Kia Ora from our President
Just a few things to keep you in the loop of SLANZA doings…
SCHOOL LIBRARIES TRANSFORM- Our campaign is quietly doing its business and although you may not see or hear about it- it is working. We have had great outcomes with the MoE, far better connections and opportunities with our partner organizations, articles published in well regarded magazines, and shortly we have regional trainings coming up with the Campaign theme as a base!
Keep up the talk, keep us informed, don’t let your school library lose its impact by the loss of funds, time or space that weigh over you! We matter because our kids do!
Don’t forget we have our conference coming up in October- I can’t wait- the speakers look amazing – (Shannon Hale) and some of the workshops have me bristling with curiosity.
Hopefully the work we are doing with the MoE will be ready to share with you at Conference as well and that is going to be so exciting as we highlight 12 of our libraries in Aotearoa schools and see what they are doing, how they do it and why they are flourishing. The feedback from this is going to impact hugely how we move forward with our campaign- especially as we lobby principals and Board of Trustees.
https://innovators.eventsair.com/slanza-2021/ is the link to Conference- GO!!!!
Conference is the just the best way to grow as a school librarian- the conversation you have- the feeling of being in a meaningful community- and just being encouraged by being with people who share your passion about your mahi- it is so empowering!
We also will have SLANZA Awards to celebrate our successful school libraries and librarians, a birthday party for our 21st and our AGM!
http://www.slanza.org.nz/awards.html is our awards page- nominate someone who deserves the recognition.
Soon the new Collected is coming out- I can’t wait- it hits up some of the issues we face and focuses on the School Library Transforms Campaign. It also has amazing articles by our business sponsors for this year and I know some of them are interesting pieces!
An article about our Campaign has been published in Principal Today – check it out – here is the link
It was awesome to see three current NE members and a past president in the training loop with NZEI to interview school librarians for our Pay equity talks! It is awesome we are moving on this now.
Clare has put together a new training module- SLANZA Module #17: Gender and Sexuality in School Libraries. After one day- we are nearly at a full contingent of trainees, we think we will offer this again in the year!
We also have been doing some great work trying to access some funding to pilot some amazing new programmes- hopefully in the next few months we have exciting things to share with you all about this! This might sound vague and for now it has to be- but if we can get these across the line- WOW!!!
SLANZA is working hard to do all we can we support you from the inside and protect and grow you from the outside.
If you are not a member- please join us- we need your help to do what we do! We are having an NE meeting on Wednesday- let us know if there is anything you want us to discuss!
Ma te wa
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