2014 the year of…

Each year the United Nations (UN) allocates an entire calendar year to focus on particular topics or themes. Many countries actively participate in promoting these years.

Here is a list of some of the titles on Crystals from the SCIS catalogue.  Useful call numbers are 548 Crystallography and 549 Mineralogy. Find out more about Crystals through these sources

A search on the SCIS database for Family Farming Australia returns the following titles Family Farming Australia

You can find resources  for International Year of Family Farming from Global Dimension here

In 2014, Red Cross will celebrate 100 years of people helping people in Australia with  Centenary 2014: (SCIS no. 995944 )

In 2014 we also welcome in the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Horse.

The European Brain Council has pledged to make 2014 the European Year of the Brain.

Scotland  declared 2013 the Year of Natural Scotland (SCIS no. 1592797) but this year is Homecoming Scotland 2014

Celebrate the Australian Year 2014.  Vivian Harris has compiled a monthly guide to celebrations and birthdays for 2014

Radiant Orchid is the Pantone Colour of the year

 "pantone radiant orchid" by homestilo   Creative Commons Attribution License
“pantone radiant orchid” by homestilo
Creative Commons Attribution License

Reconciliation week

Here is a post from Linda Hathaway to OZTL on Reconciliation week


It’s National Reconciliation Week – a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to contribute to building a reconciled Australia. It is held between two significant milestones in Australia’s history, May 27 (1967 Referendum) and June 3 (Mabo Day). Reconciliation involves building positive, respectful relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for the benefit of all Australians. http://www.reconciliation.org.au/


Information and key dates in Reconciliation:



Latest news:


*         Noel Pearson’s argument in favour of constitutional change, recognition of indigenous peoples and the removal of racial discrimination from the Constitution.


*         Maiden speech of Senator Nova Peris – first Aboriginal woman in the Australian Parliament.


*         Reconciliation messages – including Australian of the Year Adam Goodes, Meshel Laurie, Troy Cassar-Daley & Fred Chaney.



Resources and fact sheets: http://www.reconciliation.org.au/category/resource/


Video -Reconciliation is for all of us  (2:5 min.): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYu2Q09zoXM&feature=youtu.be


Sing Loud! song competition

Learn and perform one of the 3 reconciliation songs in the playlist below – or perform your own original reconciliation song. Upload your performance to the Sing!Loud website. $1000 prize each for the best original song and best cover song – judged by Delta Goodrem and Gurrumul. Competition closes 8 June.

Details and videos of songs already submitted: http://www.reconciliation.org.au/nrw/category/sing-loud/

Delta, Gurrumul & the Sydney Symphony Orchestra perform Bayini on The Voice 2013….beautiful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi6zbPjtO6I


Recognise (part of Reconciliation Australia) The people’s movement to recognise Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution – “We want to see fairness and respect at the heart of our Constitution, and to remove discrimination from it. Our goal is a more united nation. This is a chance for Australia to acknowledge the first chapter of our national story, and to forge our future together – after so many chapters apart.”


School Learning Guide (Years 10-12) – Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution: http://www.recognise.org.au/uploads/custom/08ae158740e5ed91d082.pdf


Share our pride (part of Reconciliation Aust.) Information about the First Australians; Culture; Shared history; Beyond the myths; Respectful relationships; Famous indigenous Australians; Books; Films.



NAIDOC Week 6 – 13 July: Serving country – centenary and beyond The theme honours all ATSI men and women who have fought in defence of country – from the warriors in the Frontier Wars to those who have served in Australia’s military engagements around the world.


Christopher Pyne on Educational funding for Universities

and other news of the day


Christopher Pyne’s education gaffe draws fire from Opposition, Greens

The Federal Opposition and Greens have leapt on a mistake by the Education Minister as proof the Government does not understand its own budget and it does not deserve support.





Education Minister Christopher Pyne gets in a muddle over student loans

Education Minister Christopher Pyne has confused the debate about proposed increases to university fees by appearing to contradict the government’s own website over who will be affected by the budget changes.







Competition to force down uni fees: Christopher Pyne (pay pass article attached)

EDUCATION Minister Christopher Pyne has rejected claims the government’s proposed deregulation of university funding will drive up course costs for students.





Christopher Pyne’s pledge sparks fears public schools will be ignored

Schools in Sydney’s west and regional NSW lose the most from the decision not to fund the last two years of the Gonski agreement.





First iPads, next Google Glass for schools

Since the Apple iPad was released in 2010, the ACT Education and Training Directorate has spent $2.5 million on the tablet computers.







Higher education changes: another hit for Australian women?

In a recent radio interview, federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne refused to contemplate a hypothetical situation that involved young women doing all the heavy lifting under his government’s plans to transform higher education in Australia into a demand-driven market.




A strong case for more direct instruction in class (pay pass article attached)

AS well as being an effective Aboriginal leader, Noel Pearson has a strong academic record, with degrees in law and history (honours) from Sydney University.





Coalition Government and headspace launch SAFEMinds in schools

Victorian school students will receive more mental health support thanks to SAFEMinds, a $750,000 program launched today by Minister for Education Martin Dixon in partnership with headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation.





Rise in home schooling spurs parliamentary inquiry

Up to three times as many children are home schooled in NSW than the state government knows about, prompting the state’s first parliamentary inquiry into why parents abandon the education system.




Growth in home schooling must be fairly accommodated

New figures from the NSW Board of Studies show a 40 per cent increase in home schooling in the past four years. In 2012-13, 3194 students were home schooled. And this number may be conservative.  The Home Education Association estimates as many as 6000 more students are home schooled but not registered with the board.




Stay Smart Online

Internet bullying and online security will be in the spotlight at Territory schools during Stay Smart Online Week.





Literacy, numeracy and the big transition

The Productivity Commission’s working paper on literacy and numeracy is another reminder of the risks inherent in the Abbott government’s plans to outsource part of its fiscal consolidation to the states.



National Science week from Lindy Hathaway

National Science Week is on 10 – 18 August – an annual celebration of science in Australia.


Maybe it’s time to enter the national Sci-ku poetry competition with a short 3 line Haiku-style poem about science – this year with a statistics or mathematics theme: http://riaus.org.au/events/sciku/ We are having a Sci-ku writing competition for Science Week and Book Week at our college – after all Book Week has the universe theme! We are going to be flexible with syllables (usually 5,7,5).

Sci-ku examples: http://blog.mbl.edu/?p=1953


African clawed frogs

have flown on the space shuttle.

That’s one giant leap.

(Greg Early)


Some know the time by

looking at the sun. I can’t

make out the numbers

(A. Shalizi)


Good sites for science news:

Science Daily: Extensive science news http://www.sciencedaily.com/

Scirus: Use this science-specific search engine for science news, information, journal articles etc http://info.scirus.com/

CSIRO: Includes news, blogs, CSIROpedia http://www.csiro.au/en.aspx ABC Science: News, TV and radio programs http://www.abc.net.au/science/ Royal Institution of Australia: A national science hub bringing science to the people  http://riaus.org.au/ Science Direct: Full text database of journal articles and book chapters http://www.sciencedirect.com/ Science, physics, technology: http://phys.org/ Science news and blogs: http://scienceblogs.com/

LiveScience: Science articles and news http://www.livescience.com/ Australian Popular Science: http://www.popsci.com.au/ How stuff works: http://www.howstuffworks.com/


eBizMBA: This site has rankings for many subject areas, based on Alexa Global Traffic Rank + other ranking tools. Intriguing! Find the most popular music sites, gadget sites, health sites, reference sites, most popular blogs etc  http://www.ebizmba.com/

15 most popular science websites for Aug. 2013: http://www.ebizmba.com/articles/science-websites


Since it’s also the International Year of Statistics, here are some interesting sites with info about world stats that would be useful for social science classes.  And without statistics, we would have to search the internet one page at a time! http://www.statistics2013.org/


Gapminder: for a fact-based world view

Stats, graphs, videos. Gapminder World shows the world’s most important trends.


Search for many indicators on the Data page eg. poverty, marriage, democracy, drought, working hours etc  Then visualise them in Gapminder World: http://www.gapminder.org/data/



Real time world stats – population, economics, environment, society and media, food, energy etc.  Great site!




Compares national statistics in graphical formats, using data from sources such as CIA World Factbook, UN, WHO, UNESCO, OECD etc Some of the data may be a bit dated but could be used as a starting point for more research.



IDB: International Database World Statistics Choose countries and various demographic reports. Compare figures from past years and into the future.



World stats in many categories: A great list of sites.



State of the climate in 2012

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released their report on 6 August – an annual “checking on the pulse of the planet”.


The full report: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/bams-state-of-the-climate/2012.php


Happy Science Week!

Lindy Hathaway

Dickson College, ACT



Here are some links from *gymjunkielibrarian.weebly.com/*

http://salcjs.edublogs.org/2013/05/12/app-creators/ – about some apps she has created.

See – https://www.diigo.com/user/jssalc/app_builder



iBuild app – http://createownapps.com/consumer/ibuildapp-review/

Creative Book Builder  –


Blippit! – http://www.blippit.co.uk/ – good for younger students to create apps Touch App Creator – Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tigernghk.android.tac

Touch App Creator – Apple –




See also – http://createownapps.com/consumer/ibuildapp-review/






Karen Robertson has lots of useful info for those interested in creating book apps – http://digitalkidsauthor.com


http://www.unrealengine.com/en/showcase/mobile/epic_citadel/ – Epic Citadel game creation in a variety of platforms.


Happy apping!



Book-trailers and copyright

From Barbara Braxton

I have permission from the NCU to forward the email below to the list to explain the copyright relating to students making book trailers using JUST the content of the book itself.  As you can see there are differences in how they may be published depending on their purpose.

Please note the rider that anything additional that is added such as music, external images and so forth must be copyright compliant it its own right.

In relation to book trailers which

*         identify the key theme or message of a published story, either a word, a phrase or a sentence,

*         use pictures from the Internet (with the appropriate attribution) to accompany the text (but not the pictures from the book itself),

*         use something like iMovie to make a trailer

*         are uploaded to a website, usually not password-protected,


These do NOT fall under the provisions of copyright.  Even if it did then they would fall under the provisions of fair dealing for criticism or review.




So a textual/graphic interpretation of what the author is saying is OK.




Jessica has suggested that you note her email details  <mailto:jessica.smith81@det.nsw.edu.au> jessica.smith81@det.nsw.edu.au  so if you have any questions or concerns regarding your specific book trailer you can contact her directly because the Smartcopying site generally doesn’t yet any information regarding book trailers on the site.  I’ve suggested that this could be the topic of an information sheet in the future.




And don’t forget the next Copyright 4 Educators course coming in July –August.  It’s free, it last seven weeks, it’s excellent and I have more information if you’re interested.


Together, we learn from each other


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From: Smith, Jessica [mailto:jessica.smith81@det.nsw.edu.au]

Sent: Monday, May 27, 2013 12:11 PM


Subject: RE: Advice – book trailers




I understand you aren’t specifically looking for an exception, but the pitfalls and issues re displaying in public will largely depend on whether we can fit this into an educational exception that will allow the students/teachers to create the trailers in the first place without having to seek permission from the rights holder.  So it’s necessary to assess your enquiry from this angle.

Regarding making and/or using the trailers/videos within the school:


–          If the trailers amounts to a review of the books (eg students describing the book, why they like it/don’t like it and why others should read it), then limited use of the book in the course of that review (and only as necessary for the review) is permissible, under an exception in the Copyright Act permitting ‘fair dealing for criticism or review’.  Note this wouldn’t permit excessive / unnecessary use of the book – for example reading the entire work aloud for the video would go beyond what could be considered ‘fair’.

–          If the trailers won’t be a review but are more a marketing exercise (eg the task is to produce an ‘advertisement’ for the book, not a review), then limited use of the book in the course of those videos may still be permissible, under another copyright exception permitting ‘fair dealing for research or study’.  This exception will only apply if the videos are made by the students (not teachers) and again the amounts used should be reasonably limited and not go beyond what’s genuinely needed for the purpose.

Regarding sharing such trailers/videos outside the school (eg on YouTube, an open competition or the school’s website):

–          If the trailers are book reviews (as discussed above), you may share them in public

–          If the trailers are not book reviews (eg are adverts, made as part of the students’ research or study as discussed above), then you can’t share them in public

Hopefully you can see why this is the case – if the trailers are genuine book reviews, posting them on YouTube doesn’t change that fact.  However if the videos were made for research or study, copying them to YouTube is likely a new activity going beyond the personal research or study context that permits the original usage.


Note in the advice above that I’m only considering the students’ use of the book itself.  If the students are adding soundtracks, images and other content into their trailers, then of course all of that content should be material they are permitted to re-use (eg original content, or creative commons content, or public domain content).  Let me know if you wish to discuss this issue further.




Some reading on e-books

In April I presented at the ASLA Tasmania eBook conference  Here is the slide-share.

Judith Way on her blog presented  an overview of the day’s proceedings  for school libraries interested in eBooks.

I also thought that I might share my reading for the presentation.

Charging of all the things by Zapp, Instagram Used with permission









Cisco 2013, ‘Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2012–2017’ Cisco Visual Networking Index, Cisco. Available: http://cisco.com/en/US/solutions/collateral/ns341/ns525/ns537/ns705/ns827/white_paper_c11-520862.pdf

Ranie, Lee and Duggan, Maeve 2012 ‘E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines’, libraries.pewinternet.org/2012/12/27/e-book-reading-jumps-print-book-reading-declines/  (27 December 2012)

ALIA 2013 ‘E-books and e-Lending issues paper’, www.alia.org.au/advocacy/E-books.and.E-Lending.Issues.Paper.v4.130107.pdf

Crozier Ry 2013 ‘NSW pushes eBooks, BYOD for public schools’ ITNews, www.itnews.com.au/News/338090,nsw-pushes-ebooks-byod-for-public-schools.aspx

Valenza Joyce 2013  ‘My personal e-book  journey and the EBSCO e-book academic http://blogs.slj.com/neverendingsearch/2013/03/27/my-personal-e-book-journey-and-the-ebsco-e-book-academic-collection/

Butler Ann 2013 ‘Libraries stuck in digital divide’, http://durangoherald.com/article/20130325/NEWS01/130329716/-1/s

Vinjamur, David 2012 ‘The wrong war over e-books Publishers v Libraries’ www.forbes.com/sites/davidvinjamuri/2012/12/11/the-wrong-war-over-e-books-publishers-vs-libraries

Bacon, Beth 2013  ‘E-books are actually not books—schools among first to realize’ www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/e-books-are-actually-not-books-schools-among-first-to-realize

Coker, Mark 2013 ‘Libraries to Become Community Publishing Portals’ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-coker/library-e-books_b_2951953.html   (28 March 2013)

Civic agenda for IFLA 2012 ‘Libraries, e-Lending and the Future of Public Access to Digital Content’ http://www.ifla.org/files/assets/hq/topics/e-lending/thinkpiece-on-libraries-elending.pdf

REVIEW: Clementine Rose (series)

From Barbara Braxton


Subject: [OZTL_NET] REVIEW: Clementine Rose (series)


Clementine Rose and the Perfect Present 9781742755458


Clementine Rose and the Pet Day Disaster 9781742755434


Jacqueline Harvey




Random House, Australia 2013


pbk., 128pp., RRP $A12.95




Clementine Rose was delivered not in the usual way, at a hospital, but in the

back of a mini-van, in a basket of dinner rolls when the village baker, Pierre

Rousseau made his regular delivery to Penberthy House, once a stately English

home but now a run-down private home.  There was no sign of a mother or father,

just an envelope addressed to Lady Clarissa Appleby, the current owner of the

ancestral home giving her the baby to look after.




Here are the next two adventures in this series about this fun-loving five

year-old designed for the newly-independent reader who is looking for a

recognisable character and the support of short chapters, an easy-to-read style

with a splash of humour and cute illustrations that add a richness to the story.





In Clementine Rose and the Pet Day Disaster, Clementine is very excited because

she is about to start school. Her best friends Sophie and Poppy are also

starting, she has everything ready well before time and she’s really looking

forward to being taught by kind, loving Miss Critchley who is sure to teach her

how to read on the very first day. But things don’t quite work out that way.

Her teacher is the stern, austere, Mrs Ethel Bottomley, making the butterflies

in Clementine’s tummy feel like they were having a boxing match, because Mrs

Bottomley is very  no-nonsense, telling these new kindergarten students that

“It’s time to shake off the playful habits of youth and start some serious

study.”  There will be time for fun, but it will be orderly fun. When Clementine

refuses to leave her mother and line up, Mrs Bottomley asks if she is going to

join them, “Or is she having a bit of a sook?”  NOT the best way to encourage a

loving relationship.  Finally coaxed into class, to her dismay the children are

seated in alphabetical order and Clementine is not with Sophie and Poppy, but

next to the obnoxious Angus.  Her day is certainly not going as planned, she

doesn’t learn to read and what’s more she’s expected to go back tomorrow!  But

not if she can help it, and with a little help from Dr Everingham.  It is only

the announcement of a pet day and the chance to show off her teacup pig Lavender

that entices her through the doors again but the title IS ‘Pet Day Disaster’ so

don’t expect everything to flow smoothly.




In Clementine Rose and the Perfect Present there is much excitement at Penberthy

House for there is to be a wedding, an event which will help pay some bills and

perhaps some to go for the much-needed new roof.  But of course, nothing goes to

plan and when Aunt Violet is put in charge, then things are going to go downhill

even faster.  And what do you do when you’re five, your uncle is sick and you

want to give him a present but no one has time to take you to the village shop,

yet you’re surrounded by piles of beautifully wrapped presents?




Even though she is only five and the readers of this series will be slightly

older, there is still something very likeable about Clementine that appeals

anyway.  Perhaps the reader sees herself as the big sister, or maybe remember

similar sorts of things that happened to them – whatever it is, the first two in

this series were a hit with my younger readers and they are going to be thrilled

when I offer them a couple more, with the promise of even more to come.




Both books are also available as ebooks.






Barbara Braxton


Teacher Librarian


M.Ed.(TL), M.App.Sci.(TL), M.I.S. (Children’s Services)


Copyright 4 Educators course for Australian educators

The next cycle of the Copyright 4 Educators course for Australian educators will run in August, with enrolments opening on July 15.  It’s free and will soon have endorsement with NSWIT and AITSL.


It is a seven week course run by the National Copyright Unit and covers the licences that Australian schools operate within, as well as Creative Commons and Open Education Resources.  Once you enrol, you are placed in a team of about four and each week you are given a copyright scenario and you have to use your knowledge, a set of readings and the Smartcopying site to provide an answer.

Depending on your existing knowledge and level of commitment, you can expect to spend a couple of hours a week on producing the answer which is shared with the group via Google Docs.  Teams are also allocated two other teams’ work to review each week and provide feedback.


If you want to look at the scope of the course then go to https://p2pu.org/en/courses/111/copyright-4-educators-aus/


I’ve just completed the course in conjunction with two other teacher librarians and found that it engaged me and that I learned so much. I think our responses also raised the bar and because we had a variety of other groups reviewing our work we also raised the profile of the role of the teacher librarian.


Happy to answer questions if you’re interested…





Barbara Braxton

Teacher Librarian

M.Ed.(TL), M.App.Sci.(TL), M.I.S. (Children’s Services) COOMA NSW 2630 AUSTRALIA barbara.288@bigpond.com Together, we learn from each other

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