The first 2013 meeting of the National Executive was held in Wellington this weekend. As our new Admin Person Carole Gardner was unable to travel to the meeting, we welcomed Rosalba Finnerty as minute secretary and appreciate the depth of her understanding of our organisation.
Currently the majority of regional reps for NE have been on the executive for a few years, gaining stability and the ability to work smartly towards our organisational goals. This has lead us to consider ways to utilised the valuable talent within our membership which can then be recognised in a meaningful way.
One priority for SLANZA is the promotion and celebration of reading. As a result of this we are committed to organising a nationwide school library day to premier in Week 2 Term 2 2014. We hope to make this an annual event to build on over time. Later in the year we will be calling for suggestions and requests in the hope of making a worthwhile event for all members.
Membership renewals were emailed to members in mid March. If you have not received yours please email Carole Gardiner or download a membership application from our website.
A major strategic goal of our organisation is to provide professional development to improve the quality of librarianship, teaching and support to students. Our National Executive PD Team have been working overtime on an exceptional opportunity for members to be offered next term. An announcement about this will be out in the last week of term, keep an eye out for this!
We were fortunate to have the 2013 Conference Committee visit us on Saturday. As you will have seen from the comprehensive documents available at their website they are well on the way to creating an inspiring, challenging and worthwhile professional development programme for the conference in 12 weeks time. They also have a Facebook presence for you to follow, please ‘like’ this page to keep up with conference news. Watch for an announcement later this week regarding Conference grants.
The first Collected magazine for 2013 is shaping up nicely and will be out next term. The theme is ‘reading’ and we are still looking for articles around the subject. If you have an idea you’d like to share contact Lisa Salter today, the deadline is the end of term but can be extended into the holidays.
We hope you all have a restful holiday with time to reflect on all the things that went well in Term 1.