Here are some links from ** – about some apps she has created.

See –



iBuild app –

Creative Book Builder  –

Blippit! – – good for younger students to create apps Touch App Creator – Android –

Touch App Creator – Apple –



See also –




Karen Robertson has lots of useful info for those interested in creating book apps – – Epic Citadel game creation in a variety of platforms.


Happy apping!



Duck Duck go

Here is a new search engine featured on OZTL


In my early investigations, as I prepare a unit on Digital Tattoos (a term I picked up during my recent Personal Learning Network online course – GO State Library of Victoria!), I have looked at the search engine DuckDuckGo. I have learnt about search leakage, search bubbles (and filtering) and search tracking. This search engine does none of those things and you’ll notice its URL begins with an HTTPS (emphasis on the ‘S’).


It looks and feels clean, it seems to provide useful hits and when I emailed a suggestion to them a couple of weeks ago I received an Actual Response that sounded like it came from a human being. (My gentle complaint to them was that their logos – a la Google – do not offer one female example. I feel it is incumbent on me now to offer them some stunning options around which they can create some balance. Especially now.) I’m making an effort to use it more so I can confidently demonstrate it to my students and show them the straightforward tutorials offered when you click on the word “anonymously”.


I commend this search engine to you!


Joanna Durst

Regarding Duck Duck Go –

A fabulous search engine, which is very secure, Duck Duck Go has another fantastic feature – the Bang!

Placing an exclamation mark (known as the bang) and the initial letter of major websites takes you directly there and provides a secure search – e.g.

!g dogs will instantly bring up a search on Google for dogs. !yt is for YouTube, !a is for Amazon etc…

Another great reason to use Duck Duck Go!




Kay Cantwell

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  <>  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 []

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:

Ranie, Lee and Duggan, Maeve 2012 ‘E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines’,  (27 December 2012)

ALIA 2013 ‘E-books and e-Lending issues paper’,

Crozier Ry 2013 ‘NSW pushes eBooks, BYOD for public schools’ ITNews,,nsw-pushes-ebooks-byod-for-public-schools.aspx

Valenza Joyce 2013  ‘My personal e-book  journey and the EBSCO e-book academic

Butler Ann 2013 ‘Libraries stuck in digital divide’,

Vinjamur, David 2012 ‘The wrong war over e-books Publishers v Libraries’

Bacon, Beth 2013  ‘E-books are actually not books—schools among first to realize’

Coker, Mark 2013 ‘Libraries to Become Community Publishing Portals’   (28 March 2013)

Civic agenda for IFLA 2012 ‘Libraries, e-Lending and the Future of Public Access to Digital Content’

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


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 Together, we learn from each other

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An interesting week on YouTube and TV

From Lindy Hathaway

Hi all

Lots of good things to see & absorb……for us as well as students!


Q & A with Bill Gates

A very interesting Q & A last week from the Sydney Writer’s Festival…and this week a special Q & A with Bill Gates (ABC Tues 28 May 8.30pm). Bill Gates, once again the world’s richest man, Microsoft founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will answer questions from an audience at the University of NSW, with discussion on investment in global health & development. Gates is “a true global leader and champion for the betterment of society by tackling global health issues” – David Gonski. Gates will also meet with Julia Gillard for discussions on overseas aid.

The primary aims of the Gates Foundation are, globally, to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and in America, to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology. As of May 16, 2013, Bill Gates had donated US$28 billion to the foundation (Bloomberg report).


Other great shows coming up on ABC:

Whitlam: the power & the passion – Documentary; 26 May & 2 June 7.30pm.

Cliffy – 26 May 8.30pm. Stars Kevin Harrington as Cliff Young the potato farmer who won the Sydney to Melbourne ultramarathon in 1983.

Paper giants: magazine wars – 2 June & 9 June. Stars Rachel Griffiths as Dulcie Boling, editor of New Idea magazine, and Mandy McElhinney as Nene King, editor of Woman’s Day. The rival Murdoch & Packer empires battle it out for magazine supremacy in the 80s & 90s. The soundtrack will be great!


The great Gatsby – opens in Aust. 30 May The reviews might be mixed but the international audiences are loving it – Gatsby is currently top at the international box office. Go Baz!

Can’t wait to hear the soundtrack! “… this musical roller coaster mixes electronica, hip-hop and rock with jazz-age sounds into a breathy, sexy, dangerous, electric result.” – The Washington Post The album was produced by Baz Luhrmann and features original new music from artists that span several genres, including Florence + the Machine, The xx, Gotye, Sia, Jack White, U2, Beyoncé,, Fergie, and Jay Z. Lana Del Rey’s Young & beautiful is a musical motif repeated throughout the film. Bryan Ferry & his orchestra do Love is the drug 1920s style….go Bryan!

Great interview with Baz by Leigh Sales (8 min.). He reflects on the critics, risk-taking, how Australia treats celebrities, and the temptation to simply retire.

Looking forward to the stage musical of Baz’s Strictly Ballroom which will launch in 2014!


Blue Man Group

This innovative, entertaining performance troupe are performing in Sydney in August. The 3 blue men explore our world with a sense of wonder. There’s comedy, experimental music, great percussion & multimedia – but no singing or talking. The show is just awesome and would be great for students from upper primary to senior high – including drama, dance & music students. Themes include science & technology, art, connection to others, information overload, innocence, the outsider, following your bliss. I saw this show in Vegas and loved it and I’m going again!


Redfern now: series 2

The acclaimed first series won the Most Outstanding Drama award at the Logies. Series 2 will star Ernie Dingo, Aaron Pedersen, Steve Bisley & Craig McLachlan. Some season 1 characters will return – including Wayne Blair, Deborah Mailman, Leah Purcell. The 6 episodes will again feature “powerful, heartbreaking & uplifting stories”. Filming has just begun.


Man of steel

A reboot of the Superman series. The film reveals a darker, troubled Clark Kent, who feels alienated because of his special powers and struggles to find his place in life. Directed by Zac Snyder; stars Henry Cavill. Russell Crowe plays Jor-El, Superman’s biological father and a leading scientist on planet Krypton before its destruction. Trailers and SFX look impressive! Opens 27 June.



A new film adaptation is being made, starring Michael Fassbender as Macbeth and Natalie Portman as Lady Macbeth. Australia’s Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) will direct. The film will be set in the 11th century and use Shakespearean language. It will have significant battle scenes. The role of damn Spot is yet to be announced. To be released 2014.


The mortal instruments: city of bones

Based on the bestselling young adult urban fantasy book series by Cassandra Clare. Directed by Harald Zwart. Stars Lily Collins (son of Phil) as Clary Fray – the chosen one who battles evil forces in the New York underworld in order to save her mother. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the evil Destroyer. The second film will be City of ashes. The franchise could be as popular as The Hunger Games & Twilight films. Opens 22 August.


And if you haven’t seen Robert Downey Jr and his ironic Iron Man 3 yet…go see it! Good script, big SFX, we see Iron Man struggle with anxiety….and his suit. And Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin and Guy Pearce as the baddie. As good as The Avengers : ) Very entertaining!



Lindy Hathaway

Dickson College, ACT

Lost in a good book: The color purple by Alice Walker


RDA new cataloging rules

As the implementation of RDA approaches in April SCIS felt it would be good to provide a compilation of our Connections articles and blogs on this topic so far.

In Connections 83 we published  Why new rules, and what has it got to do with me? by Renate Beilharz from Box Hill Institute

As part of the SCIS consultation on 4 December 2012 Renate also provided an introduction to Resource Description and Access (RDA)  and its benefits for education libraries which we  blogged about .  Click here for the slide share of Renate’s presentations

SCIS, along with the library world globally is preparing for the first major cataloging standards change to take place since the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, second edition (AACR2) were released in 1978.  You can find out more on SCIS implementation of RDA here

More information about RDA is available on the website of the Australian Committee on cataloging.  You will also find a helpful overview on RDA on Wikipedia

 Cake toasting the launch of RDA and RDA Toolkit

Celebrating the launch of RDA and RDA Toolkit at ALA10
Creative Commons licence: Attribution, non-commercial

Koha Resources

Koha Resources

Emilly Mcleay  blogs as geek/ librarian/ fangirl  on the Melbourne Koha Users Group Meeting

1st Australian Koha User Group Meeting : Melbourne (Vic), Thursday 26 April at 6pm at the Melbourne Athenaeum Library

Koha Wiki

@nzkoha The NZ group of Koha users

Home of the Koha Community

Koha Users Oceania

The following links relate to migrating to Koha are from Emilly Mcleay

VOKAL users guide: The Vermont Organisation of Koha Automated Libraries wrote a guide to help their libraries migrate to Koha, and it is super helpful, not least because a bunch of the libraries were using Follett software before they migrated, and Athena is Follett software.

Koha 3.6 Manual

Koha Mailing List Archives: there’s a good chance someone else has the question you have and it’s been answered on the Koha mailing list.

NExpress Tutorials: The North East Kansas Library System has a bunch of useful tutorials.

A Koha Diary: Arcadia Public Library System migrates to Koha and blogs all about it.

aggregate news sites

Here are some interesting sites that present or aggregate news – useful for senior students, global relations & journalism classes and for news items in many curriculum areas.  This list was prepared by Lindy Hathaway of Dickson College, ACT


Informative multi source news in a user friendly format. Different news sources and different media are provided for news items – select and compare them. Read news in categories – science, politics etc; add your own categories; save items to read later; share stories; choose local news. A good resource to compare world perspectives on a particular news item.

News items are ranked for credibility & personalised (with accounts). Mobile apps available.



Discover what’s happening around the world. Displays headlines on one side and a Google Map on the other which shows various news publishers of that headline. Zoom in and see who is publishing or search a location and see what’s happening there. Use the Mapfilter to search for specific kinds of news eg. tech news. Use the Search Cloud to see what the world is reading & writing about. Add your own sources. Includes a language filter.


BBC Live World Map

Worldwide – most popular stories now. Use left-hand menu to read news from world regions.



Multisource video news from around the world. 2 to 3 minute video clips of news items are read, amalgamating information from various global sources. The source of the information is credited as the item is read. Sources include Xinhua, Al Jazeera, New York Times, The Guardian, CNN, Human Rights Watch….Mobile apps available.



Museum of news and journalism in Washington, DC. Choose a location and read the headlines of selected newspapers from that country or region.



Collects outstanding new and classic non fiction articles of substantial length – proving that internet users do have the patience & attention spans to read in-depth materials. The site can also be browsed by categories eg. science, war, politics, arts & culture, editor’s picks etc Search the archive for topics, authors, time periods, publishers, tags. iPad app available.


Longreads: “the best long-form stories on the web”

Explore topics; new articles posted daily.


100 articles that every journalist should read about journalism

A useful resource for those interested in journalism; a 2011 project by students of La Trobe Uni. with global contributions.


Summly app for iPhones

Provides summaries of news stories & other text; swipe to see full article. 17 year old British developer Nick D’Aloisio: “We can really become the de-facto format for news on mobile. People are not scrolling through 1,000-word articles – they want snack-sized information.”


ABC News

Great resources on Aust’s own portal.

Easy to select news stories – choose a tab for text, video, audio or photos.

News in 90 seconds – video:

Top stories of the day – audio:

ABC NewsRadio – listen live:

Links to other ABC news programs – Big Ideas, 7.30, Foreign Correspondent, Four Corners etc

Links to other parts of the ABC website – Environment, Science, Health, Technology…


Australia Network

Part of ABC International, broadcasting to 46 countries across Asia & the Pacific.

Aust. Network News: National and global.

Includes Newsline, Australia Network’s flagship current affairs program – videos of news items range from 4 mins to 10 mins.

Also available: Learning English video programs for a range of levels – includes Passport to English, English Bites, Living English…


ABC Radio Australia

Radio programs from the ABC broadcast locally and to Asia/Pacific; news items; videos.

ABC Radio Australia: Learn English online

Learn topical Aust. English in context. Courses are offered with narration in Chinese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Khmer; download audio and text lessons for free.