On Saturday 6th June 30 members and other interested people met at Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate to hear two writers who are actively writing for Maori and Pasifika children, and to share ideas for making our libraries more welcoming and comfortable for our Maori students in particular.
Bevis Hanson writes his scary stories for all ages, but particularly young children. He started telling stories to the young children who came into his Otara Public Library because there were few books that grabbed their attention. He shared some of his stories with us, amazing to see a room full of librarians enjoying a picture book told with drama and excitement! And the free books were great too.
We were then privileged to hear Pam Lilley, Library Manager at Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate. She presented the research she has done on changing her library to make it more inclusive for her Maori students. Also present was Whaea Rowena, who added valuable insights into the needs of Maori students.
Pam offered some suggestions for becoming more inclusive, including
Fifteen school librarians and one staff member from the Auckland City Mission met at Carmel College to learn how to use Livebinders for content curation. The course was lead by Trish Webster (Rangitoto College), with help from Bharathi Char (Baradene College). After a discussion about content curation, and some tools that can be used, Trish took the participants through the process of starting a Livebinder from scratch. It was helpful for the participants to have help to navigate some of the difficulties they encountered but by the end of the morning they had created a Livebinder and imported the one that Trish created to support their learning. It was a very successful morning.
On Saturday March 7th over 30 library assistants, primary school librarians, board of trustee members, and others with an interest in school libraries met to learn more about basic library services. The topics covered included 'Where does this go' which covered collections and library organization, book covering, and 'How to cope on your own'. The NZEI provided a really sumptuous morning tea, and the participants enjoyed meeting others in a similar position to themselves. Feedback confirmed to the Auckland committee that there was a real need for this sort of professional development and that the day was a huge success.
The Auckland Region of SLANZA is holding four meetings in the last week of February to discuss the changes to the National Library Services. Please come along to whichever meeting suits you, they will all be the same format. So if you have questions and queries about the changes to National Library's Services to Schools please come along.
West Auckland : Kelston Boys High : Monday 23rd Feb : 4 – 5pm
Contact : Karen Leahy : RSVP to : firstname.lastname@example.org
South Auckland : Kings College : Tuesday 24th Feb : 4 – 5pm
Contact : Corinne Hinton : RSVP to : C.Hinton@kingscollege.school.nz
North Auckland : Rangitoto College : Wednesday 25th Feb : 4 – 5pm
Contact : Trish Webster : RSVP to : Trish.email@example.com
Central Auckland : Diocesan School for Girls : Thursday 26th Feb : 4 – 5pm
Contact : Tracy Westall : RSVP to : firstname.lastname@example.org
The Auckland term three event was held at the National Library building in Parnell. Lisa Allcott and Elizabeth Atkinson welcomed the 30 members who attended and then Pam Lilley started the day by talking about writing a Collection Development policy. She stressed the need to have a Mission Statement and a Vision that tie in with your school's Vision and Mission statements.
There was plenty of opportunity to discuss ideas and ask questions. The second presenter was Karen Leahy who led a discussion about writing your budget application using a points system
that she has developed that allows her to target specific subject areas. Her system ensures that she spends her budget in the areas that need it most.
The final speaker, Trish Webster, spoke about Weeding and Stocktaking your collection. First she showed the excellent weeding video on the National Library website. Then she shared the MUSTY criteria developed by the American Library Association that can be used to determine which resources should be weeded. The Stocktaking portion of her talk focused on tips for undertaking a successful stocktake, particularly emphasizing that spending time tidying the library is never wasted and could save you valuable time.
Auckland SLANZA members getting together to share tips and ideas on a Saturday morning in August.
Effective collection development is central to the mission of the library. Explore the basics of collection development in this workshop presented by three experienced school librarians
Policy and Buying Plan presented by Pamela Lilley (Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate)
Budgets presented by Karen Leahy (Kelston Boys High School)
Weeding & Stocktake presented by Trish Webster (Rangitoto College)
Where: National Library, 8, Stanley Street, Parnell
When: Saturday 30th August 2014
Time: 9.00 for 9.30 Start, Finish 12.30pm
Cost: $15 Slanza members, $20 Non-members
RSVP: Tracy Westall, Senior Librarian
Direct dial: +64 9 520 9342
Phone:+64 9 520 0221 ext.7583
Map and Directions here
SLANZA (School Library Association Of NZ Aotearoa) – Auckland Branch - in collaboration with BOOK PROTECTION PRODUCTS LTD are pleased to announce this Professional Development/Training opportunity. The workshops are run by Robin Dixon of Book Protection Products Ltd and hosted by
SLANZA Committee members. Dates and venues available are as follows:
Wed 11 June 9.15 -12.45 Aorere College Library (Sth Auckland)
Tues 17 June 9.15 - 12.45 Sunnynook Primary School Library (North Shore)
Thurs 26 June 9.15 - 12.45 Kelston Boys High School Library (West/Central Akld)
COST: $20 per person (or $15 FOR SLANZA members) payable on the day – cash or cheque made out to
Morning tea supplied (please advise on your RSVP if you have foods to avoid).
PLEASE NOTE: LIMIT OF 12 PEOPLE PER SESSION
Please bring the following items:
3 x (NEW) paperback books processed to the point of being ready to cover
1 x hardback book
1 x hardback book with dustjacket
Scissors and/or craft knife, squeegee (if you have one) and cutting board
Any books for which you want advice on repair
for Aorere to Anne Rolinson email@example.com by Monday 9 June
for Sunnynook to Angela Soutar firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 13 June
for Kelston Boys to Karen Leahy email@example.com by Monday 23 June
Auckland SLANZA will hold it's 2014 AGM at the Newmarket Paper Plus on Wednesday 18th June. The official start time is 5.30 however you are welcome to arrive straight from school to enjoy browsing their shelves, and purchases can be made. An account can be set up for your school on the night and they are offering 20% discount. One lucky school will win their purchases made that night up to the value of $500. There will also be nibbles and drinks, a guest author, and two publishers speaking. The AGM is expected to be short! We have a strong committee but will always welcome another volunteer.
Please join us for some lovely food, interesting speakers, and a chance to catch up and network with like minded colleagues.
Albany Senior High School