SCIS is more

Pru Mitchell

Budget planning 2015

Does your school pay a SCIS subscription directly to Education Services Australia?

We wish to advise schools that a moderate price rise is planned for the 2015 calendar year SCISWeb subscription. It is over 10 years since SCISWeb subscription prices have changed and regretfully it is necessary to fund increased costs of cataloguing and school support services, as well as ongoing technical enhancement.

Early in Term 2, individual school subscribers* will receive a letter advising of their new price for 2015. We are pleased to offer all schools access to SCIS Subject Headings as part of their 2015 SCISWeb subscription.

If you do not receive your school’s letter by the end of May, please contact

We look forward to continuing to provide your school with high quality cataloguing services in 2015 and beyond.

*Individual school subscriber currently refers to:

    • all international schools, including New Zealand schools
    • all independent schools, including independent Catholic schools
    • all Catholic schools in South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia
    • all Catholic secondary schools in Victoria
    • all government schools in Victoria

Western Australian Catholic Library supports SCIS

SCIS is pleased to announce a partnership with the library at the Catholic Education Office of Western Australia (CEOWA). A trial service allows WA Catholic Schools to send their resources for SCIS Cataloguing through the existing CEOWA courier mail system. The Catholic Library is acting as a drop off point for SCIS resources and provides a venue for a SCIS Cataloguer to work onsite as required.

This service adds significantly to the efficiency of school library operations in the 157 WA Catholic schools that use SCIS. The convenience of the courier system reduces the costs of sending resources in for cataloguing, and the central location improves the turnaround time for new resources. It also contributes to an increase in Catholic resources on the SCIS database which benefits the entire Australian Catholic school sector. Education Services Australia wishes to acknowledge the support and work of Vicki Tkacz, Manager of the Catholic Library of Western Australia, in providing this service.

The CEOWA courier picks up and delivers on Friday at all schools during school term. Instructions on how to label resources for the courier as well as special arrangements for Kimberley schools can be found on the SCIS Cataloguing services web page:

Western Australian government and independent schools can send resources clearly labelled with school name and ATTN: SCIS Cataloguer to one of the Campion depots:

  • Campion Education, Door 4, 7 Oxleigh Drive, Malaga WA 6090
  • Campion Education, 28-30 Kembla Way, Willetton WA 6155

Professional standards for library staff

A popular question at conferences and workshops is where teacher librarians fit in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. The Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), in collaboration with the school library profession, has developed a range of illustrations of teacher practice to bring the Australian standards to life. Here are some Illustrations of Practice** videos showing teacher librarians at work.

Engaging students in literature, St Francis of Assisi Primary School, Mill Park, Victoria

Engaging students in literature, St Francis of Assisi Primary School, Mill Park, Victoria

Selecting resources, St Francis of Assisi Primary School, Mill Park, Victoria

Selecting resources, St Francis of Assisi Primary School, Mill Park, Victoria

Information literacy, Mercy College, Coburg, Victoria

Information literacy, Mercy College, Coburg, Victoria

Ethical information use, Department of Education, Tasmania

Ethical information use, Department of Education, Tasmania

**Content provided by Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). ©Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), 2012.

SCIS professional learning

SCIS professional learning activities seek to address the following professional standards and library sector attributes. These are outlined on certificates for each SCIS workshop.

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

3.4 Select and use resources

  • Assist colleagues to create, select and use a wide range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.

6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice

  • Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice, targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities.

7.2 Comply with legislative, administrative and organisational requirements

  • Support colleagues to review and interpret legislative, administrative, and organisational requirements, policies and processes.

ALIA Library and Information Sector: Core Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Information organisation and access

  • enable information access and use through systematic and user-centred description, categorisation, digitization, storage, preservation and retrieval.
  • facilitate the acquisition, licensing or creation of information in a range of media and formats
  • create accurate and standards-driven metadata for enhanced and persistent access to information resources in an online environment.

Information services, sources and products

  • assess the value and effectiveness of library and information facilities, products and services
  • facilitate the promotion of reading and literacy across all sectors understanding the use of online resources, databases and relational databases.

LIANZA Professional practice domains and bodies of knowledge

BOK 4: The information access process

  • Understanding how people find information
  • Developing literacies for accessing and using information.

BOK 5: Organisation, retrieval, preservation and conservation

  • Describing, categorising and storing information

BOK 7: Application of information and communication technologies (ICTs)

  • The changing nature of ICTs and their application.

BOK 8: Information resource management and knowledge management

  • Collection development and content management principles.

Professional learning Term 2

Term 2 schedules for professional learning include Making the most of SCIS, Cataloguing update including RDA overview, Social media for school libraries and Digital content. Check out the SCIS professional learning page for dates, venues and how to register:

  • Friday 2 May, 9.30am-12.30pm, Making the most of SCIS, Melbourne, VIC
  • Friday 2 May, 1.30pm-4.00pm, Cataloguing update, Melbourne, VIC
  • Tuesday 6 May, 9.30am-12.30pm, Making the most of SCIS, Melbourne, VIC
  • Thursday 12 June, 10.00am-1.00pm Social media for library staff, Melbourne, VIC
  • Tuesday 24 June, 10.00am-1.00pm SCIS and digital content, Melbourne, VIC

SCIS staff will also be attending key events including the MANTLE conference in Newcastle on 9 May 2014, the Christian Schools Conference NSW on 2-3 June 2014, and the School Library Association of Victoria conference on Virtual Learning Commons, with speakers Carol Koechlin and David Loertscher on 8 August 2014. We hope to meet you there.

ALIA conference, 15-19 September 2014

The programme for the Australian Library and Information Association conference is available. Keynote presenters include Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library and there are plenty of topics highly relevant to school libraries, including analytics, collaboration, copyright, digital learning, guided inquiry, Minecraft, school library design and World War I initiatives. Communicating library value to your parent body is also a key theme, and ALIA provides a template to use when you make your case for release to attend a national conference.

89. ALIA conference


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Pru Mitchell

Manager, SCIS

Education Services Australia