First up was a wonderful talk from SLANZA President Fiona Mackie entitled ‘Books or Oxygen: which would I choose?' It was great. It was a revealing and passionate conversation about books and the value of reading. It also touched on the topic of why libraries are so important. Libraries are there for their community and for all members of that community but especially the families that have the least. Thank you Fiona for revalidating why we love reading, and want others to share this passion as well.
We then split into two groups. One went and polished their skills on book mending taken by Robin from Book Protection. Thank you Book Protection for sponsoring the morning and making the book mending session so interesting and enjoyable. There was plenty of laugher coming from the room.
The other group listened intently to Senga White’s talk about Curation.Senga is currently the library manager at James Hargest College, a Year 7-13 school in Invercargill, New Zealand. She has also been the SLANZA President. Everyone enjoyed the talk about curation and the tools to use. Senga talked about Livebinders, Scoopit, Diigo, Pinterst, Symbaloo and Evernote. I personally use Scoopit and Evernote. After the talk it was time to play on the compuiters and put what we had learnt into practice.
Of course this was helped along by meeting new friends bolstered by lovely food and coffee from Caffé L’affare.
On behalf of the Wellington SLANZA Committee