Luckily this year Wellington SLANZA members managed to avoid earthquakes and floods and actually have a lovely Term 4 get together.
After a good catch up and some yummy food we had a presentation from Phil Clarke and Ros Booker, librarians from the IHC Library. This library is a wonderful resource for families and schools alike - it's free to join for anyone over the age of 18 and the only cost involved is getting the books back to the library in Willis Street in Wellington.
Phil and Ros talked about the many sorts of resources they have and that they were happy to be rung and asked about what might be useful for all different areas of disability.
I would highly recommend people check them out and use them.
We also heard from our two recipients of the SLANZA Conference scholarships - Estelle Henrys from Cardinal McKeefry School and Kristy Wilson from Porirua College. It was wonderful to hear how much this
Our event was an enjoyable time of learning and discussion, held at Tawa College’s library.
We had twenty-nine people attending, who came from a range of libraries.
Our opening speaker was Philippa Antipas from Connected Learning Advisory, a free service provided by the Ministry of Education to help New Zealand schools and kura make the most of digital technologies for learning. Philippa shared her personal love of reading and libraries, and related how she often refers school staff to their librarian for information, particularly regarding digital literacy.
The next presentation was led by Clare Forrest, with contributions from other librarians on the SLANZA Regional Committee, and presented tools and websites which may be useful in school libraries, for us as librarians, and for staff and students.
After a sumptuous morning tea, our last session reflected on Rachel Van Riel’s presentations at the 2017 SLANZA Conference. Rachel kindly granted us permission to use her slideshow, which formed the basis for the discussion. Many librarians who attended Conference shared ways in which they were challenged, and some of the changes they have subsequently made to their libraries. Some were big changes, others small. The key question we asked ourselves was: “Why do we do what we do? Is it only because we have always done it this way?”
A good number of school librarians from all over the Wellington region braved the challenging weather in early April to attend the first SLANZA bookshop night at Paper Plus in Lower Hutt. With the whole shop to ourselves we spent time perusing the shelves and catching up with fellow librarians to see how the year had started. Thanks to John Vallely's hospitality we also got to take away free books, bookmarks and book bags and stock up on brand new books for our collections.
Afterwards, we relocated to a nearby restaurant for more food and drink and another chance to renew friendships and meet some new members. Thank you everyone involved- it was a great night.
SLANZA Wellington Region Chairperson
We are planning some exciting and worthwhile events and to help you plan your year, here is SLANZA Wellington Region’s planned schedule of events for 2017. We will provide you with more detailed information before each event.
A bookshop evening hosted by John Vallely, Manager, at Paper Plus, Lower
Recommendations, giveaways and 20% discount, with drinks and nibbles and
the chance to catch up with fellow librarians.
Also the option of going to dinner at a nearby restaurant afterwards.
A flyer will be out soon with all the information you need.
Check out the great opportunities on their website SLANZA 2017 .
Information will be coming out soon about applying for a Conference Grant to
help get you to conference. This grant covers basic registration and
We will send a survey soon for you to help us plan this event, so it will be of
maximum benefit for SLANZA members.
We hope you can join us for some or all of these events. All welcome: SLANZA members and non SLANZA members, any interested parties.
It was a clear and windless day in September in Wellington (A Good Day) when an enthusiastic group of school librarians and their friends ventured out for the PD Term 3 School Library Bus Tour.
First stop - Wellington College, kindly opened up and presented early on a Saturday morning by Library Manager Katherine McKenzie. Wellington College is a large boys college in central Wellington and its Girven Library is a large, well used vibrant space, full of resources and eye catching displays.
After a good poke around (nothing that librarians love more than having a look at other people's libraries) we boarded the large red double-decker bus, courtesy of Malcolm Little and expertly driven by Simon Cross.
Next stop - Samuel Marsden Collegiate, newly remodeled and refurbished. Library Manager Karen Richards explained the huge amount of planning and work that has gone into making this senior school library the work of art that it is. Lots of glass and light combined with comfortable corners and modern furniture and different types of working areas, made for an enviable space for students to use. Samuel Marsden Collegiate is a private girls school that caters for Years 1-13.
Back on the bus and on the road again, we traveled the winding back roads that gave those on the top deck intriguing not usually seen views into peoples properties and weekend lives.
Next stop - Tawa Intermediate, a co-ed intermediate in the suburbs north of Wellington where Library Manager Shelley Knox gave us the guided tour and explained some of the ways she engages the students in the library. Tawa Intermediate's library is a great example of a colourful modern learning environment, with a diversity of furniture and spaces for students to be in, including a glass walled quiet room, that Shelley told us the students love and respect as a sanctuary.
Final stop on the tour - Cashmere Ave School, a medium sized primary school with Years 1-6 in the north-west suburbs of Wellington. Sarah Jordan, Digital Systems Manager and Rachel Huddleston, Library Manager, who had been on the tour with us all took on the role of library guide and explained how they made their more traditional library space the vibrant and well used facility that it is.
Thank you to everyone involved in making this school library bus tour such a success and so much fun.
Thank you to the generosity of our hosts for letting us poke around your lovely libraries, take photos and pick your brains. Thank you to the participants for your support of each other and this SLANZA Wellington PD event. It is because of you that we do this.
Thank you to NZEI for sponsoring its members to go on this tour and thank you to Book Protection Products for your continued financial support so all this can be possible.
In Term 2 Wellington SLANZA held its AGM at Tawa College on 22 June. There was a great turnout and lots of catching up between librarians, assisted by a lovely spread from the Tawa College librarians.
Karen Clarke presented her Chairperson's and National Executive reports about what has been happening in the region and SLANZA NE news. Once the business of the meeting was concluded Karen Clarke stood down as Chairperson and handed over the position to Clare Forrest. We thanked karen for her hard work and for doing such a good job as Wellington Chairperson over the last 3 years.
Wellington SLANZA Committee members
Chairperson: Clare Forrest (Raroa Intermediate)
Secretary: Joanna Ludbrook (Houghton Bay School)
Treasurer: Marianne Dobie (Raroa Intermediate)
Committee: Karen Clarke (St Pats College), Rosalba Finnerty (Samuel Marsden Collegiate), Helen Muxlow (Karori West School), Christine Cross (Worser bay School & Access-It), Elaine Smith (Tawa College)
The AGM was followed by an update from Paula Banks, EPIC Manager about the new databases added to EPIC, Kids Info Bits (for primary schools) and The Treaty Of Waitangi Collection from Bridget Williams Books.
Wellington NE Rep
Wellington Region Chair
Karori West Normal School
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