Archive for June, 2011
Via the SLA.
Softlink have released the results of their survey into the state of school libraries in Australia, the survey has been conducted for the second year in a row making it possible to make good comparisons. You can read the report or download it.
Look at this from the principle findings:
- There is a significant positive relationship between a school’s NAPLAN reading literacy score, the school library’s budget and staff allocated to the library.
- The difference in funding and literacy outcomes can be quantified. In general, low performing schools allocate 30% less to the school library budget than average schools. Higher performing schools allocate twice as much to the school library budget as average schools.
Check out the Get Reading website. This is an Australian Initiative and has just the most lovely website. Browse through their book of the 50 Books you can’t put down Turn up your sound so that you can hear the pages turning. Download the Pdf files, and enjoy the sheer loveliness of this well designed book site. You could spend quite a lot of time on here.
This year it runs from 24 August to 30 September. Well supported by the Australian government this initiative is similar to what we have here as Bookmonth, but of course they have so much more funding and Australia is a much bigger country I suppose, therefore I allow their site to be so very slick in comparison to ours.
There is a You Tube Channel and you can find it here. Lots of Ozzie literary, celebrity and sporty types talking about what is going on, and speaking about reading.
The Guardian Children’s website has some absolute gems on it, certainly worth a regular check. But on Friday the link to the MP3 recording of Patrick Ness’s speech to the occasion of Julia Donaldson (Gruffalo) being awarded the Children’s lauriate for 2011 was posted on the Australian Listserve. I’m a fan of listening to great speeches while covering books or doing one of the really mundane jobs in the library. This was certainly a rewarding thing to do. The link is here. But if you aren’t an MP3 kind of person you can read here the edited version of his speech.
Anyway, Patrick is a bit annoyed and that is putting it mildly, with the attitude of folks in local government and schools who cull their library staff . He is peeved at the fact that in England (and it isn’t just there) libraries and librarians are being cut and closed. His speech is so great! He speaks as a reader, a writer and as an avid library user for all his life. He passionately advocates for librarians both public and school, and he talks about having great conversations with librarians about books and reading.
Patrick Ness is such a wonderful writer, boys at my school love the books once they get used to the unusual style. Even those who resist my insistence that they will love it are being drawn into the books as they are encouraged by their friends to read them. Read or listen to the speech and you will see his passion and you will cheer for him and for libraries!
Etiquette is just so important don’t you think? Good manners in the library are what we expect from our students, and of course we always have students in our libraries who understand the finer points of etiquette don’t we?
If, however, you are struggling with your own manners librarywise you might find the following blog very helpful. A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette is perfect for the librarian struggling with manners. The blog is funny, but the comments which go with the posts are hilarious too, click on the post titles to bring up the comments in the right format.
This blog has just been awarded one of the really big prizes in the blogging world The Salem Press Library Blog Award. It won for quirky library blog – you’ll see why!
This came through my twitter feed tonight in this form: @sandynay RT @Anneticipation: #Books & the age of #enhanced_reality youtube.com/watch?v=9-1uK4… Enhance your reality – read a #book! #austl #nswdec #slav
Intrigued I headed on into the YouTube goodliness of it and I was not disappointed. Enjoy Mark O’Meara talking about books, new media and the connect between.
Sometimes watching these fantastic YouTube clips of conference presentations from the comfort of your own couch is almost as good as being there. Well except for the company and networking and catching up and being with your peers in one place etc. - well maybe it is nothing like as good.
I’ve been seeing lots of those lovely quote posters around the web lately and wondering how I might make one. Turns out, WordArt is useful after all! It doesn’t have to be all hideous rainbow-words-in-a-circle kind of stuff, believe it or not. And it’s not too tricky to do, either. Check this out:
Try these steps:
- Find a quote you like
- Open Word, and paste or type your quote so you’ve got it handy – delete this at the end, OK?
- Choose Insert | WordArt, and select the first – very plain – option.
- Type the first words of your quote, just as much as you’d like to see on your first line, choose a font and set the font size (I used Franklin Gothic Book and the first line is 36pt), then click OK.
- Stretch or shrink the WordArt box so that it fits the width of your document.
- Play with text effects (colour, spacing, shadows) until it looks the way you want. I gave mine a drop-shadow.
- Copy and paste the first WordArt box into a new paragraph – you will now have two identical boxes.
- Edit the new box with the text for your next line. If you have more or less words than your first line you should reduce or increase your font size before you hit OK (you can fine-tune it later).
- Size the new WordArt box to be the same width as the first. You can alter the height of the box later if you like – but not so much that the font looks weird!
- Repeat steps 7-9 for the remaining lines of your quote and the name attribution. This could take a bit of trial and error until you get the text into chunks that “work” nicely (trust me!)
- Add a background by inserting an image, or a shape filled with colour, and send it to the back, behind your words.
via David Lee King’s blog
Their Summer Reading programme sign-up stats screen appears on all the public computers at TSCPL, updated each week with the latest figures. Now, setting aside the fact that we’re in the grips of the mildest winter ever, I reckon this could be adapted to show all sorts of interesting stats for your school library. Imagine it showing the number of books issued by genre (my current obsession – more on that in a future post), or maybe a Boy Vs Girl battle…
- Grab yourself a cool background – find one or make one yourself
- Add your title and any decorative bits and pieces you want (got stickers?)
- Add the stats boxes – the actual size doesn’t matter as long as you have your ratios about right, I reckon
- Share it! If you’ve got a display screen, bung it on there. If you have OPAC machines, make it the screen-saver.
You could even – shock, horror! – make a paper version for the display wall outside your library!
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