President, Professional Development Team Leader, Central Region
I have over twelve years of school library experience, with a two and a half year stint as ‘school liaison’ for Dymocks Booksellers thrown in the middle. I did my Teacher Aide training at Taradale Primary School and Marewa Primary School 12 years ago before becoming the Librarian at Onekawa Primary School. I am currently working at Taradale Primary School in Napier as the Library Manager.
I am passionate about books and reading. I love learning about new tools and books, and my goal is to help promote a passion for, and a love of reading with our younger generations. I particularly enjoy being able to help and support my fellow librarians.
I completed study in February 2015 for my Level 5 Diploma in Information and Library Studies through The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, being lucky enough to receive a SLANZA Study grant for one of my papers. A huge shout-out to Steph Ellis, at NBHS, for being a great study-buddy, and whose support and coffee sessions kept me motivated and on track. A support person or mentor is a god-send to distance study! My intention is to complete the 'Certificate in Literature and Library Services for Children and Young People' in 2017.
I was a participant in the second ‘Connected Librarians’ online course facilitated by Miriam Tuohy, and this helped me gain confidence to try a variety of the many new online tools that are constantly evolving. I attended the 2013 SLANZA conference in Wellington and was blown away by the caliber of presenters and workshops offered, and am expecting to our 2015 conference in Christchurch to be just as amazing.
Since I started working in school libraries I have found that fellow librarians, no matter where they are from, are so willing to share their knowledge and skills when asked – you are an awesome bunch of people.
As a member of SLANZA's National Executive since 2014 I have enjoyed the challenge of taking on new tasks and working with the other National Executive members. I took on the role of PD Team Leader in July 2015 helping develop and facilitate SLANZA's online PD course "Connected Librarians" with a fantastic team - not all of whom are NE members. I am really looking forward to my new role as SLANZA President, and am sure that with the support of the rest of the NE team we will continue providing and building on the fantastic and new opportunities for our members.
You can find me on Twitter: @SandiF_NZ , Google+: +Sandi , and on Goodreads