
The specific aims of the Company were to address the market for:
Jenny then took us through some of the books they have published and, in some cases, republished.
Among those to be republished are books by Lani Wendt Young including the Telesa series and Tessa Duder’s Alex quartet. They are also publishing books by Pamela Allen, Brian Falkner, Tanya Batt, Anne Ingram, Sherryl Jordan, Mandy Hager, Tim Tipene – to name a few.
Jenny introduced us to the authors joining us - Tim Tipene and Tanya Batt.
Tim Tipene is the founder of Warriorkids.org, started after he had written his novel Warrior Kid. Tim grew up in a bi-racial home and his family environment was often violent and abusive. Tim’s first novel was written when he was 22yrs old, and he now has published more than 10 titles.
Tim spoke of how he started writing. He told us the back story to two his books “Mrs Battleship” and “Plums for Miss”. Both these stories portray teachers from his childhood who encouraged and helped him develop his passion for reading and writing. Tim regards the teachers behind these stories as “heroes”, women who changed his life for the better and inspired him.
Tania explained her inspiration and ideas behind her recent book : “The Time of your Life”
This is a beautifully illustrated picture book about Time. It is a thought-provoking book pondering - what time is? Who minds time? A book of mindfulness.
Tania then told the tale of her book, accompanied by her husband Michael playing the Ukulele.
It is a story full of wonder, beautifully told to a very appreciative audience.
The evening concluded with book purchases from the Dorothy Butler Children’s Bookshop
And informal chats to Tania and Tim.
A group of 23 enthusiastic librarians (with extras - partner and mother) turned up to this event and were welcomed to the Museum by Julie Senior.
Julie introduced us to the research library, explaining how the collection developed with direction from the Head Curators of each of the main museum divisions. Much of the collection has been developed through the gifting of historic private collections and purchases at auction.
It was fascinating to get a glimpse of the behind the scenes resources in the storage and workspaces at the rear of the library. After which, we headed down to the Pou Maumahara Memorial Discovery Centre.
At the end of our formal tour Corinne thanked Julie, (wine and chocolates were given to her earlier). Julie encouraged to exploere the museum furhter, which we jumped at the opportunity do do, with some of us catching up for coffee at the downstairs cafe, afterwards. Altogether it was very informative and enjoyable professional development session.
If you couldn't make it and are interested in setting up a visit the Library hours are Mon-Fri 10-3 and Sat 10-5. It's best to email/phone and request resources prior to your visit so they can be gathered together for your arrival. This and further information is available on the Library page, also for future reference the School programmes page, and the Contact page from the Museum’s website.