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 SLANZA PD team is excited to announce our second G+ discussion topic for the year. It will begin on Tuesday 6 June.
The Ministry of Education is committed to providing innovative learning environments where everyone can work together to support the best learning for everyone. What does this mean for school libraries and the way we practice?
Our G+ discussions are designed to be slow, to allow time for deep thought and to reflect on our practices. Over four weeks there will be four readings followed by reflective questions. 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 (and it’s a great year to join with conference coming up), as well as belonging to SLANZA’s Google+ Community.
We look forward to “seeing” you and hearing your thoughts – either for this discussion or one of our other professional development events planned for later this year.
We are very pleased to announce that SLANZA members can now access a selection of eBooks to support their continuing professional development.
These resources will be available to members only, through SLANZA’s new eBook platform.
Wheelers have made this possible by generously providing our ePlatform at no cost. We are very grateful for their support of our organisation, and our members’ ongoing professional growth.
We invite all current SLANZA members to register for the SLANZA ePlatform now.
When you register, please use your preferred email address (not a shared library email) and your personal membership number if known.
We aim to process new registrations within 24 hours.
Titles currently available
As you know, helping to build a confident and knowledgeable school library profession is incredibly important to us. We believe that our communities deserve the very best school libraries possible, and it is one of our strategic goals to improve the professional standing, working conditions, and qualification levels of the staff who work in those libraries. Enabling access to a range of professional development opportunities is a vital part of achieving this goal.
In 2012, SLANZA surveyed school library staff about their Professional Development needs. Around 200 people responded to that survey, and as a result of what we learned, our Connected Librarians online PD modules were developed and introduced the following year.
Fast forward four years, and as part of our ongoing work in the area of Professional Development for school library staff, we are asking for your input again.
This time our survey is focused on work and qualification profiles - your library situation, employment, and continuing professional development including library & information studies qualifications.
The survey is open to SLANZA members and non-members alike, so please forward the survey link (below) to any library colleagues - SLANZA members or not, school library staff or not - who would like to participate. All the responses we receive will provide crucial information to guide our professional development strategy and our relationships with other professional development providers.
Please follow this link to access the survey:
The survey will remain open until the 31st of May.
We really appreciate you taking a few minutes to have your say.
There has been much going on in the couple of weeks since my last update. It’s a busy time of year for all of us, with most school library staff doing their annual stock-take, and senior sign-out for high schools. I’ve enjoyed seeing so many invitations to SLANZA end-of-year celebrations going out recently too, I wish I could go to all of them!
Here’s the latest news from National Exec:
Conference proceedings updated
A final large batch of presentations from our Conference has gone up on the SLANZA website. Alongside these, we also have some additional material - a document prepared by Steph Ellis with follow-up readings, links and information about the apps and ideas presented by each of our keynote speakers. Many thanks to Steph for creating and sharing this document. All these files are available now from the conference proceedings page.
The next issue of Collected magazine is starting to come together with many submissions already received. Thank you to those who have written articles for this conference themed issue, and also to our team of proof-readers who assist Greig (our Editor) with getting the magazine ready for publication. You can still submit content for this issue, too. The final date for articles or book reviews to reach us is this coming Thursday, November 19th. Information about writing for the magazine is available on our website, and you can email articles, photos, or book reviews directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional Development discussion
This week Sandi (PD Team Leader) has kicked off the first of our regular PD discussions in SLANZA’s Google+ community. Our chosen text for the inaugural discussion is R David Lankes’ free eBook “Expect More”. David presented a keynote session at LIANZA’s conference last week, and you can watch the video of that presentation (and others) online. To take part in our discussion group, you’ll need to join the G+ community first - over 100 of our members have joined so far. There has been some really interesting sharing and commenting already, relating to the first couple of chapters of Expect More. It’s not too late to join us, if you’d like to be part of this stimulating and thought-provoking conversation!
Members of the National Executive are continuing to participate in various fora:
We are also working on our strategic plan and the resulting work plan, our budget for the coming year, and preparing to open nominations for our next SLANZA President - I will have more info to share about these next week.
Contacting National Executive
Please do get in touch with me (email@example.com), 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!
Registrations for module #1 (Professional Reading) of the Connected Librarians course close this Friday, June 12th.
Next week all applicants will receive confirmation of whether they have been placed in this intake.
More information is available in the course flyer and outline documents, and you can register here.
In 2013-2014 SLANZA offered our very successful Connected Librarians course to members. We are grateful to those who participated, for supporting SLANZA’s professional development and also for giving us feedback on ways we might improve what we do.
As part of a major review of the course - including participant’s feedback - we are very pleased to announce that each of the six topics that made up the original Connected Librarians course will now be offered as individual modules. We believe this will make our course even more accessible, by removing some of the barriers to participating, and offering the flexibility to better fit learners’ individual needs.
The course modules are designed and fully facilitated by practising New Zealand school librarians, for school librarians. They are ideal for those library staff just starting out with online tools, who are ready and willing to try new things.
Registration is free for SLANZA members. Class places are limited.
Registrations for module #1 - Professional Reading using RSS feeds and Feedly - will open on Tuesday June 2nd (week 7). Successful applicants will receive invitations to our learning community in Week 9, and the class itself runs in Weeks 10 and 11.
More information about Connected Librarians is available here, or you can contact me directly with any questions.
Professional Development team leader
On behalf of the National Executive, I am pleased to announce that the recipients of SLANZA’s Study Grants for 2015 have been decided. Our warmest congratulations go out to these successful applicants:
Congratulations once again to all our grant recipients, we wish you every success with your studies in the coming year.
Professional Development Team Leader
SLANZA offers study grants each year, to those working in school library teams. Study grants are available for courses offered by an approved library education provider. We believe that continuing professional development is vital - it helps you increase the knowledge and skills you need to deliver a valued service to your school community, and it can open you up to new and exciting possibilities in the field of librarianship.
If you are thinking about undertaking Library and Information Studies next year, you may be eligible to apply for assistance. Successful applicants will receive $600 towards the cost of a paper.
The closing date for submitting study grant applications is Thursday 25th of September 2014, and successful applicants will be notified in October.
More information about the grants, including the application form, is available here.
We are pleased to announce that registrations for the fourth round of SLANZA’s online professional development course - Connected Librarians - will open next Monday, May 19th. Because we have a waiting list for course places, there are currently only 10 places available.
In order to ensure that our participants come from a range of school levels (primary, intermediate and secondary) we will select people from the registration list accordingly. Because Term 2 is somewhat shorter than normal, successful applicants will receive invitations to our learning community during Week 3, and the course will begin in Week 4.
If your registration is accepted, it is essential that you ensure you have access to Google Plus using the email account you have registered with, before the course starts.
The Connected Librarians course is designed by New Zealand school librarians, for school librarians. It is aimed at those just starting out with online tools in their library. Participants will be required to sign up for, and use a selection of 6 online tools (1 new tool each week). Each week’s work contains background readings and/or videos, tasks to complete using that week’s tool, and participation in discussions to share and reflect on your learning for the week.
The course is free for SLANZA members.
More information about the course is available here, or you can contact me directly with any questions.
Professional Development team leader