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CNN recently published this article on the future of libraries. Although focussing mainly on public and academic libraries, there are implications for us schoolies too.

The future of libraries, with or without books

Story Highlights
As books go digital, libraries are reevaluating their roles
Some say libraries will soon act more like community centers
Most say the physical book [...]

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Beyond the happy ending

An article worth reading that appears in today’s Melbourne Age as well as the UK’s Guardian.

Beyond the happy ending
JACKIE KEMP
September 7, 2009
One day recently I heard an unearthly wailing coming from my 11-year-old son’s room. It was like no sound I’d ever heard from him before. He doesn’t normally cry at television or films but, curled [...]

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Indigenous Literacy Day

Wednesday 2 September is Indigenous Literacy Day.

Indigenous Literacy Project website homepage

From the Indigenous Literacy Project website comes the following information:

On Wednesday September 2 2009 all Australians are invited to participate in the third Indigenous Literacy Day. ILD aims to help raise urgently needed funds to address the literacy crisis in remote Indigenous communities. 
What will happen on [...]

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An interesting article in today’s Herald Sun:
Laurie Nowell and Stephen Drill, August 30, 2009 12:00am
 VICTORIA’S VCE is set to be replaced by a national education certificate as schools move to an Australia-wide curriculum for years 11 and 12.
A paper created by the newly formed Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority and obtained by the Sunday [...]

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SLAV Awards

Thanks to Mary Manning for this text:
SLAV News
Each year, the School Library Association of Victoria celebrates International School Libraries Day by recognising the excellence and innovation of Victorian teacher-librarians, school library teams, research and school leaders.
Applications for the following awards close on Friday 18 September 2009:
The John Ward Award – a professional development grant of [...]

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ISLM Bookmark Project update

Rick Mulholland, the International School Library Month Bookmark coordinator, is seeking more participants for the project:

Once again the ISLM committee is organizing a bookmark exchange project. Currently, we have a shortage of participants from outside of North America.
The details of this projects is as follows:
The ISLM Bookmark Project involves matched schools making homemade bookmarks (any [...]

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This article appeared in Saturday’s Age newspaper and is so inspiring. What a wonderful job Suzy Wilson has done in bringing books to indigenous children.

Making the right to read a reality for kids
August 22, 2009
Bookseller Suzy Wilson couldn’t believe the prevalence of indigenous illiteracy, so she did something about it, writes Clare Kermond.
IT WAS just over [...]

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2009 Inkys longlist

Here are the books that have made the 2009 Inkys longlist. Information from Insideadog website:

The 2009 Inkys Longlist
 

Broken Glass by Adrian Stirling 
Something happened when I was fifteen, something that made me invisible to everyone in Broken Glass.
 

Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell

 
I believe in Chloe and chocolate.
I believe the best part is always before.
I believe that [...]

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Very interesting article in The Sunday Age today about e-books and school libraries:

Students to dump textbooks for e-books
Carmel Egan
August 16, 2009
HEAVY book-filled school bags could soon be a thing of the past, with the e-book industry claiming most of students’ textbooks will be contained in light hand-held portable devices within three years.
The internet-linked reading devices [...]

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ISLM posters

Thanks to Rick Mulholland (ISLM coordinator) for the following text:

The International School Library Month committee is pleased to announce that the 2009 ISLM posters are available for downloading on the IASL website.
This year we have two versions of posters for your celebrations. We have one with a young student and the other with an older [...]

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