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Special Edition Summer 2013

New Magazine Darcy Moore:

Right Here, Right Now!

One Card to Rule them All

SLANSW turns 50 next year Snooping Around the State

From the Past President

Dear Colleagues


n its 50th year, the Association strives to maintain services relevant for members. Through advocacy, sponsoring and supporting programs and research, and conducting professional learning activities, the Association aims to promote the profession with services relevant in the constantly changing landscapes of information access and teaching and learning methodologies. Members’ input is vital. Your comments and suggestions on all aspects of the Association’s activities are most welcome. Advocacy opportunities and professional learning activities can be suggested. Evidence based research you may be involved in is worthy of mention.

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Successful teaching and reading programs you may have developed, evaluated and modified over time, are worthy of mention. There may be a service which is not currently provided that you would like to suggest. All are welcome through the contacts below. A teacher friend recently returned to a K-1 classroom after a period as the school’s librarian.“I return”, she admitted “with a completely different outlook on the importance of children’s literature.” Teaching, nurturing and encouraging reading are important areas of expertise in schools. The specialised expertise of the teacher librarian in developing and expanding the literature tastes with students is recognised. Thus the Association’s new committee is planning activities for 2014 that aim to provide teacher librarians with knowledge and skills to enhance their areas of expertise. We start with the State Library Day on 1 March. Attend as many activities as you can. Regularly check the website for coming events. Provide feedback so activities can be adapted to needs and offer suggestions no matter how insignificant you feel they might be. Contact the Association at or PO Box 577, Leichhardt 2040 Bill Sommerville

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Front Cover: The Old Library at Muirfield High School, Sydney


Editor’s Note

is the quarter yearly Magazine of School Library Association of NSW

Sunrise ISSN 2203-160X

President Michelle Jensen Vice President Anne Plowman Secretary Sunny South Treasurer and Director PTC Ailsa Holmes-Walker Past President Bill Sommerville Metropolitan Committe Members Siobhan Betts Joanna Deegan Mary Nikolakopoulos Elizabeth Pike Regional Committee Member Ken Brock Blue Mountains Media Co-ordinator & Web Manager Debbie Hunter Editor Paul Hunter This publication has been prepared for the members of the School Library Association of NSW (Inc). The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of SLANSW (Inc.). While reasonable checks have been made to ensure the accuracy of statements and advice, no responsibility for any loss occasioned to any person acting on or refraining from action as a result of material in this publication is accepted by the authors or SLANSW (Inc.). Copyright of articles is held by SLANSW (Inc.) and by each author herein.

A New Magazine


met the President at the ASLA Conference in Hobart last September. At the time I was in my second year of retirement from being a Graphic Designer, Printer, Editor and Publisher after more than 50 years of happy service to the Printing Industry spanning four countries on three continents. I had done what men do in retirement. Paint the fence, clean out the shed, go fishing and read lots of books. Michelle was looking for an Editor for a Magazine to represent SLANSW’s new forward outlook. We met again online and she offered me the job. I was intrigued by Michelle’s knowledge, plans and vision for the Association and equally impressed by her ambition and enthusiasm. I accepted. With the assistance of the Committee we created an entirely new Magazine from scratch and named it Words.

My tools of the trade are one iMac and one Mac Book Pro using the programs InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, QuarkXPress and MS Word. My photo camera is a Panasonic Lumix, plus a video camera Canon HV30 that I use in my capacity as member of the SLANSW Media Team. And, of course, my brand spanking new nostalgic Vespa PX150 with 4-speed manual gear box and 2-stroke motor. My aim is to visually and contextually represent the new up and go of the Association and implement our President’s visions and ideas. I am happy to provide my knowledge of the Printing Industry within the legacy of my professional idol Johannes Gutenberg. I wish the reader to participate to the context of this Magazine by writing contributions of 500 to 2000 words plus photos. Selfies are welcome. Send them to Deadline for next Edition Autumn 2014 is Friday, 27 March 2014. Paul Hunter

For We are Young and Beautiful

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A Word from the President

Welcome to the first issue of Words.


ur great Media Team has   rushed to let you have this issue before the close of the school year and I thank them sincerely.

Over the past year I have been aware of the need for open sourced computing. In an effort to understand the needs of the IT profession I set out to learn about programming. During this journey I came into contact with Ozberry Pi through a wonderful app MeetUp. I attended two events at the engineroom and discovered a vibrant community of Makers/ hackers. “We don’t claim to have all the answers. We don’t think that the Raspberry Pi is a fix to all the world’s computing issues; we do believe that we can be a catalyst. We want to see cheap, accessible, programmable computers everywhere”. Says the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

My passion is for the Virtual World and I would like to invite you all to our Virtual Library on the PLANE grid. I built the space last

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year and would love it to become the SLANSW official library. Each year around this time I start a Sim-On-A-Stick project with my year-7 students. The students’ laughter fill my library as they learn how to change aspects of their avatars. Virtual Worlds in my classroom During term 4 each year our year-7 Library Skills class and I embark on a Sim-on-a-stick project. This is a Virtual World Open Source Software that is stored on a USB, downloadable from Using the Information Skills Process as a scaffold for learning we begin a wonderful journey into a Virtual World. I have been further

inspired this year by my recent holiday to Alice Springs. Students in Year 7 are going to create an Aboriginal Virtual World based on the information we gather. They are introduced to note taking techniques and need to communicate with students in other classes, as we share our Virtual World with them. Students must decide how to communicate to the other members in their group; perhaps by leaving notes in a Word document, or saved to the USB with the Virtual World. Others are using EduBlogs so that they have a record of the journey that the group takes. Students learn how to collaborate with students that are not physically sitting with them.

To further inspire the students I always show them the Virtual Library I created on the PLANE grid. I share my Wikispace as a way of modelling how to document learning. Last year I was able to use the PLANE grid to invite an expert into my class via the PLANE grid. Ben was able to teach my students how to build using keyboard short cuts and many other tips and tricks. This enabled the students to gain an insight inyto building in the Virtual World. During these lessons I use Twitter and Adobe Connect Sessions to access experts during time. I like to replicate how I learn

and draw on my Professional Learning Network (PLN) to encourage students to build their own PLN. Darcy Moore is also featured in this Magazine. In a recent conversation, he communicated his passion for Digital Content. As a Deputy Principal at Dapto High School, he has many ideas for advocating with Teacher Librarians. On pages 6 to 9 Darcy explains his ideas. Michelle Jensen

From the Digital Desk

Cup of Coffee in the Library? What have we done? Where have we been? Where are we going?


n the days of old, we met over a cup of coffee with   our neighbouring schools to share our ideas. We  shared thoughts on the new furniture, display ideas and what had ‘worked’ in the classrooms during the week. And now, 50 years onward, we are still meeting and sharing … but in a different space. The SLANSW group is evolving, and striving to keep up with the expansion of our process, connection and sharing. That is our role. My Professional Learning in 2013 took me to days of sharing inquiry learning techniques, considering how to develop my digital library presence in my school, exploring the place of the iCentre as a centralised place of learning for students and staff, and exploring Virtual Worlds to find meaning and engagement for all in our libraries. We have investigated how to overlay an increasing pressure for us to master mobile learning, BYOT, and featured Apps, and have never worked more closely with our IT departments to plan future learning projects in our schools. We have explored together and shared the roles and impacts on our profession of Blended Learning in our schools, eBooks and online research options. And we continue to support our colleagues with the release of surveys, and evidence gathering to raise awareness for the role of the school library. For the first time, we are being asked to formally align ourselves with our teaching colleagues in registration and accountability. We continue to share support. So where’s that coffee shop now? Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest connect us daily @SLANSW. The new look quarterly Magazine Words. will reinforce in a traditional print medium, the activities of the committee and association. This magazine is your ‘cup of coffee’ for an ever widening audience, and we continue to look to the members to allow it to grow. We need to know about your physical spaces, online spaces, reading spaces and Virtual World activities and opportunities.

The sucess of the new committee’s first Newsletter in October is evident.  . Sent out to all members by email ’direct to your door’, it connects all members to the Association, the website, and news and event updates. Your feedback is well received, and we have created a feedback page in the website to encourage your ongoing comments. A new website A few months ago, we launched a new, updated website. Still under the banner of Association priorities of Advocacy, Professional Learning and Research, we are seeking to connect, keep sharing ideas and learning across an ever growing audience. With a secured, and current member list, members are encouraged to maintain their profiles in the website. This is the information that allows the association to connect to you. The ‘members only’ area links you to past Professional Learning events and presentations, and the archive of journals since 2007. Reaching out SLANSW has recently joined IASL, as an association membership for the first time. We hope this will also allow some benefit to members interested in taking part in the activities of an International focus. We have signed an affiliation with the EDUTech conference in March, 2014 that will afford members a 10% discount to the conference, and regular updates in the planning. Check the links in the website for more information. Our upcoming PD evening is exploring in a handson workshop, the engagement derived from Raspberry Pi technology, as the association connects to the engineroom community and fellow Makers and Hackers. Teach Meets will continue to be a ‘feet-on-the-ground’ style of PD. Informal meetup, and short presentations of new things happening in our spaces. So a busy year is at hand. Exploring new ways to share, connect, support and learn in the Library world. Please share these new spaces with us! Looking forward to seeing you all to celebrate 50 years of Professional fellowship at the State Library Day in March, 2014. Debbie Hunter

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2. Coordinating greater access to digital collections with the assistance of local, state and national librarians 3. Advocating one library card for all NSW citizens, especially with the Premier, Arts Minister and local members of parliament.

Reading today

Darcy Moore is an educator, blogger and photographer with extensive experience as an English teacher and deputy principal in NSW. He has taught in the UK and Denmark and currently lectures pre-service teachers at the University of Wollongong. He is a truly avid reader.


he death of libraries, in our digital age, has been very much exaggerated, in fact, the potentially central role of the teacher-librarian in managing access to knowledge, has never been greater. However, the quiet digital revolution taking place in libraries across the nation has not always been matched in our schools. This article is a call to arms. Our community needs your advocacy and guidance now! Teacher-librarians are uniquely placed to forge coalitions that make a difference to the health of our democracy. Democracies flourish when their people are culturally literate and engaged citizens. Our culture, our communities, our children, need savvy guidance to traverse the digital landscapes of the 21st century. We need teacher-librarian advocates who are able to coordinate and lead. We need teacherlibrarians who can dance the steps and guide us all in becoming powerfully critically literate digital citizens. In this article I will briefly outline, as I see it, important areas the teacher-librarian can pursue with great passion in 2014: 1. Positioning the teacher-librarian at the centre of the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) revolution in schools



I am not a teacherlibrarian but feel passionately about the future of reading and libraries. Always a passionate reader, my very first day of kindergarten, recorded for posterity by Mum, shows me well-prepared for success at school as a bright orange library bag is clearly evident. I can honestly say that ebook available from my very few weeks have local library elapsed in the last four decades where I have not borrowed from a library. Currently, my office, where I work as a deputy principal at a large state high school, is located in our school library and I work closely with the teacher-librarian. Libraries have always been important to me, as they are to my 7 and 10 year old daughters who read avidly, as well as play Minecraft and many other games on the same devices they access novels from their online local library. How do you personally locate and read books in 2013? How is it different from even five-ten years ago? My family accesses books in the following ways: 1. We borrow printed materials from several libraries in the traditional manner 2. We buy books online at the Darcy with library bag first day cheapest price via of school 3. We purchase ebooks from for the Kindle (and the iPad app)

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

using the Overdrive and BorrowBox apps for iOS and 4. We listen to audiobooks bought from Android devices but Bluefire Reader and ebrary are on mobile devices also popular (amongst a plethora of other options). 5. We increasingly borrow ebooks and audiobooks Now, our teachers will be able to ask students to ‘visit’ online from our local, state, university and national their local library online. We envisage the teacherlibraries using a variety of apps like Overdrive, Borrowlibrarian being integral to this process, with classes Box and Adobe Digital Editions having demonstrations in our school library, of how 6. We also try and support our local bookseller, to use the online system. although not as much We believe there as we would wish due to will be more access to the high prices comthe physical spaces pared to buying ebooks of both the municipal or print books online and school library as a 7. We duck into result. Sharing online secondhand bookstores is the norm for our whenever we see them. students. Teenagers There is no hierarshare music and video chy to it, we just use clips via Facebook most of the above most (and a plethora of weeks of the year. other social networkOccasionally we use ing sites) from their free sites, like Project devices. There is no Gutenberg or Librivox, reason why books canto access materials My daughter reading on an iPhone not become part of too. Of course, there their ecosystems too. are also many free books accessible via Kobo and a There is data to suggest that audiobook usage is variety of other e-reader apps we have tried. growing exponentially, especially amongst the younger What about you? Do you basically do the same as generations, as access is becoming easier and less my family? expensive. As a deputy principal, I often show reluctant readers how to find audio versions of books they may If not, how is it different? What about your stuenjoy (or have to study). dents? I desperately hope that you read ebooks and access them from a variety of sources in order to show These opportunities for student engagement, as students how to do so. Increasingly you will have to well as growing their understanding about how data show them how to clip quotes, share them online or is used by corporations, are discussed in an article I make notes with digital tools. There is a great opportuwrote about ‘social readnity here as many schools are encouraging BYOD and ing’ (“Social reading: fad students will potentially be able to access the collected or future?”, mETAphor works of our culture at all times, from their own perEdition 3, 2012). sonal device. This is much better than what I could do Digital citizenship with my bright orange library bag. is a key issue and the Our school library in the era of BYOD teacher-librarian has a key role in ensuring With one simple innovation, our school has been students (and staff) supported by the local municipal librarian to assist understand the opporstudents access their collections in 2014. All students tunities and challenges. will be issued with their local library card as part of Understanding sharing our process, at the beginning of the year, for distributonline is too important ing school photographs. Students will need to return, to be left to educational ironically, a paper form enabling the librarian to issue chance. Professional each student with their card that permits access to the Making Notes teacher-librarians must extensive ebook and audiobook collections. make it a priority and What does this practically mean? place themselves at the centre of a BYOD revolution If you visit any local library homepage there is now that involves books, not just websites or Learning access to ebooks and audiobooks. Most libraries are Management Systems.



Right Debbie’s Here, Page Right Now!

My daughter reading her library book up a tree



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Advocacy: One card to rule them all

Conclusion The library is potentially an area that could be ‘rationalised’ as a cost-cutting exercise by governments and principals of schools if perceived as irrelevant or too expensive. The same could be said of teacher-librarians if they are not considered as essential personnel at their schools. This would be madness but worse, if the professional charged with the wellbeing of the library is asleep at the wheel, we may lose a venerable institution that has served our democracy well. Don’t be that person: 1. Update the library space to make it appealing, modern and contemporary 2. Encourage reading by take advantage of the move to BYOD 3. Be an advocate of one library card for all NSW citizens 4. Forge a partnership with your local librarian(s) 5. Be the change you wish to see in others and convince the principal of your central role in the learning life of the school. Now you are at the end of the article, I truly hope you were not too annoyed with my presumptuous advice. In fact, my hope is that you thought, ‘I am already doing all this and more’ rather than any of it being ‘news’. It is evident that children need the professional advocacy of teacher-librarians if our democracy is to be strengthened. For years I have encouraged teacher-librarians, in my articles, conference presentations and blog posts to build a Personal Learning Network (PLN) of savvy colleagues using tools like Twitter. Are you blogging about your 21st century library, your reading, great books, digital tools and advocacy publicly? If not, start right here, right now. There’s too much at stake to leave it to others.

It is critically important that every professional teacher-librarian becomes an effective advocate for change and helps students and colleagues understand and take best advantage of our digital age. Nothing less than our democracy and the future of our country is at stake. We cannot allow libraries to die and reading to decline. Thinking about BYOD in schools and the quiet online revolution taking place in our libraries has led me to the conclusion that it is very possible for students to access books and journals at relatively little expense. Students in Australian schools could be given access to a wealth of pre-existing online books and journals with just a little coordination by the state. If South Australians have one card for all libraries: page.aspx?u=499 why can’t this happen for the citizens of NSW? In an era when families are being asked to provide their own laptops and tablets, in an effort to reduce both government and school IT expenses, the state could use resources to assist with content for students and schools by coordinating access to digital infrastructure that has been developed by government institutions in recent years. The municipal, state, university and national libraries who are funded largely by the taxpayer, should have more citizens accessing their online catalogues. Once students realise how easy it is to find free ebooks and audiobooks - accessible on a wide variety devices, via web browsers or apps like BorrowBox, OverDrive, ebrary and Bluefire Reader - community usage will likely grow rapidly. Darcy’s blog: It should be a relatively easy Twitter: @Darcy1968 enterprise to extend access to Email: Darcy.Moore@det. our students and teachers in state (and other) schools with Other articles and posts that may be of interest include: just a little coordination. http://www.darcymoore. It seems a simple concept net/2013/09/15/ to have one library card for NSW byod-books-from-our-locallibraries/ libraries but who has the will to tweet from the Premier http://www.darcymoore. coordinate such access for the net/2013/09/01/ children and citizens of our state? Barry O’Farrell, the-quiet-revolution-at-your-local-library/ the Premier, sent an encouraging ‘tweet’ which social-reading-fad-or-future/ provides a start in the right direction towards this goal that you can also pursue via professional associations and politicians.



Tech Ninjas,

Banana Pianos, and iPhone Journalism All good fun and inspiration at the V2 Conference Brisbane with learning resources, ith some time on my hands I was looking for ebooks, paid apps, journal articles and some experience, nothing too far away, nothother learning materials. There were many different  ing too expensive, something new to learn. aspects to this pilot and it’s worth checking out Tim Klapor’s blog as he documented the process. Up popped the V2 Conference on my radar – Brisbane was pretty close (I have friends in Brisbane win/ A new ‘big thing’ is Maker Spaces in schools, prewin), it was reasonably priced and the programme dominately in Libraries. At St Aidan’s and St Margaret’s looked like there was something there for me to learn. Anglican Girls’ Schools, Nathan Beveridge is having The pre conference communication was well done and success with introducing STEM in a fun and engaging engaging. So I was ready to go to the Queensland State way … and girls are getting into the whole maker moveLibrary on Friday 8 November (a great venue btw). ment – becoming the school’s ‘tech ninjas’ – trouble shooting and mentoring others in technology. V2 training is a Brisbane based company that provide e-Learning solutions for education and business As an example, the students enjoyed turning as well as coordinating conferences in eLearning and bananas into pianos using MIT’s Makey Makey and mobile-learning. The array of speakers was diverse and Scratch software. They evolved this idea into wiring up interesting. We heard presenters from Charles Sturt the school’s stairs on open day so people ascending University, primary and secondary schools, games and descending played music. based learning developers and the Queensland TAFE. Very cool, and a great crowd-pleaser that showThis was true cross cased embedded sector pollinisation and technology in such a there is huge value in being positive way. Check out about to hear from and Nathan’s blog for more network with people with ideas for ‘tinkering’ in different perspectives and your maker space. experience. As the organThere’s awesome isers explained “The V2 work being done in the Conference was born out virtual reality field, using of a desire by our team to the technology as an run an Australian E-learning instruction device and we Conference event that was were treated to a demonnot centred around a single stration of Oculus Rift VR brand or technology and headset, used to A bunch of fun! Nathan Beveridge demonstrates using was truly cross-sector in program a simulation of Makey Makey to program a banana piano. nature”. how to drive a forklift.  The variety was a huge plus for this event, and was Dale Rankine gave us an overview of where mobile kind of like a licorice allsorts of technology and educatechnology is taking us and his presentation is worth tion. Here are some highlights (see the links below for looking at on Slideshare, entitled “Welcome to the new more information on some of these projects) mobile overlords”. The presentation highlighted the Charles Sturt University has piloted a mobile learnubiquitous nature of mobile technology. ing project with some early successes. Getting into MoJo (Mobile Journalism using The MLearn project focuses on delivering content, iPhones). The Cherbourg MoJo project was a 10 week skills and information to the university’s (largely extermobile journalism training program at Nurunderi (Chernal) community via mobile devices such as iPads. It bourg) Campus of Southern Queensland Institute of included device lending through the library preloaded TAFE (SQIT) organised and funded by TAFE Qld English


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Language and Literacy Services (TELLS). The project was specifically targeted at Indigenous Youth (15-24 year olds) engaged in the SEE (Skills for Education and Employment) Program. This presentation was inspirational and documented this highly successful literacy program for indigenous students at risk. The results are impressive – both in terms of improvements to literacy levels and social and emotional growth. The technologies used are simple and effective and can be easily translated to all classrooms. More information about this project on Twitter #cherbourgmojo and on their youtube site. There was so much more – we touched on the gamificiation movement, utilising the structure of games – rewards, levels, badges – to motivate students, we thought through issues in digital citizenship, iPad workflow with Jonathan Nalder (see a link to his ebook below) and James Croft talked about

the large number of courses that are available in the internet, including MOOCs – how we can access them and how we can create them. A day of sharing, ideas and innovation that was worthwhile. I’ve brought much home in my learning kit bag and I’ll be following them up over the coming weeks. I highly recommend this type of professional learning and look forward to seeing future V2 events next year. V2 Training: Charles Sturt MLearn project blog Dale Rankin Slideshare Cherbourg Mojo Project Youtube page Nathan Beveridge James Croft: Jonathan Nalder: iPad workflow ebook id705719234?mt=11

Sunny South

TeachMeet East @ Events Cinemas Bondi Jct


eachMeets are held each term all around Sydney. The East chapter is particularly vibrant. Organised by Sunny South, Michelle Jensen, Joachim Cohen and Stacey Taylor, each event is marketed to teachers in the area to come along, network and learn from inspiring educators. In 2013 events included Teachers and Tapas at a local tapas bar and our final event for the year was held at Events Cinemas, Bondi Junction. We average 30-40 teachers each event, but the special Teacher Librarian TM surpassed our expectations with 50 librarians gathering to share their experiences at the ASLA conference and their in-school practice.

We will certainly be doing it again next year. Innovative TLs are at the cutting edge of 21st century learning and it’s great to hear what’s going on in different schools. If you are interested in attending, hosting or presenting at a TeachMeet East event next year Please contact Sunny. As part of the AIS NSW Professional Learning program this year the work of many talented educators involved in using Games based learning and related techniques in the library were explored. Presenters included Stanley Yip, Hamish Curry, Stacey Taylor, Michelle Jensen and Melanie Hughes.

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We are turning 50 in 2014 SLANSW celebrates 50 years of Professional Fellowship next year. Let’s have fun at

State Library Day State Day Saturday 1 March 2014 at NSW State Library, Macquarie Street, Sydney Theme of day:

Literature across the years and

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School Library Association of New South Wales offers their condolences to the family of SUSAN GLASSON a valued member of our Association and recipient of our Award for New South Wales Teacher Librarian of the Year. Sue will be sadly missed for her willingness to share her knowledge with her colleagues and her happy smiling presence at our functions. Ailsa Holmes-Walker, Sydney

Check this QR Code to view the Digital Lives evening held at St Vincent’s College, Potts Point, in August. Three presenters talk about how the digital world influences their lives as part of the School Book Week.

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MANTLE CONFERENCE 2014 School Libraries Engaging The Nation

The MANTLE Conference is the annual professional conference of all teacher librarians in the Newcastle, Maitland, Taree, Lake Macquarie and Central Coast districts. The conference is organised by a volunteer committee of local Teacher Librarians from DEC, Catholic and Independent schools. The committee changes annually with half the committee being replaced by other local TLs. It is a truly collegial organisation. The theme for next year’s conference is ‘School Libraries: Engaging The Nation’ and will take place on Friday, May 9 at the Newcastle City Town Hall. MANTLE is an endorsed provider of NSW Institute of Teachers professional development. 2014 Accreditation details will be available closer to the conference date.

Snooping Around the State


  he ‘Clickview Lady’ is well known to many of us. Rosemary Murphy has been in the seat a while, and we always enjoy her visits for information updates about the product, but also for the many experiences she shares with us! We asked her to write about a few to breathe a new life into the Regional News section of the SLANSW Magazine. Here’s her story, and we look forward in future issues to hearing about yours! Please share your stories and events from around our state! The ClickView Lady visits Regional NSW

When asked to write an article about my travels & experiences in regional NSW schools, I was not only flattered but excited to share my journey with you all. As a NSW Regional Sales Manager with ClickView, I have met some very interesting characters/ teachers in some of the most remote schools of NSW. These people bring not only passion and excitement back into teaching and learning in the classroom but engage their students in some extraordinary ways. One of my most fascinating travels was a trip out to Broken Hill and surrounding areas and when I say surrounding that meant the closest town (with a school) was a good 2 hours’ drive away! Getting to these schools was no easy feat, having to dodge countless dead kangaroos and emus on the road, I drove into this remote town to behold something I had not seen before. There were bars on most buildings and burnt out cars on the side of the road, but in amongst this was a hidden gem. This remote school was very grateful for my visit and opened their doors to me. After a ClickView training session I noticed an old bus in the

school grounds which had been painted and done up to look like a café. I later learnt that a particular staff member had initiated and applied for a government grant to get funding to refurbish the old bus. The grant was given and with the help of the students from the Creative Arts and Hospitality/Food Technology faculties they painted and refurbished it to create a Café in a bus. The students, of whom many came from an indigenous background, were trained how to become a barista and were then armed with a profession which they could take away from school and get a job. At the time of my visit many students left in Year 10 and thanks to the teaching staff, they were given a sense of achievement and pride that they had a profession that could be applied in the outside world. This was an opportunity that they would otherwise not have if not for the insight of the staff at this school. The teaching staff were all so dedicated to helping these kids to better their lives and taught “outside the square” which you don’t see in everyday schools.

Beats city traffic.

Rosemary Murphy

Illawarra School Libraries Assoc (ISLA)

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Western Association of Teacher Librarians (NSW)

Dynamic libraries – Challenge and Change The planning for WATL 2014 has begun, with the recent initial planning meeting in Dubbo. The committee has claimed the date: Friday, 5 September 2014 at Dubbo Christian School. Oliver Phommavanh has been secured as guest author. Oliver will be available for school visits during the week. So that we can provide a range of workshops to suit teacher librarians, classroom teachers and assistants, library lovers from across the west are invited to make suggestions for workshops. All information, registration forms and programme development will be available from the WATL website at site/watlnsw/ Jenny Watts

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The first publication of Words. for the School Library Association of NSW

Words: Special Edition  

The first publication of Words. for the School Library Association of NSW