Term 3 Branch Meeting will be on September 5th at Nossel Secondary College, Berwick 4pm for 4:30pm start. This term we will hear all about Libguides from Eileen Cooney.
Don’t forget to RSVP on the Facebook Event at – www.facebook.com/groups/PSLAV
On behalf of the Pakenham SLAV Branch welcome to Term 3! I hope you got this as an email, if not you are not on our database so get in contact with Michelle Nye ASAP!
Just a few things to remember to link into and add to your calendar;
Have a great term and enjoy the CBCA Book Week – Find Your Treasure.
Pakenham SLAV Convenor
Thanks to all who attended the Pakenham SLAV Branch Meeting and AGM on Tuesday 29th May, 2018.
On behalf of Fay Pattison, the Returning Officer for the School Library Association of Victoria, Pakenham Branch we can announcement the results of voting for four Co-convenors for Pakenham SLAV Branch for 2018. Thank you to all members who nominated.
The four 2018/2019 Co-convenors are;
At this meeting we also said farewell to Sue and Lynne who are both retiring at the end of Term 2.
Please find the minutes of this meeting here! 29 May SLAV Minutes-1zwuq1q
Save the date for Term 3 – Wednesday 5th September 2018
Over the holidays the new executive team met and reflected on what we have done and where we want to go. As the Lamont Books is really an event they host we felt it prudent to cover the missing items from last meeting. Therefore we will have a meeting on 7th August at Nazareth College – please feel free to add items to the agenda before that time.
Next meeting and at Nazareth College, Noble Park from 4pm
Hosted by Sue Dracoulas, Teacher Librarian Mon-Wed and Resource Centre Manager
Address – Nazareth College, Manning Drive, Noble Park North 3174
Ph 03 9790 8134
Agenda – what we missed last meeting!
Digital Citizenship is best taught with a coherent school community approach.
The presentation will be about my school community inclusive digital citizenship eLearning program (blended for MG students) which aims to foster informed discussions through moderated forums between students, their parents, and teachers (please inspect the demonstration site sooced.com). It takes a school community to raise a positive and able digital citizen. Both schools and parents need to work together in a cohesive framework of mutual support and students need to be given a voice in the process. As we discovered from practical experience ‘If we don’t want students to game the system then they need to be able to frame the system‘ (Prof. Jason Ohler).
This program was developed over two years and has been trialed last year at Padua College on the Mornington Peninsula. The program is now actively supported by the Victorian Parent Council
Casper Pieters published the popular digcit adventure novel, Team Savv-i The 10 Secrets of Cyberspace for young teens that incorporate the 9 elements of digital citizenship devised by Dr. Mke Ribble.
Dr. Ribble made the following comment about the book; ‘Team Savv-I uses a fictional account to address the real-world needs of our children and students. By breaking down elemental ideas of this new digital world the book helps to focus the reader on those skills needed when using digital tools. Those reading this book are provided with a better understanding of what needs to be addressed in our homes and schools. Text like this is necessary today to provide a roadmap for the future.’
Thak you for offering to bring this to the attention of your branch.
Welcome to 2017! Please put the following dates into your calendars and share this with the relevant Library teams that you work alongside so we can all glean from one another.
Tuesday 14th March 2017 4pm
Topic: CBCA Judges Talk
Both Heather Zubek (Information Books Judge) and Amanda Cooper (Early Childhood Judge) are available to speak to us. Check out their biographies on the CBCA website.
St Peter’s College – West Campus: 1005 Cranbourne-Frankston Road, Cranbourne, Vic. 3977
Angela Gargano – Head of Library
Phone: 03 5990 7777
Saturday 18 February 2017 from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm
SLAV Council Meeting at the Dream Factory Footscray.
It is essential and a requirement that Branch Conveners/Representatives make every effort to attend this meeting as it will influence the pathway SLAV and the Branches will take this year. More than one person per Branch is welcome so please let me know if you would like to attend this and go with me! As lunch is provided please RSVP by Friday 10 February and also let me know your dietary requirements.
Don’t forget it is Library Lovers’ Day next Tuesday!
Term 2 – Tuesday 30th May 2017.
Hosted by Kamla Reddy, Head of library at Nossal High School.
Topic: Library Processes, Systems and Programs – Open for Q & A
4pm for a 4:30pm start
Term 3 – Wednesday 30th August 2017.
Hosted by Lamont Books
Topic: Authors Showcase
4pm – 5:30pm
Term 4 – Tuesday 21st November 2017.
Hosted by Lynne Moller, Head of library at Glen Eagles Secondary College.
Hope to see some of you soon!
On November 17th 2016, twenty Pakenham SLAV members and guests were treated to a tour of the Beaconhills library where we saw the “Escape to everywhere” polypropylene poster that cost $300. This is a great way for the school to showcase their Book Crossing zone also. For more information go to the website.
We went on a tour of Beaconhills beginning in the junior room. Carmel showed us her space where teachers bring their own classes into the space. Due to staffing this has been good and there is a significant picture book collection. Anna Walker was their in house illustrator this year. The first thing in the genrefication process was signage and this saw a big increase in borrowing. There is a junior fiction section and a middle school fiction area. Cross over occurs and there is an openness between the collections with permission required.
The year 5-8 section come in once a fortnight. The use of Syba genre signs was used across this section. Recommended not to weed prior to weeding as gentrification can help in the discovery of a new text based upon the new love of a genre. Discussion of shelving, heights and moving them occurred as many schools are in a time of renovation. We looked at another space with interesting furniture where the future of maker space may continue. VEF tables were designed for flexibility where individual spot can rotate and flip. This is great for discussion but some concerns with levels matching. The chairs are also from there and worth half the price that Raeco charge.
We chatted about the book crossing. With more than one million people involved where you launch books into the wild! Sounds like a great plan for the 2017 CBCA book week theme of escape to everywhere. The concept begins with a person who releases a registered book into the wild and you can track it around the world. It’s very successful at Beaconhills. Launch with library captains will occur next year.
The gentrification of non-fiction looks great where there is colour coding to help with locations. In sport the sports books are there as are the books about cars. Labels are important. Craft, cooking, pets with animals ensured the subject is broad. There was a massive weed with this collection with a donation of 5000 books to the Fiji project. They also had a book sale where proceeds went to the indigenous literacy foundation.
Senior fiction includes young adult where the line in the sand lies with the storylines that include sex. A great question of how people coped with this was answered confidently by Carmel with how logical the system is. They use different labelling in this section through consultation with book group involvement. The use of coloured labels has been used across the collection which helps with shelving. The use of Avery labels at the point of catalogue makes shelving much easier. The use of syba section dividers enables ease of location. We chatted about shelving and Michelle Gummer has some large shelves available for anyone who wants them.
We were then led through a ppp that Carmel spoke about the why – the main idea was to make the library more attractive and increase borrowing rates. The timeline began in Term 4 2014 where they started with middle school fiction. They consulted staff and students as they moved forward and again we were reminded how important it was to weed in a harsh manner. Carmel just bit the bullet and got on with it.
Links to these resources can be accessed here:
The first link is for labels and powerpoint and the second for the poster
The main reaction was how excited students are with their reading. But in reality their independence grew. Students could read their way through a genre enables students to find a new author. This has made way for students to make book requests and suggestions. Circulation increase was dramatic from 2015-2016 as seen in the PPP. The initiate of DEAR and Stephen Krashens PD where key people were inspired is attributed to this. Now in the first 15min of every class reads! Teachers now have book collections in their classes and fully supported by college head. School revolution showed that reading was pivotal to their success. DEAR runs from Year 5-8 across the college. The primary run a cafe style reading program. The idea of increased enthusiasm in reading. Lynne spoke about basto program and what is happening at glen eagles where students are actively involved in reading where they write a reflection. Many people are on good reads and create class groups and share about what they are reading. Discussion of the good reads reading challenge is great. There has been an 83% increase in borrowing across middle school since beginning the DEAR reading program in 2014.
Beaconhills Pakenham Campus call it “We have the Power” reading where it is incorporated into the power reading challenge and students read whatever they want and get points for what they read. Magazines have a different value to non-fiction or fiction. They have a reading sheet where points are allocated based on level of difficulty. This is teacher tracked and they run class competitions. Michelle shared about the learning curve they went through. Prizes are big such as a class going to the movies or a DVD with treats. They introduced a bingo reading challenge and the “Summer Fun” reading challenge will be things like where was the best place you read. Angela shared about how important reading for 25hrs reading challenge called a roller coaster ride with prizes across the challenge. This encourages all readers as it is time related and tracked by library staff and parents.
Meeting Minutes attached : 17th-november-2016-minutes
Great ideas were shared with everyone and if I need to edit anything please let me know!
Kind regards and Merry Christmas!
Tuesday 14th March 2017.
Hosted by Angela Garegarno, Head of Library Services at St Peters College
Topic: CBCA Judges Talk (TBA if available)
When it comes to library classification and arranging books by genres or “genrefication,” they’re hot topics among librarians, especially school librarians. Ask any librarian how they feel about ditching Dewey and they’re sure to have an opinion. For me, genrefication is something I did look into a few years ago and would still like to consider in the future. Many librarians are reluctant to genrefy their libraries because of the amount of time and effort required to restructure the library’s classification system. We will look at what Carmel Byrne did at Beaconhills on 17th November 2016. Be sure to save the date and invite your entire library and literary teams to learn more!
Make sure you SAVE THE DATE – Thursday 17th November 2016
In the mean time if this is new to you check out these websites;
We had a great PD at Belgrave Heights Christian School on 3rd march 2016 where we looked at all things MAKERSPACE. Again, a huge thanks to Kathy Frater for supporting Pakenham SLAV branch with such an informative afternoon. It was encouraging to see the BHCC teaching staff get on board really quickly and how Kathy made the clear links to curriculum.
Listed are just some of the activities that we were able to explore and I must give thanks to Jessica Gallagher for sharing her notes that have become a part of this blog post.
At BHCC, the Discovery Centre is open at lunch times. Each week is themed e.g. Engineering week, then different age groups each day. Booking sheets at the circulation desk are quickly filled and Kathy and her team advertise what is coming up. Some popular themes include:
Advice and words of wisdom:
New Ideas and resources to supply:
Reverse art truck, Arthur Daley’s for resources, Costco
Advertise in the newsletter for specific supplies, e.g. Wool, Lego etc.
Shelves on castors and storage containers from IKEA
Flip tables from Wood’s furniture
Décor containers on sale in supermarkets.
Office works for scrap books
The Brisbane based Edu Tech conference is coming up and Megan Daily will be presenting again. I fist met Megan through my Masters of Education studies at QUT at the CBCA Reading Conference in 2014. Last year I attended an online webinar featuring Jackie Childs who is Megan’s colleague and she is just as inspirational. This link takes you to some of her recent posts about coding and where they are going in the Makerspace movement. Please feel free to share and support one another with what you are doing too!
What is your manifesto on this new wave?
Location: Gleneagles Secondary College
Reema Blvd, Endeavour Hills VIC 3802
Please RSVP Moller.Lynne.L@edumail.vic.gov.au
Telephone: 03 9708 1319
Theme: Exploring The STELLA Prize.
Guest Speaker: Bec Kavanagh
Stella Prize Schools Program coordinator
Studio 706, 37 Swanston St
The Nicholas Building
The Stella Prize is a major literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing.
The prize is named after one of Australia’s iconic female authors, Stella Maria ‘Miles’ Franklin, and was awarded for the first time in 2013. Both nonfiction and fiction books by Australian women are eligible for entry.
The Stella Prize seeks to:
Free professional development sessions are available to teaching staff at schools. Held by Bec Kavanagh, Stella Prize Schools Program coordinator, these sessions will introduce and expand on the ideas and activities encompassed in the education kit, and suggest ways to incorporate them into the classroom.
We often discuss literature as a mirror in which readers can see their lives reflected back at them, or as a window through which we can glimpse and start to understand the lives of others. But what happens when you can’t see yourself at all in the reflection? Or, as is often the case for boys, all you see out the window are others just like you?
Unconscious gender bias is at work when women, who make up half of our society, are under-represented in our major literary prizes, in the pages of our literary journals and on school book lists.
Stella Prize Schools Program professional development sessions discuss the importance of addressing gender bias at a school level, and look at ways that teachers and library staff can incorporate the Stella Prize Schools Program into their teaching.
Bec Kavanagh will discuss gender bias and gendered reading patterns in detail – using statistics, anecdotal evidence and her own experience in developing the schools program. She will show several videos that address issues around gendered thinking and marketing (and links for these will be provided to teachers following the session for use in the classroom).
Based on discussions with teachers on their specific requirements, Bec will offer ideas on how the Stella Prize Schools Program can be incorporated into individual classrooms or curriculum. She is also able to make specific text recommendations.
Teachers will be encouraged to think about changes they could make to address gender bias (such as discussing issues with students, changing the layout of libraries, introducing new classroom texts) and should expect to leave the session feeling inspired to make changes in their classroom and school.
The information in this session is relevant to teachers of both boys and girls, as both are affected by gendered reading (and this will be discussed in the session too). The session can be tailored to particular student levels, if desired.
Looking forward to a fruitful session with everyone.