Materials for this year's Mental Health Awareness Week (21-27 September) are now available to order and download from Good Reads.
The theme this year is:
Reimagine Wellbeing Together – He Tirohanga Anamata
MHAW is a chance to build on the simple things we’ve been doing to look after ourselves, and this year we're asking you to reimagine what wellbeing looks like – together.
Under the Good Reads the MHF Information and Resource Centre brings you the best reads on this year's Mental Health Awareness Week theme. Books with wellbeing themes are reviewed by people in the sector and those with an interest in mental wellbeing. You can print the reviews, which is perfect if you are working on a display to celebrate this month's awareness week, or they can be used throughout the year.
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Tēnā koutou Our campaign launches at 4:00 pm this afternoon. Join us. For links to the website and petition, please open the pdf attached.
Look out for our website as it goes live on Tuesday, and follow us on our social media platforms.it.
A word from the President...
Many of you will have heard that SLANZA is running a national campaign to support school library survival. We want to do this really well and so we are making sure before we launch we have all the scaffolding in place we need and the resources ready for you.
We have a web site we are building and that will be propagated with a stack of stuff for you to use.
School Libraries Transform...
We need your help...
Can you please:
Get quotes from your staff and students as to how the school library has helped them- we need short one sentence bits that can be written on posters.
Here are some examples:
"The library enabled me to become a leader"
"Our library hooked me into reading fantasy books"
"The library was my safe place"
" I got an excellence because of the research the librarian helped me with"
"Our library has all the Cherub series"
" Our librarian gives me so much help with research for the units I teach"
"The library is the only place I feel safe"
" The library is my safe community, a family"
If the students AND/OR staff member are happy for a photo as well, the web site will have predesigned frames for you to put these quotes into so we can make a mass media board for New Zealand wide support about how school libraries make a difference.
If you can start collecting those now- that would be excellent.
If you know any authors personally who would be happy to be a campaign ambassador, we would love to get in touch with them.
Contact you local political candidates and question them over their party policies about school Libraries.
Keep sending us your stories, we are making these as broad as possible when we use them publicly so as to not specifically identify you. The more grassroots information we have the better.
My local MP is coming in to read these!
if you haven't already- please become a SLANZA member, we need your membership more than ever.
LIANZA has been working with public libraries and school libraries to put together #NZCYA . They have posted the Books Alive calendar and started to promote via social media.
Books Alive virtual storytimes are being offered online for the first time. We are celebrating and promoting the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults #NZCYA finalist books, authors and illustrators and publishers to new audiences around the country.
The Books Alive virtual storytimes build on the experiences of public and school libraries offering virtual storytimes during COVID-19 lockdown and are read either by #NZCYA 2020 finalist authors or by librarians. And sometimes a VIP reader joins in too !
We hope you enjoy these virtual storytimes !
The Books Alive events are ‘live’ from Monday August 3 – some are just so much fun !!
SLANZA National Executive are thrilled to let you know that Book Protection Products have joined us again in 2020 as our major sponsor.
We are so thankful for their loyalty to us and without them we could not offer the regional PD that we do. National Executive send out the sponsorship money they give us to each region. The regions then use that to provide you with all the fantastic professional development that your local SLANZA committee organise for you.
Book Protection have continued to support us and for that we are so thankful, because it is making us better practitioners, more informed and professional as librarians.
Their loyalty to us, requires our loyalty back. The best way we can say thank you is to use this company as the suppliers for your library needs.
Find out more about their products here:
SLANZA National Executive wish to reassure our members that we are committed to and have been in discussions with NZEI Te Riu Roa regarding Support Staff Pay Equity progress.
Some of you may recall from our communiques that we gathered a comprehensive database of skills, roles and responsibilities from a Pay Equity Professional Development course run in 2018, that was shared with NZEI to assist our cause. Later that year at our NE meeting in Wellington, we invited two NZEI Pay Equity lawyers as well as two regional union representatives to inform us of the process of the Pay Equity claims and what we were to expect. We learnt that achieving pay equity with similar non-female dominant professions would not be a quick or simple task, as we have witnessed with the Teacher Aide negotiations, which took four years. We also learnt that the Teacher Aide pay equity claim was progressed first by NZEI as they were the largest group of support staff and were some of the lowest-paid. Discussions with NZEI have been ongoing and union members would have continued to receive updates throughout the negotiations to inform us of the pay equity process and progress.
NZEI is currently working on progressing other support staff role pay equity claims including school librarians and library assistants. They hope that the time and resources used, as well as what they learnt and what they won, may expedite the other support staff claims. Next up is the Administration Staff, and our own claim follows that.
We wish to state that NE have felt understood and well supported as a profession with the work NZEI are undertaking on our behalf. We want to ensure that our members are aware of how hard people are working for them. Joining the NZEI, is a show of understanding, appreciation and support for the mahi being done on our behalf, and the bigger the membership, the stronger the voice.
SLANZA National Executive are delighted for our Teacher Aide work colleagues. Their win is another step closer to our own successful Pay Equity process. As we await our turn, we ask our members to show kindness and solidarity to our fellow workers.
NZEI offer this advice to our members:
Julia Smith BAppSci (LIS)
Kerikeri High School
SLANZA National Executive Communications
SLANZA National Executive rep for Te Tai Tokerau
Kia ora SLANZA members,
We are delighted to make the SLANZA Study Grant available to our members in 2020. This year SLANZA is offering two grants to support members enrolling for study to be put towards fees for papers leading to a Library and Information qualification.
Successful applicants are reimbursed for the cost of one paper, course or module (up to $600) offered by an approved Library education provider. Information is available on the SLANZA website.
Applications close on Friday 3rd July 2020
Conditions of application:
Applicants must have been SLANZA members for at least one year at the time of applying and be current financial members.
Applicants are to be supported by a covering letter from the School Principal.
Applicants must give the name and contact details of one referee.
Applicants should state in writing:
o the potential benefits of undertaking this professional development,
o how it will contribute to your role as part of the library team,
o your relevant library experiences,
o whether you have completed any other papers.
Applications are to be sent to the SLANZA Study Grants Committee, C/O email@example.com
See the SLANZA website for an application form and a list of approved Library education providers.
Successful applicants will be advised after Friday 24th July 2020.
Ngā mihi nui
Convenor, SLANZA Study Grants Committee