October is International School Library Month


ISLM 2013Welcome back to the start of Term 4 and just in time to help us celebrate International School Library Month. The ISLM Theme for 2014 is Your School Library: Mind-Map Central.

This is a great opportunity to think about what makes your school library great. Please leave us a comment or suggestion about our libraries. The three most interesting will receive a prize. We hope you all had a relaxing break and got a lot of reading done. Don’t forget to return or renew any books that are now overdue.

 

 

 

Read what you like, like what you read.

 

 

 

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University of Technology, Sydney’s Library Overtaken by Robots.


UTS robots

“Deep under the surface of a busy university library in central Sydney, robots are controlling a hidden bunker filled with books…” begins this amazing story of automation in a once conservative profession. Check out the ABC article here for the whole story.

Other libraries that use robotic retrieval methods include:

 

 

 

EduTech 2014 Starts Today


EduTech 2014

EduTech 2104, starts today. EduTECH® is Australasia’s largest annual education technology conference and exhibition. In 2014, EduTECH® will host 9 conferences, 8 masterclasses, 5000+ attendees, official event dinner for 800 guests, 200+ exhibitors and free seminars for exhibition visitors. EduTECH® is the only event that brings together the entire education and training sector (primary, secondary, tertiary, higher education and workplace learning) plus libraries, plus government, plus suppliers…all under one roof.

The event is held in Brisbane and will allow education professionals from all sectors to see what the latest trends, ideas and technologies around education mean for their own practices and workplace.

 

 

 

 

This Week is Library and Information Week.


lib info week

Running from 19-25 May this year, “the week aims to raise the profile of libraries and information service professionals in Australia and gives libraries and information services the opportunity to showcase their resources, facilities, events, contacts and services through different programs and events to the community.” This year’s theme is “Join the Dots” and we are proud to show our support for the initiative by just being a really good library.

Check out exactly what we have to offer in our collections by searching our Access-It catalogue here. With almost 30000 items there’s surely something waiting for you.

 

October is International School Library Month


Library at the De La Salle College of Saint Be...

Library at the De La Salle College of Saint Benilde. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

CIS Library

CIS Library (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ISLM 2013Welcome back to the start of Term 4 and just in time to help us celebrate International School Library Month. The ISLM Theme for 2013 is

School Libraries: Doorways to Life  

This is a great opportunity to think about what makes your school library great. Please leave us a comment or suggestion about our libraries. The three most interesting will receive a prize. We hope you all had a relaxing break and got a lot of reading done. Don’t forget to return or renew any books that are now overdue.

 

Read what you like, like what you read.

 

 

 

Website of the Week: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)


English: ABS House which is the headquarters f...

English: ABS House which is the headquarters for the Australian Bureau of Statistics located at Belconnen, Australian Capital Territory. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Australian Bureau of StatisticsThis week’s Website of the Week is the Australian Bureau of Statistics.With over 1 million webpages constantly updated, this is Australia’s largest internet site. Apart from featuring amazing amounts of demographic information relating to Australia, this site has some pretty nifty little gadgets that allow us to drag Census information from their databases and display it in interesting visual ways. Check it out.

Spotlight on CensusUse this cool animation tool to find out loads of information about yourself from the latest Census data.

Use real statistical information to run your own town in this exciting simulation, ‘Run That Town’.

pop clockAustralian Population Clock. Click to find out what the future holds for our population and how births, deaths and immigration will affect the population into the future.

Census at School  Census At School offers the most comprehensive selection of statistical information on Australian students.

 

Website of the Week: Litreactor.com and Ten Top Twisted Fairy Tales


lit reactorThis week’s Website of the Week is Litreactor.com. Like their tagline suggests this site is all about using the power of the internet to learn about books, reading and writing. Check out their latest post about the influence of traditional fairy tales on modern literature and film. Click here for their Top Ten Twisted Fairy Tales.

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Website of the Week: Mental Floss: 62 of the World’s Most Beautiful Libraries


san francisco monastery library

The library in Lima’s San Francisco Monastery

This week’s Website of the Week is Mental Floss. This site is a very interesting collection of curious facts and amazing information similar in some ways to Brainpickings, the “digest of interestingness”. I first stumbled upon this site when reading an article about 62 of the World’s Most Beautiful Libraries. If you are a lover of books and especially libraries you must check this list out. Some of the most amazing, beautiful and interesting spaces to hold books are listed in no particular order.

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José Vasconcelos Library, Mexico City

Today is World Teachers’ Day (in Australia anyway…)


World Teachers’ Day

Show your appreciation of teachers by celebrating World Teachers’ Day.

Celebrated in over 100 countries, World Teachers’ Day acknowledges the efforts of teachers in an increasingly complex, multicultural and technological society. It is a day on which students, parents and community members can demonstrate their appreciation for the contributions that teachers have made to their community.

 What is World Teachers’ Day?

World Teachers’ Day was inaugurated on 5th October 1994 by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to commemorate the 1966 joint signing of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. In adopting this recommendation, governments unanimously recognised the importance of competent, qualified and motivated teachers in society.

Internationally World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on the first Friday in October. However as this is usually during Australian school holidays, Australia celebrates the day on the last Friday in October of each year.

The above information was supplied by The Queensland College of Teachers.

 

Today is International School Library Day


Today is International School Library Day, part of International School Library Month. School libraries throughout the world encourage everyone to reflect upon the vital work and services provided by school libraries for students, teachers and parents. The theme for this year is School Libraries: a Key to the Past, Present & Future.

Click here for a wealth of evidence to show how well resourced school libraries run by qualified Teacher-Librarians positively affect student achievment and wellbeing.