I have just been made aware that there was incorrect e mail address for Collected in my call for submissions.
The correct Collected address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
My apologies to any of you who have had difficulties contacting me
Thanks to Sheila, Corrine and Trish for pointing this out to me.
The National Executive Life Membership Committee is pleased to announce that Life membership has been conferred upon the following members of our organisation. These Life Memberships were conferred at the SLANZA Conference earlier this month and both the Wellington and Auckland regions will hold local celebrations of these members. We congratulate both Barbara and Kaaren on their Life Membership awards.
SLANZA work has been an inherent part of Kaaren’s life for the length of her career in school libraries. She is a stalwart of the Auckland school library scene. Providing PD for school librarians in the very early days of SLANZA, Kaaren’s voice has been heard many times over the years promoting the role of school librarians across the country. A champion for librarians and proactive in all aspects of school libraries, part of the change and growth of libraries and librarians. Kaaren has sat on the National Executive twice, been the co-chair of the Auckland regional committee three times, she has been conference convener and on every Auckland conference committee. She has been a very active union advocate and a vocal supporter for school libraries everywhere. She is not done yet, during the last school holidays while we were at SLANZA conference, she was representing us at the NZEI support staff conference. Kaaren's ongoing work with NZEI advocating for support staff and school librarians in particular, has benefitted all of us.
Barbara Murison has spent her life promoting and working with school libraries. Barbara has been an advocate for books, libraries, school libraries and school librarians. Through her ventures in publishing, especially Around the Bookshops and her online presence, she has informed school libraries about books for young people. Barbara continues to support school libraries, librarians and students despite having been ‘retired’ for some time, actively assisting those in need providing resources and support. She still attends SLANZA meetings, mentors new librarians, helps out with the Kid’s lit Quiz and is deeply involved in the children’s literary scene. Barbara is a longstanding member of SLANZA and a supporter of school libraries across the nation. Her work to promote school libraries is of nationwide importance.
We congratulate both Barbara and Kaaren on their Life Membership awards.
This coming week is a short one, and for secondary schools it's the last full week with seniors at school before they go on study leave. I know this is a busy time for you, and wish you all the best with those end-of-year processes that are getting under way now.
Here's a quick round of up what the National Executive were doing last week.
Study grants awarded for 2016
We have awarded grants of $600 each to four of our members. We wish them every success in their upcoming studies:
Strategic Plan review 2015-2017
At our October meeting, the National Executive began the process of redeveloping our strategic plan for the next few years. We are now in the process of pulling the information from that exercise together and identifying how the various goals and objectives will feed into our ongoing work plan. A draft of the revised strategic plan will be shared with members later this term.
Conference feedback review
Julia Smith has been reviewing the feedback from our recent survey. The information from this will be incorporated into the feedback received from those who attended conference - including vendors - and this will inform how our next conference shapes up.
Submissions open for 2015 Conference edition of Collected magazine
Submissions for our Conference themed edition of Collected magazine are now open. More information is available in Greig’s blog post here.
Conference proceedings available now
Our Conference proceedings web page now has a number of presentations and other information available to view or download. More will be added to the page as we receive presentations and other resources from our presenters.
We are very grateful to those who shared their conference experience through Twitter, it adds value for those who were there and (like me!) weren't taking notes in all the sessions. And for those who couldn't attend conference it will give you much to read and follow up on - almost as good as being there! I would particularly like to acknowledge and thank Steph Ellis who tweeted prolifically during conference, and has now created Storify collections of the Twitter stream relating to all our keynote speakers.
Update to National Library service changes for 2016
National Library Services to Schools have published an update to their website about the service changes for next year. We've fielded some enquiries about the update through the School Library email list. Remember that you can contact Services to Schools about the transformation using their dedicated email address email@example.com
Contacting National Executive
Please do get in touch with me (firstname.lastname@example.org), or with your local representative on the National Executive if there is anything mentioned here that you'd like to discuss, or if there are any other matters you'd like our help or input with. We'd love to hear from you!
I am absolutely delighted to announce the recipients of SLANZA’s Study Grants for 2016.
Our warmest congratulations go out to these successful applicants:
We all understand that working and studying takes quite some commitment. So it is especially gratifying to know that many SLANZA members are continuing their learning in the field of Information and Library Studies. SLANZA is committed to helping make this undertaking easier where we can, as we believe that it will benefit not just our members as their library careers unfold, but that the students and staff in their schools will benefit too, from working alongside a librarian with a deep understanding of their field, and a personal commitment to life-long learning, continual improvement and innovation.
Best wishes once again to all our grant recipients!
Professional Development Team Leader
Conference is over and Term 4 has begun and the new issue of Collected is being prepared.
Our theme is “From the Ground Up Conference2015” . We would like to have reports and photos of events and gatherings. We would also welcome articles on, and responses to workshops and key notes that inspired you. You might also share your impressions of conference, and the importance of networking. There was so much to inspire us and I know our readers will have taken this inspiration and planned to put it into action. Let us know what you took away from this inspiring event!
We will also accept other articles of interest and book reviews. Our deadline for this issue is November the 19th. Submissions and questions can be directed to me at email@example.com.
Looking forward to hearing from all of you.
SLANZA Collected Magazine
Welcome back to Term 4 everyone! It's been a busy week for your National Executive. Here is a round-up of what we've been up to this week which will also give you an idea of some of the extra projects we'll be working on in the coming months.
Film and Literature Review Board decision made on Into the River
On October 14th the FLRB released their decision to lift all restrictions on Ted Dawe’s award winning young adult book Into the river. As one of the parties to make a submission to the recent review, SLANZA was pleased to be able to pass this news on to our members. Miriam Tuohy spoke on Morning Report on October 15th about the decision and what it means for school libaries.
Representation on NZEI’s Support Staff Joint Initiative reference group
Miriam Tuohy and Kaaren Hirst will be participating in this group, representing school library staff in the discussions which are led by NZEI’s Support Staff Joint Initiative workstream group. Areas of interest include innovative practice, career development and pathways, professional learning, digital and information literacy.
LIANZA’s Future of Libraries summit - follow up meeting
Karen Clarke represented SLANZA at this gathering of library sector stakeholders, who met to discuss key issues identified at LIANZA’s recent Future of Libraries summit. Topics included:
Endorsement of BWB Publishing Trust's 'Books in School Libraries' programme
This week Miriam Tuohy has written to the BWB Publishing Trust to again offer our support of their wonderful "Books in school libraries" initiative. The Trust has plans to make further distributions to secondary schools. If your school has received donations from the Trust, they would love to hear from you too - your feedback and letters of appreciation are very helpful to them in securing ongoing funding.
New Administration Officer
Carole Gardiner has now handed over the role of Admin Officer to Jacky Reid from St Pat's College in Kilbirnie. Many thanks to Carole for her dedication to the job these past several years, she has been a huge support to the National Executive. We welcome Jacky into the role from Monday, and look forward to working with her. If you need to contact Jacky please use the email address firstname.lastname@example.org
If you'd like to get in touch with the National Executive...
One of the nicest parts of being on National Executive is the presentation of the SLANZA annual awards. It is a chance to recognise the great work that is being done in school libraries all over New Zealand.
I would like to thanks all of those who took the time to nominate their peers for awards and in this way ensuring these SLANZA members get the recognition they deserve.
Some awards were presented to those in attendance at the SLANZA Meet and Greet prior to the SLANZA Conference. I’d like to extend a big thank you to the Christchurch Conference Committee for helping us to organise that opportunity.
Regional NE representatives will arrange for those who did not attend the Conference, to have their awards presented at a local function.
The current list of award winners and their award citations can be found on the SLANZA website.
Congratulations to all the Award winners.