May 22, 2015


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National Library service changes 2015

Do you use the National Library? I would like to hear your comments about all of this. If you are able would you like to be a part of the discussions with the Home Education Foundation and the Library – see the last paragraph of the letter below:

National library of New Zealand Te Puna M?tauranga o Aotearoa

To whom it may concern

National Library Services to Schools Transformation Programme

I am writing to advise you that the National Library is transforming its services to schools in response to library and education directions. These changes will impact on home educators.

The National Library has developed a new vision statement for its Services to Schools, which is that “all young people will have access to effective and connected library services and library learning environments that support their development as readers and digitally literate learners”.

We will be moving to achieve our vision by implementing services with an increased emphasis on the priority areas of reading engagement, digital literacy and modern library learning environments. The changes are designed to make the best use of National Library expertise and value; reflect the factors research has proven to have the highest impact on student learning in the priority areas; and to take advantage of current education sector opportunities. The changes will also provide a sustainable path into the future for our services to schools.

You can find more information about the Services to Schools transformation programme on the frequently asked questions page of the Services to Schools website.

Changes to the curriculum topic print loan service

We will be developing and implementing new services over a four year period, commencing in July 2015. From term three 2015 a new print based reading engagement service will be introduced, replacing the current print curriculum topic service. The emphasis of the reading engagement service will be on supporting students to read for pleasure, as a foundation for learning achievement. The content of loans will be quality fiction and high interest non- fiction resources to support reading for pleasure.

Enhanced curriculum topic support will be available online via the Services to Schools website, with tools and curated content to support the delivery of the curriculum.

The reading engagement lending service and enhanced curriculum topic online service will both be available to home educators from term three 2015.

For terms one and two home educators will be able to get a curriculum topic loan as usual. They will need to put in a request  for this before 13 March 2015. They need to put in one request to cover both terms, and will receive the usual number of allocated books.

Any enquiries from home educators can be directed to s2stransformation@dia.govt.nz

Supporting home educators through the transition

We are currently in the process of designing the specific reading engagement loan offer for home educators, and want to support home educators through the transition to the new service. We would appreciate the opportunity to meet with your organisation to discuss how we might work together to best achieve this.

Yours faithfully

Geraldine Howell

Director Literacy Learning Public Programmes

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Updated 1 October 2014:  Three years on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here

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Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading

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Response to Melissa from the National Library

Melissa’s letter to the National Library and her comments:

New National Library Access proposal

Dear Melissa,

Thank-you for your recent query regarding the Services to Schools transformation programme and its impacts on home educators.

Yes, the National Library is transforming its services to schools. This is in response to library and education directions and involves implementing services with an increased emphasis on the priority areas of reading engagement, digital literacy and modern library learning environments. The changes are designed to make the best use of National Library expertise and value; reflect the factors research has proven to have the highest impact on student learning in the priority areas; and to take advantage of current education sector opportunities. The changes will also provide a sustainable path into the future for our services to schools.

From term three 2015 there will be changes to the National Library curriculum topic loan service. A new print based reading engagement service will be introduced, replacing the current print curriculum topic service. The emphasis of the reading engagement service will be on supporting students to read for pleasure, as a foundation for learning achievement. The content of loans will be quality fiction and high interest non- fiction resources to support reading for pleasure.

Enhanced curriculum topic support will be available online via the Services to Schools website, with tools and curated content to support the delivery of the curriculum.

The reading engagement lending service and enhanced curriculum topic online service will both be available to home educators from term three 2015.

For terms one and two you will be able to get a curriculum topic loan as usual. You will need to put in your request  for this before 13 March 2015. You need to put in one request to cover both terms, and you will receive the usual number of allocated books.

We will provide you with specifics on the new reading engagement loan offer for home educators in the coming months. We are working with the Ministry of Education and home educator associations to support you through the transition.

You can find more general information about the Services to Schools transformation programme on the frequently asked questions page of the Services to Schools website.  

We do appreciate your comments and support for the services offered by the National Library of New Zealand.

Again, thank-you for taking the time to communicate with us.

Yours faithfully

Geraldine Howell

Check the next posting from the National Library to me which is very similar: National Library service changes 2015

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Updated 1 October 2014:  Three years on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here

*****

Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading

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New National Library Access proposal

An email just received from Melissa from the Coromandel….

Hello fellow homeschooling support organisations. You need to be aware of this!

As homeschoolers no information was sent out to us about this AT ALL. I have stumbled upon this because a person from the National Library approached me yesterday to get my thoughts and was surprised I did not know about this.
Also please read my response below….to the Auckland National library home schooling representative, a lovely man who is equally as upset about this as I am, and you will be.
We may need to be collective about a response to this. I know personally that this new proposal will cripple my topic teaching…
and
As a recap, this is how this will affect us as teachers/home educators *IF*we are included in the current proposal (which we are not at this moment, they have forgotten about us completely):
**We will not be able to physically visit the National Library to borrow books.
Schools will have to have a single representative for all school orders, which will be dealt with via online orders….and individual teachers can no longer go to the National Library to take out books themselves. If we as homeschoolers are not attached to a school, the question arises of OUR individual access to the NL.
*Teachers will only be able to advise the National Library of which topic they want to study with their children, and the librarians will choose the books for the children themselves (teachers will not be able to choose) and the focus will be on ‘reading for pleasure’, which has an emphasis on fiction books, with minimal non-fiction books added. At their discretion, not teacher’s choice. (Effectively having the ability to selectively censor the information we receive, which can leave us open to personal bias of librarians). Most educators use the National Library as a resource for in-depth topic studies….to enhance our curriculum. Historically the NL has been the source for school classrooms to have non-fiction topic books on the shelves.
So, no physical access, no choice in books, and an emphasis on fiction and not textbooks or non-fiction books.
The move is being made AWAY from non-fiction information, to just reading for pleasure…..’reading engagement’, as they term it.
The ability to borrow books under the current system ends in March this year.
Here is the email address for responses to this new initiative…..which, disturbingly is by the department of internal affairs!!  —  s2stransformation@dia.govt.nz
Begin forwarded message:
From: Melissa
Date: 8 January 2015 8:57:30 am NZDT
To:
Subject: New Library Access proposal.
Thank you for your time yesterday
I have now thoroughly read the webpage that you forwarded to me, and am feeling distressed about how this will impact not only homeschoolers like me, but education in general in New Zealand.
This feels like a ‘dumbing down’ of learning options. The National Library has always been seen as a specialist topic provider to teachers and students, and in truth I see no alternatives being provided within the structure of the new proposal that would provide at least the current status quo of being able to choose topic books ourselves as teachers, and to go deeply into a specialised topic within our curriculum.
‘Reading engagement’ as defined within the page on the national library website I have read, (http://schools.natlib.govt.nz/national-library-services-schools-transformation-programme-questions-and-answersseems to take an assumption that children do not enjoy reading specialised books that may be in non-fiction form. What a narrow view on how children’s minds work! My children love data mining from non-fiction, and studying this type of material brings very important life skills to the table, and equips a student for further study at a tertiary level. Non-fiction, topic-specific books are very much minimised as learning channels within this page.
This is concerning.
I am also very worried that Home Educators are not mentioned or catered for in the new proposal. It seems we have not been taken into account on any level.
 Consider our lack of access to the data bases that schools can access, and the fact that we are not classified as ‘schools’ with a representative contact person for National Library. This now directly affects whether or not we can access the library physically. So it seems both streams of information and access will now be impossible for us as individual teachers.
…….. can you please forward this email to the highest level of decision makers in this process?
I would very much like to be kept in the loop with what happens here, and I will be forwarding this email to the New Zealand Homeschooling Associations across the country for their collective responses to be contributed also.
Sincerely
Melissa

National Library Services to Schools Transformation Programme –

questions and answers

What is the Services to Schools Transformation Programme?

The National Library is transforming its Services to Schools in response to library and education directions. We have developed a new vision statement which is for “all young people to have access to effective and connected library services and library learning environments that support their development as readers and digitally literate learners”.

Services to Schools will continue to support teachers and schools through the provision of print and online resources, and the development of school libraries. We will be moving to achieve our vision by implementing services with an increased emphasis on the priority areas of reading engagement, digital literacy and modern library learning environments.

Contents

Why is Services to Schools changing?
When is Services to Schools changing?
The reading engagement lending service commences from term three 2015. What’s happening to the loan service in terms one and two?
Can individual teachers and librarians get a walk-in loan for terms one and two in 2015?
Will individual teachers and librarians still be able to order books from term three 2015?
What is a reading engagement loan?
Will curriculum topic support still be available after term three 2015?
From term three 2015, how do schools request a reading engagement loan?
How many items are in a reading engagement loan?
Who decides what items are in each reading engagement loan?
Does a reading engagement loan only contain fiction books?
Can teachers use reading engagement loans to support curriculum delivery?
What will the loan freight arrangements be?
What will happen to schools regarding lost or unreturned items at the end of the reading engagement loan period?
Will there be any support for schools about how to manage the whole-school reading engagement loan?
What will happen to the Services to Schools collection? Is it downsizing?
What will happen to those non-fiction books that are not suitable for inclusion in the reading engagement loans?
Where can I find research about the impact reading for pleasure has on literacy achievement?
What is ‘enhanced online curriculum support’?
How will schools with limited access to technology provide curriculum topic support to students?
Where can I get print resources to support curriculum topics?
What does the Ministry of Education think of the Services to Schools Transformation Programme?

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Updated 1 October 2014:  Three years on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here

*****

Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading

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Minister of Education

Government

National

New Ministerial List (pdf 44.06 KB)

Hekia Parata remains in the position of Minister of Education

A number of Ministers continue largely in their current portfolio responsibilities. These include Steven Joyce in Economic Development,  Hekia Parata in Education, Murray McCully in Foreign Affairs, Nathan Guy in Primary Industries, Tim Groser in Trade and Climate Change, and Nicky Wagner in Customs.

Nikki Kaye Associate Minister of Education

Opposition

Labour

Chris Hipkins Spokesperson for Education
Spokesperson for Early Childhood Education
Megan Woods Associate Spokesperson for Education

Green Party

Catherine Delahunty Spokesperson Education

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From the Smiths:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

Updated 1 October 2014:  Three years on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here

*****

Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational:http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online:http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events:http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading/

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Archives New Zealand and National Library open the files on the First World War

Today marks 100 years since England declared war on Germany

“More than 141,000 First World War service files are now available online, adding to the wealth of information detailing New Zealanders experience of the war made available by Archives New Zealand and the National Library.

“In possibly the largest and most complicated digitisation project in New Zealand’s history, Archives New Zealand staff identified over 141,000 First World War files, scanned the often crumbling, fragile pages and then digitised them and published them online.

“All 141,000 files can now be accessed at: http://www.archives.govt.nz/world-war-one

“As the keeper of the public record, Archives New Zealand is proud to make this fascinating, sometimes poignant, record available to everyone,” said Chief Archivist, Marilyn Little.

“Archives New Zealand and National Library of New Zealand First World War centenary resources can be found at:

Read more here…

(Irfanview is possibly the best programme to view the files.)

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