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.
The SLANZA Auckland AGM was held at Freemans Bay Primary school and was well attended by members. A robust discussion was held on the draft SLANZA Vision and Mission statements, with agreement to further petition members for their thoughts
Two long standing members of the Auckland committee stood down from their roles. However, both have agreed to stay on as part of the 2018 committee.
Elizabeth Atkinson, SLANZA Auckland Convenor - and more recently, the convenor of the SLANZA Auckland Conference Convenor.
And Trish Webster our SLANZA Auckland National Executive representation.
The significant contribution that they have made to the SLANZA Auckland region was acknowledged. We have been extremely fortunate to have two such knowledgeable, passionate and dedicated people in these roles.
One new member was elected onto the committee - we welcome Michele Coobridge from Epsom Girls Grammar School.
The evening finished with our guest speaker , Madeleine Chapman. Madeleine ghost authored the new Steven Adams autobiography. She kept us enthralled and entertained with fascinating insights and amusing anecdotes about her whole writing experience,