27 August, 2007

ISASA School Librarians' Conference: 8-11 April, 2008

This will be held at Hilton College (near Pietermaritzburg), Kwazulu Natal, South Africa from 8th - 11th April 2008. The official website will be launched on 20th August at the following address: www.isasamediameander.co.za. All details and online registration will be available from the site. Librarians of the 21st century face many challenges as they encounter an ever changing world. Technological changes are taking place daily and librarians are burdened with an information overload. Changes in the South African education system are placing greater demands on teachers and learners. Everything seems so rushed, and reading often takes a back seat. Yet, never has the ability to read for relaxation, or for information and comprehension, been so important. The Conference theme "Media Meander: Crafting Readers and Learners", is designed to offer an opportunity to reflect on current practice; share ideas on developing an ethos of reading amongst young people, and keeping ourselves up to date on technological progress. Our speakers include three Australian teacher librarians who are leaders in their field, as well as national and local authors, illustrators, teachers and digital fundis, amongst others. The Conference includes an optional tour to the Midlands Meander where local crafts, beautiful scenery and tasty food and wine can be enjoyed.

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