Friday, October 28, 2011

Free e-book on School Libraries

School Libraries: What's Now, What's Next, What's Yet to Come  

Ebook By Kristin Fontichiaro
Published: Oct. 15, 2011 
Category: Non-Fiction » Education and Study Guides » Teaching
Category: Essay » Technology
Words: 45706 (approximate)
Language: English

Download it here -- FREE:

A crowdsourced collection of over 100 essays from around the world about trends in school libraries written by librarians, teachers, publishers, and library vendors. 

Edited by Kristin Fontichiaro and Buffy Hamilton. Foreword by R. David Lankes. Photographs by Diane Cordell.

CONTRIBUTORS: Kelly Ahlfeld, Diane Erica Aretz-Kernahan, Emilia Askari, Kathleen Atkin, Robert Baigent, Susan D. Ballard, Angela Washington-Blair, Dan Bowen, Holli Buchter, Jennifer Branch, Len Bryan, Jennifer Colby, Diane Cordell, William Cross, Meg Donhauser, Joanne de Groot, Stacy Dillon, Andrea Dolloff, Laura Fleming, Lorna Flynn, Elizabeth Friese, Rachel Goldberg, Beth Gourley, Dorcas Hand, Alida Hanson, Violet H. Harada, Heather Hersey, Valerie Hill, Kimberly Hirsh, Shannon Hyman, Pamela Jackson, Melissa P. Johnston, Jesse Karp, Sara Kelley-Mudie, Tricia Kuon, Neil Krasnoff, Jennifer LaGarde, Teri S. Lesesne, Margaret Lincoln, Kate MacMillan, Adrienne Matteson, Kathleen McBroom, Walter McKenzie, David Meyer,...

Library 2.011: free online conference Nov 2-3, 2011

Library 2.011 is a global online librarian conference being held November 2 & 3, 2011

Read below for more information:

The inaugural (and free) Library 2.011 Worldwide Virtual Conference begins on Wednesday, November 2nd. More than 4,000 information professionals from 149 countries have signed up to join the global conversation on the current and future state of libraries. The groundbreaking event will be a whirlwind of information, with 160 presentations scheduled over two days!

The schedule of all sessions, in customized schedule pages for each of the world's 36 time zones, is now available at the Sessions and Schedule page. Presentations will cover a variety of pertinent subject strands that affect the LIS industry and the changing roles of libraries and librarians in our digital world.  All sessions will also be recorded for later viewing. Keynote addresses will be scheduled over the course of the two-day conference, and the speakers include:
  • Dr. Sandra Hirsh (USA)
  • Dr. Lennart Bjoerneborn (Denmark)
  • Dr. Michael Stephens (USA)
  • Dr. Christine Bruce (Australia)
  • Ms. Ellen Tise (South Africa)
  • Mr. Stephen Abram (Canada)
To register for the conference, join the conference website at The conference welcome will start at 6:30 a.m. US-PDT on Wednesday, November 2nd, followed by the opening keynote by Library 2.011 Co-Chair Dr. Sandra Hirsh, professor and director of the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San José State University. The conference will conclude with a final conference gathering at 9:00 p.m. US-PDT on Thursday, November 3 (November 4, in some parts of the world). All conference sessions are being held in Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate), and can be accessed live from any personal computer following instructions on the Sessions and Schedule page.

Participants, presenters, and volunteers are encouraged to share your excitement for this global event. The conference Twitter hashtag is "#lib2011" and to download a variety of badges, please visit: Those interested in volunteering will find information on the Volunteer Page, and potential sponsors still have time to sign up by contacting me directly.

As a reminder, the conference will be held entirely online, is FREE to attend, and will be recorded. For more information, please visit:

See you online!

Steve Hargadon
Library 2.011 Co-Chair 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Yangsook Choi visiting in May

My name is Yangsook Choi , a children's book author and illustrator living in New York City. I am writing to show my interest in visiting International Schools in Singapore as I will be in Singapore in late May, 2012.  I have numerous experiences in encouraging children to read and write by readings, presentations, or workshops. Most of my books have multi-cultural and inter-cultural themes.   

My fee for a 45 min. presentation is 300 USD.   A full day of 4 presentations is 1000 USD.  Please visit for more info.  

I look forward to hearing from you.

 Kind regards,

Hong Kong 21C Learning Conference 16-18 February

Need an excuse to come to Hong Kong?

21C Learning Conference 16th Feb to Saturday 18th February 2012 have called for submission of presentations

The theme is “Leading and Learning in Digital Schools”

Last year was the first year the Library & Information Literacy strand was offered and we had some great workshops and presentations.

It would be great if we had a number of submissions across the broad range of the services & skills we offer to our learners.

The conference is tech and digitally centered, so we need to offer workshops and presentations that reflect this.

Some possibilities to think about...

What are you doing in your every day practice that you could share?
How are you using ipads in the library or even across the school?
How are you adopting e-readers and e-books?
How are you working with teachers?
What excellent tool or app have you used to great success to promote reading?
How are you best using databases?
How do you use the OPAC to help connect students with your resources?
What about your library website?
How have you organized to be part of the digital team at your school?
Do you use twitter? Diigo? Google reader MS word citation tool? Easy Bib? Noodletools? Can you share what you do with them?
Have you looked at the 21st century Librarians manifesto? How are you doing? Can you share your journey?
What about copyright, creative commons and fair use?
Do you use AR in your school - how and why? and what are the benefits...
How are you promoting second language learning through your library and digital means?
How are you learning yourself through digital means?
How are you using youtube? Are you making video tutorials for your students or finding ones that have already been done?

These are just some ideas - you may be doing other things, please consider submitting what you are doing in your best practice. Workshops are generally well received where people are hands on, however, sharing of what you are doing gives ideas to others. Please consider submitting something to share through the above link to the conference page.

Registration will open on November 15th at the same link for people who are not presenting.

Dianne McKenzie
Discovery College
Hong Kong

Monday, October 24, 2011

AUTHOR VISIT: Funny and Fabulous Reading Tour: 28 November to 2 December 2011!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Sarah Brennan <>
Date: Sat, Oct 22, 2011 at 2:42 AM
Subject: Funny and Fabulous Reading Tour: 28 November to 2 December 2011!

Hello again - the dates for my Singapore visit are now fixed and here is the information!

It's been a fabulous Year of the Rabbit, and this year's Chinese Calendar Tale bunny has been hopping around schools as far flung as Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and London!

The Tale of Rhonda Rabbit features one bad bunny:- a rabbit who insists on raiding the vegetable patch of the mighty Emperor Qin Shi Huang on a nightly basis, leaving the Emperor (who loves his greens) in a state of rage and utter despair! And so the royal decree goes out across China:- somebody or something must stop that rabbit!  Set at the end of the Warring States period some two thousand years ago, the story echoes the true story of the Emperor Qin Shi Huang, first Emperor of China and the Hiong-Nou, descendants of Caucasian horsemen and ancestors of the Huns, who rose to prominence on the Chinese northern border at that time, and who raided and pillaged the rich farmlands of northern China. The Tale of Rhonda Rabbit was long-listed for the Red Dot Book Award in Singapore this year.   
Please note that my books are not your usual picture books for little ones! Each story is written in fast-paced rhyme, with lots of hidden jokes and word play, and filled with funny, gorgeously-coloured illustrations by Harry Harrison. My stories appeal to children between 6 and 11 years, or Grades 2 to 6. For the younger kids the pleasure is in the story and colourful pictures; for the older students the enjoyment (and the challenge!) is in the detail with lots of interesting vocabulary and hidden jokes in the illustrations

During my reading sessions:
  • I introduce the children to the Chinese Zodiac; 
  • I read my story with lots of fun and questions thrown in;
  • The children can see all of Harry Harrison's wonderful illustrations up close on an overhead screen as I read;
  • I sneak in lots of fascinating educational information arising from the text while the children aren't looking! This time I'll be focussing on the first Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the building of the Great Wall of China and the legend of the Rabbit in the Moon;
  • We end each session with a Q and A where we can talk more about being an author and the writing process.  
 Each session takes between 40 minutes (reading plus short Q and A - ideal for Grades 2 to 3) and one hour (more time for discussion included for Grades 4 to 6). I can do up to 5 sessions in a day (depending on session length), with session numbers ranging from single classes to full assembly halls! 
For Grades 4 to 6, I also can offer my Wacky and Wonderful Workshops. These include: How to Write a Really Riveting Story; An Introduction to Poetry and Publish Your Own Book from Brilliant Idea to Final Product and last between 30 minutes for Whistlestop Workshops to one hour for Workshops including exercises. They're colourful and great fun and the perfect way of encouraging kids to plan, edit and polish their work properly! I can do up to 4 x one-hour or 5 x 30 minute Whistlestop sessions in one day.

You'll find full details about all the sessions as well as testimonials on the School Visits page on my website at
All bookings include two complimentary signed copies of The Tale of Rhonda Rabbit for your school library.
FEES: 1300SGD per day including airfare and accommodation.
Available dates are as follows: 
November:    Monday 28, Tuesday 29, Wednesday 30
December:    Thursday 1, Friday 2
Please let me know as soon as possible which date you would like me to reserve for you!  
Best wishes,  

Sarah Brennan
Auspicious Times

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Storyteller: Cassandra Wye -- STORIES IN MOTION – internationally acclaimed storyteller on tour 2011

Cassandra Wye, International Storyteller,
Performer, Teacher and Trainer
On tour Penang 
November 2011

I am emailing to introduce you to myself and my work as a Storyteller - Performer, Educator and Trainer with educational establishments around the globe. I shall be returning on tour of Singapore  November – December 2011.

My approach to storytelling - Stories in Motion:
  • Blends my training in circus, theatre and dance to create vividly expressive and visually vibrant performances for all ages
  • Introduces children to a kinaesthetic approach to learning that fully engages them with the process of devising, telling, writing and performing stories through my workshop programme
  • Offers teaching staff training in using storytelling as a catalyst for learning across the curriculum for kindergarten, primary and senior school education
I have worked with schools to:

  • Enhance comprehension, communication, collaboration and creative thinking in younger children 
  • Offer a multicultural perspective to storytelling and performance for older children 
  • Deliver a creative approach to teaching TEFL with EAL children 
  • Enrich learning for children with physical, sensory or learning disabilitie 
  • Create programmes  to suit the British, American, Canadian, Australian, Swiss and International Baccalaureate curriculums
Since 1991, I have worked as a freelance educator in: Australia, Barbados, Hong Kong, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, South Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam, as well as around the UK

I have worked with international schools across the world including:

·         The Tanglin Trust School in Singapore,
·         The Canadian International School in Singapore
·         Seoul Foreign School Korea
·         The International School of Lausanne Switzerland

For more information on the range of performances, workshops and training on offer please download my brochure:
Or to discuss any ideas for a visit to your school, please do get in touch either by email  or ring 0044 797 107 7774
Best Wishes
Cassandra Wye
International Storyteller

Local Author: Stacey Zolt Hara

See below an email I received recently.  I haven't met up with Stacey yet, but intend to.  Meanwhile, if you're interested, you might contact her directly.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Stacey Zolt Hara <>
Date: Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 11:49 AM
Subject: author inquiry re: visiting author program

My name is Stacey Zolt Hara, and I am the author of the Travel with Bella series. I am based here in Singapore and am interested in partnering with UWC as a visiting author.

The Travel with Bella series launched last May with "Bella's Chinese New Year," a picture book targeted to kids 3-8 years old. An American girl living in Singapore, Bella is celebrating Chinese New Year at her school with a big party and we are all invited along. With her infectious smile and zest for life, Bella connects with the people and culture around her, making new friends and learning through her experiences. Appreciative of Singapore's customs and traditions, Bella guides us through orange exchanges with friends, the magical wish of a Lo Hei salad and the surprises kids find in shiny red envelopes during the New Year.

Bella captures kids' imaginations, leaving them asking, "Where's Bella going next?" and "Can we go too?" The books foster a conversation between parents and kids and arm today's globally mobile families with a way to help make all that travel shape their kids' minds and hearts.

"Bella's Chinese New Year" has received tremendous reviews from critics and, most importantly, parents, as a book which entertains while teaching lessons that stick, leaving the kids wanting more. You can see what parents are saying on Amazon at

The second book in the series, "Bella's Vietnam Adventure," is slated for release late November.  In this book, Bella and family are back, touring through Vietnam in Bella-tastic style. As a five-year-old accustomed to her own rules and routine, Bella must adapt to life in Vietnam – figuring out how to cross the street when there's no cross walk, how to bargain with a street vendor and what to eat while away from home.  She quickly learns that an open mind and a bit of courage lead to a super adventure.

The Travel with Bella mission is a great fit for UWCSEA's values as a school which builds global citizens. You can learn more about the series and read media coverage at You can also find us on Facebook at

Please let me know if you would like to meet to discuss further. I'm happy to pop in to your office to chat.

Stacey Zolt Hara
Travel With Bella
(65) 9100 1462


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

From Holly Thompson, author of "Orchards" - Red Dot shortlist on Mature Readers

When I wrote Holly Thompson to tell her "Orchards" was on the Red Dot Shortlist for Mature Readers, she sent me the following response:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Holly Thompson <>
Date: Sun, Oct 2, 2011 at 7:12 PM
Subject: Re: Congratulations! You're on the Red Dot shortlists for 2011-2012
To: Katie Day <>

Hi Katie,
Great to hear from you. That's great news about the Red Dot Short List! Terrific!

Here is an Orchards book trailer made by ASIJ library intern Ellen Yaegashi; feel free to share and post.

Orchards trailer

Thank you for asking me to come to Singapore. I'm just beginning to sort out plans for 2012...I have been under heavy deadline pressure to complete a new novel on top of my Tomo anthology--see cover and contributors at Tomo will be published in March 2012 to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami. My next novel is due out Spring 2013.

I'm not sure that I will make it to AFCC this year, but I'd be happy to come to Singapore for school visits if several schools could share airfare and accommodation. Best time for me would be sometime in mid to late February; early March might also be possible. Please let me know if there might be interest. I would be happy to do presentations related to Orchards, Tomo and The Wakame Gatherers. My fee is US $400 per day for up to 5 classes.

Anyway, let me know your thoughts.
All the best,

Holly Thompson

Where to buy Adeline Foo's books (e.g., Whoopie Lee, Almost Famous)

From: adeline foo <>
Date: Sun, Oct 2, 2011 at 10:48 PM
Subject: distributors for purchase of books

I have two distributors listed here.  Either one, depending on who's available to meet the expat schools' request.

Marketasia Distributors is the publisher's main distributor.

Celine Chow
Tel: 9657 4234

Eduworks arranges school talks for several authors, including me.
Karen Tan Tel: 9755 6647

Hope this helps.  Attached is an updated book cover, the one you're using was released before the book was printed.

Adeline was pleased to hear she was on the Red Dot shortlist for Younger Readers this year.
Good to hear from you! This is great news J 
Thank you very much.  The students from BIS, Phuket will be thrilled.  They're reading this book as part of a library programme, Monica is arranging for us to skype with her students two weeks from now. 
I'll make time for talks to promote the Red Dot shortlist.  We have more stuff to talk about, since Amos (and hence Whoopie) is going on TV. 
Thanks again, Adeline

SILC-Asia Update

Many of you are already members of SILC-Asia -- the School International Library Cooperative ASIA, an EARCOS (East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools) affiliate.

If not, you should join.... Read the update below......

Dear SILCAsia members,

Sorry, this has been a bit late in coming, but it's been a busy month, to say the least! (I've also had problems sending emails to this group from my gmail account. Anyone else facing this problem?)

Firstly, I'd like to welcome the five new members who have joined SILCASia as a result of a great cohort group at the recent Learning 2.011 Asia Conference in Shanghai! As usual, the librarian cohort was one of the most productive and dynamic of the 14 cohorts at this conference, with 15+ librarians attending and lots of resources being shared. If you are interested in seeing who was there and what came out of our meetings, take a look at the wikispace that Ann Krembs, our cohort leader, put together for us to share what we've learned.

Learning 2.011 Asia
During this conference, not only did we all attend some great technology workshops on everything from GoogleApps, to Twitter, to Creative Commons and digital media, but we also had the chance to meet four times as a cohort to discuss technology in the library. We talked about e-books, the role of the librarian, the library program (curriculum) and shared great technology tools and ideas. In particular, we talked about Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) for librarians – how are we communicating with each other, sharing and learning from each other? Of course, SILCAsia came up as a great forum for doing just this! We hope to continue using this Yahoo! Group, as well as the SILCAsia wikispace to share good practice, including ideas on buying and using ebooks, authors coming to Asia, programs in place in libraries around Asia, consortium pricing,  and other topics of interest to us as librarians in international schools in Asia.

Sharing & Communicating
Looking at what we have in these two sites, I would see that we could use them as follows:

SILCAsia Wikispace – a great place to place links to local PLNs, to school library websites, etc (under country categories)

SILCAsia Yahoo! Group – not only a helpful mailing group where we  can ask questions of each other etc. but also a place where we can:
·         Check archived messages from the listserv
·         Upload files to share with others (booklists, lesson ideas, curriculum documents, articles etc)
·         Share photos (events, library facilities, etc)
·         Share links (great library resources, etc)
·         Create a poll to survey SILCasia members
·         Enter an event in the group's calendar which you'd like everyone to know about
·         New Apps:
o   Recommended Books – here's a place for us to continue sharing those great reads (to see our initial list from the conference, go to the wiki page above!)
o   People Map – put yourself on the map! It would be great to see where we all are in Asia!!
o   RSVP – create an event and invite SILCAsia members (e.g. EARCOS 2012)

Please share these links with other librarians in the region. The larger the group, the more resources we can tap into to make school libraries in Asia dynamic and cutting edge!

Have a good rest of the week,

Stephanie Wallis
Secondary Teacher-Librarian & Library Coordinator
New International School of Thailand

Author: Phillip Gwynne

From Phillip Gwynne:
I am interested in any speaking engagements in Singapore as I live in Bali and have frequent 'visa runs' to Singapore.
As my CV will attest I am a widely published author/screenwriter with vast experience talking at schools.
I have recently spent very successful days at GJIS and BIS in Jakarta and am appearing at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival this weekend.
As I am not going through an agent I'm sure any of your schools will find my rates very reasonable!
cheers, Phillip
Phillip Gwynne Visiting Author