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‘I wouldn’t have such a high functioning system if I didn’t have SCIS, because it’s like having an assistant librarian whose job is just to catalogue, and who does that job really well. It’s an essential part of the library catalogue for me.’ School: Tonbridge Grammar School Type: International Baccalaureate school for girls (11–18) and …
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  Thank you to everyone who recently completed our SCIS Publisher Survey. We received an incredibly impressive 1,162 responses – so we now have plenty of rich data to analyse, and a lovely list of publishing house suggestions. Below are some key themes that emerged from the results. The SCIS hit rate Your feedback (and …
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2019 is the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages. It is therefore timely that SCIS records can now include diacritics, ensuring that resources in indigenous languages such as the Māori language (te reo Māori) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ languages are recorded accurately in SCIS Data. What are diacritics? Diacritics are marks …
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It’s been another exciting year for SCIS! Following the launch of SCIS Data in 2017, we have continued our commitment to innovation and system enhancements into 2018. Check out some of our exciting highlights of 2018. We launched the SCIS APIs, which provide a launching pad for future innovations. For now, the API gives school …
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Jessica Cross, science teacher at Southland Boys High School, shares her recent experience collaborating with her school librarian to develop students’ science literacy skills. Image by Senga White, Senga’s Space (CC BY-NC-SA) It is fair to say that when I left teachers college three years ago, I had greatly underestimated how much focus there would be …
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‘SCIS makes a consistent catalogue. If all the primary schools around New Zealand are using SCIS, they are all getting the same information. This means that students can move from school to school and know that they are still going to get good, consistent search results.’ School: Riccarton Primary School Type: Government school for years …
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We are pleased to announce that SCIS Authority Files now include access to series authorities. This means that titles within a series can be grouped together consistently, and can encompass a number of potential series title variations. Series authorities have been introduced to SCIS so that titles within a series can be grouped together consistently. …
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  Ernesto Gutierrez Jr, College Library Coordinator at Nagle College in NSW, recently worked with his students to develop a library website. Its content is created for and by the students, and ranges from well-considered reviews to student-produced videos. Ernesto shares how the website came to fruition. A student seeds the idea It seems that we …
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‘Yesterday, a student asked for a book on Emmanuel Macron. It will be delivered today, and I will be able to catalogue it within five minutes because SCIS is quick. I’ll have it in her hands this afternoon.’ School: Eltham College Type: Independent school for boys (aged 7–18) and girls (aged 16–18) Enrolment: 850 Cataloguing …
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In this blog, Lucy Chambers shares with us some of the successful reading promotions that she has held in her schools. Lucy presented them as part of her workshop on school librarians sharing good practice, held at the CILIP School Libraries Group Conference in April. For more than 10 years I have worked part-time as …
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