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.