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.
Over 30 school, national and public librarians met at Dilworth school library in Newmarket on a lovely Saturday morning to share and network together. The format of the day included taking a stand on two diverse topics, “all libraries should be device free to encourage reading” and “every school library should offer stories in all formats”. Both topics resulted in a lively discussion and it was interesting to hear the reasons why people chose their position.
The sharing of wisdom and ‘tips and tricks’ in the Smackdown (shared slides that the authors presented for discussion) lead to a wide variety of topics including:
In keeping with the LibCafe theme, fabulous coffee, tempting cakes and cookies were provided. The opportunity to meet, share and discuss all things school libraries was extremely valuable and we have been asked to repeat this very successful format again next year by some of the attendees. A very special thanks goes to Annie White for hosting us in her library.
Trish Webster, Rangitoto College.
On Wednesday 21st November over 30 school librarians met at Epsom Girls Grammar to share stories and catch up on all the gossip as only librarians can. We enjoyed beautiful platters of delicious nibbles and imbibed wine and/or coffee. We had a wonderful time! To add to our enjoyment we were privileged to hear author Fiona Sussman speak about her life as a writer, the journey she has taken to become a published author, and learnt a little about her life growing up under the Apartheid regime in South Africa.
Fiona was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. She did a BA and then went into Medicine. She did all her clinical work at the Soweto Black Hospital (to show solidarity with the black and coloured students who were not allowed to work in a White Hospital). She met her husband-to-be in her fourth year and chose to finish her medical training in New Zealand after they married and emigrated. She became a GP and had a family but found the demands of working as a GP and managing a family with a husband who worked long hours was too difficult so she took a year off to see if she could write a book. Lacking confidence in her writing ability she enrolled in a Masters of Creative Writing and discovered that you are a writer when you think you are a writer.
As well as writing her first novel she also wrote and had published a number of short stories. This established her CV as a published author so when she approached a publisher she was given a contract for her first novel - Shifting colours, a novel set in South Africa about adoption and identity. Her second book ‘The last time we spoke’ is a gritty novel set in New Zealand that explores what happens to both the victim and the offender after a brutal home invasion.
We enjoyed meeting and hearing Fiona, a very entertaining speaker. It capped off a great evening.
Thank you to Michele Coombridge and her library team at EGGS for hosting the event.
Do you know how long you have to wait before an author’s work comes out of copyright?
What is the USA’s Mickey Mouse copyright rule?
What country’s copyright laws are New Zealand’s based on?
What is creative commons?
How many creative commons licenses are there?
On Saturday 14th September 23 Auckland SLANZA members were informed – and entertained – by Paula Browning from Copyright Licensing NZ and Dione Joseph from Tohutohu (Creative Commons NZ).
The complex issues around copyright were clearly explained by Paula – from the sections of the Act that apply to school libraries, to the difference between operating with a Copyright License from CLNZ or only under the Copyright Act. Copyright is a balance between the creators’ needs and the consumers’ needs. It automatically applies to any original work – including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, sound recordings, films, radio and TV broadcasts and the layout of a published work. This includes both hard copy and electronic formats. Any published work may have a number of different copyrights attached to it. For instance, a book can include the author’s writing, the publisher’s typographical layout, and the cover image as separate copyright works. If in doubt, or to learn more, check out the information sheets on the Copyright Council of New Zealand website.
Creative Commons is a system that allows you – the creator of a work – to decide how you want your work to be used and shared. It falls between the public domain – no copyright restrictions at all, and a copyrighted work where permission for use must be sought from the copyright holder. There are four elements that can be combined in 6 different ways to give the creator the control on the usage of their work. The elements are:
I would highly recommend both of these speakers for anybody looking for good information about copyright and creative commons. It was a very informative and fun learning experience.
Des O'Leary's book launch at Aorere College's school library last night, was a lovely warm and inclusive event. The evening started with soulful singing and elegant dancing by the students, which was a joy to watch and made the whole evening extra special.
A talk by the publisher and the author was followed by a re-enactment by students and a reading by Anne Rolinson.
Albany Senior High School