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AGM and film screening “Library of the Early Mind”

June 26, 2012

We have set the date of this year’s AGM for Thursday July 19th, from 5:30pm to 7:30 pm. We will be holding the AGM at the Palmerston North City Library, Sound & Vision zone on the ground floor (entry via George Street).

The AGM will begin at 5:30, with the feature-length documentary film Library of the Early Mind to follow, starting at 6pm.

Library of the Early Mind is an exploration of the art and impact of children’s literature on our kids, our culture, and ourselves. This feature-length documentary film features nearly 40 prominent authors and illustrators talking about their work, its genesis and its impact.

It would be great to see as many of our members at this year’s AGM as possible. We welcome anyone who’d like to join our committee, we need more people with ideas and enthusiasm to join our small but friendly team!

Please feel free to invite others in your school who may be interested in attending the screening of Library of the Early Mind – or anyone you know with an interest in children’s literature! Just forward this message, or the link below which includes the RSVP form, and full details of the event including the trailer for the film.

Entry is by gold coin donation, and there will be refreshments provided and spot prizes to be won.

Please RSVP (please let us know whether you are coming or not) using this link;



February 29, 2012
We are very excited to bring you the details of our fantastic day of professional learning and networking, to be held on Saturday 17th of March, at Te Manawa, in Palmerston North.We have secured some wonderful speakers:

  • Donna Watt, Technical Services Manager at Invercargill City Libraries and also SLANZA’s Communications team leader
    Donna will be our keynote speaker, and will continue sharing her skills and knowledge during a workshop session later in the day. Donna’s sessions at last year’s SLANZA conference were hugely popular, really inspirational, and full of practical ideas that you can put to use right away in your library.
  • Paul du Temple from Wheelers
    Paul will be demonstrating and sharing details of their eBook platform. Don’t miss this face-to-face opportunity to keep up with what’s happening on the eBook front for school libraries in NZ.
  • Warwick Taylor, Digital Services Librarian at Palmerston North City Library
    Warwick will be presenting a “Technology Playground”, showcasing a range of electronic devices and how these can be used in the library.
In addition, we’ve included time for those attending to network and share information, to “show and tell” what’s going on in their libraries, discuss current issues, and learn from each-other, because we know how important this kind of peer support can be for school library staff.
All this, plus lunch, for only $20 (SLANZA members) or $30 for non-members.

So mark the date inyour diary now, you won’t want to miss it!

Included here are the schedule for the day, including information about the speakers, and a registration form:
Central Region SLANZA Day 2012 (pdf)

For catering purposes, we ask that you please complete the registration form and return your info to Joyce Richards at Nga Tawa by the 7th of March (
If you’d like any further information, please contact either Miriam or Joyce directly.

MUSAC user group meeting

November 5, 2011

The next meeting will be at Central Normal School on Wednesday November 9th at 4pm.

We hope to see you all there.

Social get-together

October 28, 2011

You are invited to join with other school librarians and SLANZA Central members for a Coffee and Chat.

We’ll be at Barista’s in George Street from 7.30pm to ? on Friday 4 November (and other first Fridays in the month).
If you’re a SLANZA member then your first coffee is free – plus there’ll be nibbles too.

If you are able to come please RSVP to this Pat Bellhouse

We look forward to seeing you!


June 29, 2011
Just a quick reminder about our local AGM, and shopping evening at Paper Plus on the Square next week.
Date: Wednesday 6th July, 5pm
Venue: 2nd floor of the City Library for the AGM (NZ and Pacific Island collection),
then on to Paper Plus on the Square for drinks, nibbles and shopping.
For catering purposes, we will need to know numbers, so please RSVP to me by Friday July 1st.

A note from Victoria: if you have any specific requests for particular titles or subject matter, please let her know as soon as possible so she can prepare for it.
email: Attention: Victoria
Also if you are wanting to purchase on the night and don’t have a school library account, if you email or phone her with the name of your school, address, phone number, email, order number required or a name, she can have an account set up ready in advance (accounts can be set up on the night too).

Looking forward to seeing you there!

MUSAC User’s Group meeting Wednesday 2nd March

February 28, 2011

The next meeting will be at PN Girls High on Wednesday March 2nd at 4pm.

It was decided to have a focus topic (the first will be all things finance – overdue prices, making sure your purchases are in the right reporting year, and what reports you need to do for the auditor/board etc, and how to deal with “donated” items) then everyone can share their issues or new found gems of knowledge!

We hope to see you all there.

Professional development evening and Access-It user group meeting

November 2, 2010

Professional Development evening

**Thursday 4th November, 6.00pm to 8.00pm**


Drinks and pizza to start, followed by a quick run-down on SLANZA news and events, then our 3 speakers:

  • Joyce Richards (Nga Tawa Diocesan School): Maori resources – both print and online
  • Sue Callaghan (Feilding High School): NEMP Information Skills report released September
  • Silver Dunlop (Company of Heroes): Graphic novels and comics


FREE! for members and non-members, so if you know any library staff who might be interested but are not members of SLANZA, feel free to pass this invitation along to them too.


Russell Street School library, Russell Street, Palmerston North

Please RSVP

no later than Wednesdsay 3rd November, to

Access-It user group meeting

If your school uses Access-It library software, and you’d like to share – or learn – tips on how to get the best out of your system, please join us. This is an informal session, so just bring along your questions and ideas ready to share!

Please note the new date (previous date clashed with the PN primary network meeting)

Thursday 18th November, from 4.30pm

Cost: FREE!

Venue: Russell Street School library, Russell Street, Palmerston North

Please RSVP: no later than midday 18th November, to

SLANZA 10 year celebrations

October 31, 2010

On Friday 29th October we celebrated SLANZA’s 10th anniversary, at the National Library’s new Schools centre in Parnell, Auckland.

There is a blog post about the event on the main SLANZA blog, and there’ll be more information and photos in the next issue of Collected which is due out this month.

Posters from each of the region were displayed at the centre – here is a copy of ours. Thank you to those who contributed ideas and words for the poster.

AGM information

June 8, 2010

Our AGM will be held on Wednesday 23rd June 2010 at Intermediate Normal School Library, South Street, P.N.

  • Drinks and nibbles at 4.30pm
  • AGM at 5pm
  • Our guest speaker to follow the AGM, will be Karlyn Eales of Vautier Pharmacy, who will speak on “The Use of Sunbeds and the Possible Dangers”.

Come and join your colleagues for this event.
If you are coming please email our Secretary, Dianne (

The committee are all prepared to stand again, however, if you would like to join us (we’d love to have you and your ideas) please email Dianne.

We look forward to seeing you there!