Ross Kinnaird, illustrator, visiting Favona School

What is SCIS?

SCIS (Schools Catalogue Information Service) was created with the aim of providing schools with access to a database of consistent catalogue records created according to agreed national standards, in order to reduce the cost and duplication of effort of cataloguing resources in schools. Since its inception, SCIS has been responsible for improving the quality and consistency of cataloguing materials for schools.

SCIS is a business unit of  Education Services Australia, a new national, not-for-profit company established by all Australian Ministers of Education. Education Services Australia has been established through the merger of Curriculum Corporation and Limited. Education Services Australia delivers innovative, cost-effective services across all sectors of education.

SCIS continues to support school libraries throughout Australia and New Zealand, offering access to the largest database of school-related catalogue records in the Southern Hemisphere. We also maintain SCIS Subject Headings, a controlled list of subject headings particularly appropriate to the needs of schools; SCIS Authority Files, a downloadable file of all approved SCIS Subject and Name Headings, which can be imported directly into schools’ library management systems; and SCIS Special Order Files, which allow schools to download regularly updated bulk files of catalogue records for educational websites, ClickView video files and The Le@rning Federation (TLF) learning objects.


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April holiday period

For urgent SCIS support during Easter and ANZAC public holiday periods please use the web contact form.


SCIS workshops Term 2 2014

Register now for Term 2 SCIS workshops in VIC.


Connections Issue 88

Read the latest articles on literacy, Australian Curriculum resources and research into school library collections.

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