The National Executive met last weekend, 6-8 March, in Wellington. Below is a summary of some of the discussions covered at the meeting. This communique is to keep members up to date with the work being done on their behalf by the National Executive.
National Executive team
National Executive would like to welcome two new members to our team. Both from the South Island, Michelle Summerfield joins us representing Otago, while Aoraki has a new representative in Maree Silver-Hessey. Sally Stanley-Boden has retired from SLANZA and the position of Treasurer has been filled by Maree. We thank Sally for many years overseeing our financial management. In addition, while Auckland’s representative Sharon Jackson takes a leave of absence, we are fortunate to gain Elizabeth Atkinson.
Huge thank you to those members who have already paid their 2020 membership – your prompt payment is appreciated. If you haven’t been invoiced yet, please contact Melanie
We are planning an advocacy campaign called School Libraries Transform to promote the value and necessity of every student having access to a school library, supported by a specialist librarian with a budget and hours to provide a high-functioning learning environment within all school communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. More information will be available soon and we encourage you to contact your local National Executive representative if you would like to help. Meantime, you are welcome to start using the hashtag #SchoolLibrariesTransform
An opportunity has arisen for the role of Editor for our online Collected magazine. A small remuneration is available for each issue. We are also seeking proof-readers. If you are interested in either of these roles, please contact our Administration Officer, Melanie
We are currently accepting articles, book reviews, and business member submissions for our next issue, School Libraries Transform: Professional Learning and Advocating for School Libraries. Please consider contributing to our magazine; articles must be submitted to the Editor by 30 April 2020.
Connected Online Learning
The first online learning module is underway with 45 members participating. Connected online courses are free for SLANZA members and are another option for school library staff to extend our learning. Clare Forrest leads the NE Professional Development team that have created the three modules we will be offering to members this year:
Term 1 – Advocacy – School Library Appreciation and Promotion
Term 2 – Media Literacy and Fake News in an Election Year
Term 3 – Library Assistants
Last year we migrated from our Google+ site to Facebook. We have a public Facebook page that is populated with SLANZA events, news and information. We also run a Facebook group called SLANZA Connected Community which is exclusive to SLANZA members and provides a platform for members to connect and communicate in a safe, closed community. We run professional development topics here and encourage our members to share resources, ask questions and join in robust discussions.
The SLANZA Listserv is an open platform, not restricted to members, and we use this medium to help and support all our colleagues. Michelle Summerfield leads our new Listserv coordinators. Our thanks go to Bridget Schaumann, Carole Gardiner and Steph Ellis who have looked after it for so many years.
SLANZA National Executive is calling for nominations for the position of President Elect. The President Elect is successor to the President and is a one-year term from September 2020 to September 2021 when they will take over the role of SLANZA President from Glenys Bichan. The position requires this person to aid and support the current President while gaining an insight into the functions of the Presidential role of SLANZA. It also requires an in-depth understanding of the workings of SLANZA and its stakeholders. Please use the Nomination Form - nominations close Thursday 9 April 2020.
We wish to advise you of National Executive’s nomination of Sasha Eastwood-Bennit for the position of President Elect.
A heads up – the call for nominations for SLANZA awards to recognise excellence, success and achievement within school libraries will open July 1. Criteria for each award can be found on the Awards Page on the SLANZA website. Please consider nominating your exceptional colleagues. Nominations, along with all the required documentation, may be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org during July and August, with nominations closing August 31, 2020. Awards will be presented at the upcoming National Conference in Wellington.
National Library Survey
Thank you once again to all our members who participated in the National Library survey. As a non-profit organisation we are extremely fortunate to have access to the findings of this survey, as it provides valuable information for National Executive to work from. On that note, we wish to acknowledge the tremendous amount of work that Miriam Tuohy spent in drafting, collating, interpreting and presenting the report.
NZEI Pay Equity Claim
We are thrilled for our Teacher Aide colleagues whose negotiations for a pay equity settlement concluded in February 2020 and is now going through a Government sign-off process. We are working alongside NZEI for our own pay equity claim.
SLANZA National Executive would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing commitment to SLANZA and wish you all a great year. We will continue to work on your behalf and ensure that the voice of school libraries from all over the country are heard.
Julia Smith BAppSci (LIS)
Kerikeri High School
SLANZA National Executive rep for Te Tai Tokerau
Kia ora koutou school librarians and lovers of school libraries
We are very excited to be able to tell you about two of our keynotes for the SLANZA 2020 Conference:
Scot will be doing a workshop, as well as presenting a keynote, so make sure you register and are ready to choose your workshops early, as they will fill up quickly.
Scot has been writing for young people since last century. His books are mostly about misfits making peace with the world, death and love. He came to writing down a long winding path of careers including landscape gardening, massage and counselling, professional music, teaching, waiting tables and driving delivery trucks. Changing Gear is his eighteenth novel in as many years and his backlist includes award-winning and internationally acclaimed books such as Burning Eddy, The Dead I Know and Sparrow. He has a bristling fascination for the natural world.
series The Side Eye to be challenged to think more deeply, while being entertained.
Toby Morris has published two children’s books and is a regular contributor to the School Journal. Watch his series Two Sketches to get to know him better and learn about other New Zealand cartoonists and artists
Following the release of the 2019 national survey of NZ's school libraries there was some coverage on RNZ this morning about the importance of school librarians in our schools in NZ Aotearoa. Listen to SLANZA's support of our roles and our libraries.
School librarians want statutory protection, guaranteed funding
School librarians call for protection against funding cuts
School librarians want guaranteed funding
Facebook Connected Term 1
“Hey, I’m over here!”
We know that school librarians have many skills and are often the experts in their schools for reading engagement and information literacy and looking after the needs of our library users. We know this but does everyone in your school know this too? This discussion is for us to have a look at how we feel about the support and appreciation we get from our colleagues and communities.
We are hearing that many of us feel underappreciated and unrecognised for our skills so let's discuss how this is for us and find some solutions together.
Each day we will look at a different aspect of our school librarian role, taken from the areas listed in last week’s poll. Thank you to those who have filled in the poll on our SLANZA Connected Facebook page about how supported you feel in your role in your school and community. I know there has been some confusion but it was really to get us thinking about the support and collegiality we feel we receive in our jobs so we can discuss this further during the PD Event on this Connected page starting on Monday 17 February.
Term 1 SLANZA Online Module
Registrations for the SLANZA Module #14: School Library Promotion and Appreciation module of the Connected Librarians course will be open from today Monday 17 February and will close on Monday 2 March.
Here is the link on the SLANZA website to register:
This course is in response to feedback we have received from members about how they feel underappreciated and under utilised in their schools. It is about sharing ideas and techniques for promoting our school librarian roles with our colleagues and communities.
What to expect in this course?
On successful course completion, learners will be able to:
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. Or register here.
Clare Forrest & Sasha Eastwood-Bennit
The SLANZA PD Team
Registrations are open for this year's SLANZA Conference, being held in your capital city and plans are afoot to give you a wonderful mix of celebration (we’ve been here for 20 years), friendliness, fun, fierce learning, good coffee, a chance to hang out with your fellow librarians and to be wowed by those you meet and listen to at the conference (or by the actual WOW if you want - it’s on at the same time).
Here is the website, so register for early bird rates now and check out the range of accommodation suggested.
We are confirming our keynote speakers right now so it won’t be long before we can reveal our exciting line up. We are very happy! We hope you will be too.
The SLANZA 2020 call for abstracts portal has re-opened and will close at Midday on Monday 24 February 2020. This is your opportunity to share ideas, knowledge, stories of successes (and failures) and much more to an audience of conference attendees. Go on . . . give it a go! Librarians are such good sharers.
We look forward to hearing from you.
The SLANZA Wellington Conference committee
We have your holiday reading sorted these holidays! Packed full of fantastic articles, Collected #25 has something for everyone. Read it now, or save the link ready for when you're on the beach or under a cool tree, with a nice cold drink.
It's time for our annual SLANZA Reading Survey! The Reading survey is important as it gives us all an overview of what our students are reading and where their interests lie.
We'd love you to share (anonymously) your libraries' top books, authors, series, magazines, NZ authors and books, and the best books for your reluctant readers.
All the information gathered will then collated and shared with you through your SLANZA membership and via the listserv at the beginning of the New Year - 2020.
The link below will take you to the questionnaire. Instructions on getting the statistics out of our most popular Library Management Systems (Accessit, Oliver, Athenaeum) are attached to this email. Please take the time to complete the survey - it's easy!
2019 SLANZA READING SURVEY
FYI - You can view previous survey results on the SLANZA website HERE
How-to guides - Find your most popular resources on:
Thanks in anticipation!
Next Monday 11 November will be the first SLANZA CONNECTED discussion.
“What’s the Hook in the Book?”
For our inaugural SLANZA Connected online discussion we would like members to share to our Facebook Connected community something that we do really well – book recommendations. We will look at the variety of ways we entice our students and teachers to try a book, books we recommend for different purposes and some of our favourite books of the year.
Please join us on our SLANZA Connected Community page and share your knowledge and skills.
Suggestions, readings and questions will be posted on Monday 11 November to get us started. Please get "Connected" and join in the discussion.
from the SLANZA PD team
The 2020 SLANZA Conference website is now live.
We are very excited about our programme and hope you will be too.
Keynotes will be announced soon.
If you are interested in presenting a workshop please go to
the Call for Abstract page.
If you want to attend, present or sponsor please go to
the Registration page , where you can register your interest.
Registrations will be open soon.
We look forward to seeing you in Wellington in 2020
to celebrate 20 years of SLANZA.
Submissions are open for the next edition of SLANZA's Collected magazine - the Conference Issue. We look forward to hearing all about your experiences at the Waikato / Bay of Plenty Regional Conference in Collected #25. Submissions close November 8th 2019. Make your submission here.
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. New ideas are welcome!
Don't forget to check out our previous magazines for inspiration and ideas.