Monday, June 24, 2013

Joint IFLA/IASL Workshop: Advocacy for School Libraries, 24 August, in KL

If you are concerned 
about the future of our children in this information-rich world

If you are concerned 
about developing reading and information literacy among our children

If you believe that
school libraries are important for our children, 

then join us for a workshop on 

Advocacy for School Libraries 

in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 24 August 2013

Jointly organized by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)Section on School Libraries and the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL), and hosted by the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Malaya, this workshop seeks to examine ways and means of enhancing advocacy efforts for school libraries.

There is a great need to advocate for school libraries. In the real world, the resources available are finite. Every day, people are pleading their cases before policy makers and resource allocators to give priority to their needs and causes. School libraries need to do so too, or run the risk of being left out when the time comes to make decisions.

This workshop seeks to examine ways and means of further advocating for school libraries.
This conference occurs between the ILFA one in Singapore and the IASL one in Bali.  See our PD page for links to all major conferences in the area.  I hope some of our members will be able to attend.

New local library supplies company: PM Associates

I had a visitor a while back from a local company now offering library and book care products: PM Associates

David Wong is the sales executive ( - tel: 9769-5569) and they're located at 20 Sin Ming Lane #02-63, Midview City, Singapore 573968.   Website =

As you will see on their website, they mainly do IB and IGCSE textbooks.  (In fact, their website doesn't seem to indicate they carry library supplies.)

PM Associates' library products come from Neschen, a German company.   See, for example, their book care products here.

One thing in their catalog which I've been looking for locally is a tape rolls dispenser:
(Gawd, the small things that will make us happy....)

Anyway, welcome to PM Associates.

I've put them in our Suppliers spreadsheet (click for link here).  Remember everyone is welcome to add to that list.

-- Katie

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Red Dot: Mature longlist: WRONG "Curveball" title

Scott Riley, the SAS middle school literacy coach, just alerted me to the fact that the "Curve Ball" title on the Red Dot Books: Mature longlist was the wrong one.  We wanted this one:  "Curveball" The Year I Lost My Grip" by Jordan Sonnenblick. 

The one I obviously clicked by mistake when setting up the GoodReads shelves was some (trashy?) heroine romance called "Curve Ball" by Charlotte Stein -- which you don't want your students reading!

If you have given the list out to students for summer reading, you might want to have them note the correction on the GoodReads shelf:  MATURE Longlist 2013-2014

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The world through picture books

The World through Picture Books is an on-going initiative of the International Federation of Library Associations. Participating countries have each contributed ten favourite picture books to produce a wonderfully international and diverse catalogue.
Included are familiar favourites from Singapore, the U.K., Germany, France, the U.S.A. 36 countries in all are represented.
This catalogue is a delight to browse and an excellent source of ideas to enrich our mother tongue/world literature collections.
A reminder that Select Books is an Asian book specialist here in Singapore.