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  • Lisa Allcott 19 Nov 2013 11:14am () in Professional Development and E Learning

    Hi Diana,

    Great to read about the linkages made with your school library and your local town library around e-book provision. Some public libraries are now providing access to e-books which is a painless way for your school community to try out the e-books before deciding to pay for buying or subscribing to them yourselves.

    If anyone is thinking about e-book provision through their school library, National Library's Services to Schools has more information on its website about school libraries and e-books as well as professional development. Let us know if you would like PD on this topic in your area.


  • Lisa Allcott 26 Sep 2013 11:58am () in 50 books to read before you are 11 and 3/4

    Based on a UK initiative, 50 things to do before you are 11 and 3/4, the author at Book Riot has listed her 50 books to read before you are …  Starting with her own top 25 she then asks readers to contribute theirs . She notes that the authors listed are "overwhelmingly white" which certainly raises issues - why is this the case? what can be done about redressing the balance?

    While we reflect on which ones have and have not read (and congratulate ourselves if we have read a lot), let's have a think about what NZ/ Maori/Pasifika authors we might want to add to our own list of 50 books to read before our students are 11 and 3/4. In an ideal world, what as yet unwritten titles might we like to see on this list?

  • Lisa Allcott 10 Sep 2013 10:41am () in Great read alouds

    Hi Suzie and colleagues,

    The Services to Schools website at National Library has some good tips on reading aloud to students along with links to recommended titles and information on how to borrow great read alouds from our collection. Our curriculum services staff have a lot of knowledge about the books that work best with students and are happy to make suggestions. We also have a bookmark with suggested read aloud titles.


    Regards, Lisa Allcott (Programme adviser -School Library collections)

  • Lisa Allcott 13 Aug 2013 6:03pm () in Reading eBooks

    National Library also runs PD on e-books, looking at the issues involved in providing them through your library service.


    Don't forget, too, that some public libraries subscribe to e-books which you can download for free with your library card.