Are you studying, or thinking about studying? SLANZA would like to help you achieve those goals. Applications for study grants in 2019 are now open. You can find all the information you need here http://www.slanza.org.nz/study-grants.html
If you have any questions, please email Sally email@example.com or Mel firstname.lastname@example.org
SLANZA NE regrets to inform members that our Co-President, Julia Smith, will be stepping down from her duties to focus on her recovery from her recent diagnosis of acute leukemia. We are sending her all of our love and support. Arohanui Julia!
Head on over to the Waikato/Bay of Plenty's Conference website and register your interest in attending the event:
We are excited to welcome our guest speakers and workshop hosts, as well as a wonderful line-up of vendor stalls. See you there!
Registrations for the Library 101 for Primary and Intermediate School Librarians module of the Connected Librarians course will be open from Monday 13 May and will close on Sunday 26 May 2019.
This course is for primary and intermediate school librarians who would like some support with the intricacies of running the school library, would like to share ideas with others in similar positions and are up for the challenge of looking at their own practice.
What to expect in this course?
On successful course completion, learners will be able to:
The course will be starting on Monday 27 May and finishes on Sunday 16 June.
This course is designed by New Zealand school librarians, for school librarians - for anyone who is ready and willing to learn and try new things and share their thoughts and learning with others. You can work at your own pace, in your own time and network with other school librarians. For those school librarians working in schools on their own, this is invaluable.
The course is only available and free for SLANZA members.
Please visit the Online PD page on our SLANZA website for further information and to register.
SLANZA is pleased to provide an update on what we have been working on with regards to the remuneration and working conditions our members currently work under. We wish to inform our members that as of September 2018, NZEI notified the Ministry of Education of a pay equity claim on behalf of school librarians and library assistants as part of a wider school support staff pay equity claim. We have supplied statistics and information to NZEI since then, including a phone interview. NZEI are attending our next National Executive meeting in Wellington on 30-31 March to update us on the progress on this claim.
SLANZA National Executive also contributed to LIANZA’s oral submission to the select committee on the Equal Pay Amendments Bill. You may read our comments to LIANZA’s oral submission below.
We are extremely fortunate to have two organisations advocating for school librarians in the pay equity campaign. It reinforces SLANZA’s concerns relating to our poor pay rates and working conditions. This gives us a stronger presence and we look forward to working with both NZEI and LIANZA to support their submissions.
SLANZA Comments to LIANZA Equal Pay Oral Submission
Thank you for the opportunity of providing feedback on the Equal Pay Submission LIANZA is presenting on Wednesday 6th March 2019.
Importance of School Libraries
The school library is fundamental for students and staff to have equitable access to quality resources, skills and support. All schools should have a well-resourced library staffed by a specialist librarian to support the teaching and learning needed for student success. Research in New Zealand and in many overseas studies shows that having a well-resourced school library staffed by a professional librarian increases literacy levels and student achievement (National Literacy Trust, 2018). School libraries give equal access to all students, regardless of community services and financial situations.
Importance of School Librarians
Our SLANZA members are passionate and dedicated specialists who upskill themselves outside of work hours through their SLANZA community and professional development opportunities, with a proportion studying at tertiary level for diplomas right through to Bachelor degrees. Many library assistants are on minimum wage with part-time hours, yet this dedication shows a commitment to the profession and student learning and they deliver real benefit to their students and organisation.
We would also like to call attention to the widespread pay rate of specialist librarians managing school libraries who struggle to attain the living wage. With school roles of up to thousands of students, these school librarians provide information literacy skills, encourage a love of reading and learning, provide access to quality information sources, both print and digital to staff and students, provide ICT instruction for staff and students, provide a physical space where students can feel comfortable, safe and valued, are responsible for the library budget, and may supervise library assistants and/or volunteers. This substantial and complex skill set list is expected of school librarians at secondary level, with primary school libraries delivering many of these services. Considering the skill sets involved, remuneration is inadequate.
SLANZA considers the role of the school librarian as unique in comparison to other library positions. School librarians see the same students for a number of years and must provide a more holistic approach, building relationships and trust during a demanding age period. Student care is an underestimated skill set that school librarians practice daily.
There are a number of challenges facing schools and school libraries including pressures of the funding model, lack of space, staffing and budgets. There is a real fear for job security and hours, where libraries aren’t recognised as vital to student achievement, where school library staff aren’t valued as information experts with the skills and knowledge to encourage, care for and teach students, where budgets get trimmed to cater for other school needs, where libraries are being used as classrooms, where hours are cut so much that they find it increasingly difficult to make a difference to their students’ learning.
SLANZA would like to see legislation that every school has a well-sourced library, staffed by a specialist librarian with a sufficient ring-fenced budget for the hours and resources to support learning.
Significantly, ninety-seven per cent of our members are female (November 2018).
As of September 2018, NZEI notified the Ministry of Education of a pay equity claim on behalf of school librarians and library assistants as part of a wider school support staff pay equity claim. We have supplied statistics and information to NZEI since then, and I had a phone interview. We have invited NZEI to our next National Executive meeting in Wellington on 30-31 March to update us on the progress on this claim.
The next SLANZA Connected Librarians Online module is about to open for registration.
Module #11 - Student Wellbeing and Behaviour, especially related to the school librarian role
Registration opens Thursday 7 March 2019 and closes Sunday 10 March 2019
The course runs from Monday 11 March until Sunday 31 March.
Our first SLANZA Google+ discussion of the year is up and running on Google+.
We are looking at trying things outside our comfort zones.
Please join the conversation and share your successes and failures., so we can spread our knowledge and learning.
Our G+ discussions are designed to be slow, to allow time for deep thought and to reflect on our practices. Over two weeks there will be weekly readings and a chance to share and discuss. 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.
This will be the last time we use Google+ as it will be shutting down after this and we will find another platform to enable these exchanges.
For the SLANZA PD Team
As we race into February, now is the time we start to think about putting together our first copy of Collected for the year. Collected is SLANZA's e-magazine - the voice of our people. We encourage you to share your story, whatever it may be, from why you got into librarianship, your trials and tribulations, your new and unusual ideas, a programme that worked or is working particularly well, your take of some professional development that you attended or read about, to anything that you think may be valuable to your peers. Submissions for Collected #24 will be opening soon, so now its the time to start thinking about what you might like to contribute this year.
Ngā mihi o te tau hou. We hope your summer was full of great reads and plenty of relaxation. As some schools start back this week at the peak of a heat wave, we here at SLANZA are also gearing up for a great year!
The summer reading survey is out now, and worth a look! Head on over to http://www.slanza.org.nz/reading-survey.html and check it out.
Invoices will be out next week, and your regional rep will also be in touch shortly. Also feel free to get in touch with us sooner if you have any questions.
Don't forget to put the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Regional Conference dates in your calendar now - Friday 27th September - Sunday 29th September! This will be a very socially oriented conference where not only you will get the chance to explore the Waikato and learn about it's rich history, but will also have the chance to attend some great PD.