Why not apply for a free SLANZA conference registration?

May 11, 2009 by

Hi everyone,

So far I have only had one application for a free registration to attend the SLANZA conference to be held at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, Christchurch from Monday 28 September to Wednesday 30 September 2009.

Why don’t you apply?

Early bird registration is $350 so that would be a big saving and make attending possible!

Come on everyone – I hope we can hold a draw amongst our members.  I don’t really want to go back to National Executive and say that only one member was interested!

Email me with your request asap.



Here’s a great opportunity

May 5, 2009 by

Do you want to go the the SLANZA Conference but don’t know where the money is going to come from?

Well, here’s what you can do – apply for one of the two  ‘free’ registrations that Central has on offer.

This is a wonderful opportunity to join with your other library colleagues for some fun and inspiration (via PD)!

Not sure where or when Conference is?

It is being held at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School in Christchurch from Monday 28 to Wednesday 30 September 2009.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.


An invitation to Central’s AGM

April 6, 2009 by

Hi everyone,

SLANZA Central AGM You are invited to:

The SLANZA Central AGM to be held on Wednesday 13th May At 4pm Palmerston North Girls’ High School Library Fitzherbert Avenue Palmerston North

Joy Watson (author of Grandpa’s Cardigan etc.) will be talking to us.

Come and join with all your Central colleagues. Drinks and nibbles to start.

RSVP: Please email Pat on library@pnghs.school.nz or Ring Pat on 06 357 9194 x 826

Thanks Taranaki

March 25, 2009 by

Thanks to those members in Taranaki that asked Debbie to pass on your ideas for PD. She has done that and the committee will meet this afternoon to discuss and decide what we can offer.

Also, keep watching this blog for dates -the next one will be the AGM – where we hope to have a speaker.

Ideas for library displays update

March 23, 2009 by

Hi everyone,

Just a quick note to remind you to keep looking at Elaine’s blog for lots of ideas for library displays.  Here is the new link:  http://schoollibrarydisplays.blogspot.com/

Have fun trying something new.


Back on line again!

March 20, 2009 by

Hello everyone in Central,

I must apologise for the long delay in adding anything to this blog but it’s amazing what happens when you have a bit more training!!

First up – do you want to go to the SLANZA conference in September at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School in Christchurch but don’t know where the money is going to come from?

Well, here is the good news – National Executive have granted 16 (yes, 16) conference registrations for the whole of NZ so you need to get your application in early.  Each region gets to offer two registrations.

The ‘early bird’ period finishes on 1 August so please get your application in quickly.

The application form is on the SLANZA website http://www.slanza.org.nz

Now other National Executive news:


Don’t forget that if you haven’t already paid your SLANZA sub for this year then please do so – I mean if you don’t you might miss out on the opportunity to go to conference.  See the above website for all the details.

Meeting with the Minister of Education:

Some of the members of NE are waiting to discuss school library issues with the minister, however, they have to wait for a new date later in the year.

National Executive Positions:

President -Elect – Nominations are being called for for this position due to Di Eastwood now being unable to to stand.  Experience at NE level is considered desirable.  NE have nominated Senga Watson, Southland region rep.  But other nominations will be considered.

Terms of office – 1 year as President-Elect, up to 2 years as President and 1 year as Past President = a total of 6 years (rather than 8 as it was earlier).

Evidence Based Practice Dossier:

If you have any documentation that you would like included please forward it to me either by email library@pnghs.school.nz or to Palm. Nth. Girls’ High School for me to pass on to NE.

SLANZA Annual Plan –watch this space because NE will shortly be seeking your consultation.

School Library Staffing/Funding Dossier:

The 2008 LIANZA Remuneration Survey results show that school library staff remuneration is still well below that of other sectors in industry so please forward important issues/concerns to me to pass on.  In some cases the level of remuneration has been decreased.


The implications of Section 92a were discussed.

The issue of the use of cover images was discussed and approaches will be made to publishers in an endeavour to have standardised procedures for all school libraries.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is to be reviewed in the near future.

Syba Signs Guided Inquiry Seminars:

Dr Ross Todd will be holding these seminars at three centres this year:

Auckland – Monday 13 July 2009

Christchurch – Wednesday 15 July 2009

Wellington – Friday 17 July 2009

It would be really good if you could attend one of these seminars and if you could take along one of your teaching staff – that would make it even better.


(Yes, you know those flappy banners that stand outside cafes and hairdressers etc.)  Well, most regions will shortly have one to advertise it’s events (Central will).  If you have an event that you want to promote then ask your regional chair if you use the flanner.

Well folks that’s it for this posting.  Don’t forget to keep in contact with me.


Our next event

February 19, 2008 by

Happy New Year to everyone (even though it is week 3 of the term!)  For our next SLANZA event we are combining with National Library’s Sshool Library Network to spend a day touring the Wellington bookshops on Wednesday 5 March 2008.  If you would like to join us then please contact Dianne McConnell at National Library in Palmerston North.  Her email is dianne.mcconnell@natlib.govt.nz

Happy Christmas and holiday season to you all

December 12, 2007 by

Happy Christmas and long holidays to you all.  I hope you have a lovely family time and you’ll all come back in 2008 ‘bright-eyed and bushy-tailed’.

Here’s hoping I get to see you in 2008.

Pat Bellhouse

Ideas for Library displays

November 21, 2007 by

Have a look at what Elaine at Horowhenua College has done for library displays.  She’s published them on her blog http://elainepp.blogspot.com and is happy to share the ideas.

From the recent National Executive meeting

October 31, 2007 by

I have good news for those of you who told me they thought that sometimes it was a big jump to return to study at Level 5 with the Open Polytechnic papers – well, the Open Polytechnic offer a one semester Level 4 Tertiary Studies Course.  Once you have completed this you are given a voucher for your first paper at Level 5.  This means that it will be free!  Go for it!

 Also, don’t forget that SLANZA offers study grants.  Get the application form from the SLANZA website (www.slanza.org.nz).