Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Regional PD 2017/8

2017/8 School Year

We are spoilt for choice this year for Librarian related PD. Please note the following events with opportunities to attend and to present. Please add a comment if you know of any other opportunities to add to these. The list below is in chronological order. For other events and development opportunities in the region see this page

For good FREE PD consider attending a TeachMeet in Singapore

8-10 September 2017 (Hong Kong):
IBO, Cat 3: The Role of the Librarian, Hong Kong

14-16 October 2017 (Hong Kong): 
IBO, Cat 3: The Role of the Librarian, Hong Kong

2-4 November 2017 (Shanghai, China):
Learning 2.0 at Shanghai American School.  Of particular interest to librarians is Jeff Utecht speaking on "Honing research skills in the age of falsified news & echo chambers"

16-18 November 2017 (HCMC, Vietnam):
LKSW at American International School Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam.  Contact Jennifer Alevy, Coordinator of Library Services, jennifer.alevy@ais.edu.vn for further information

17-19 January 2018 (Hong Kong):
21st Century Learning Hong Kong will have a library pre-conference and library / information literacy strand with Joyce Valenza as keynote. Here is the link if you'd like to submit a presentation proposal.

16-17 February 2018 (Chennai, India):
ECIS Library 2018 in Chennai India. Keynote speakers are ​Shannon McClintock Miller and John Schumacher (a.k.a Mr. Schu).

29-31 March 2018 (Bangkok, Thailand):
EARCOS Teachers' Conference in Bangkok. Diane Mackenzie and Katie Day will be presenting as will Pernille Ripp (Global Read Aloud).

20-22 April 2018 (Shenzhen, China):
IBO, Cat 3: The role of the librarian, Shenzhen, China

6-11 May 2018 (Istanbul, Turkey):
IASL 2018 Istanbul Turkey.

30 July to 2 August 2018 (Queensland, Australia):
Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference. Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland, Australia.
First joint conference of ALIA, Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA), and Library Association of Singapore (LAS) 

24-30 August 2018 (KL, Malaysia):
IFLA 84th World Library and Information Congress, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Red Dot shortlists for next year! 2017-2018

Apologies for the delay, but at least we've managed to do this by early June.  Progress!

I've made a new Red Dot website -- see https://sites.google.com/site/reddotbookawards20172018

The domain name -- www.reddotawards.com -- hasn't been transferred to the new site yet, but should be working within a few days.  (For some reason, mapping a GoDaddy domain name to a Google Site is not an instant thing.)


I think we've got a good line-up and balance in the "baskets" of each category.  Go have a look.  Many thanks to the ad-hoc committee members who found time to meet up in the evenings and to read recommendations throughout the process.

For availability, see the Google Spreadsheet where we composed the shortlists -- and know that we will be adding other sources to that, e.g., usually Follett put the shortlists in Titlewave and Denise Tan from Closetful of Books will produce an order sheet.

The Readers Cup Reboot information will also be added to the Red Dot website in the near future.

Happy summer reading!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Winners! Red Dots 2016-2017

Students from 11 different international schools in our network cast almost 8,000 votes in total in the four categories of the 2016-2017 Red Dot Book Awards.

The Singapore-wide 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the four categories are:


Early Years:
  • 1st place:  Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep!
  • 2nd place: Aunt Amelia
  • 3rd place:  All the Lost Things
Younger Readers:
  • 1st place:  The Story of Diva and Flea
  • 2nd place:  Blamehounds
  • 3rd place:  Freddie Mole Lion Tamer
Older Readers:
  • 1st place:  The Thing About Jellyfish
  • 2nd place:  Secrets of Singapore
  • 3rd place:  Confessions of an Imaginary Friend
Mature Readers:
  • 1st place:  Nimona
  • 2nd place:  Boys Don't Knit
  • 3rd place:  Illuminae

Note that each school also has its own winners -- and participating schools are given those results to advertise as they will.

We're close to announcing the shortlists for next year's eight books in each of the four categories..... Watch this space....

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Kids' Lit Quiz - now open to International Schools

Until last year, (when we questioned the practice), the Kids Lit Quiz™ (KLQ) was only open to MOE schools. They have now opened it to all schools in Singapore.

Schools can send up for 4 members a team (with additional 2 reserves). Members must be between 10 and 13 years old as at 1 July 2016.

The Quiz is based on any book (children and young adult) – no set list is given. More information on the international KLQ and sample quiz questions can be found here: http://www.kidslitquiz.com/home.php
There’s a host of fringe activities for your students to participate in such as Book Out! at the public libraries and online quizzes on discoveReads – you can find more details here.

You can also download the KLQ booklet and booklist here for ideas on promoting reading and literature in your school. 

They allowed entry by international schools with  two conditions:
* The cost is S$132.97 per team (MOE schools are funded by the NLB)
* In the event of your team winning then your school would need to find the funding to travel to the World Final (which was Auckland last year). Actually this is what happens in all the countries. Some receive a subsidy but no team receives the full amount.

Since many schools are no longer doing the Readers' Cup this may be an interesting alternative for your more "elite" readers.

There is now a "Kids' Lit App" as well.