Central region’s Term 3 professional development event saw us descend upon Whanganui Intermediate School’s library.
After the travellers had fuelled up on coffee, Miriam Tuohy (with a little help from clicker-gurl, Sandi Faulconbridge) talked us through her “Dream Library Collection” and how we could build our own. Key points were that building good collections is actually time consuming, but to remember that collection development is only a PART of our job, and PEOPLE should be at the heart of what we do. As usual, much discussion was provoked throughout the presentation and we are hopeful that this will translate into positive actions across the region.
Cathie Calman then allowed us to nosey through her beautiful library, answered our copious questions, and graciously accepted our envious comments. Thank you, Cathie, for hosting our event - we are grateful to have accommodating members throughout our region that allow us to “spread the word” in different locations.
Next we visited the library of Sue Goldsbury and Linda Lamb at Whanganui High School. This big, bright, airy space encouraged more envy. Many of us were particularly taken with the gallery of student artworks. Display ideas will definitely be appropriated and I, for one, was overwhelmed by the fantastic condition of the book stock!
A big thank you again, Sue and Linda, for taking time out of your weekends to allow a group of “curious” librarians to roam in your space. Feedback from participants tells us that it is these opportunities where a lot of learning takes place and we appreciate that we could not do it without the support of our members.
The day ended with a casual lunch at a local cafe. As usual, there was lots of sharing, laughter and discussion of plans for world domination - or school domination, at the very least! Thanks to all those who travelled from near and far to join us in our day. We love the fact that you make the commitment to do that in your own time - and it is always so energising spending time with you all.
If you are a member of SLANZA’s Google+ community you can access this session’s slideshow in the professional development section. If you are not already a member but would like to become one check out the SLANZA website for how to do this. And if you are interested in seeing the “tweet notes” Steph Ellis took during Miriam’s presentation, you can see these here.
A 'Virtual Tour' of our day will be up on the Google+ community soon. Thank you to Cathie and Sue for giving us permission to photograph your fabulous spaces and allow us to share these images on the SLANZA community.
Please join us on Saturday 17th September for a chance to get ideas about your dream library ... whether you are renovating, starting a new build, or just want to 'juzh-up' you space.
Our second PD event for Term 3 is taking place in the lovely Whanganui, giving you a chance to attend PD in one of the many locations in our region, 'ogle' the libraries of some of our fellow colleagues, and hear the awesome Miriam Tuohy (SLANZA's Immediate-past President) discuss what your dream collection could/may look like.
See the attached flyer for further information.
Please RSVP to Steph Gibbons : email@example.com
There will be car-loads attending from Hawkes Bay, Palmerston North & Taranaki. If you would like to carpool and get some extra unintentional PD on the way please let Steph G know when you RSVP to her. These road-trips are always fantastic :-)
We look forward to seeing you there
On Saturday 2nd July a group of keen school librarians met in Palmerston North to attend Central region’s annual general meeting and spend some time looking at reader-centred libraries.
Sandi kicked off proceedings by chairing the AGM. It was great to hear of the successes and professional development opportunities that have been available within our region over the last 12 months. Updates from the National Executive were also given, as we are lucky to have two committee members on the executive - Sandi as our regional representative and Miriam as Immediate Past President.
After a bountiful morning tea (we are famous for over catering), Steph E, ably assisted by Miriam, led us through an overview of Rachel van Riel’s work on “reader-friendly library services”. The basic premise of which is to put readers at the centre of decision making and processes. The presentation led to some great discussions about what we are doing, and what we can do, to remember our readers in these times of growing technology use and changing educational landscapes. If you are a member of SLANZA’s Google+ community you can access this session’s slideshow in the professional development section.
Central committee was delighted with the turnout for the day, and were especially pleased that we had people travel from all over our large catchment area (including Masterton, Wanganui, New Plymouth and Napier). Thank you to all those that came, those that continued to entertain us over a delicious lunch, and to Miriam, for hosting us in your wonderful space again. As an added bonus participants left with overflowing goodie bags that included books, bookmarks, posters and other treats.
If you wish to contact committee members for any reason, including suggestions for future PD events, please find our contact details below.
Central region committee:
Sandi Faulconbridge (Chairperson): Taradale Primary School, Napier
Karen Carswell (Secretary): Woodford House, Havelock North
Steph Ellis: Napier Boys’ High School, Napier
Maree Paterson: Reignier Catholic School, Napier
Judine Knowles (Treasurer): Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School, Palmerston North
Miriam Tuohy: Palmerston North Girls’ High School, Palmerston North
Sasha Eastwood-Bennitt: Manchester Street School, Feilding
Stephanie Gibbons: New Plymouth Boys’ High School, New Plymouth
The AGM is underway in the PNGHS lovely newly renovated library
The new office, upstairs meeting rooms, issues desk and mobile shelving
Personalised overflowing goodie bags for participants hiding in one of the fantastic semi-glassed quiet areas in Miriam’s library
Steph & Miriam presenting the ‘Building a Reader-friendly Library’ part of our PD day
A casual end to the AGM/PD day around the lunch table with friends old and new. A chance for New Plymouth, Napier, Masterton, Wanganui & Palmerston North folks to catch up - not an easy task in our great big region.
Saturday 9th April saw a small group of dedicated librarians meet at the amazing newly refurbished Palmerston North Girls' High School library. WOW! It is stunning :-)
We started off with an interesting and thought-provoking discussion about labeling our collections which turned into a discussion on how to shelve our collections as well it included some impromptu hands-on changing of Miriam's shelves. This was followed by a Book Covering workshop led by Miriam where participants got to have some hands-on practice of covering a variety of books. We picked up quite a few tips from this one. And we finished up with a discussion about the new National Library lending service - how those of us that were using it have been handling our books and suggestions for those who have yet to try it.
Thank you to Steph G, Jackie and Sue for coming all the way from Taranaki.
Thank you also to Steph E & Sandi for coming all the way from Hawkes Bay.
And a big thank you to Miriam for hosting us and showing us your fabulous new library space :-)
Tuesday April 5th was a fun-filled and informative evening for book lovers in Hawkes Bay.
Paper Plus Taradale hosted our first SLANZA Central PD event for the term. A group of approx 20 librarians, school staff and Paper Plus customers gathered to listen to book recommendations from some of the publishers reps, and we all got to go home with a bag of goodies.
Tammy from Harper Collins had a great selection of current picture book and fiction to show us. One of the notable trends in picture books is 'Retro Publishing' ... all the gorgeous old Dr Seuss style and other books from that era are being revived.
Irene from Scholastic gave us a teaser of some up-and-coming fiction and lovely picture books with Te Reo versions. Some we only have to wait a month for but others will be mid-year. You are such a tease Irene :-)
Thank you to Toni and her team at Paper Plus, and thank you to Tammy & Irene for giving up your time and book-knowledge for our enjoyment. Thank you also to the reps who were not able to attend but who provided books for us to take home and enjoy.
Our Term 3 PD day and AGM was held on Saturday 29th August at Palmerston North Intermediate Normal. Thank you to Judine for hosting us in your lovely library.
This was a great chance to catch up and network with other librarians. Of our 12 attendees, 4 came down from Napier and 1 traveled all the way over from New Plymouth - Awesome!
We started the morning with our AGM. We easily reached our Quorum of 10% of our membership base.
This was followed by the Stocktaking session which was presented by Miriam. A huge thanks to Steph E for creating the PowerPoint presentation. There were a number of good points and issues raised which led to a number of really interesting conversations.
Sandi led a hands-on reporting workshop using the free Easel.ly visual platform. This is very straightforward to use and generates some amazing visual reports for your school management, or for your students to use to present their own information.
Oh yes, and we have to make special mention of the BOUNTIFUL Morning tea that was provided. A-Ma-Zing! :-)
We followed up our PD morning by having a lovely lunch in Palmy. A great opportunity to continue our networking.
Attention SLANZA Central members
The 2015 SLANZA Central AGM will be held at 10am on Saturday 29th August, at Palmerston North Intermediate School in Palmerston North, during the SLANZA PD day.
Please send any apologies for the AGM to firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday 28th August.
SLANZA Central region committee wants to be able to do more for and reach a greater number of people in our region - but we need help. Given our large geographic area it is difficult for us to organise events throughout the region and reach our entire membership. We think you could help solve this problem for us. We would like you to become a committee member.
Benefits to being part of the Central committee:
Being on the committee is easier than you might think:
If you are interested in becoming a member of the SLANZA Central committee and would like to attend our next meeting to see what it is all about contact Sandi Faulconbridge at email@example.com
Alternatively, you can contact any of the committee members with questions or expressions of interest:
Sandi Faulconbridge (Chairperson), Taradale Primary School, Napier
Miriam Tuohy - SLANZA President (Secretary), Palmerston North Girls’ High School, Palmerston North
Karen Carswell, Woodford House, Napier
Sasha Eastwood, Manchester St School, Fielding
Stephanie Ellis, Napier Boys’ High School, Napier
Judine Knowles, Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School, Palmerston North
Maree Paterson, Reignier School, Napier
We look forward to hearing from you!
Congratulations to Vickie Clarke of William Colenso College, Napier. She is the recipient of the Central regions conference grant. A big WooHoo to you!
We look forward to seeing you at conference, and hearing all about your experience in the next issue of Collected magazine.