This is a copy of the submission sent to the House Standing Committee on Education and Training from SLANZA in support of the current inquiry into school libraries and teacher librarians in Australia.
The committee is overwhelmed with the number of submissions received – 359 in total – and we wish our Australian colleagues well in their endeavour to have the Australian Government acknowledge and support the role, adequacy and resourcing of school librarians and teacher librarians in schools.
Those of us in the profession here in New Zealand will be keenly watching the process and outcome reached as this inquiry continues.
The EPIC Governance Group has just announced that The Ministry of Education has generously agreed to fund the subscription that allows all NZ schools free access to the EPIC e-resources for another year through to March 31, 2011.
Most New Zealand Schools have now registered to access EPIC through the portal on the TKI website, however, if your school has yet to do so, then check out the registration link for further information or contact Senga White, schools’ representative on the EPIC Governance Group.
By registering to access the EPIC e-resources, the students and staff at your school are able to access a wide range of quality information in 19 fantastic databases from 5 of the world's leading e-resource vendors. These resources are:
Australia New Zealand Reference Centre
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online (School Edition)
Biography Resource Center
Books & Authors
Business Reference Suite
Contemporary Women's Issues
Health & Wellness Resource Center
History Resource Center
Literature Resource Center
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
Student Resource Center
Virtual Reference Library
Oxford University Press
Oxford Art Online
Oxford Music Online
Oxford English Dictionary
By following this link on the EPIC website you can find out more information and access user guides about each of the databases.
Remember, the more schools use these valuable resources the better position the EPIC Governance Group is in to renegotiate with the Ministry of Education.