Newspaper Subscriptions

Dear colleagues,

The procedure with both the HS and the Age is that subscribers have to be individual.  We cannot bulk subscribe.

In the case of the Age I have placed an order for five copies for departments and the library.  I have provided 5 email addresses in the name of those who requested the school subscribe for their department.

The HS does not allow for purchasing by order number, I will order four  copies when I have a credit card to pay online.

All subscribers to the HS and the Age should be notified by email when their paper delivery will commence. I have not had that confirmation myself for the subscription based on my email address.  I understand that several colleagues have not received this email.

The newsagent should also supply information (generally on Wednesday) of additons to the subscriptions.  Can whoever brings the paper in or who opens the pack please leave the shipping details in my pigeon hole.

I will do my best to clarify with the newsagent who is registered as subscribers for the newspapers.  Then we will need to consider the outstanding subscriptions and follow them up.

Once delivery is sorted I will ensure that the copies of the Age and HS ordered by the school, including staffroom copy are appropriately marked and distributed.

It has been my past practice to remind and encourage teachers to renew their subscriptions towards the end of term 4, and to review and renew all school based subscriptions then.  This should make for a much smoother start to term 1 2013.

I thank you for the patience you have shown.


regards Michael

5 moments I am grateful @anitahieiss to be an educator

I had a moment on Friday x 5.  I was prepared and yet was still surprised when my colleague burst into the Queen of the Night’s Aria in the non fiction room.  My reading class, the kids in the computer room and many from the downstairs classrooms came up, as we gathered and settled.  Helen’s performance was mesmerizing, she can sing having been in the Melbourne Opera Chorus.

And we her audience were one as we settled and listened to this Aria sung by our Maths teacher perfectly and beautifully (I have recordings, I have seen the Magic Flute performed many times), I watched her act the piece and there was only her voice every student was engrossed and we were for a few moments one as we watched and listened.  Helen sang and I was only a metre away, dear reader, I thought that I would cry for the beauty of the voice and the moment.

Through the tedium and drudgery of doing the oh so necessary housework I have reflected on this all day.  What a moment x 5 and what a shared moment.  This is what I live for as a teacher, and as a human being.  Five minutes of beautiful and shared.

In reflection I think I should have filmed it, and then I thought one of the kids may have.  But I don’t recollect any of the students holding up their phones to record or video.  We were just captivated as one amorphous mass with a memory that I do not tink any one of us will erase.

Creating an ICT curriculum (read social networking and digital citizenship

I have been asked to teach ICT to the year 10s and 9s this year as a new subject.  At the same time the school is moving over to a new curriculum mapping system via Atlas.

In the first week I laid out to the students that this was a new subject and asked them what they wanted to discuss.  Copyright issues in relation to downloading music and films, sexting, privacy and cyberbullying were the issues raised.

Working in an alternative school I have freedom to develop the curriculum and I wanted the students to contribute and share in the process in the first year.  It does seem that we are interested in the same issues which come under the broad heading of digital citizenship.

Sometime ago Thomas Tudehope (sp) a social commentator on Social Media suggested that schools have a responsibility to teach digital citizenship to students as part of the curriculum.  And this dear readers is what I intend to attempt.

Here are the topics I wish to teach to Years 9 & 10over this year

Copyright, Creative Commons, Open source, SOPA, ACTA

Cyber bullying, Cyber safety, Social networking, Identity fraud,

digital citizenship

I also wish them to learn the tools of Web2.0 to sift through information and collect and curate and to present.  I feel that the best way to do this is to use these tools as part of their investigation and assessment.

As we are using Googledocs we will use Google sites and the blog facility to record our progress and as our collaborative tool.

I would like to use prezi as an alternative presentation tool, survey monkey, and social media such as youtube and twitter to communicate a message. to curate information.

My proposal to the students will be that our purpose over the year is to gather information on these subjects for their peers and set up sites to inform and advise their peers.  In the case of the 9’s it will be their fellow students, for the 10s the challenge will be to set up a broader site for teenagers everywhere.

Our purpose will be to build up an integrated social media network to promote digital safety and citizenship teens all over the world.  We will assess our success in terms of blog comments, hits, retweets, thinking out to my colleagues and see what they think.

I will now thorugh

IPad issues

We have a set of twenty laptops that are under my remit. In my previous position at MUFY we were looking at them as a one to one device and discussed the following issue that have been raised by my IT colleague Mark.
My own PLP will be how to use the iPads at Peshil. Luckily I have been putting together some resources gathered from colleagues on the library page.

Five reasons I am grateful I am a Librarian

I was asked by Anita Heiss to provide a guest blog on why I was grateful to be a librarian.  You will find what I wrote below but here is the blog on Anita’s homepage.


In the age when geek is chic, and nerds rule we librarians know that our time has come.  Our skills and practice are as relevant and essential today as when Dewey organized human knowledge into the decimal system. In the digital age librarians are curating information and enabling access and dissemination through wikis, blogs, twitter, tumblr, facebook and other web2.0 tools.


I am a passionate reader and working in libraries and schools I get to discuss books, stories and reading with other readers.  I have observed readers and their reading for 30 years as well as that of my colleague librarians (Crime is the Librarian’s favorite genre).  I have had the pleasure of introducing books to readers and as teacher librarian and a childrens librarian actively promote story  and the joy of reading.  Reading stories and poetry to young people brings out the inner performer in me

and of course I have had the pleasure of introducing many writers to readers and young people and meeting them myself.


Libraries are vibrant and free social spaces. Our own State Library of Victoria is a vibrant meeting place with the lawns, Mr Tulk and Readings bookshop contributing to the ambiance.

Public Libraries provide great programmes for their communities and are free and open to all.  Libraries provide social space and access to ICT, Digital Media and Information.  Our users can take home books, films, music, games for free.


Information is power, Andrew Carnegie believed that

“industrious and ambitious; not those who need everything done for them, but those who, being most anxious and able to help themselves, deserve and will be benefited by help from others.”[

Public Libraries today still provide this service, I love researching and the challenge of providing information and teaching young people the skills of research, bibliography and citation.  This of course has contributed to my own learning and knowledge.



Whats not to like about working in a library?  I spend my working day researching, matching books with readers, communicating with our users through Social Media and performing my shtick to young people.

Its the people.

I bless working as a Librarian for the wonderful librarians I have work with, and the daily encounters and joyful interactions I have with Library Patrons.  How you have enriched my life.

Creating a 21st Century Library Space

I have had some time to think about my new appointment and in particular the blank canvas that is the newbuild ELibrary.

The build divides into three spaces pit and I envisage a quiet reading /study area set up as a retro reading room.  There will be collaborative space for students and classes to work together with quick access to information and reference sources be they physical or digital.

My role is to support literacy and information literacy to students and teachers.  This includes (from my library page)

Learn skills


One Search, many collections…

Research skills
Learn how to improve your skills to get the best information and results

Study skills
Learn how to stop procrastinating, reduce stress, and get ready for exams.

Essay writing skills
Learn how to analyse your question, then plan and write a great essay.

and to support reading which is my passion. From My own reading page

3 entertaining Australian Writers

Check out BevsBookBlog

Dystopian fiction


@taniatorikova Tania Sheko
Resources supporting student writing including information about writing competitions

Check out my LibraryThing

The 100 favourite fictional characters… as chosen by 100 literary luinaries

I seek to work collaboratively with my colleagues and students  to support their learning and teaching in their classrooms or the Library.

As a librarian my role is to provide current information and thinking to assist students in their research and their interests.  I will curate current thinking creating a Wiki for PreshilELibrary similar to the Wiki I created for MUFYLibrary

I will create a tumblr and twitter accounts to inform and disseminate. A facebook page managed by students could also be set up. I will curate information through

My own good reads for 2011

Is it me or is it a particularly bad year for 2011 Reading lists published by the media?  None have provided any sense of discovery for me. I was also very aware that what excited the critics did not necessarily excite me and that I felt that some of my interesting discoveries were not featured.

The Guardian Books of 2011

I have had Death comes to Pemberly and Reamde delivered to my Kindle Fire for my holiday reading.  I have never read PD James but has just started reading this I enjoyed the first  section where James wittily outlines the aftermath of Elizabeth and Darcy’s Marriage by the gossip which surrounds it.   Lydia makes her entrance to Pemberly on a stormy night and the game is afoot.

Neal Stephenson was an early writer in the Steam Punk genre before it acquired its current cultural cache.  He has long since entered the literary mainstream with the Baroque Trilogy and Cryptonomicon amongst other titles.  Reamde is a vast thriller and I am looking forward to reading this on my Summer Holiday in the Grampians.

I picked up Phoenix Rising from a friend with a professional interest in the Steam Punk Genre, and I really enjoyed the Dickensian Potteresque vision of 19th Century London awash with technological marvels.  And of course our hero is a dapper librarian.

Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris
Description: Evil is most assuredly afoot—and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade… and a librarian.

Mapp and Lucia is a collective name for a series of novels by E. F. Benson, and is also the name of a television series based on those novels.

external image images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQXRZc1Ey01lgBeKoVIwBgzLnn0SNcoWppQwgQe_09_1QvwcLLBI enjoyed reading this knowing sequel Major Benjy by Guy Fraser-Sampson which I feel was informed more by the television series than the novels.

Like everyone else after reading the Millennium Trilogy I turned to the Scandinavian writers.  I enjoyed  The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler and Ann Holt’s 1222

While not enamored with the prospect of reading Jo Nesbo’s series featuring an alcoholic detective (yawn) I did enjoy Headhunter

I book-ended the year with two literary genre novels both dystopian fiction.  The Passage by Justin Croninexternal image 9780752897851.jpg?1274761513


external image Zone-One.jpg

Zone One by Colson Whitehead. Read a review by Patrick Ness here

I thought that the Passage was such an experiment in genre blending and driven by great storytelling.  Zone One is a brilliant existential novel that ponders the meaning of existence in a zombie plague.

Another great genre meditation on life and ennui  was The last werewolf  by Glen Duncan.

I also enjoyed Robopocalypse: A Novel complete genre trash with little redeeming merit beyond being a Hollywood calling card.

I read three great Australian writers this year.

external image images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSSE6BatT4FjhivuwrOCQPyVhYgZg69fM5MeciUP42BinaAGohQzwThe Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher written by Doug Macleod was very funny and begs out to be televised.  A Captain Midnite for the modern generation. The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky  is a tale about a teacher who disappears while in a cave, and how her small class of 11
girls act when they cannot find her; forming a pact of silence. A very atmospheric novel set on the day the last person was hanged in Australia. You can read more about the Golden Day here

Another favourite writer of mine is indigenous writer Anita Heiss.  Dr Heiss writes ‘chick lit’ but with a very serious purpose.  She aims to show that indigenous people live beyond the outback image and are significant participants in Australian urban life.  In Avoiding Mr Right.  We meet Sydney-sider Peta after she has decided to accept a twelve-month contract in Melbourne, and live apart from her adoring boyfriend James. What follows is a light-hearted romp recounting her daily adventures in Melbourne, artfully woven with commentary on politics and the arts. (from MC reviews )

aunts-story-the.jpgI was disappointed by The Aunt’s Story written by Patrick White.  The first half  was a great eye opener about Anglo culture in Oz between the wars but the second half  which our heroine Theodora spends in a pensione in Paris populated by European eccentrics is a BIG cliched Yawn and I was outraged by the sloppy ending.  Does not wear at all well as far as I am concerned.  Another great disappointment was The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet: A Novel

I read the Radetzky March by Joseph Roth after a review in BookBeast which placed it alongside War and Peace, The Leopard and (Alzheimer lapse) as the great literary historical novels.

external image 200px-Joseph_Roth_Radetzkymarsch_1932.jpgI loved this study by Roth of the decline of a family mirroring the fortunes of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. I plan to read The Emperor’s Tomb where the story of the Trottas ends, as did Roth’s own life, at the dawn of the Nazi era in Austria.  I might just go to the local library and see if they have it.

I also enjoyed

The Devotion of Suspect X

The Stranger’s Child

Gods Without Men

Last Man in Tower

You can find my reading page here and my Librarything here

Draft: Librarians are #Beautiful

Beautiful Libraries
Jean Anning celebrates beautiful libraries and books, the Weird and wonderful
Those of you who don’t keep up with Edinburgh’s literary world through Twitter may have missed the recent spate of mysterious paper sculptures appearing around the city.
Guardian article, 3rd March 2011.
from @jaydog; another celebrity library. (Not sure where he gets them from)
Original artwork by Mike Stilkey, including book sculptures, installations, paintings and ink drawings.
@tanitanakova Tania Sheko
… which proves that the way art is hung in an exhibition makes all the difference.
The blog Urban Sketchers features sketches and often equally colorful stories behind the scenes by 100 invited artists correspondents in more than 30 countries around the world. Why don’t you buy yourself a sketch book and start sketching?
Here is my very own celebration of Beautiful Librarians and Libraries  you will lovely libraries here and a further link to photobucket

I was chuffed to be asked by an ex student to be part of his project #Beautiful as an Design student he knows an old hipster when he sees one!

Yo Larry!
You’re a well read man (hipster) with good taste (hipster) and spend a lot of time surfing the WWW (hipster). How would you feel about contributing to my blog (hispter) every now and then with some insight into the world and photos and links to all the awesome libraries you find (hipster!)

In summary: Every time you have a sweet as thought and want to write about it or every time you find something pretty on the net would you allow me to put it on my blog

So here is a sneak preview draft of my first post…for my very own followers *ironyquote*

Librarians are #beautiful

…as are books and libraries. Teacher Librarian @janning Jean Anning celebrates beautiful libraries and books on Weird and Wonderful.

Edinburgh's literary world

Those of you who don’t keep up with Edinburgh’s literary world through Twitter may have missed the recent spate of mysterious paper sculptures appearing around the city.



Original artwork by Mike Stilkey, including book sculptures, installations, paintings and ink drawings.

Frank Sinatra the king of hipsters in his library from @jaydog; another celebrity library. (Not sure where he gets them from)

Teacher Librarian Tania Sheko @tanitanakova celebrates the beautiful on Art does matter

tumblr_lu7nfhGJaH1qdwfyoo1_500… which proves that the way art is hung in an exhibition makes all the difference.


The blog Urban Sketchers features sketches and often equally colorful stories behind the scenes by 100 invited artists correspondents in more than 30 countries around the world.

Why don’t you buy yourself a sketch book and start sketching?

Here is my very own celebration of Beautiful Librarians and Libraries you will lovely libraries here and a further link to photobucket


Seven questions for the candidate

CANDIDATE	Michael Jongen

1.	Please explain your interest in the role of Manager Libraries,
Learning & Youth at XCity Council.  Why is now a good time to be
applying for the position and how does it fit in with your broader career

With the restructure of the Library Services and Youth Services and a brief of on-line
learning I believe that I am well placed to work with the director and colleagues to ensure
that the delivery of the divisions plan.  I am a confident and pragmatic manager, with a
strong belief in libraries and their learning, information, cultural and leisure roles.  I
have a strong background in the provision of library service and development. I am
experienced at managing change, developing policy into practice and responding to client

I have worked as a Senior Manager in both Local Government and the Education sector
including managing large staffs and budgets and multiple branches.  My last position
required me to establish a Library Service  in a new-build College for an ulitmate student
population of 1200 in five years.

In 2007 I stepped back from a leadership role to establish a business.  During this process
I worked on short term contracts and part time basis in both school and public libraries
before settling into a practitioner position of teacher librarian at OLMC Heidelberg.  I
spent this time honing my skills working on the coalface and observing different management
styles and approaches to communication.

At OLMC I was given a brief to introduce Web2.0 to the teachers and show them how to
integrate it into their learning and teaching.  I also had a strong mentoring role with
younger colleagues.  

I have a strong Web 2.0 presence myself and history of using social media to communicate
with library users and other stakeholders as well as collaborate with colleagues.

I would welcome the opportunity to be of professional service to the my local community and
feel that the position offers an opportunity for me to bring together the two strands of my
career as an educator and librarian.  My resume shows that generally I have entered a
service either to restructure or to manage a transition; this is my particular skill and I
offer the qualities required to manage the further development of the Service as I
understand them from the brief.

2.	Please describe a time where your ability to conceptualize, develop
and implement innovative strategies and services led to a key organisational
goal being achieved?  How did you measure the success of your initiative?

In my time at Westminster libraries I was involved in the  Project management Committee for
the University of Central England / Library Information Commission funded evaluation of the
provision of Homework Clubs in Public libraries.  Westminster was one of the pilot projects
for introducing homework clubs in libraries.  As Manager of Children's Library Services
to  the twelve  libraries I worked  in partnership with Westminster�s Youth and Play
Department to deliver out of study support in Westminster�s Libraries.

The report  supported the concept of homework clubs in Public Libraries and their
effectiveness supported by statistics from pilot programmes including our own.  Westminster
were then working and planning within a lifelong learning framework.

Westminster Libraries working in partnership with,  delivered National Sainsbury�s Bookstart
through, Riverside and Parkside Health Authorities in a pilot project.  Again as team Leader
for this project I had to maintain meticulous records and statistics.  The Westminster Pilot
became the basis of the National Bookstart programme in Britain.

3.	Please describe a time when your ability to lead the review of a key
service led to improvements in the service being delivered?  What was the
situation and what did you do?

OLMC Heidelberg had  a professional learning plan (Recolo) in which we have individual and
group project plans.   My own goal was to explore the effective use of web2.0 tools to
enhance learning and teaching.  

It was my  intention to work with students and teachers as we all struggled to come to the
reality of Social Networking and the tools which enabled us to learn and share information
in such creative and interesting ways.  Most importantly I wanted to show to teachers how
working in collaboration with a good Teacher Librarian provided great  learning and teaching

At the start of the school year 2011 , the role of myself and my colleagues and the services
we offered to our teaching colleagues were raised by the Principal, The Head of IT and our
own Head of Library in her expanded curriculum role.  We were both also given the
opportunity to speak to our colleagues directly.  It is clear that we had both been thrown
the challenge  and the authority to work with our colleagues in all areas of Web 2.0,
curriculum mapping and with assessment tasks.  Myself and the head of Library and Curriculum
mapping were asked to present at the November SLAV conference as well as providing an
article for FYI on our professional learning journey with Web 2.0 and social networking 

This is a professional learning challenge that we  teacher librarians faced with relish,
inspired by the confidence shown in us by the School�s leaders.

Myself and the Director of Teaching and Learning nominated our Principal for school leader
of the year SLAV award 2011, the supporting evidence for her award was provided  by my
professional blog which outlined all steps of the journey.  

4.	Please describe a time when your ability to keep abreast of key
industry trends led to a key outcome being achieved.  What was the situation
and how do you ensure you keep abreast of key trends in the learning field.

At Monash College I was given a 'high tech' brief.  

I immediately established a virtual library which I tailored to each subject, including
setting up curating sites for subject information ( and a  library twitter with a
linked account.  This site was used by students and teachers immediately when the
College opened to students and was receiving a 1000 to 1500 hits a month.  This site now
greets students on the front page of the Liberty LMS.

When I chose a Library Management Service we chose one which would deliver e-books through
overdrive and which provided Syndetics (useful for our Asian and Middle Eastern students)
and access to librarythingy which I regard as a lovely social networking site for readers.
I have also been monitoring the situation with e-books delivered via kindles or i-pads which
seems to be shifting constantly.

I am connected through my web 2.0 networks to many local educators and practitioners as well
as international leading thinkers on education and libraries.  I use Twitter for up to the
minute professional information and learning, I use my educational blog to reflect on my
thinking and practice.

5.	Please describe your most challenging staff leadership issue?  What
was the situation and how did you work towards an acceptable outcome?

When I commenced managing Malvern Library Service I inherited one staffing issue that needed
to be sorted.  An employee had commenced working under a government funded scheme and had
been maintained without contract after the funding had ceased.  I advertised the position
for which she applied but was not appointed.  The Council was then taken before the
Industrial Commission for 'unfair dismissal'.  The judgment was in favour of the
Council because the judge acknowledged that it had followed correct procedure from my
appointment and because of my 'meticulous' note taking.

At City & Islington College I had a situation in one of my smaller libraries where two
staff members (managed by a hearing impaired librarian) accused each other of, respectively,
bullying and racism.  The college has a thorough and rigorous process which I took these two
staff members through including conciliation.  After the process there were no further
disputes or complaints.  

Of course I moved one of them later when the opportunity availed itself. 

If procedure is  followed (allowing for flexibility), and there is proper documentation and
note taking, the manager is prepared and responsible.

6.	Please describe a time that outlines your ability to lead staff
through a dynamic period of change. What was the situation and how did you
keep staff motivated and engaged in the change effort?

As a manager I have lead or participated in staff restructuring many times.  In 1997 I  was
seconded to Camden Libraries as Assistant Group Manager � Development.  I had the lead role
in marketing and promotion of the Camden Library Service.  As a member of the Senior
Management Team I worked on the Staffing Review leading up to a management and staff
restructure and, with the Libraries Strategy Manager, on a KPMG review of library services
including preparation of the report to Council and planning of public consultation.  LB
Camden and the Libraries was a pilot for Best Value for the British Government.

This was a difficult time for both my staff and my senior colleagues.  Open consultation and
sharing of current information and thinking with staff is important as well as respecting
their right to be heard and their viewpoint and input to shown to be respected.

New builds, renovations or moving a library to another site are always a logistic challenge
for staff.  These need to be well planned in consultation with staff and developed with
goals, targets and milestones.

7.	Please describe a time where have developed a report and presented
your recommendation to an Executive Team, Board or Council.  What was the
situation and how did you approach it?

When I commenced at at Monash College as teacher librarian I was asked to respond to three
briefs which had been commissioned on the establishment of a Library Service / Learning
Commons concept for the Foundation Year. 

I wrote a report for the leadership team with planning on developing the library based on
the recommendations and providing a draft budget.  The draft budget was submitted to
'quality control' and approved.  I was asked to prepare a work plan setting out
targets and milestones which I developed and discussed with the leadership team.

I was on target  as when  the Library floor opened to students and staff, the library
service was open and ready for business four months after my appointment and without any
staffing support..

Dystopian fiction

As I am currently resting, I have been sorting out my webprint.  On my own Michael Jongen educator site I created my reading Page by drawing together my contributions to the various wikis I had created for my schools.

I have always enjoyed dystopian fiction (check out Anne Weaver on the topic) and have enjoyed selling it as a genre to students.  I like to use Gone by Michael Grant to introduce the genre.  I do so by using the class that I am teaching and asking them to break down their skills if such a thing happened right then.  Who would be leader, who would take care of food, who could cook, who knew first aid, who was in scouts, guides etc.

Then we talk about where we could go and how we would survive and indeed who would survive.  By then I hopefully have them hooked and prepared to try titles such as The enemy and The carbon diaries

gone.jpegIn the small town of Perdido Beach, California, everyone fifteen and over mysteriously disappears in the blink of an eye. In school, no one knows what to do and there is mass chaos and confusion among the remaining population (Wikipedia)

te_enemy_jacket.jpgexternal image 516rjmjmgzl_sl500_1.jpg?w=198

I enjoy dystopian fiction myself and a good zombie novel.  Zombies are generally a metaphor for corporate/government/military corruption and experimentation and cover up.  A great example of this is The Passage a true genre bender wonderfully written and plotted.

external image 9780752897851.jpg?1274761513

I am currently reading The Zone, a literary novel which in many ways reminds me of ‘A day in the life of Ivan Denisovich’ in which a ‘sweeper’ ruminates on his pre survival life and the drudgery of his everyday existence as he clears New York building by building.

external image Zone-One.jpg

and here is one I read several years ago by one of my favourite Swedish authors John Ajvide Lindqvist

Handling the Undead One day in Stockholm, Sweden, the lights go funny and the electricity goes off, everyone gets a migraine and the dead come alive, so far so Steven King. The novel looks at the impact the ‘reliving’ have on several families who have lost their loved ones who have come back but are not the same as they once were.