Monday, August 31, 2009

Check out this kid friendly search engine-All Safe Sites

 The following site looks like a great search engine for young kids:

AllSafeSites is a kid-friendly directory & search engine for fun, educational and most importantly, SAFE websites.
"Each site in our directory has been personally reviewed and recommended by an elementary school teacher.
First of all, we have no advertisements on our page.
Another differentiator is that AllSafeSites is designed with visual aids so that very small children, even those unable to read, can navigate the web site easily. Most other sites are primarily text-based, making them difficult for young children to use."

Fun and Games
Check out the list of "safe" Educational Links 


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Extra school libraries for new teacher librarians one day workshops.

Hello everyone,
Please note that extra School libraries for new teacher librarians one day workshops are being held
at Port Kembla on 30 September and at Taree on 11 November.
Details and registration are accessed from the Professional learning link on our homepage at
Kind regards,
Cath Keane
Scan Editor
School Libraries & Information Literacy
Curriculum K–12 Directorate
3a Smalls Road, RYDE, NSW 2112
Ph: (02) 9886 7501 Fax: (02) 9886 7413

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Your invitation to join Design the Future online conference.

Come join us and help design the future

Join the folks at Your School Library for their third international online event. The theme is Designing the Future and will be live from October 18 through November 8.

The theme covers design of schools, design of school libraries, design of learning and 2020 scenarios. If you are interested in where schools are headed and what issues are framing education in the C21 then don't miss this important opportunity.
Join colleagues from all corners of the globe as they discuss these important topics.

For more information and announcements as they happen visit

"These online conferences are great....It's asynchronous so you don't have to be online at a particular time and it overcomes international time differences.Braxton, Barbara.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies

The C4LPT website will provide you with a range of FREE resources about learning tools and technologies.
It is a SUPERB resource!! The C4LPT website provides a wide range of stimulating, current info and is a fantastic time saver. Check out Jane's pick of the day.

New York Times, 2009, presents:

The 21st-Century Librarian

School librarians like Stephanie Rosalia have transformed into multi-faceted information specialists who guide students through the flood of digital information that confronts them on a daily basis.

21st Century Learning Communities

"What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it thinks about education." ~ Harold Howe, former U.S. Commissioner of Education.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

SCAN survey

 To all the TL's out there here's a message from Cath Keane.
It is a word document, so just highlight or fill the boxes and then type responses. Don’t worry about the formatting changing a bit. Just click the office button in the top left corner, then hit send to email the survey to me. Of course, you can open the document, save as, and then attach it to an email, or fax or post.
I am really interested in your responses.
Cath Keane
Scan Editor
School Libraries & Information Literacy
Curriculum K–12 Directorate
3a Smalls Road, RYDE, NSW 2112
Ph: (02) 9886 7501 Fax: (02) 9886 7413

Monday, August 17, 2009

Next meeting at Kororo

Next network meeting is to be held at Kororo this Wednesday afternoon from 3.30 p.m.
It would be wonderful to see as many TL's as possible attend.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Videos for kids-Kideos

Looking for suitable videos for your library classes K-4?-Try Kideos.

There are many categories including Educational, Book Characters, Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Have you visited The Hub?

Have you visited The Hub? lately?

The three key aims of The Hub are to

Increase public awareness of the significant contributions made by school libraries and teacher librarians to further the academic achievement and lifelong learning of our students.

Establish a growing network of school library advocates, including parents, teachers, principals, university teacher educators, teacher’s union officials, library associations, departmental officers, politicians, public and media personalities, students and teacher librarians.

Lobby for legislation ensuring adequate and equitable funding and staffing of school libraries across all states and territories.

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Designed for Learning-School Libraries

Well worth the time spent watching it...
Designed for Learning video

The video aims to contribute to the design and development of visually stunning, fit-for-purpose libraries that support 21st century learning in extended school settings. It shows the contribution an effective library can make to the educational, creative, emotional & reading development of children and young people, and the aspects of design that can enable this.

Funded by CILIP School Libraries Group and MLA (Museums Libraries and Archives Council), the DVD features Stephen Heppell, Les Watson (Education Adviser), students, Head Teachers and senior managers from diverse schools and settings.

Library relief staff wiki

With Sue's permission I have posted the following news:

I have set up a secure wiki (each person only able to alter his/
her own details) which can be found at

This is so you can enter your own details on the relevant pages.

The only editing you should do is on your own information.

Would you like to register your availability?

* Please send an email to with School Library Casual as the subject. You will then be given access to enter your information.

Should there be any issues or comments about the setup please email me on

NB I will not be transferring information from Amanda's website to
this wiki. All information must be re-entered. Please pass this
information on to any Library staff (Teacher or Clerical) who may
not be on this list.
Hope this is acceptable to all
Sue Morton

The Librarian Song says it all!

Song from the Joe Uveges-When Freedom Calls concert on November 2, 2007 in Colorado Springs.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Space The Final Frontier

Are you re-organising your learning space for the 21st Century?
Some ideas to consider..

more about "Space The Final Frontier", posted with vodpod

Are we ready to redefine reading?


A book is a place

Bob Stein, The Age, 25 July 2009

"With books, as we redefine content to include the conversation that grows up around the text, the author will increasingly be expected to be part of that ongoing conversation and, of course, expect to be paid for that effort.

For their part, readers will see the experience of reading expand to include a range of behaviours, all situated firmly within a social context.

To illustrate, here's a mother in London describing her 10-year-old boy's reading behaviour: "He'll be reading a (printed) book. He'll put the book down and go to the book's website. Then he'll check what other readers are writing in the forums, and maybe leave a message himself, then return to the book. He'll put the book down again and Google a query that's occurred to him."

I suggest that we revise our definition of reading to incorporate this range of activities, in addition to time spent absorbing the content of the printed page."


ACSSO Australian Education Digest Vol 3 No 28, 3 August 2009

Study Skills and Information Literacy site

I found these websites and I believe that they are worth checking out.

They could be most useful
for Teacher Librarians from K-12.

They are kid friendly and visually appealing.

Study Skills 3 sections Ages 5-9, 10-14 and 15-18

Information Literacy 3 sections Ages 9-11, 12-14 and 15-18

Monday, August 3, 2009

The 'At The Library Series' of FREE graphics

These images and many others are copyrighted by the publisher of Library Media & PR.
They may be downloaded and freely used by a private, school or public library, or by a library support group associated with a library, in a digital or online format serving that library.
The images may not be changed in any way, re-posted for download, nor may they be sold.
Click here to access: Part 1.
Part 2-Part 6