SLANZA National Executive met in Wellington last weekend, 11-12 November, and we would like to inform you of the work we did and the ideas we discussed.
Three representatives from NZEI joined our meeting to discuss the issue of pay parity and how that affects us as school librarians. We found the session both informative and enlightening. It was heartening to learn that School Librarians pay equity claim will be assessed separately and following on from the school Admin staff as our role includes a pastoral element with personal contact and teaching of students and a direct impact on their learning. During Term 1 2018, SLANZA will hold regional meetings to discuss pay equity. Importantly, we need to encourage our members to think about recording the skill sets they are using throughout the day, NZEI will provide a form for this. We need everyone’s contribution and support to build a strong case for our claim. In addition, we will run a Google+ SLANZA community discussion on pay equity early next year.
We are excited about the Professional Development we are offering our members. When the Google+ community formed, we had 85 initial participants - we now have 192. Fifty members signed up for our latest online course, Active Collection Development. We are fully committed to offering further opportunities of learning in 2018, which will include new Connected online learning modules, new Google+ discussions, our Collected magazine, regional professional development, as well as fee-free Open Polytechnic courses.
Watch out for a survey that will be coming to your inbox. This is a combined venture between National Library, LIANZA and SLANZA. We hope to gather data on the number of school libraries, staffing hours, funding, and their function. This survey will be forwarded to members of the library team and the principal, it is important we have different perspectives to build an extensive picture of how our school libraries are working. Please support this initiative.
Speaking of surveys, soon it will be time for our annual SLANZA Reading survey. By sharing your most issued book, most favoured author and most popular series from your library, it builds a popular reading list of New Zealand children and teenage reading.
We are trialling Regional Conferences for the next two years before our National Conference in 2020. Dunedin is the venue next year on the weekend of 29-30 September 2018, the first weekend of the school holidays. They have amazing ideas, speakers and plans. The Otago SLANZA Committee are hoping to keep the cost less than $150.00. Put a circle around the date and add it to the 2018 school budget.
At our meeting, we discussed our vision statement, strategic plan and our annual action plan. We are also looking at a new Policies and Procedures Manual. These documents set a firm foundation for our core values, focus our priorities and help transition new National Executive members. We are currently looking at updating the website too. We will keep you informed as these take shape.
Lastly, we welcomed Jay Shaw as Southland rep onto NE and Melanie McVeigh as the SLANZA Administrator. Sadly we also had to farewell the stunning Bridget Schaumann. Bridget has served over 10 years on SLANZA NE, she has a wealth of knowledge, is fully passionate about the power of SLANZA and is a huge believer in advocating and demanding the best from school libraries. She has given fully to SLANZA and we will miss her advice, her courage, her energy and even her corrective smile! We wish you all the best and we thank you.
Have a great Christmas break, enjoy the sun, your families and many good books. On behalf of SLANZA we thank you for all you do for school libraries, we acknowledge your hard work on behalf of your students, your school and our organisation.
Just a note to remind you that submissions For the latest Collected magazine, close on the 20th of October. I've extended the deadline a week to take the holidays into account.
Our theme for this issue is "Reading" , but we welcome any articles, reviews, and reports of general interest to members
Please don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
We are pleased to announce that Registrations for the Active Collection Development module of the Connected Librarians course are now open.
One of the best parts of our job is the chance to buy books for our students and schools. This course will help you with that selection process and challenge the way you do it.
On successful course completion, learners will be able to:
Applications close on Friday 27 October, and the course will be starting on Monday 30 October.
This course is designed by New Zealand school librarians, for school librarians - those just starting out with online tools, and who are ready and willing to try new things.
The course is free for SLANZA members.
More information is available in the course flyer and outline documents, and you can register here.
This is just a reminder to all who wish to submit articles reviews, etc. to Collected 21, that submissions will close soon. Due to the school holidays I have extended the Closing Date for Submissions to October 20th, 2017.
Thanks to all those who have already submitted items. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns regarding submissions.
The next issue of Collected magazine is being prepared and we need as many of you as possible to contribute and share your expertise with us all.
The theme for this issue is Reading:
It will cover:
Reading programmes (that you use successfully or want to try)
Reading Activities (how reading is promoted by you or your school)
Literacy in schools
Primary School Reading Activities and programmes (it would be great to get more input from our Primary Schools)
We also need any other articles of interest, book reviews and articles about local activities and events. The call for Submissions begins September 18 and deadlines for articles will be October 16th.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me at
This is a reminder about the fantastic study opportunity with the Open Polytechnic that SLANZA can offer you.
As you know, SLANZA is strongly committed to raising the professional standing of School Library staff through ongoing PD and professional qualification opportunities. Last year, a fee free offer was arranged between our two organisations for current SLANZA members studying theCertificate in Literature and Library Services for Children and Young People.
Enrolments are now open for the next course available with the fee free offer - 72276: Literature and Information Resources for Children and Young People. This is a Trimester 3 course which begins on 30th October, 2017. Enrolments close on the 22 October.
Furthermore, a waiver of the four prerequisite courses can be considered on a case-by-case basis.
SLANZA is very grateful to Open Polytechnic for their willingness to make this opportunity possible, and their commitment to ongoing collaboration.
Note that the OPNZ $60 annual administration fee cannot be waived. It is also important to note that SLANZA members who wish to take up this offer must have either completed the Diploma in Information & Library Studies (Level 5) with OPNZ already, or alternatively, have completed the four prerequisite courses that apply to this certificate. Information on these prerequisites can be found under the ‘entry requirements’ tab of the certificate on the Open Polytechnic website.
How to take up this offer1. Your SLANZA membership subscription must be paid in full. If you are not sure of your membership status, please contact yourregional representative on the National Executive
2. Check that you meet the OPNZ’s prerequisite requirements for the certificate
3. Enrol online via the OPNZ website here.
4. At the payment section, use contract code 0663 to receive the fee-free offer. OPNZ will verify SLANZA membership before approving course entry.
We strongly encourage our members to take advantage of this offer now.
For further information, please contact Jan Irvine:Email: Jan.Irvine@openpolytechnic.ac.nz
Phone: 0508 650200, extension 5594
Call for participation: 2017 Australian and New Zealand School Library Survey.
Softlink is inviting Teacher Librarians and library staff across Australia and New Zealand to participate in the 2017 Australian and New Zealand School Library Survey. Click here to participate
Softlink has conducted annual school library surveys in Australia since 2010, and in 2015 extended the scope of the survey to include New Zealand.
Softlink Education General Manager, Hillary Noye, said the survey gathers information on current school library budgets, resourcing, trends and preferred practices.
‘The survey results provide a benchmark for individual schools as well as facilitating shared practices and presenting an industry overview.’
Softlink commenced the survey in 2010 to represent the school library industry and advocate the value of school librarians in the 2010 Australian Parliamentary Inquiry into School Libraries and Teacher Librarians.
‘The survey helps to build a critical reference point for understanding changes, impacts and trends over time while providing a solid basis for school library advocacy.’
Findings from past reports have been used to represent the industry in the Australian Parliament, as well as in discussions with government and education department decision makers.
Findings from the 2017 Australian and New Zealand School Library Survey will be provided to participating schools, industry groups and government departments in early 2018.
‘We welcome all Australian and New Zealand school librarians and library staff to participate in this year’s survey, to ensure their voice is heard and to maintain a high level of industry representation.”
Schools wishing to participate in the 2017 School Library Survey can submit their responses online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LYQ37F8
The SLANZA PD team is announcing our next G+ discussion topic for the year.
For those lucky enough to go to the SLANZA Conference this July it’s time to share, reflect on, celebrate and challenge ourselves about our experience.
We will be starting this Term 3 discussion on Monday 21 August 2017 and we will keep adding topics and questions for 4 weeks.
Our G+ discussions are designed to be slow, to allow time for deep thought and to reflect on our practices.You can dip in and out of the discussion as time allows you, and participate as much or as little as you wish.
You must be a member of SLANZA to take part in this discussion, as well as belonging to SLANZA’s Google+ Community.
We look forward to meeting you and hearing your thoughts – either for this discussion or one of our next professional development discussions.
The Fiery Futures SLANZA 2017 Conference was amazing, and for many of us this week we are looking around our libraries with eyes wide open and a large action plan! Thanks for all your contributions, your energy, your feedback and your input into conference 2017. We hope it inspires and ignites you! We will have photos up from conference soon on our web page!
We were excited at Conference to confirm the appointment of our co-chairpersons. We have New Zealand covered as Julia Smith is from Kerikeri and Kirsty Adam is from Invercargill. We are really excited at the energy and skill these two will bring to SLANZA, we are in for a great journey!
We are also thrilled to confirm that Book Protection have continued to sponsor SLANZA until 2020. This ensures that we have continued support to provide excellent professional development to all our members. The best way to thank them, is to purchase from them. http://bookcover.co.nz/
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EXCITING NEWS - WE HAVE A NEW WEBSITE COMING SOON !! Book Protection Products Limited is a small private company, family owned and operated.
We are sad though to accept Ngaio Blackwoods resignation as our SLANZA Administrations Officer, she is stepping up to a sole charge position in a big city school library. She held the position for a short while but whipped us into shape with exceeding efficiency. We will miss her skills, but this does provide the opportunity for employment for another person in this role, this position has been advertised.
Another change is that our conference we announced that we will change from having the national SLANZA conference from bi-annually to tri-annually. The workload on volunteers to produce such a high standard of conference every two years is a lot to ask, so we are going to excel at what we do every three years. BUT we are going regional! 2018 will see the SLANZA Regional conference in Dunedin and 2019 we will host the Regional conference in the Waikato. These will be weekends of learning, networking and inspiration. 2020 will then be the big national conference in Wellington where we celebrate our 20th birthday!
We are also have some new professional development in the pipeline, and just to make sure we are on the right track we will be sending out an email to ask you what you want! Please when it hits your inbox reply to us, so we can target what you need and want!
Lastly thanks to all of you who put your hand up to serve SLANZA in your recent regional AGM’s. We applaude you all and hope it is a meaningful and enjoyable experience for you!
Below is your local Chairperson and their contact email should you need any help or support as you library on…
Te Tai Tokerua Julia Smith JSmith@kerikerihigh.ac.nz
Auckland Trish Webster firstname.lastname@example.org
Waikato/Bay of Plenty Glenys Bichan email@example.com
Central Stephanie Gibbons Stephanie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Wellington Clare Forrest email@example.com
Aoraki Sally Stanley Boden firstname.lastname@example.org
Otago Bridget Schaumann email@example.com
Southland Jay Shaw firstname.lastname@example.org
The latest Issue of SLANZA's online Magazine Collected is now available to non members.
Our theme for this issue is Conference 2017 and Professional Development but we also have the usual selection of thought provoking articles as well as business member submissions and heaps of reviews. Check it out at slanza.org.nz under the Resources tab.
Editor, Collected magazine