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Agenda and Minutes for 2021-2022 ISLN Meetings

This document:

Date:  Tuesday, 5 October

Time: 4:30pm start / 5:30pm end


Will attend meeting -

Barb Reid (UWCSEA); Katie Day (Tanglin); Jane Hayes (Dulwich); Maricela Navarrete (ISS), Elaine Fong (CIS Lakeside), Kurt Wittig (UWCSEA) Sarah Mounsey (Dulwich), Ali Cuthbert (SAS-ES), Mary Wheatley (SAS-ES), Kate Brundage (SAS-ES), Charlaine Reid (CIS TK), Lisa Miller (CIS LKS), Kelli Powling (SAS-MS), Syeda Mukta Begum (Tanglin), Olivia Burford-Taylor (OFS-ES), Kim Klein (SAIS), Reena Khanna (Chatsworth); Kim Beeman (Tanglin), Raquel Potaka (AIS), Mairin Raisdana (UWCSEA), Adrienne Hill (Dover Court) Kate London, Jessie Bevan (Dover Court), Michaela Dalgleish (AIS), Poppy Russo (Dover Court), Joanne Wilson (EtonHouse Broadrick), Angela Erickson (UWCSEA), Clare Gilpin (OFS MS) Karen Melski XCL  (formerly GEMS), Stojana Popovska (CIS LKS) Iyabo Tinubu (AIS)




Area of Discussion


TUES, OCTOBER 5: Description



Leavers and Joiners


Hello to any new members; goodbye to any members leaving

New members:  Heather Day (SAIS); Mary Wheatley (SAS) (returner); Reena Khanna (Chatsworth); Kumari Rajarm (The French School); Jonathan Guy (North London Collegiate); Maricela Navarette (ISS) Charlaine Reid (CIS TK)

Changes: Susan Lussenhop (from Nexus to UWC Dover)

Leavers: Monica Picard (Nexus)

Lifetime members since the last meeting: Pam Males (UWC Dover); Jill Gammon (SAIS); Monica Picard (Nexus)





Finance Update

Snapshot of spending and balances

Balance at last meeting:     25644.98

Total at end of September:        20,007.62

5637.36 spent since the last meeting

Expenses included: EOY function and prizes, website renewal, author for RC, Red Dot book sets, book vouchers RC & PD Grant to UWCSEA.

DBS has a .50c discrepancy

AWIN Payment date 15 Oct 21 $1006.01

Ensure you press book depository link every time as it doesn’t remember previous visits


Red Dot


Overview for new members,

If you added a book to the long list last year and you still feel strongly about it, please add it to the current long list

Final shortlist will be completed by the end of March

Please ensure you have read the whole book, include all the required information with your nomination and write your personal feedback


Readers Cup


Created a presentation of Readers Cup FAQ,

Will add links to videos of previous years participants in the coming weeks


Social Events


Explore Bukit Brown event date tbd. It will probably be held on a Saturday in early November

Singapore Ripper Murder Mysteries booked for 20th November, 10am

Can book another group of five if people are interested

Christmas gathering is dependent on covid rules

Epigram Books event hopefully for January next year  


Upcoming PD

Call for papers & conferences to attend:

AFCC Call for Papers is 17 October

IBBY Malaysia



Upcoming meeting dates.

November … hopefully in person


Door prizes

Randomly choose attendee names out of a hat -- and let them choose which Red Dot shortlist title they want to get as their prize -- will keep choosing names until all “free copies” of the 4 shortlists we bought are gone.

Congratulations to the following people:

Sarah Mounsey, Lampie

Lisa Miller, Heartstopper

Reena Khanna

Mary Wheatley, Things go away

Jane Hayes, Between Us

Jesse Bevan, The Rabbit Listened

Elaine Fong, The Enigma Game

Kim Klein, No Ballet Shoes in Syria

Mairin Raisdana, A Wish in the Dark

Stojana Popovska, Sharing with Wolf

Katie Day, Bat vs Poss

Kate Brundage, Lizard’s Tale

Reena Khanna, Fly on the Wall

Adrienne Hill, Wish Tree

Leftover books will be door prizes in the next meeting


Kate Brundage (SAS)

Presentation at 4:45pm

15 min

“Novel uses of Novelist”

Kate’s slides

Survey results: only 5 people responded, not enough comments to make a generalisation

Tech and ease of use issues may be factor for lack of use

Empowers teachers and students when selecting books through the diverse features and book lists offered

Vast and diverse PD opportunities for library support staff and librarians

Professor Ian Gordon (NUS)

Talk at 5:00pm

20 min.

 "Studying Snoopy and Superheroes: a professor's perspective on libraries and research" 


His online resume is appropriately styled as a comic, since that is his area of specialty.  Growing up in Australia, he dropped out of secondary school and worked as a book fetcher in the Mitchell Library (part of the State Library of New South Wales), then did a Library Technician qualification and was involved with other libraries, before eventually going to university.  So, he can speak about working in libraries from both sides of the fence -- supporting researchers and being a researcher.


Professor Gordon explored how research has changed throughout his career and the new opportunities afforded through technology


The availability of resources creates opportunity as well as new problems as it is difficult to shape the subject of your research with so much on offer

Librarians in schools should teach students how to shape and research subjects both through available resources and what is useful






Minutes for 2021-2022 ISLN ordinary Meeting

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Time: 5:30pm (following the AGM)

Venue: Ascott Raffles Place; 2 Finlayson Green, Level 2; Singapore 049247


(Members see AGM minutes) Leah McKay (AIS) joined during the meeting

Guests: Scott Riley        Singapore American School, Angie Erikson        UWCSEA Dover, Karine Lespinasse GESS, Shirley Yeo Dulwich College Singapore , Kym Lee Dulwich College Singapore, Melissa Wittig        UWCSEA Dover, Efe Umekkan Etonhouse Thomson


(see AGM minutes)


Area of Discussion

Scott Riley (SAS)

Author of ‘Floating Field: How a Group of Thai Boys Built Their Own Soccer Field’ (20 min)

Kate Brundage introduced Scott -  teacher / author (SAS)

Scott shared his background, some of his story and then a series of photos depicting the characters and the story.

Also shared his ideas on the process of Writing. Eg. 43 drafts to create his book.  4 year timeline  Writing is a ‘Team Process’

Several Star Reviews

Minutes from last meeting

Move to accept minutes of the last ordinary meeting minutes:

Nominated: Joyce Miller

Seconded: Kurt Wittig


Leavers and Joiners

Leavers: Jan Cox, Christina Simpson, Lara Ingham, Joyce Miller

Joiners: Poppy Russo

Lifetime members: Jan Cox, Christina Simpson



Assign mentors to any new members

Poppy Russo (Dover Court)   Mentor: Michaela Dalgleish (AIS)
Adrienne Hill Dover Court International School
Jessie Bevan  Dover Court International School


Finance Update

Snapshot of spending and balances

No longer use a Paypal account to receive money. Money straight into DBS account

Awin Book Depository people - please check link to order books

Expenses : $500 support staff PD development, Refreshments for AGM, Librarian’s Knowledge Workshop Website - (Nov 2022. Penang)

This year’s xax bill - $21.9    

Mairin & Barb

Red Dot 2021 / 2022 shortlist  Update

Many thanks to Kim Klein for Red Dot organization / participation.

Barb discussed the Books that have been suggested for 2021 - 2022. Younger Reader category always needs more suggestions. Keep this in the back of your mind as you are reading / sharing with your students.  

Mairin spoke about likely Older & Mature Readers. Graphic novels and realistic fiction still being needed / considered.

Please Note: These lists are not final.

Mairin and Olivia

Social events Update

Olivia as new Vice President will take on events.

Successful recent Quiz night - Thanks to Mairin and Katie

Mystery Social Night Friday 21st May. More details to follow. Not too many details as that is the mystery.

Lisa & Kate

Readers Cup Update

More teams than in the past.

21 Younger - 9 schools   Author - Jaqueline Harvey

24 Older - 11 schools    Author - Dusty Bowling

11 Mature - 7 schools   Author - Wei Chin

Live event on the 17th May @3:30pm

Please honour time frames for the quiz.

Further discussions required about other schools being able to tap into the authors.


AFCC Reminder

AFCC 2021- reading in the digital age   27th - 30th May

Quite a few people from our network will be on panels and presenting.

Topics besides Digital Age - Audio, Graphic Novels

Costs: approx $120


ECIS Reminder

Online Conference - Libraries Week: Bringing the World Together 23rd - 29th May  4pm - 1am for us in Singapore. S$93

Olivia / Mairin

Door Prizes

Congratulations to the following people:

Bag + Book - Jessie Bevan

Books x 8: Caroline, Elaine, Claire, Kurt, Catherine, Shiela, Fiona, Karinne

$25 voucher - Syeda (TTS)

$50 voucher - Raquel  (AIS)

$75 voucher - Jan   (AIS)

$100 voucher - Leah  (AIS)



Meeting ends 6pm - Social time and refreshments

AGM 2021: Minutes

Date:        Tuesday, 4 May

Time: 5pm Venue: Ascott Raffles Place; 2 Finlayson Green, Level 2; Singapore 049247


Area of Discussion

Action Required


Proxy votes collected

Establish a quorum of financial members

Roll call and secretary records who is present.

Acceptance of minutes from the 2020 AGM

President’s Report

Treasurer's Report (appointment of auditors)

Call to Approve Amendments to the Constitution

Call for Nominations

No proxies submitted

Current membership : 58 Voting Members

Present : 28

Members Present:

Kate London Associate Member, Jan Cox  Australian International School, Raquel Potaka Australian International School, Michaela Dalgliesh Australian International School, Stojana Popovska Canadian International School, Joyce Miller Chatsworth, Elaine Fong CIS LKS, Lisa Miller CIS LKS, Adrienne Hill Dover Court International School, Jessie Bevan  Dover Court International School, Carolyn Doyle Dover Court International School, Jane Hayes Dulwich College Singapore, Poppy Russo Dulwich College Singapore, Fiona Shea Dulwich College Singapore, Shiela Avestruz  International School Singapore, Monica Picard Nexus International School , Susan Lussenhop  Nexus International School, Clare Gilpin Overseas Family School, Catherine Brady Overseas Family School, Olivia Burford-Taylor  Overseas Family School , Kate Brundage Singapore American School, Kim Beeman Tanglin Trust School, Katie Day Tanglin Trust School, Syeda Mukta Begum Tanglin Trust School , Pam Males UWCSEA Dover, Kurt Wittig UWCSEA Dover, Barbara Reid UWCSEA East, Mairin Raisdana UWCSEA East

Apologies: Philip Williams (UWCSEA), Claude Chassat (IFS), Lara Ingham (SAS), Janine Murphy(TTS), Ali Cuthbert (SAS), Karen Lynn Melski (GEMS), Jill Gammon (SAIS), Rachel Shellman (SAIS), Leela Rama (OWIS), Kim Klein (SAIS) Sarah Mounsey (Dulwich)

Acceptance of AGM 2020 Minutes:

Moved: Barb Reid

Seconded: Joyce Miller

Passed unanimously

President’s Report: 

Treasurer’s Report:

Financial year for AGM - Jan to Dec

Expenses included  - social events, Quizmaster Reader’s Cup, website, tax return - payment $266.56

Income from memberships and Book Depository orders.

Thanks to Pam and Kim as auditors. New auditors are required for the next 2 years.

Move to pass the Treasures report

Moved: Jane Hayes

Seconded: Claire Gilpin

Passed unanimously

Constitutional Amendments:

  • Allow Associate Members to vote (and serve on the Executive Committee)
  • Add two new positions to the Executive Committee: Red Dot Representative and Readers Cup Representative
  • Add position descriptions for the two new roles
  • Require payment of membership dues three working days before AGM in order to vote
  • Change language to make the constitution gender neutral and clean up formatting

Moved: Barb Reid

Seconded: Jane Hayes

All those in favour: Everyone (28)

Not in favour of amendments: 0

Passed unanimously

Voting order (Secret Ballot where more than 2 candidates)

  • President - Katie Day (unopposed)

  • Vice President - Olivia Burford-Taylor (unopposed)

  • Secretary - Kate London (unopposed)

  • Treasurer  - Barb Reid  (unopposed)

  • Liaison Officer - Kate Brundage (unopposed)

  • Webmaster - Kim Beeman (unopposed)

  • Red Dot Representative - Mairin Raisdana (unopposed)

  • Readers Cup Representative - Lisa Miller (unopposed)

Moved: Jane Hayes

Seconded: Catherine Brady

Passed unanimously

Minutes for 2020-2021 ISLN ordinary Meeting

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Refreshments provided by ISLN


Sarah Mounsey, Janine Murphy, Leela Rema, Jane Hayes, Raquel Potaka, Barb Reid

Philip Williams,, Olivia Burford-Taylor

Elaine Fong, Chassat Claude, Shiela Marie Avestruz-Hill

Kimberly Beeman, Jan Cox, Kurt Wittig

Kim Klein, Kate Brundage, Katie Day

, Jill Elizabeth Gammon, Karine Lespinasse

Kate London, Pam Males,

Karen Melski, Kimberly Beeman, Mairin Raisdana

Susan Lussennhop,  


Joyce Miller, Stojana Popovska , Philip Williams, Alison Cuthbert, Ekta Nansi


Area of Discussion

Action Required



Professional Development

NLB’s Reading in the Age of Distraction:  G4  UOI 

Elaine’s Slides

Kim B

Leavers and Joiners

Welcome to new members who have never been to a meeting in person before.

Shiela Marie Avestruz-Hill (ISS)

Chassat Claude (LFS)

Caroline Doyle (Dover Court)

Kim B


If you are interested in joining the Exec committee, or would like to nominate a friend or colleague, nomination forms will be coming out soon!

Feel free to reach out to a member of the current Exec committee if you have any questions (Kim, Mairin, Barb, Jan, Katie, Janine, and Stojana)

Date/time TBD (in-person, we hope!)

Kim B

Book Depository affiliate link

Reminder about the link. Please use this when ordering

Barb R

Treasurer’s Report

Current Balance $27695.50

Christmas Party and refreshments for 21CLHK Social Event have been debited.

Invoices have gone out for next year to make sure that you have plenty of time to get them through your finance departments.

Please check the size of school and the names of voting members

Kim K.

Red Dot Update

We are no longer adding titles

We’d appreciate readers for books on the list

Please add comments to the spreadsheet

Is someone willing to host an online meeting to discuss the Early / Younger Readers?

UWCSEA East will host on 4 March

Current Longlist

Mairin R

Social Events

Thanks to everyone who participated in and hosted a group for the Holiday Social Quiz Night! It was very successful

  • Jan Cox
  • Lisa Miller
  • Joyce Miller

Can we have some feedback on future events?

Anyone up for a Mystery Social?

More virtual quiz nights???

Please fill in this Google Form and let me know what you think asap

Lisa M, Kate B, Sarah M.

Reader’s Cup Update

This is evolving, but this is our thinking so far

Important Dates:

  • 26th February RSVP with how many teams.
  • 26 March - Schools invoiced no later than this.
  • 30 April - Final date for registration payment. NO LATE PAYMENT
  • 10-14 May - KAHOOT! Competition- you do in your school.
  • 17 May - Readers Cup live Zoom event: 3:30 - 5:30.

Registration fee: For virtual competition $5 per team member

The LIVE ISLN Readers Cup virtual event will consist of:

  • quiz
  • author talk
  • announcement of the winning teams
  • announcement of the new Red Dot books
  • pizza

Key Details:

  • Teams should have a maximum of 6 students - can enter an individual.
  • Each school can enter a maximum of 2 teams per category.
  • No book trailers and book cover competition between schools (do on own or between schools)
  • Optional (but filled with incredible possibilities): schools could invite each other to virtual events in March-May. Students could come up with the ideas for this themselves.

Elaine F

Professional Development

Josephine Chia at the NLB

Sign up here for dinner before at 5pm, limited to 8 people at dinner.

Registration link for Josephine Chia NLB talk 7pm (Fully Booked)

Reading in the Age of Distraction

Available on the NLB YT Channel on Feb 22 2021

Barb R, Kim K, Leela R

Professional Development

We attended some PD on Children’s Book Awards and were made aware of free virtual author visits

Thursday 18 February, 2021 from 5 pm - Singapore Time

Katrina Nannestad will join StoryLinks editor Mia Macrossan in a Q & A about her new book We are Wolves.

Thursday 11 March 2021 4:45 – 6:30 pm  - Singapore Time

Meet the new kids on the block at this Romancing the Stars Event Online. This is a chance to discover what new books our regional authors and illustrators have been creating for children.

Yabba has 10 authors

AJ Betts -

Andy Griffiths - More Excursions

Barb requested that the Liaison Officers look into becoming members of some of these Australian Library Associations to enable us to attend their PD

Upcoming PD

School Libraries: Powering Learning

Download program details: 

One-day virtual conference online AUD$300

Friday March 12th

School Library Association of Victoria, Australia

Kim B

Next Meeting

AGM to be advised - possibly April - location depending on the situation

Monday, November 9, 2020

Time: 4:30pm   Venue: Zoom

Will attend meeting -

Mairin Raisdana, Barb Reid, Phillip Williams (UWCSEA - East), Stojana Popovska (CIS), Pam Males (UWCSEA, Dover), Jane Hayes (Dulwich), Joyce Miller and Pamela Koo, (Chatsworth), Kim Klein, Jill Gammon  (Stamford), Claude Chassat (IFS), Karine Lespinasse (GESS), Raquel Potaka (AIS), Olivia Burford-Taylor (OFS), Jan Cox (AIS), Fiona Shea, Sarah Mounsey, Jane Hayes, (Dulwich), Kate Brundage (SAS), Lara Ingham (SAS), Lisa Miller (CIS LKS)  Elaine Fong (CIS LKS), Katie Day (TTS), Janine Murphy (TTS)  Karen Melski (GEMS) Kurt (UWC)  Lisa Miller (CIS) Caroline Doyle, Adrienne Hill (Dover Court), Syeda Mukta Begum (TTS)


Michaela Dalgleish (AIS) Ali Cuthbert (SAS)


Area of Discussion

Action Required



Red Dot Book share

Breakout rooms for discussions / speed sells: Copies of nominated books 

Thanks for contributions and feedback in these breakout rooms and to those who shared their screens. We look forward to the next steps.


Leavers and Joiners

Baby Announcement: Welcome to Kim’s baby girl - Flora Calliope Pickford Visel - all doing well. Kim will be on leave until Feb 2021

Welcome to Pamela Koo - New Early Years librarian - Chatsworth International School  Thank you to Fiona Shea for offering to be Pamela’s mentor / buddy.

Welcome also to Adrienne Hill, Caroline Doyle, Jessice from Dover Court International School.

There are no leavers that we are aware of.


Covid Changes- What’s going well?

General discussions and sharing about changes to our libraries during Covid, best practice / what’s working, what’s not. What will you maintain as a practice?

Barb - limited library use at lunchtimes, 1 grade at a time, only 50 kids at a time. This has had positive benefits for all involved. Barb has been recording and reading a range of Picture Books for all levels. Recordings are forwarded on to teachers to share in class. Lib time shortened.

Karen - Live from the Library. Working with her IT team to create a youtube channel. Students reading in different languages. Staff reading books across the school. Seeing others in the school as readers. Eg. HS music tch.  With Senior students - First Chapter Fridays. Senior year teachers promote a fiction book to students. Teachers are reading the first chapter as a promotional strategy. Students excited about borrowing the book.

Elaine - Principals doing read alouds. Noodle tools being used. Parent reads / recordings for Deepavali. Creating more Videos for staff / students. Eg. Tapping into holiday opportunities. Eg. DNovember (Dinosaur books) to read and record. Providing prerecorded readings for teachers to share in class.

Jan - You touch, you take strategy for borrowing. Judging a book by it’s cover, consider the title. Give a Book a Go! Students borrowing books on display gives me an opportunity to push out a range of quality literature and it also provides me with an opportunity to recognize the needs of my students - popular series and titles.


Treasurer's Report

Barb shared the Treasurer’s Report with the group - thanks Barb

New link Book Depository - please use

Book Depository no longer uses PayPal so I am waiting for some funds to be transferred into the DBS when they reach the transfer limit

Some of our funds have been allocated to ISLN quizzes and social events since the circuit breaker.

Please note $500 per annum is available to member schools for library support staff to put towards their library professional development. If they have some library related PD that they would like funded they should email and fill in the application form. For example 21st Century Learning has a library mini-conference coming up in January that may be of interest


Readers Cup

Reader’s Cup will take place via Kahoot in April. School can complete over a week. Closed after one week.  

Marj has been asked to compose the questions again. Please feel free to contact us and provide feedback re the questions. For example, we are looking at more inferential type questions.

Flexible teams - max 6 students.  7 or less - 2 teams per school.  Less than this, 1 team per school. 1 device only - needs to be supervised. Min 6 books older younger. Min 4 for mature. Already have some suggestions for books. Lisa to pass us the titles as soon as possible so that we may source them. Fees: $5 per student rather than a team cost. Book vouchers as prizes. 1st place - cup for the year + vouchers.

A suggestion was made to include Virtual authors. Great idea - Lisa will look into this.  

Kim Klein

Red Dot Process update

Thank you to those who have participated in the process so far.

Please transfer books you added to the presentation to GoogleSpreadsheet. If you forget, Kim or Katie will transfer to the document.

Please see the Red Dot Website or last years Google Spreadsheet for past short lists. 

We will be sending out more information about the meeting to talk about possible Red Dot Books. We will try to meet in December, February and March. We would like to finalize the list in March


AFCC Recap and Highlights

Thank you to Caroline, Singapore Book Council.  Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2020

Caroline shared with us some background and highlights of this event.

Link to the presentation: Sent in an email on the 9th of November by Mairin

October 2020, 2 day Festival 3000 attendees.

AFCC new learning experience. 10 panel sessions - International and local speakers on the panels. Examples of areas discussed: Children’s Books in Time of Crisis and Change. Building Resilience. Katie helped to moderate some of the lists.

Feedback received...high satisfaction received.  Next year May - a hybrid event

Caroline also shared a Book launch - Folktale Anthology. Available Closet Full of Books or the link provided. It has also been launched on Facebook.

Thank you to Caroline


Social Event: Petersens Wine Tasting nights

Thanks to Jane for being a fabulous host and organizing these nights. They were extremely successful.


End of Year social event

In lieu of Thanksgiving usually hosted by SAS, we will have a Christmas Event. A Google form will be sent out so you can give your preference of dates. We will ask for hosts to invite 5 members to gather at your place. The first half of the night is a social catch up, and then there will be a team quiz hosted by Lara and Mairin. Those who wish to host, offering their own place for others to join them, will be provided with a contribution from ISLN to go towards food and drink. Potluck type of event.  We look forward to hearing more about this event.

Voting members who are interested in attending and possibly hosting the upcoming December social evening can provide information in this Google Form. We will need your responses by end of day on Friday, Nov. 13 in order to start the planning process. We are hoping to make it a great night for everyone involved!  Please check follow up email sent out on the 12th of November



StoryBox Library are offering a free 30 day trial to all schools, with no obligations. UWCSEA and AIS are currently using it. The details are here


Adults recommending children’s books - perhaps we can organize a group within the network. Take a look at Barb’s Good Reads list. 


Old Changi Hospital Night Walk Tour 21st of November

Thanks to Fiona for discovering this local treasure. Jane contacted Expat Living and they are happy to offer us a tour as a Network. We are very fortunate to have this offer - there is quite an extensive waitlist for the general public.  Here is the link: click here to officially register and pay. $28.  Jane to check numbers and get back to us.

We are all very appreciative of Jane’s input and organization of many of our social events.

See Jane’s email sent out on the 12th of November for an update.

Karen to send a Google doc about possible changes we are all making in our libraries due to Covid restrictions. Eg. Quarantining.  Phase 3

Great opportunity for us to share considering there isn’t any official library advice for us to follow.  Barb followed up with the National Library - see email sent on the 12th of November


A great friend of mine has created this book which shines a beautiful light on domestic helpers here in Singapore. The book is $65 and all proceeds go to H.O.M.E and I think most of our libraries should own a copy.  To request a quote Hayley can be emailed at

Link here

Next Meeting

Date:  17 Feb 2021  at UWCSEA East - 5pm start

PD Presentation

Karen Melski

Library Tour

Virtual tour of GEMS library

Thanks Karen for sharing your fabulous library with us.

New units supplied by Steelcase.

Satellite library. Karen will email details to the group.  Also, details of contact for Steelcase.  

Feedback and question time.

Date:        Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Time: 4:30pm start (room will be open from 4pm for socialising)

Venue: Zoom


Kim Beeman (Tanglin), Barb Reid (UWCSEA East), Kay Oddone (ex-AIS), Philip Williams (UWCSEA East),Elaine Fong (CIS Lakeside) Sarah Mounsey, Jane Hayes, Fiona Shea (Dulwich), Pam Males (UWCSEA Dover) Jan Cox (AIS) Lara Ingham (SAS), Lisa Miller (CIS Lakeside), Kurt Wittig (UWCSEA Dover); Janine Murphy (Tanglin Juniors), Olivia Burford-Taylor (OFS - ES) ; Syeda Mukta Begum (Tanglin), Joyce Miller (Chatsworth), Michaela Dalgleish (AIS), Monica Picard (NISS), Kate Brundage (SAS), Alison Cuthbert (SAS), Stojana Popovska (CIS TK); Jill Gammon (SAIS), Kim Klein (SAIS), Marin Raisdana (UWCSEA), Leela Rama (OWIS),Susan Lussenhop (Nexus).



Area of Discussion

PD presentation

Janine Murphy (TTS)

Tanglin Reading Express

Accessing Literary Heritage Texts

Regular meeting

Kim Beeman (TTS)

Leavers and joiners

Hello to any new members; goodbye to any members leaving

We will miss you:

Marjan Slaats (CIS)  Kay Oddone (AIS)


Philip Williams (UWCSEA East), Katie Day (TTS)

Congratulations: Kim Beeman (TTS), President, will be on maternity leave in November;  Mairin Raisdana (UWCSEA East), Vice President will cover her ISLN role during this time.

Kim B


Nomination and passed - Jan Cox (AIS) confirmed as new Secretary of ISLN.

 Ekta Nansi (TTS) thanked for her work as ISLN webmaster (joint role). Stojana Popovska (CIS) will continue as the sole ISLN webmaster.



Finance update

Snapshot of spending and balances

Kim K


Red Dots

Please complete this form if you are interested in participating in the Red Dot Social Meetings throughout the school year.

Update on longlist meetings and procedures for this year

Kim B

Book Depository

New affiliate link here: 

Kim B


AFCC on 3 to 4 October 2020 will be fully digital.

AFCC  would like to offer ISLN members a partner discount of 10% for AFCC Digital Passes (across all categories). The discount promo code is AFCC2020ISLN

Thank you to Elaine  (CIS) for organising this.


Social events

Upcoming socials

Thank you to Mairin (UWCSEA) and Katie (TTS) for organising our first ISLN online quiz night. It was great fun with good prizes.

Next Virtual ISLN Quiz night is 22nd October - Mairin will send the details.

This will be organised by Mairin and Janine.

Jane (Dulwich)

Wine Tasting

Quiz at Emerald Hill

Friday 2 October now FULL

Thank you Jane for organising and to ISLN for funding.

ISLN Petersons Wine Tasting Sign Up.docx

Sarah (Dulwich)

Virtual author visits

Details of past and upcoming virtual author visits


Upcoming meeting dates and plans for 2020/2021

PD Presentation

Monica (Nexus)

Susan (Nexus)

Many thanks to Monica and Susan for showing us their wonderful new libraries.

Nexus Primary Library

Nexus Secondary Library

Date:        Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Time: 5.05pm start

Venue: Zoom


Kim Beeman (Tanglin), Ekta Nansi (Tanglin), Lara Ingham (SAS) Jane Hayes , Fiona Shea and Sarah Mounsey (Dulwich) Kay Oddone (AIS) Raquel Potaka (AIS) Leela Rama (OWIS), Pam Males (UWCSEA Dover), Ali Cuthbert (SAS), Kurt Wittig (UWCSEA Dover), Jan Cox (AIS), Marjan Slaats (CIS LKS), Elaine Fong (CIS LKS), Sue Toms (UWCSEA East) Barb Reid (UWCSEA), Philip Williams (UWCSEA starting Aug), Monica Picard (NISS), Stojana Popovska (CIS), Karine Lesspinasse (GESS)  Kim Klein (SAIS), Kate Brundage (SAS) Lisa Miller (CIS), Mairin Raisdana (UWCSEA East), Janine Murphy (Tanglin), Olivia Burford-Taylor (OFS), Karen Melski (GEMS), Susan Lussenhop (NIS), Yogeswari Ganesan (HCI).


Tamara Serong (Chatsworth Orchard), Michaela Dalgleish (AIS)


Area of Discussion

Action Required

Kim B

Leavers and Joiners

Hello to our new members; goodbye and goodbye to any members leaving our ISLN network

Leavers: Sue Toms (UWCSEA East)

Joiners: Philip Williams (UWCSEA East) - August (Elaine to mentor)

Michaela Dalgleish (AIS) - Nov (Olivia to mentor)

Katie Day (TTS) - August (Katie is on the executive committee so will ask any mentoring questions she has to the committee)


Finance Update

Financial report since the last meeting

A thank you from Barb for the prompt payment of ISLN membership fees this year.


Readers Cup

Kahoot access. Please let Sarah know by end of tomorrow if you would like her to share the Kahoots with you. Also please let her know which age categories you require. She has already sent one batch out to those who have requested them. It is much more time effective to do multiple names at once, rather than one by one. Olivia’s will be sent in the next one. Once Sarah has shared them please do not make them public.

A big thank you to Kate Brundage has sent a padlet for book trailers and covers for 2020. The children should just comment on this and celebrate.


Red Dot 2019 / 2020

Announcement of the winners!

Slides of the winners

A big thank you to Kim Klein who has made all this possible with her hard work.

Kim B

Red Dot shortlists 2020 / 2021

Announcement of the shortlists!

Kim B

Literacy Lab workshop

New dates: possibly spring 2021

Kim B


AFCC will be held 3 - 4 October 2020 will be fully digital. They are looking for moderators and speakers if you would like to be involved.  

Kim B

Library Officer JAW

This is postponed so we are looking at digital alternatives

Please get in touch with Kim Beeman  if you are willing to support with this.



Phnom Penh LKSW 2020 has been postponed; we are looking at digital alternatives possibly in Singapore. The LKSW 2021 is scheduled for Phnom Penh.


Upcoming meeting dates. This will be announced later in the year.

End of year party. Marin will schedule a party, possibly at the beginning of the next year.

Janine Murphy thanked Kim Beeman for all her work as President of ISLN this year; organising business and events, promoting PD and supporting members.

PD Presentation


How TLs can support their school community in times of change and beyond

Link to presentation slides here


Tuesday 05 May 2020 4.40-5.02

Venue: Zoom

Thanks to: Kim Beeman (president) for chairing the meeting and Barb Reid for setting up the zoom meeting.

Attendees: Kim Beeman (Tanglin), Ekta Nansi (Tanglin), Lara Ingham (SAS) Jane Hayes , Fiona Shea and Sarah Mounsey (Dulwich) Kay Oddone (AIS) Raquel Potaka (AIS) Leela Rama (OWIS), Pam Males (UWCSEA Dover), Ali Cuthbert (SAS), Kurt Wittig (UWCSEA Dover), Jan Cox (AIS), Marjan Slaats (CIS LKS), Elaine Fong (CIS LKS), Sue Toms (UWCSEA East) Barb Reid (UWCSEA), Philip Williams (UWCSEA starting Aug), Monica Picard (NISS), Stojana Popovska (CIS), Karine Lesspinasse (GESS)  Kim Klein (SAIS), Kate Brundage (SAS) Lisa Miller (CIS), Mairin Raisdana (UWCSEA East), Janine Murphy (Tanglin), Olivia Burford-Taylor (OFS), Karen Melski (GEMS), Susan Lussenhop (NIS), Katie Day (Tanglin starting Aug), Yogeswari Ganesan (HCI), Clare Gilpin (OFS)

Apologies: Tamara Serong (Chatsworth Orchard), Michaela Dalgleish (AIS), Shylaja Raman (NPS).

Minutes of the Meeting:

No proxy votes were submitted.A quorum of financial members was established.  As of 4 May there are 45 voting members; 28 financial members were present at the AGM.              11 members are required for a quorum. We have achieved that number today, therefore a quorum was met.

Kim Beeman explained the rules for conducting this AGM meeting. It will be conducted according to the guidelines that ROSES (Registry of Societies Singapore) have sent out to hold meetings during the current circuit breaker period. We will use the chat function to accept the proposed motions; second the motions, and register any opposition.  Please note, an opposition vote of 22 (50%) of members will result in a full vote. Please state everything you would like to be recorded in the minutes or voted on. The opportunity is on the chat and vote function of zoom. It was verified that everyone knows how to use this feature.

A roll call and secretary records indicated who was present (see above). This was conducted by Janine Murphy

Acceptance of minutes from 2018/2019 AGM (published on ISLN website) ​​ are true and correct.  Moved by Kim Beeman, accepted by Janine Murphy, seconded by Jane Hayes.   Kim Beeman asked if there are any opposition votes. None are recorded, moves to accept the motion.

Minutes from Ordinary meeting 20 Feb 2020 (published on ISLN website) are true and correct. Moved by Kim Beeman, accepted by Jan Cox, seconded by Kurt Wittig. Kim Beeman asked if there are any opposition votes. None are recorded, moves to accept the motion.

The President's Report was given by Kim Beeman. A summary and thank you to ISLN members for this year.

Treasurer’s Report (01/01 2019- 31/01/2019) was given by Barb Reid. Call for auditors’ agreement. Kim Klein and Pam Males agree the accounts for the financial year.

Barb Reid: We have moved to a Paypal Business account. Kim Klein and Pam Males were asked if they would be auditors again for the next financial year. They agreed. If anyone has any questions about the finances, please feel free to ask Barb Reid.

Officers for Executive Committee 2020/21:

Nominations were requested on 13 April 2020 via a google doc sent out by Kim Beeman and the submission deadline was 20 April 2020.

Voting order (Secret Ballot where more than 2 candidates are nominated)

1 President - Kim Beeman (unopposed)
2 Vice President - Mairin Raisdana (unopposed)
3 Secretary - Kay Oddone  (unopposed)
4 Treasurer  - Barb Reid  (unopposed)
5 Liaison Officer -
Katie Day / Janine Murphy (share role - unopposed)
6 Webmaster -
Stojana Popovska / Ekta Nansi (share role - unopposed)

Kim Beeman called for the nominations to be accepted. Kurt Wittig has moved to accept the nominations. Kim Klein has moved to second the nominations. Kim Beeman asked if there are any oppositions. None are made so the officers for the Executive Committe 2020/21 are accepted.

Meeting closed with Kim’s thanks.

Date:        Thursday, 20 February, 2020

Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm (4pm for a 4:30pm start)

Venue: The Wine Company (14D Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249688)


Kim Beeman (Tanglin), Barb Reid (UWCSEA East), Jane Hayes (Duwich), Fiona Shea (Dulwich), Kay Oddone (AIS), Michael Kelly (Tanglin), Elaine Fong (Canadian International School), Lisa Miller (CIS), Jan Cox (AIS), Sarah Mounsey (Dulwich), Karine Lespinasse (GESS), Joyce Miller (Chatsworth BT), Susan Lussenhop (NISS), Raquel Potaka (AIS), Efe Umekkan (EtonHouse Thomson),, Mairin Raisdana (UWCSEA East), Marjan Slaats (CIS) Lees Rema, Lara Ingham (SAS)


Stojana Popovska (might be able to make it), Janine Murphy (Tanglin), Olivia Burford-Taylor (OFS),Christina Simpson (Broadrick), Kim Klein (SAIS), Kurt Wittig (UWCSEA), Pam Males (UWCSEA), Kate Brundage (SAS), Sue Toms (UWCSEA East), Janice Chin (NISS), Monica Picard (NISS), Ali Cuthbert (SAS), Ekta Nansi (Tanglin), Tamara Serong (Chatsworth Orchard)


Area of Discussion

Action Required

Kim B

Initial Group Discussion: Providing and Promoting Library Resources in Times of Crisis  

Please bring your thoughts and ideas about how to promote library resources (especially digital / online resources) during difficult times (and with the prospect of possible school closures). How can we best prepare and serve our communities at times like this?

*Add to resources

Minutes from last meeting accepted by Barb and Mairin

Kim B

Leavers and Joiners

Hello to any new members; goodbye to any members leaving

  • Leaver: Tamara Serong
  • Mover: Leela Rama (moving schools in March)
  • Welcome: Kay and Jan from AIS! (Jan returning to Singapore)
  • Mentors: Sarah to mentor Kay, Barb to mentor Jan


Finance Update

Snapshot of spending and balances

  • Paypal $8000+
  • We have to move PP to Business PP
  • DBS: $18,000+
  • Paid: Readers Cup question fees
  • Paid in: Membership fees
  • If fees are paid before the AGM, you can vote
  • Late year’s accounts are with auditors
  • Shall we change the accounts on Jan-Dec year?
  • Gives Barb time to tidy it up and pass to auditors
  • She is happy leaving it how it is
  • Everything adds up!
  • DBS account access issues are solved


Readers Cup

Information about the 2020 Readers Cup, including discussion of coronavirus contingency plans

  • We will continue to monitor and think about an alternate date if necessary
  • Invoices sent out
  • Authors ready to come in and talk to groups
  • 37 teams in total currently
  • Date for final decision: TBD
  • Contingency date by end of next week (Hopefully)
  • Will run it by everyone
  • Is it possible to hold it virtually?
  • Younger/Mature on one day? Mature on another?
  • May need to get creative
  • Red Dot Committee to set a date for meeting to discuss this
  • Decision to be made by 2nd week of March (March 10?)


Red Dot

Voting is now open at

  • Spreadsheets done by Barb, on the website
  • Schools can start having students vote
  • Cut off on end of April
  • May 1st, votes start being counted

Kim B

Red Dot shortlists 2020 / 2021

Final meeting is 11 March at the American Club

  • Good progress was made at previous meeting
  • If there is a book anyone would like to fight for (esp. Mature and older), please get a 2nd reader arranged and come to the final meeting if you are able
  • Announcement of short list should be announced at Readers Cup

Kim B

Literacy Lab workshop

New Dates: October or November 2020

  • Has sent 2 weekends on which he is available in 2020-2021
  • Oct 3-4 and Nov 14-15
  • Deepavali is Nov. 16
  • AIS on holiday during Oct
  • LKSW conflict w/Nov. Dates
  • Looks like October dates will be the ones



AFCC has been postponed due to the virus.  Tentative date will be in Oct 2020. Looking for moderators from ISLN. Submissions on diversity and special needs wanted.

6th Bai Meigui Translation Competition.  Singapore Book Council  is co-organising a Chinese to English picture book translation competition with the Leeds Centre for New Chinese Writing. They wish to invite students between 11 to 18 years old in Singapore to participate. Deadline  is 8.00pm (SGT) on Sunday 15th March 2020.  Details and online form is here.

  • AFCC postponed indefinitely
  • Tentatively Oct or Nov
  • Still looking for moderators
  • Email Elaine if interested
  • Still looking for someone to submit a session about diversity and/or special needs- submit by Feb. 28


  • Deadline in March 15
  • Open to all schools
  • Ages 11-19


BorrowBox Consortium - Member schools can join

  • Our BB consortium is going VERY WELL
  • Close to 4,000 titles
  • Relies on promotion
  • If you are a member school, you can join consortium for reasonable cost
  • Link in minutes (above)


Upcoming meeting dates.

  • AGM: May 5 at Nexus
  • That is contingent on ability for schools to host
  • Otherwise may need to re-evaluate
  • Current members of exec committee are happy to continue

Rethinking Learning

  • As far as we know, RL is still on!
  • Discount available for ISLN- do it ASAP (approx. 13 ppl currently signed up)- for FRIDAY ONLY

PD Presentations

  • For the future
  • A quick overview of a presentation done recently
  • A lesson done recently
  • Please let a member of the Exec Committee know if you are interested

Marjan: 2-Minute Book Talks done with G4s and G6s

  • In a Nutshell
  • Pick a Line
  • Sharing an image (in your mind of the book)
  • Share a thought

Marjan will send out the poster with all of the details!


  • Having teachers recording stories read in different languages


  •  For book week, voting for best book character on Padlet


  • Story Weaver

Minutes for 2019-2020 ISLN Meetings

Date:        25 November, 2019

Time: 4:00-6:30pm

Venue: Singapore American School

Many thanks to SAS for hosting and providing a Thanksgiving buffet

Supported with contributions from Follett and ISLN


Kim Beeman (Tanglin), Barb Reid (UWCSEA East), Mairin Raisdana (UWCSEA East), Janine Murphy (Tanglin), Graham Grant (ISS), Linda Twitchett (AIS), Kurt Wittig (UWCSEA Dover),  Jane Hayes, Sarah Mounsey (Dulwich), Pam Males (UWCSEA Dover), Elaine Fong (CIS Lakeside), Raquel Potaka (AIS), Fiona Shea (Dulwich), Sue Toms (UWCSEA East), Marjan Slaats (CIS), Kim Klein (SAIS), Lisa Miller (CIS)A-J Fairey (AIS), Tamara Serong (Chatsworth Orchard) Joyce Miller (Chatsworth BT), Karine Lespinasse (GESS), Jenna Emerson (Follett), Syeda Mukta Begum (Tanglin), David Veinot (GESS), Stojana Popovska (CIS TK), Linda Saad (AIS), Rachel Shellman (SAIS), Monica Picard (NISS), Janice Chin (NISS), Olivia Burford-Taylor (OFS), Karl Dzelzkalns (Jenna’s colleague at Follett), Michael Kelly (TTS)


Ekta Nansi (Tanglin), Christina Simpson (EtonHouse Broadrick)

Kim B

Red Dot Books


Early years (age 3-7)

Younger readers (age 7-10)

Older readers (age 10-14)

Mature readers (age 14-adult)


Mix of genres    

Balance of boy/girl main characters

Balance of nationalities    

Published (in English) within the last 4 years

Preferably only #1 if in a series  

No repeat of an author from previous 3 years

Preferably books that encourage Text-Text, Text-Self, and/or Text-World connections for students

nominated books so far

Next Red Dot Meetings at American Club:

Tuesday, December 10

Thursday, February 13

Wednesday, March 11

Kim B

Leavers and Joiners

Goodbye to leavers:

Linda Twitchett AIS (lifetime member & former ISLN president)

Graham Grant  ISS (lifetime member)

Linda Saad AIS

A-J Fairey AIS


Follett Updates

Titlewave update. A new classroom page launched specifically for International Schools.  Free shipping for orders placed in first two weeks of December.  More information here


Finance Update

Snapshot of spending and balances:

Zero tax bill this year
Auditors for 2020 : Pam Males and Kim Klein
Balance DBS : $21,535.00
Balance PayPal:
$7,560.22      TOTAL: $29095.22

Due 27 April 2020 USD 2250 for Readers Cup Quizmaster


2020 Readers Cup

April 28th 2020 @ Singapore American School

Renewed focus on collaborative activities and student agency (creating practice questions, sharing resources, creating book trailer).

New additions to the program to include author visit/workshop,  updated quiz format (return to Socrative and tie-breakers TBC).

Deadline for team commitment:  January TBC

Please let any member of the Readers Cup Committee  - Lisa, Sarah, Jane, Kate, Joyce, Stojana, Elaine, Olivia, know if you have any questions or how to set up the Readers Cup in your schools.


Mr Schu

Cost negotiations are underway with the aim of having an ISLN luncheon on 25th April (TBC)

Kim B

Literacy Lab workshop

29 February and 1 March 2020:

Two-day workshop (tentatively at Tanglin, unless someone else wants to host!) Cost to ISLN: $3800 SGD

Proposed cost to ISLN members: $25 (to cover food and drinks)

Proposed costs for ISLN member schools: $100/staff; FREE/students*

Proposed costs for non-ISLN schools: $150/staff; FREE/students*

Can be repeated in 2020/2021 if the course is oversubscribed

Full course details here

* Max of two students per school; must attend with a librarian or other member of staff

Kim B

JAW Lite

Thank you to the hosting schools: CIS, GESS, and UWCSEA Dover

Save the date: Dulwich to host Friday 16 October 2020 

This will be the fifth Library Officer JAW



Updates about committees, author visits, and AFCC 2020

AFCC will be held in May going forwards, starting in May 2020

Reminder of AFCC call for papers

AFCC is interested in partnerships with ISLN schools and visiting authors. There is a possibility of authors coming for the Readers Cup.

Thank you to Sarah for representing ISLN for the Teachers and Parents strand of AFCC. Please let Sarah know if you would like to volunteer to take her place on the AFCC planning committee.

Kim Beeman currently represents ISLN for Writers and Illustrators strand of AFCC





Picture books donations

Upcoming meeting dates:

Social this Thursday

Bolinda ebook and audio book consortium

To sign up and for information - see more

Picture book re-homing service with CPS

To support this initiative - see more

ISLN Meetings:

Thursday 20 February at GEMS

Tuesday 05 May at Nexus (AGM)

Red Dot Meetings: American Club

Tuesday 10 December

Thursday 13 February

Wednesday 11 March

Brewerkz Thanksgiving Buffet - Thurs Nov 28 (Choose “Indoor” and 5-8pm seating).   Elaine is booking a table

PD Presentations

Kate Brundage

SAS renovation and tour

ISLN Ordinary Meeting September 17, 2019  4:30-6:30 pm

Canadian International School (Lakeside Campus), 7 Jurong West Street 41, Singapore 649414        

**Thank you to the Library Team at Canadian International School for hosting and this meeting and for arranging refreshments**

Next meeting: 25th November 2019 Singapore American School


Kim Beeman (Tanglin), Stojana Popovska (CIS), Barb Reid (UWCSEA East), Ekta Nansi (Tanglin), Mairin Raisdana (UWCSEA East), Linda Twitchett (AIS), Jane Hayes, Sarah Mounsey, Siti Khatijah (Dulwich), Marjan Slaats (CIS);  Raquel Potaka (AIS), Joyce Miller (Chatsworth BT), Kurt Wittig (UWCSEA),David Veinot,(GESS),Sue Toms (UWCSEA) Helen Fraser (Sue’s sister), Fiona Shea (Dulwich), Elaine Fong (CIS), Clare Gilpin (OFS), Olivia Burford-Taylor (OFS), Leila Rema  (GESS), Pam Males (UWCSEA Dover), Lynda Dermody (GESS), Monica Picard (NEXUS), Susan Lussenhop (NEXUS), Janice Chin (NEXUS), Syeda Mukta Begum (Tanglin) A-J Fairey (AIS), Karine Lespinasse (GESS), Kim Klein (SAIS) Janine Murphy (Tanglin) Lara Ingham (SAS) Lisa Miller (CIS) Louise Phillips (James Cook University) Rachel Shellman (SAIS) Kate Brundage (SAS)


Ali Cuthbert (SAS), Tamara Serong (Chatsworth Orchard), Christina Simpson (Etonhouse Broadrick), Jill Gammon (SAIS) Linda Saad (AIS)

Attending Dinner? RSVP here

Kim Beeman, Barb Reid, Linda Twitchett, Jane Hayes, Mairin Raisdana, Joyce Miller, Fiona Shea, Elaine Fong, Janine Murphy, Karine Lespinasse

Lisa Miller.


Area of Discussion

Action Required

Kim B

Initial Group Activity: Back-to- school outreach and displays

See slides here: Best practice - Return to School

Group share ideas:

Jeopardy game for children who know a lot about the library already

Photographs to welcome children back from last year (take from last year’s social media). Include short films.

Reintroducing Executive committee:

Kim Beeman - President

Mairin Raisdana  - Vice President

Webmaster - Stojana Popovska/Ekta Nansi

Barb Reid - Treasurer

Janine Murphy - Secretary

Rachel Shellman - Liaison

Touch base with buddies:

Olivia Burford- Taylor(OFS) Janine Murphy (Tanglin)

Clare Gilpin  (OFS) Lisa Miller (CIS-LKS)

Fiona Shea (Dulwich) Kate Brundage (SAS)

Lara Ingham (SAS) Kim Beeman (Tanglin)

David Veinot (GESS) Kurt Wittig (UWCSEA Dover)

Jamin Bookhamer (SAS) Kurt Wittig (UWCSEA Dover)

Rachel Shellman (Stamford) A-J Fairey (AIS)

Ali Eatough (Marlborough) Jane Hayes (Dulwich)

Introducing new members to our community:

Siti Khatijah (Dulwich)

Syeda Mukta Begum (Tanglin)

Lynda Dermody (GESS)

Karine Lespinasse (GESS)

And reintroducing…

Elaine Fong has moved at CIS and has been in Singapore Libraries for 21 years (NLB and Int’l School Libraries).


Finance Update

Snapshot of spending and balances:

 28527.83 SGD of which 6249.68 is from book depository income.

Kim B

Literacy Lab workshop update

PD dates for Spring 2020 (TBC):

Joe Schaaf from International School of Tianjin

  • Just Joe, no students
  • Cost: $2800 USD
  • Dates: 29 February to 1 March or 4 to 5 April 2020
  • Free for ISLN members; paid for non-ISLN Members
  • Maximum number of participants (students and teachers): 30

John Schu (“Mr Schu”)

  • Week of 19 or 26 April 2020
  • Cost: $850 USD for two forty-five minute sessions plus a portion of flights and hotels
  • good for parent and teachers’ workshops too

Please update ISLN calendar with term dates so PD can be planned effectively.


Readers Cup

Highlights from the 2019 Readers Cup: see video

Do join up for 2020; be a committee member; or be host school via this form 

Kim K

Red Dot Committees

Dates and procedures for 2019/2020:

We have already chosen books for the 19/20 school year. Visit Red Dot site for more information.  Red Dot Posters are here.

Please check you have ordered the correct version of the William Wenton book:  this is the edition of William Wenton.

Begin brainstorming books for 20/21 school year. Book recommendation kick-off at the next ISLN meeting followed by socials at the American Club:

  • Tuesday, December 10 - start around 6
  • Thursday, February 13 - start around 6
  • Wednesday, March 11 - start around 6

Closer to the date, Kim Klein, will send around a Doodle to RSVP for the meetings.

We are looking for books published in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.Bring your nominated books to the next ISLN meeting at SAS - everyone bring at least one please.



Updates about the 2019/2020 Library Officer JAW:

No workshop this year; possibility of a library tour instead

Starting at Tanglin, visiting two other schools (proposed)

Light breakfast and lunch provided (proposed)

Week of 14 to 18 October (proposed)

Dulwich to host in October 2020

Other regional opportunities:

Workshop in KL in December (cancelled)


InTLlead Moodle platform

Overview of a new international school librarian platform: inTLchat

Ekta and Stojana

ISLN website 101

An overview of the resources and information available on the ISLN website

ISLN Website

*You will see the Red Dot books there

*Click on link at bottom to add your school’s term dates to the calendar

*Join the google group and allow notifications to receive messages.


Red Dot outreach over Twitter (highlights)

Notices from Linda Twitchett, AIS:

Tristan Bancks is available for a school visit Friday December 6. Speaker fee is $1000 for 4 sessions


 AIS TeachMeet, Tuesday 24th September, 5.30. Central Library.

Teach meet link

PD Presentations


Show Your Work

Link to slides


Pimp Your Library

Link to slides

Notes for diaries:

Next meeting

25th November 2019

Singapore American School - remember to bring nominated Red Dot book even if you are not participating.

Next PD presentations

5-10 minutes

Everyone welcome to present PD - we want lots of variety

Email: or



Monday 29th April, 4.45 - 5.15 pm

Venue: Senior Library, Tanglin Trust School

Thanks to Tanglin for providing refreshments.

Barb Reid (UWCSEA East), Kim Beeman (Tanglin)       Julie Muir ( SAIS),          Mairin Raisdana (UWCSEA-E)                   Pam Males (UWCSEA Dover) Marjan Slaats                     Mel Cooper                       Lisa Miller (CIS-LKS)      Leela Rema(GESS)            Yap Sheue Mui (Tanglin)  Nurul Abubakar (Tanglin)

Graham Grant (ISS)         Ally Thompson (ISS)        Kim Klein (SAIS)             Sue Toms (UWCSEA East) Ekta Nansi (Tanglin)          A-J Fairey (AIS)          Hannah O’Donnell         Sarah Mounsey (Dulwich) Monica Picard (Nexus) Janice Chin (Nexus)        Kurt Wittig (UWCSEA Dover)

Uma Manikantan(Tanglin) Olivia Burford-Taylor (OFS) Clare Gilpin (OFS)     Michael Kelly (Tanglin)       Ali Cuthbert                     Kate Brundage                Mary Wheatley (SAS)        Ali Eatough (Marlborough) Jen Eu (AIS)                 Janine Murphy (Tanglin)   Jane Hayes (Dulwich)

42 members - 27 present

Apologies: Johanna Krijnsen [GESS], Linda Twitchett (AISS), Christina Simpson (Broadrick), Stojana Popovska (CIS-TK), Jill Gammon (SAIS)

The proxy votes were collected prior to the meeting start. A quorum of financial members was established.  Of the 42 financial members, 27 members were present; therefore a quorum was met.

A roll call and secretary records indicate who is present. Conducted by Janine Murphy

Acceptance of minutes from 2018 AGM​. Moved by Melissa Cooper, seconded by Kim Beeman: Minutes from last meeting

Address from ISLN President                                                                                          Melissa Cooper

2019 Executive Report

A Summary of the Year and Look Ahead

Thank you all for your participation, attendance and support this academic year. It was a productive year for the network.

In order to raise our social media profile and support each other through various channels, Kim and Kurt worked together to bring us a new Twitter handle @ISLNRedDot. This has been well received and it’s encouraging to see authors responding to our tweets. Our website has seen lots of good traffic. Many thanks to Kim and her husband Dan for its continued improvement: both on the ISLN and Red Dot sections. and Kim’s idea for Book Depository has definitely increased our coffers which will lead to more PD for us librarians in the coming year. Kurt and Kim’s innovative ideas have brought visibility to the ISLN through social media channels

Behind the scenes, Jo and Barb have worked together to sort out the challenges with banking and a The Registry of Societies in Singapore. Now, we have an ATM card to work with and have streamlined some processes. An abridged version of the report will be shared and we send our condolences to Jo who is currently in Europe due to family bereavement.

Barb set up an initiative of a ‘Lifetime Membership’ to honour our long standing members, this was well received and a number of former friends will benefit from this membership.

Many thanks to Julie for organizing some wonderful events for us this year. Her steady dedication to the network and during discussions is always appreciated. Janine and Barb shared the secretary role this year, and this model was a success, they worked together to ensure that ideas were tracked and we stayed on top of things.

For our members a new consortium will begin, Bolinda. Thanks to Barb and Linda for bringing it to the table and to the founding schools: Australian International School, Dulwich College, Stamford American School and United World College SEA for providing this opportunity for us. It will be exciting to see how this initiative will grow our libraries.

Our Red Dot books have been selected for next year. A big thank you to Kim Klein for leading this project. We had many enjoyable meetings at the American Club talking about the merits of many different books. We hope more librarians will join us in these discussions about one of our favourite things, books.

The Readers Cup Festival grew again this year; 9 schools attended with a total of 27 teams participating at 3 different levels. We truly appreciated the ISLN’s support in having a Quiz Master this year, it took away a level of stress and was an effective way to ensure there was fairness in the process. There was a definitely level of excitement among the kids. A big thank you to Lisa and the Readers Cup Committee for their hard work to produce a fantastic event for our students. It was a pleasure to see how people pitched in to help out in the moment; not only did the kids have the opportunity to work together but librarians had the opportunity to work together. We hope to see more schools join us next year!

We saw some excellent PD this year: Janine and diversity, Stojana and joining in TLlead, Ekta and her research project to name a few. The meeting around library design was a great collaborative project that stimulated some great discussion and many of left that meeting with a list of ideas.

Our Annual General Meeting is the time for change, and with the end of the academic year we have a number of members moving on. From the executive committee; Julie, Jo and myself will be leaving Singapore. Kurt has decided to step down from his role as Liaison Officer. I’d like to take this time to thank them for bringing their ideas and energy to the table. Best of luck to us all in our future endeavors.

As a goal for net year; the ISLN will continue to focus on your professional learning. Many ideas are on the table, including an ISLN knowledge sharing workshop - a day of professional learning for our librarians. I’m sure the next executive team will bring you another valuable year of learning!

Thank you for a fantastic year,

Melissa Cooper

CIS Primary Teacher Librarian

ISLN Statement of Accounts April 2018 - Mar 2019

Julie Muir on behalf of Johanna Krijnsen

The full financial statement for the 2018 year is here






Opening balance April 1, 2018

 $ 26,763.01

Closing balance March 31, 2019

 $ 21,248.84

Appointment of two new auditors

Seconded by Melissa Cooper and Kim Beeman

Pam Males

AJ Fairey

Introduction of New Committee Members

Melissa Cooper

Call for nominations

1 President - Kim Beeman (unopposed)
2 Vice President - Mairin Raisdana (unopposed)
3 Secretary - Janine Murphy  (unopposed)
4 Treasurer  - Barb Reid  (unopposed)
5 Liaison Officer -
Rachel Shellman (unopposed)
6 Webmaster -
Stojana Popovska / Ekta Nansi (share role - unopposed)

Meeting closed 5.15pm

ISLN Ordinary Meeting

Monday 29th April, 4.30 - 6.30pm

Venue: Senior Library, Tanglin Trust School

Thanks to Tanglin for providing refreshments.

Next meeting: Not announced yet


Barb Reid (UWCSEA East), Kim Beeman (Tanglin)       Julie Muir ( SAIS),          Mairin Raisdana (UWCSEA-E)                   Pam Males (UWCSEA Dover) Marjan Slaats                     Mel Cooper                       Lisa Miller (CIS-LKS)      Leela Rema(GESS)        

Graham Grant (ISS)         Ally Thompson (ISS)        Kim Klein (SAIS)             Sue Toms (UWCSEA East) Ekta Nansi (Tanglin)          A-J Fairey (AIS)          Hannah O’Donnell         Sarah Mounsey (Dulwich) Monica Picard (Nexus) Janice Chin (Nexus)        Kurt Wittig (UWCSEA Dover) 

Uma Manikantan(Tanglin) Olivia Burford-Taylor (OFS) Clare Gilpin (OFS)     Michael Kelly (Tanglin)       Ali Cuthbert                     Kate Brundage                Mary Wheatley (SAS)        Ali Eatough (Marlborough) Jen Eu (AIS)                 Janine Murphy (Tanglin)   Jane Hayes (Dulwich)


Johanna Krijnsen [GESS], Linda Twitchett (AISS), Christina Simpson (Broadrick), Stojana Popovska (CIS-TK), Jill Gammon (SAIS)

AFCC (Asian Festival of Children’s content)

Lead by Carlo Pena and  Caroline Wan

We watched a video of AFCC’s work.

The country of focus this year will be Myanmar

5-8th September 2019

Full presentation in pdf

Basic presentation in googledoc

(NB You will need lumin pdf to open the full presentation)

Red Dot reveal

Lead by Kim Klein

The voting for this year’s Red Dot winners will close May 1st 2019.

Next years’:

2019-20 spreadsheet

2020-21 spreadsheet

Kim Klein will lead on this next year.


Melissa Cooper and Kim Beeman

We are looking to set a date in October.

The format will be:

A keynote speaker, fantastic lunch, PD sessions by us that are short and sweet (15 minutes)

Kim called for people interested to be on the committee.

Barb Reid volunteered.

More volunteers will be needed. Please email if you would like to join to committee.

Readers’ Cup: outsourcing of questions

Barb Reid

This year the Readers’ Cup questions were outsourced. Each candidate wrote 10 test questions which were used as test questions. The winning candidate was  Marj Osborne. The cost was 3035 SGD for the full set of questions.

Barb moved to employ Marj again next year. This was seconded by Julie Muir and many others. Motion voted in favour.

Buddy system for new members

Kim Beeman

A buddy system has been successful in the past and new members will be offered a buddy again.

Proposal by Kim to continue. Seconded by Janine. Motion voted in favour of.

Buddies will be given 50 dollars towards expenses.

Buddies are:

Olivia (OFS) Janine Murphy (Tanglin)

Clare (OFS) Lisa Miller (CIS-LKS)

Fiona (Dulwich) Kate Brundage (SAS)

Kate (SAS) Kim Klein (SAIS)

David (GESS) Kurt Wittig (UWCSEA Dover)

Jamon (SAS) Kurt Wittig (UWCSEA Dover)

Rachel (Stamford) A-J Fairey (AIS)

Ali (Marlborough) Jane Hayes (Dulwich)

End of Year lunch

Julie Muir

EOY Lunch @ iO Italian Osteria Saturday 12 May 2019 @ 2pm

Details of lunch explained and invitation to RSVP on the following doodle:


The lunch is free if you have ISLN membership

Please invite your library staff too at the cost of 20 dollars.

Optional Library Tour of Senior, Junior, Infant libraries with Kim, Janine and Michael.

ISLN Ordinary Meeting

21st February, 4:30 - 6.30pm

Venue: Secondary School Library @GESS

Thanks to GESS for providing refreshments.

Next meeting: 29 April 2019

Senior Library, Tanglin Trust School


Kim Beeman (Tanglin)

A-J Fairey (AIS)


Marjan (CIS)

Mel (CIS)

Leela Rama (YIJC)

Jane Hayes (Dulwich)

Hannah O’Donnell (Dulwich) Linda Saad (AIS)

Stojana (CIS)

Johanna Krijnsen

Lisa (CIS)

Linda Twitchett AIS

Sarah Mounsey (DCSG)

Monica Picard (NISS)

Janice Chin (NISS)

Mairin Raisdana (UWCSEA-East)

Janine Murphy (Tanglin)

Joyce Miller (Chatsworth BT) Uma Manikantan (Tanglin)

Ekta Nansi (Tanglin)

Mary Wheatley (SAS)

Kate Brundage (SAS)

Ali Cuthbert (SAS)

Karen Melski (GEMS)

Olivia Burford-Taylor (OFS) Susan Lussenhop (OFS) Clare Gilpin (OFS)


Kurt Wittig


Julie Muir (SAIS), Barb Reid, Kim Klein (SAIS), Sue Toms, Jenna Emerson, Elaine Fong (Chatsworth Orchard) Pam Males (UWCSEA Dover) Susanne Clower (OWIS) Christina Simpson (EtonHouse Broadrick), Jill Gammon (SAIS)

Initial Group Activity: Updating Spaces

Led by Mel

Photos and discussion points from group chat are shared here:  Updating Spaces

Joanna shared the process of planning a new library: 3 bids were entered to the board & Raeco won based on quality and looks. Joanna has taken 5 years to plan and finish this library. She used one consultant, Shastiq Khader-Georgi, to oversee the furniture project and installation. Her contact details are:

Finances and Membership Quotes

Johanna Krijnsen

Reminder about membership dues and AGM.

Jo is sending out invoices for membership soon. Deadline for payment  is before AGM Monday 29th April 2019

Balance of accounts was presented for the period:  Nov 13 - Feb 21 2019

Credit 1,187.08 through affiliation with book depository since last meeting.

Please can everyone use the affiliation when you purchase book depository books. Here is the affiliate link: 

Balance: $26,529.58

Bolinda Update

Kurt Wittig on behalf of Barb Reid

Here is the suggested ISLN Consortium agreement:

The International School Libraries Network (Singapore) has entered into a consortium agreement for Bolinda Digital (BorrowBox).

Schools that are financial members of The International School Libraries Network (Singapore) are welcome to join the consortium at a competitive rate and can take advantage of the shared collection.

The founding consortia members (Australian International School, Dulwich College, Stamford American School and United World College SEA) share (calculated by numbers of students) the initial set-up cost of USD2000 p.a. Additional schools wishing to join the consortium will be required to pay USD1000 p.a. (subject to Bolinda’s current subscription rate)

The founding schools have provided a substantial shared start up collection of audiobooks and eBooks and additional schools willing to join are expected to contribute  USD0.40c per student by way of shared book purchases before going live with their subscription. Thereafter, as long as the annual subscription is paid there is no further requirement to purchase books. Books in the shared collection remain the property of the consortium if the school should decide not to continue with the Bolinda subscription. Schools joining the consortium should be prepared to add to the shared collection annually.

In the spirit of fair dealing, when purchasing additional books, members of the consortia should make them available in the shared collection where possible. It is understood that high use books and books with publisher restrictions (please note, the majority of eBooks have publisher restrictions, so in the interest of fairness members are asked to only restrict books that they feel their students need immediate access to) may be held in individual accounts and released to the shared account if their usage changes. Changes from individual accounts to shared accounts usually take place once every six months as this is a manual process handled by Bolinda.

As the platform is shared by all age groups, books that are in the age category 13+ and / or books with explicit content should be restricted to older students only. It is the responsibility of the purchasing school to make this known to Bolinda.


Kim Beeman

A URL for the LKSW will ensure that the webpages remain after TLs leave their schools.

This will cost $240 start up and thereafter hosting fees will be $120 to be paid by hosting school.

Motion proposed by Kim, seconded by Johanna. Voted on and passed.

Weeded Books for Nepalese Libraries

Melissa Cooper

Doreen - pick up August (earlier this year); send donated books to the Canadian School with the appropriate labels (Label for Doreen's boxes) in small boxes.

Doreen has requested picture/ elementary/ accessible nonfiction books in good condition.

Sturdy books & clearly labelled please or CIS staff have extra work repacking.

Red Dot

Kim Klein

Please read the books.See Kim’s update message

Readers Cup

Lisa Miller

Lisa asked for sign up for the Readers Cup on website by 01st March. $60 per team; one team per age category, per campus.

Readers Cup - see Lisa’s message about logistics & questions then email her.

Raeco Consortium

Melissa Cooper

Raeco consortium propose a delivery two times a year. Some frustration was voiced about length of time Raeco take to respond to emails.

Joyce Miller suggested Demco is cheaper (even with shipping costs) than Promatech and Raeco

Tour of GESS with Johanna Krijnsen


 Barb Reid requests any feedback on Colin Goh as a visitor/presenter

 Karen Melski  recommends Scholastic as a supplier of books for children to buy. They also arrange  character visits such as Geronimo Stilton.

Professional Development

Lisa Miller - Copyright

Lisa presented on the issue of copyright and what processes we use as a for-profit school in Singapore. CIS is using COMPASS to request permission to play music. Lisa added that musical scores have to be approved too.

CIS are considering KANOPY for licensed digital videos. Kim Beeman added that Kanopy has adult and mature content and is not password protected so may only be suitable for sixth form and teacher access to show children.

Intellectual Property Office of Singapore publish this advice:  Copyright Advice for Educators 2012

Ekta Nansi

SG librarians research project

An overview of how to participate in an upcoming research project about librarians in SG

International and local schools.

Focuses on:

Ambiguity about role

Diversity of librarians’ background and experience


Here’s the link to the presentation -

And the link to the survey -


ISLN Ordinary Meeting

14th November 2018, 4:30pm

Venue: Middle School Library @ Singapore American School 

Thanks to SAS for providing refreshments.


Meg Johnson

Mel Cooper

Lisa Miller

Marjan Slaats

Hannah O’Donnell

Mairin Raisdana

Karen Melski

Jenna Emerson

Johanna Krijnsen

Raquel Potaka

Monica Picard

Janice Chin

Sue Toms

Julie Muir

Jane Hayes

Kim Klein

Stojana Popovska

Kim Beeman

Kurt Wittig

Linda Saad,

Pam Males

Susanne Clower

Barb Reid

Linda Twitchett

Joyce Miller

Kate Brundage

Ali Cuthbert,

Mary Wheatley

Clare Gilpin

Susan Lussenhop

Graham Grant

A-J Fairey

Jen Eu Lee

Ally Thompson

Uma Manikantan

Janine Murphy

Jill Gammon

Apologies: Christina Simpson, Elaine Fong, Sarah Mounsey
Meeting commenced at 5:10

Mel Cooper welcomed everyone to the meeting and asked them to contribute a slide to the Bio Doc that introduces us to each other.

Raeco - working towards a consortium 

Mel gave an update on progress with Raeco as the ISLN point person. She suggested a set address for delivery and  discounted price list for paying members that will be shared via a google spreadsheet.

More info coming.

Readers Cup

Lisa gave an update on venue, participating school and date for next meeting. Thank you to Johanna as she is hosting the event at the German European School. Lisa said there will be one team, per division, per school.

There is no date deadline to enter a team.

Suggestion by Barb that we outsource the question writing.

Julie requested that we can show the information video about the Readers Cup to children.  

**Lisa has asked Dulwich and this is fine as long as it is shown in school and not in the public domain. Therefore the link has not been shared here but is available upon request. Please email or for a copy of the Readers Cup Information Animoto.

Social Event

We are having a social get together: Thirstday @ Plonk, Thursday 6th December at 7pm. Link to sign up sheet. Julie has sent an email.


Please follow up - staff who were funded were asked to write a blurb and submit ( Brief and collaborative posts are fine.

Finance Report

Jo updated us on the financial standing - written report of funds in and out since the last report and current balance

Jo is using a new accounting program.

Reminder for everyone to use Book Dep affiliate - Book Depository So far use of the link has made us $2619.22

Jo issued an invitation: GESS to host next meeting, a Thursday in February,TBC

ISLN Digital Footprint

Kurt and Kim have tweeted to authors nominated for Red Dot Awards. They showed author responses on Twitter. Our twitter handle is @ISLNRedDot. Please like and retweet the Red Dot author recognition tweets. Light it up! Let the authors know they are loved in Singapore.

Kim Beeman discussed idea of having our own ISLN Twitter account - Twitter #islnsg. If you would like to help with tweeting, see Kim.

There is a Google group on ISLN Site resources - join our google group.

Z Sourcing

Jenna presenter this Spreadsheet - you can add to it and it is shared in our ISLN Google Group. It is a shared list of schools using Destiny who are able to add Z39.50 list to their database. Jenna also demonstrated how to add a tag as a subject heading.

Author visits

Barb shared a Link to confidential reviews for members only

Request access if you are a member. Remember it is confidential. Please add to this document for shared feedback.


Linda spoke about audiobooks. iTunes has not been effective and Overdrive is expensive.

Wheelers do bundling to make audiobooks more affordable. They offer platforms in Uk and Australia but none in Asia. Linda has called for an integrated platform using Wheelers and has asked the Consortium to utilise our collective buying power.

Barb has made enquiries with Bolinda and Overdrive and thinks that they might be a cheaper option..

Both Linda and Barb will feedback at the next meeting.


Tuesday, 27 November 2018 from 17:30 at Brewerkz - sign-up

#in TLlead

Stojana demonstrated about how TLs can participate - Moodle forum inTLLead

Link to presentation at LKSW

BRE suggests detailed session on how to use it next time.

Protected Characteristics and Representation in the Library

Janine spoke about Equality and Diversity. Feedback was taken about how schools build representative collections in our community.

Lisa tells Jeremy’s (American School Chennai) story about finding a note from the librarian  in a book that said that there was no need to borrow this book (it was on a sensitive topic) that the reader could take it if they needed to and return it if they wanted to. This gave the reader a safe way to access books that they needed.

Next meeting: Thursday, ? February 2019, at the German European School Singapore

The meeting closed at 6.15pm and was followed by Red Dot sharing & library tours



30 to 45 minutes of Red Dot book sharing - members brought books to share that could be put on a Red Dot list for picture, younger, older or mature readers.

List of considerations for nominated books:

Feel free to add suggestions to the Red Dot Recommendations GoogleSheet -


Please use this FORM to submit and this LINK to see what has been submitted already. You can also add directly to this spreadsheet.

ISLN Ordinary Meeting

4th September 2018, 4:30pm

Venue: Kishore Mahbubani Library @ United World College SEA (East Campus) 

Thanks to Dune Salang - from OpenAthens for providing refreshments.


Melissa Cooper

Pam Males

Barb Reid

Kurt Wittig

Julie Muir

Kim Beeman

Olivia Burford-Taylor

Janine Murphy

Joyce Miller

Clare Gilpin

Marjan Slaats

Lisa Miller

Stojana Popovska

Karen Melski

Christina Simpson

Susanne Clower

Hannah O'Donnell

Mairin Raisdana

Sue Toms

Meg Johnson

Monica Picard

Johanna Krijnsen

Michael Kelly

Lydia Thio

Sarah Mounsey

Jane Hayes

Marina Kalkum

Linda Saad

Raquel Potaka

Elaine Fong

Kim Klein

Susan Lussenhop

Linda Twitchett

Denise Tan

Dune Salang

Apologies: Ali Cuthbert, Mary Wheatley, Kate Brundage (SAS) Leela (Nexus) Khairin (Hwa Chong)

Mel Cooper and Sue Toms (hostess) welcomed everyone to the meeting and asked them to contribute a slide to the Bio Doc that introduces us to each other.

Dune from Open Athens (sponsor for afternoon tea) introduced her product.

Kurt moved to accept the minutes from the last meeting. Seconded by Jo. Minutes approved

Jo (Treasurer) said that the move to online banking is underway and that the affiliate link with Book Depository had been earning some money.She reminded those who want to become financial members that they can send their membership dues to her.


Julie spoke about social events and asked some questions to gauge the enthusiasm for them. It seemed that the group felt:

Julie reminded people that partners and guest are always welcome at social events and that we have a special dinner at our November meeting to celebrate Thanksgiving and/or Christmas.

Barb said that we always have a dinner after a meeting. Usually close to the host school. Tonight’s is at BURP

Next event is 1pm Sunday 23rd September at The Living Cafe when Megan Graff (formerly CIS) was visiting. The RSVP is here. Please respond by 18th September.

Kim launched the two new websites that she and her husband Dan have been working on for  ISLN and for the  Red Dots. All members thanked Kim and Dan. It is noted that this was a huge amount of work and very time consuming. The Network is extremely grateful.
Kim explained that the
Book Depository affiliate link is on the page to raise money for ISLN at no cost to members. We have already raised in excess of $2000. Please encourage your purchasing Departments to use it.

Kurt talked about Regional PD - all of which is now listed on the webpage. Some to look out for in the near future are: LKSW, EARCOS and 21CLHK, EduTech

There is a Follett Workshop in Singapore on 17 October - please register here

Elaine said that John Zola is coming to Singapore and highly recommended him.
Here is more information about the John Zola workshop in November

Kurt & Kim are working on a Red Dot Twitter account and our ISLN hashtag is #islnsg

If you have issues with the mailing list or membership email to update your options.

Barb sent email to every school at end of the last break to promote ISLN. Only 2-3 members had had it passed on to them. The letter states some of the reasons that it is good to join ISLN.

Barb moved that we gift lifetime financial membership to anyone who has been a financial member for more that 5 years. This would encourage them to keep in touch and honour their contribution. Motion seconded by Mel. Passed unanimously

Lisa explained what the Readers Cup Festival is and said that we are looking for people to help organize the nationwide festival

Red Dot Promotion Materials and YouTube Playlists - book trailers and reviews can be found at these links as well as on the webpage -

Sarah talked about AFCC which starts this week. The Website is here

Denise from Closetful of Books is holding speed-dates with Authors and Illustrators from Sept 6 to 8

The speed-dates will be held just next to the bookstore in the Plaza of the National Library Building on 7 and 8 September. You may sign up for a slot here -

Monday 15 October  - Andy Griffiths at Dulwich all students welcome for a free event. Sarah will share the sign up when it is ready.

Mel talked about Book Reach for Nepal (Doreen). Deliver gently used books to CIS Lakeside campus. Email to arrange delivery timing.Please attach a label and ensure that the box is not too big and sturdy. We hope the books will be collected by end of September

Doreen has asked for funding for transport but at the Exec Committee needs to discuss this and it would not happen before the September collection date. There was interest in members visiting Nepal ( 2 library staff from Tanglin went in the holidays and will report at a later meeting. A TL from KL also visited and said it is very worthwhile and that Doreen’s charity is making a difference) to assist and interest in supporting, assisting and training library staff if they were able to come to Singapore.

Michael shared details of an author visit. Paul Gravett, journalist, lecturer, curator : possible for Nov 5th evening talk (contact Michael at TTS)

There is a session on 5-6th October for Librarians/Teachers/ Writers. He could be for Secondary

Elaine is looking for book covering alternatives

There was discussion about RAECO and their lack of response - ISLN will let them know our concerns

Contact Chhaya  for a good response from Raeco.

Stojana talked about the success of the Global read aloud and willshare more detailed information to the list tomorrow.

The meeting closed at 6pm

ISLN Annual General Meeting and Ordinary Meeting

25th April 2018, 4:30pm

Venue: Lincoln Library (Elementary) @ Stamford American International School 

Thanks to Dr Eric Sands - SAIS Superintendent for providing refreshments.

Annual General Meeting

13 financial members needed for a quorum (Total current financial membership=49)

24 financial members present



Please hand voting proxies to Secretary before the meeting starts

Proxy form can be downloaded here

ISLN Annual General Meeting (10 mins)

4:30 Open Meeting

Establish a quorum of financial members

Kim did a roll call and recorded who is present.

Acceptance of minutes from 2017 AGM    proposed by Nadine; seconded by Jo

President’s report (Barb Reid): 2017-18 President’s report.  

At our AGM last year we had 36 financial members, this year we have 49.

On 5 May we farewelled some key members of the network in grand style in The Pod@ NLB. Since then we have welcomed their replacements and seen new initiatives undertaken and old ones revived.

We have tried to include more PD in our meetings and many of our members have shared their experiences from the many different PD opportunities that they have had throughout the year. I would like to thank those members who have contributed PD sessions in meetings, at their schools and by organising visits to other libraries. We are so lucky to have so many opportunities available to us.

Kim Beeman and Nadine Bailey have worked hard all year on our online presence, Nadine maintaining the blog and Kim (and her husband  Dan) working hard to make the Readers Cup and Red Dot web pages accessible. Thank you both so much.

In September we passed a motion enabling library support staff to apply for grants for professional development. 3 member schools have already taken advantage of this scheme. We hope that more will do so in the upcoming year.

Thank you Nadine for the  huge amount of work you have done on the Red Dot choices for the 2018-19 year. This is ongoing, but hopefully nearing the end for this year. Voting for this year’s Red Dots concludes on 1 May and we already have about 500 votes. Last year 11 different schools cast almost 8,000!

Melissa, Lisa, Sarah, Susan worked extremely hard to revive the Readers Cup with the support of Jane, Susan, Nadine & Kate. A hugely successful event was held at Dulwich last week and we look forward to future events like this.

Julie organised a great get together at the Colbar and will be sharing some exciting news about an event coming up next month later in this meeting.

Ranita, who has been Treasurer for many years has decided to step down from the position this year. We cannot thank her enough for keeping the financial records & the membership up to date for so many years.

Two committee members will leave Singapore in June. Thank you to both Nadine & Susan MacIntosh for your work and commitment to the committee.

I would like to thank Follett, Raeco & A Closetful of Books for their ongoing support and for working closely with us. Again, this year, many of our schools have supported Book Reach with donations ensuring that ISLN’s presence is felt in Nepal.

We have shared information about authors, suppliers & PD. We have said hello and goodbye to many people. I would particularly like to thank Kim & Julie who only arrived in Singapore this year and immediately stepped into positions of responsibility in ISLN. That cannot have been easy and yet, it now seems like you have always been here.

It is so important that people are prepared to step up to be on a committee or at the very least, take part in activities that the network provides. April next year will be our 10th year as an incorporated society. I think that Ranita, Linda, Kim (and maybe Elaine) were all here when we incorporated and can testify to the fact  that  so many people in this room that have contributed to ISLN in so many ways. We thank you all, and all who went before.

I will be stepping down as President this year, but hope to go on being a part of this great organisation for a long time yet.

Thank you for a great year.

Barb Reid

UWCSEA East Campus April 2018

Treasurer’s report (Ranita Smart)

Appointment of two auditors: Kim Klein, Raquel Potaka

ISLN Statement of Accounts April 2017 - Mar 2018







Opening balance April 1, 2017



 $            31,526.22


Closing balance March 31, 2018



 $           26,763.01

Election of office bearers

Nominations are:

President:  Mel Cooper / AJ Fairey: (20 votes for Mel; 6 for AJ--Mel Cooper wins)

Vice-President: Julie Muir

Secretary: (Joint/Job share) Barb Reid & Janine Murphy

Treasurer: Johanna Krijnsen

Liaison: Kurt Wittig

Webmaster: Kim Beeman

4:45 - 5 minute break

4:50 - Ordinary meeting (with new officers in place; New President running the meeting)

Acceptance of minutes from February meeting  proposed by Nadine; seconded by Jo

Ordinary Meeting

Intention to Attend: Meg Johnson (AIS), Lisa Miller (CIS), Melissa Cooper (CIS), Nadine Bailey (CIS), Hannah O’Donnell, Jane Hayes (Dulwich), Johanna Krijnsen (GESS), Graham Grant, Susan MacIntosh (Nexus), Susanne Clower (OWIS), Kim Klein, Kim Beeman (Tanglin), Barbara Reid (UWC), Susan Grigsby (UWC), AJ Fairey (AIS), Allison Cuthbert, Anjana Sarda, Helen Robinson, Jill Gammon (SAIS), Julie Muir, Kate Brundage, Linda Twitchett, Mairin Raisdana (UWC), Mary Wheatley, Meg Johnson, Michael Kelly (Tanglin), Ranita Smart (GESS), Raquel Pokata, Sarah Mounsey (Dulwich), Susan Lussenhop, Uma Mantikantan (Tanglin)

Apologies : Christina Simpson, Kurt Wittig, Pam Males, Marjorie Kennedy

President’s welcome

Farewells - Susan Grigsby (UWCSEA), Susan MacIntosh (Nexus), Nadine Bailey (CIS)

New appointments - Sue Toms (UWCSEA), Janine Murphy (TTS), Marjan Slaats (CIS LKS), Stojana Popovska (CIS TK)

Membership for next year (Ranita)

Committee reports - 5 mins each

Red Dots - Nadine

Readers Cup Festival - Lisa

Other business





Wednesday 25

Stamford American School

September 2018



November 2018

Day to be decided


January 2019

Thursday 17. January 2019


April 2019


Tanglin Trust

5:20 Break to replenish drinks

PD session - 10 minutes - 5 minutes question time

Kate Brundage - (StrengthsFinder): Using your strengths to enhance your work / personal life and help others to do the same

Sign up here to do a short PD presentation at a future meeting.

Sharing session

3x  PD sessions for next time -

6:00 Meeting Close

Next meeting: September 2018 - UWCSEA East - Secondary Library

ISLN meeting 26th February 2018 (4:30pm)

Venue: Australian International School (Senior Library)

Address: 1 Lor Chuan, Singapore 556818

We welcome RAECO to the meeting and thank them for providing refreshments.

Intention to attend

Barb Reid (UWCSEA East), Nadine Bailey, Kim Beeman (Tanglin Trust), Susan Macintosh, Julie Muir, Ranita Smart (GESS), Melissa Cooper (CIS LKS), Lisa Miller (CIS LKS), Kurt Wittig (UWCSEA Dover), Susanne Clower (OWIS) Trevor McCann (RAECO) Chhaya Patel (RAECO) Phillip Babich (RAECO) Sarah Mounsey, Jane Hayes, Hannah O’Donnell (Dulwich College), Pam Males (UWCSEA Dover), Jill Gammon (SAIS), Susan Grigsby (UWCSEA East) Linda Saad (AIS), Uma Manikantan (Tanglin Trust) Christina Simpson (EtonHouse Broadrick), Julie Muir (SAIS), Raquel Potaka (AIS) Helen Robinson (Chatsworth East), Kim Klein (SAIS), Monica Picard (NEXUS), Graham Grant (ISS), Sandra Sangrines (ISS), Michael Kelly (TTS).


Mary Wheatley (SAS), Ali Cuthbert (SAS), Johanna Krijnsen (GESS)


Acceptance of minutes from November meeting Sarah proposed; Pam seconded

President’s welcome

Farewells and New appointments - AJ (AIS), Celeste (TTS), Susanne (OWIS)

Trevor - RAECO - 5mins

New Southeast Asia Manager: Phillip Babbage (based in Indonesia)

Treasurer's report & Membership for next year (Ranita)

Committee reports - 5 mins each

Red Dots - Nadine

Readers Cup festival - CIS

Committee support for support staff PD - reminder

Other business

Future meetings - dates, days, venues





25 April

Stamford American School

September 2018



November 2018

January 2019

April 2019


Tanglin Trust

Break to replenish drinks

PD sessions - 10 minutes each presenter - 5 minutes question time

Elaine and Susan - Two minutes (each) takeaway from 21c Learning HK

Elaine Fong - Padlet (slides at that link) 

Kate Brundage (StrengthsFinder) - postponed until the next meeting

Sign up here to do a short PD presentation at a future meeting.

Sharing session

Next meeting AGM: Apr 25, Wed: Stamford - Location TBA. Membership

4x  PD sessions for next time -

Kate Brundage - Strengths Finder

Mel Cooper - Beyond Leveled Texts: Supporting Literacy Program Using Alternative Resources

Kim Beeman - Makerspaces

Johanna Krijnsen - Design Library Spaces

Meeting Close

Useful links

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Participation in the google group is welcomed from all members, irrespective of free/premium membership.

Also, remember you can get information about our network at our blog.   And do consider submitting a blog post to share with others.

“Who we are” document - -- it would be great if everyone could fill this in -- this is irrespective of free/premium membership

Reminder for each premium (paid)  member school to fill in details of nominated people (to receive premium benefits) -- see current paid-up member schools -- list

*Please note that we are using this information to distribute information to paid members; if you don’t fill this in you won’t get this information!

ISLN Ordinary Meeting 2017

21st November 2017 (4:30pm)

Venue: Dulwich College (Senior Library) map here

Address: 71 Bukit Batok West Avenue 8, Singapore 658966

Ordinary Meeting

Members Present: Jane Hayes, Sarah Mounsey, Pat Chandler, Hannah O’Donnell (hosts), Barb Reid (UWCSEA East), Kim Beeman (Tanglin), Mairin Raisdana (UWCSEA), Linda Twitchett AIS, Susan MacIntosh (NISS), Nadine Bailey (CIS TK), Meg Johnson (AIS), Linda Saad (AIS), Mel Cooper (CIS Lakeside), Lisa Miller (CIS LKS),  Raquel Potaka (AIS), Kurt Wittig (UWCSEA Dover), Pam Males (UWCSEA Dover),  Graham Grant (ISS will be late), Ranita Smart (GESS), Johanna Krijnsen (GESS), Marina Kalkum (GESS),  Shirley Yeo (JS Library), Melissa Maniam (DUCKS Library), Julie Muir (SAIS), Elaine Fong (Chatsworth Orchard), Susan Grigsby (UWCSEA East), Kim Klein (SAIS), Ryan Dempsey (GEMS), Monica Picard (NISS), Jenna Emerson (Follett) Helen Robinson (Chatsworth East), Linda Martin (visiting Teacher-Librarian from Georgia)

Apologies : Christina Simpson EtonHouse Broadrick, Ali Cuthbert (SAS), Mary Wheatley (SAS), Kate Brundage (SAS)

There will be no social event after the meeting as we will be having a Thanksgiving / Christmas meal during the meeting, because of this, we may finish a little later. Please feel free to attend and leave early if you have to.

Please sit next to someone who is not from your school

Acceptance of minutes from September meeting (Sarah made a motion, Jo seconded)

President’s welcome

Jenna (Follett) - Maternity leave update (her email will still be checked daily while she is on leave) and a thank you from everyone for Follett’s sponsorship of the dinner

Farewells - David Wyche (Raeco), Pat Chandler (Dulwich), Jenn Kennedy (AIS)

New appointments - Hannah O’Donnell (Dulwich)

Carlo from the National Book Development Council (15 min)

Treasurer's report (Ranita)

Committee reports - 5 mins each

Red Dots - Nadine

Readers Cup festival - CIS

Committee support for support staff PD - update

Other business

Break to replenish drinks

PD sessions - 10 minutes each presenter - 5 minutes question time

Julie Muir - Top 10 in 10

Kurt Wittig - Using analogies to teach research concepts

Kim Klein - Lesson ideas and SIOP (Handout here)

Sign up here to do a short PD presentation at a future meeting.

Sharing session

Next meeting: Feb *, Mon: AIS - Senior Library

3x  PD sessions for next time - please confirm

Elaine Fong - Padlet

Meg Johnson - The benefits of Google Drive

Kate Brundage - (StrengthsFinder) Using your strengths to enhance your work /personal life and help others to do the same

Meeting Close

Useful links

If you are not receiving the ISLN emails, please join our google group. Contact Barb Reid to be added; her email is

Participation in the google group is welcomed from all members, irrespective of free/premium membership.

Also, remember you can get information about our network at our blog.   And do consider submitting a blog post to share with others.

“Who we are” document - -- it would be great if everyone could fill this in -- this is irrespective of free/premium membership

Reminder for each premium (paid)  member school to fill in details of nominated people (to receive premium benefits) -- see current paid-up member schools -- list

*Please note that we are using this information to distribute information to paid members; if you don’t fill this in you won’t get this information!


ISLN ordinary meeting 2017

14th September 2017 (4:30pm)

Venue: Nexus International School (Tanjong Katong) map here

Address: 201 Ulu Pandan Rd, Singapore 596468

Phone: 6536 6566

Ordinary Meeting

Members Present: Susan MacIntosh (host), Barb Reid (UWCSEA East), Susan Grigsby (UWCSEA East), Helen Robinson (Chatsworth East), Pam Males (UWCSEA Dover), Ali Cuthbert (SAS), Kurt Wittig (UWCSEA Dover), Mairin Raisdana (UWCSEA East), Jane Hayes (Dulwich, Singapore), Jo Krijnsen (GESS), Graham Grant (ISS International School, Singapore), Kim Beeman (Tanglin), Michael Kelly (Tanglin), Uma Manikantan (Tanglin), Ekta Nansi (Tanglin), Meg Johnson (AIS), Linda Saad (AIS), Christina Simpson (EtonHouse Broadrick), Lisa Miller (CIS), Jill Gammon (SAIS), Pat Chandler and Sarah Mounsey (Dulwich), Ranita Smart (GESS), Jenna Emerson (Follett), Raquel Potaka (AIS), Julie Muir (SAIS) will be late ; Elaine Fong (Chatsworth Orchard Campus) will be late, Ryan Dempsey (GEMS Singapore), Foo Soo Chin (SOTA)


Nadine Bailey (CIS), Mary Wheatley (SAS), Marjorie Kennedy (ICS), Kim Klein (SAIS); Linda Twitchett (AIS); Monica Picard (Nexus), Celeste Fisher (Tanglin)

Please sit next to someone who is not from your school

1 min Acceptance of minutes from April meeting

Chris and Jo moved to accept

President’s welcome

New committee members:  Kim Beeman (Tanglin - secretary) and Julie Muir (SAIS - Vice President / Social)

Thank you for May 5, 2017 - End of Year function and farewells NLB Pod

Introductions - New & Old members

Please introduce the person sitting next to you

New Members

SAS - Elementary School - Mary Wheatley (unable to attend this meeting)

UWCSEA (East) - Susan Grigsby

Tanglin - Michael Kelly (Infant School); Kim Beeman (Secondary)

SAIS - Julie Muir (Junior)


Susanne Clower (UWCSEA East)

Format for future meetings -slam / book

Survey of things we would like 10 min PD on

Starting from next meeting, along the lines of TeachMeet

Barb asks that everyone fill out the survey about PD

Subcommittees & expectations

Upcoming social events - (Julie)

Suggested dates for Colbar: Oct Sat 7​ or 14 or 21

After this meeting go to E-Sarn Thai - Directions

Introduce the person sitting next to you

Everyone was asked to introduce the person sitting next to them

Treasurer's report

Paid membership from 15 schools


Network party @ pod


Closing Balance @ 13 Sep


Committee reports

Red Dots - Barb / Katie

Readers Cup festival - CIS

Charity Committee - Updates. Moving forward - Committee decisions

Committee support for support staff PD - update & procedures

Barb mentioned the difficulty of maintaining well functioning sub-committees.

Chris made a motion to open all money for PD to anyone at any school, with a committee to decide on the merit of each application. Elaine seconded.

Graeme made a motion to table the PD money discussion for librarians at small schools. Jo seconded.

Barb put a motion forward to provide up to $500 per member school for support staff PD. Kim seconded, and the motion passed.

Upcoming PD


Other business

Blog: Barb mentioned that Nadine is thinking about the format of the blog (and whether or not the blog is the best format)

Barb mentioned the possibility of holding future (2018 - 2019) meetings at venues other than schools

Barb put out a request to update information about suppliers and guest authors/speakers on the blog.

Request for funds for schools that host meetings: Pam raised the possibility of providing money for schools for tea coffee. Exec committee can provide money if a sponsor is not available, but schools are encouraged to try and arrange sponsors where possible.

Monty Bear  - the books, the authors & other interesting things (Julie - SAIS): Julie brought flyers and information about the Monty Bear books, written by SAIS parents. The books are two for $25, and the authors are available for author visits for the cost of taxi fare.

Recent PD:

Next meeting

Tuesday, 21 November at Dulwich

Sharing session

Members brought book titles to recommend and share:

Contact information from David from Raeco: 

2017 AGM and ordinary meeting minutesISLN LOGO.JPG

20 April 2017 - Australian International School - 4:30pm

Voting proxy received by Secretary from Celeste - TTS

ISLN Annual General Meeting 2017

9 financial members needed for quorum (Total current membership =36)

20 financial members present

Katie Day, Barbara Reid, Susanne Clower - UWCSEA East Campus
Pam Males, Kurt Wittig - UWCSEA Dover

Sarah Mounsey, Jane Hayes, Pat Chandler - Dulwich College

Jill Gammon - SAIS,
Ben Farr, Michael Kelly - Tanglin Trust School

Johanna Krijnsen, Ranita Smart - GESS

Lisa Miller, Nadine Bailey, Melissa Cooper - CIS

Helen Robinson - Chatsworth East Campus

Elaine Fong - Chatsworth Orchard Campus

Meg Johnson, Linda Twitchett, Linda Saad, Racquel - AIS

Christina Simpson - EtonHouse Broadrick

Susan MacIntosh & Monica Picard - Nexus

Ryan - GEMS

Trevor, David - Visitors from Raeco

Apologies: Kim Klein - SAIS, Celeste Fisher, Jacqui Makselon -  TTS, Jenna Emerson-Follett, Graham Grant - ISS

4:32 meeting opened

Quorum established

Acceptance of minutes from 2016 AGM

Moved by   Christina         seconded by  Kurt

President’s report (Katie Day)

2016-17 President’s report.  

Treasurer’s report (Ranita Smart)

ISLN Statement of Accounts April 2016 –  Mar 2017







Opening balance April 1, 2016



 $            31,856.52


Closing balance March 31, 2017



 $            31,526.22

ISLN Statement of Accounts January - December 2016




Opening balance Jan 1, 2016




Membership dues




Readers Cup participation fees




Readers Cup reimbursement for books




Readers Cup expenses








Boxes for charity




Bank charges




Closing balance December 31, 2016




Election of office bearers

Nominations are:

President: Barbara Reid (Philip) (UWCSEA East)

Vice-President: Julie Muir (SAIS)

Secretary: Kim Beeman (TTS)

Treasurer: Ranita Smart (GESS)

Liaison: Susan MacIntosh (Nexus)

Webmaster: Nadine Bailey (CIS)

No positions were contested. Executive committee unanimously voted for by financial members.

Meeting closed : 5pm

Ordinary meeting

Meeting commenced 5pm

Katie continued to run the meeting as Kim was not present to take the minutes. Barb continued to take the minutes.

Acceptance of minutes from February meeting

Moved by Pam (UWCSEA Dover)  seconded by Jo (GESS)

 Details of Social Event at NLB 5 May 2017

Additions to guest list

Judy Kong


Reports from :

Red Dot (info re-potential shortlists), re-vamped Readers Cup, Charity committees

Meeting schedule 2017/18

September  Nexus -  Thursday

November Dulwich - Tuesday

February Dover - Monday

April Stamford - Wednesday

Thanks to Raeco for sponsorship for refreshment

OFS update:  Jan Cox (previous member coming on May 5th)


Farewells to those who are leaving:


Chatsworth having success  with Red Dot books

UWCSEA East Primary finding Scholastic bookclub is working well (fast, free delivery)

UWCSEA Dover has been using On Sudden Hill

Meeting closed 5:22

Minutes ISLN meeting 28th February 2017

Venue: ISS International School

21 Preston Road

Singapore 109355

Next Meeting:

AGM : 20th April, Thursday: AISS


Katie Day, Barb Reid, Graham Grant (HOST), Sarah Mounsey, Jane Hayes, Melissa Cooper, Jill Gammon, Kim Klein, Meg Johnson, Jenns, Kurt Witiig, Linda Twitchett, Pam Males, Susanne Clower, Ranita Smart, Jo Krijnsen, Kate Brundage, Jane Hayes, Elaine Fong, Ben Farr, Susan Grant, Jacqui Makselon, Susan Macintosh, Monica, Nadine Bailey, Karen Chin, Marjorie Kennedy, Beryl, Bhagna, Lisa Miller

Pat Chandler, Soo Chin

1 min Acceptance of minutes from November meeting 
Moved: Kate Brundage Seconded: Jo Krijnsen

President’s welcome

LKSW2017 went well thank you to all the schools that hosted a tour and members who hosted homestays.

Barb commented that  SUTD is worth going to and is open to the public.

Nadine said CIS has made contact with Brad to discuss various IT issues that came up in the pre-conference.

Kurt said that Kim Beeman’s (Tanglin Secondary next year) fake news was phenomenal

Susanne led a tour to SAS ELC and said it was fantastic and worth a look for people interested in Reggio

EPIC - There has been some confusion over the use of EPIC!. Nadine is concerned about managing it in a  1:1 environment and Ben being told that he could not sign up and then being yes. Barb has personal contact with EPIC! and will try to resolve these issues and report back.

REFME - accounts disappeared so discussing what to do. Read Katie’s blog

Graham says that Chegg = Spotify and there are concerns over data collection.

Alternatives being looked at are Endnote - Zotero - Mendalay - Noodletools - Online generator (South Australia)

Treasurer's report

Barb - Bank account problems resolved

Ranita - ISLN sponsored the LKSW2017.  The bank has $31000 approx

Committee reports

Red Dot committee - Katie Day, UWCSEA East

        NEXT GET-TOGETHER - Monday, 13 March for shortlists

Readers Cup - Lisa Miller & Nadine Bailey, CIS gave a presentation - please think about it and we will make some decisions in April

Lisa - CIS has Mature Readers in 2 groups reading 3 novels - amazing race style

Sarah Mounsey - Dulwich is doing House Competitions.  Strategic teams with winning team on stage

SAS - Kids are going to pitch ideas

Rebrand as - A Festival of Possibilities

Charity Committee - Ben Farr, Tanglin & Sarah Mounsey, Dulwich


-- Doreen requested help with freight and secondhand books

-- Myra hope to become a Global Reading Ambassador. She has a project in Manila

Looking at supporting freight costs.

Sharing session

Sarah Mounsey giving away RD bookmarks

Meg requested Information on developing a Human Library

It was suggested that she look at The Moth -

Marjorie mentioned a local storyteller - Yen Sieow - as a possible example

Barb - said that she did a project at Alice Smith using Fotobabble that worked really well. She will share information with anyone interested

Kate - SAS gave all grandparents given the same prompt - kids wrote books - then had a family event

Katie - Talk about your Mother Tongue - Immigrant Stories

Barb had Fleur Vella-Chang from Words Go Round and she was fantastic

Ben Farr - TTS is having James Mayhew - picture books & storyteller - he has 29 May - 2 June week free - contact Ben

Nadine - Rhino Poaching - Jennifer Fox from HK 14-17 April talk for free

Here is the link to the speaker:

And the person who is organising her timetable is Amorie van Wyk and her email is:

<> and her phone: 91684171

Ben Farr - Cassandra Wye -  October - November - Ben has emailed info to ISLN

Nadine CIS had author Andy Chua who is a paleontologist - boys loved him

Jo has been contacted by  Catherine Cousins (publisher) and  Jean-Claude (Mirabel)  is here Thursday & Friday.

Elaine said  Sherlock Sam authors are very good

Katie - UWCSEA is having Alice Pung as part of Words Go Round

Ben - mentioned an event at Bishan NLB tomorrow  - Alice Pung

Katie showed supplier spreadsheet and asked people to update it

Furnware sponsored the afternoon tea at the meeting

Lisa & Nadine would like a similar authors spreadsheet but we would need to exercise caution as it is public. Maybe an omission would hint that it was not a successful visit, or just a contact to discuss verbally?


Sarah - is doing an in conversation with Deb Fitzpatrick

Elaine & Nadine presenting - 21 May.

Ben & Katie are moderating

Ben shared the link for the CBCA - Notable Books

Other business

ECIS Chennai February 18

LKSW November 2017? 2018?

Barb has been in contact with Scholastic Bookclub Australia who say that they will ship for free. Their books are better quality than Scholastic US & UK. Barb will try it and report back.

Social events

Elaine organising April 29 Sat Brunch at 11am at Montana
Review of Montana are here. They are located behind SOTA and the nearest MRT is Dhoby Ghaut. Their claim to fame are waffles, and their coconut cold brew (coffee)

Sign up here if you are interested.

Date claimer for last social event this year May 5th at 6:30pm at The Pod on top of the NLB
This is a farewell to Katie, Jacqui and Ben - all original members during the first Hands on Literacy that led to ISLN incorporation. Also we have several very BIG birthdays this year (Graham, Barb, Katie and Pam - 240 years between them !!!!) so it seemed like a great way to finish the year. We hope as many people as possible will come and it will be free for any of the ISLN member’s library staff. There will be a small charge for other visitors. We need to start a list of who we think we should invite -
please add anyone you can think of here. An RSVP will be sent out to our members soon.

Meeting finished at  6.15pm

Minutes ISLN meeting 21st November 2016

Venue: Singapore American School (Middle School Library)

40 Woodlands Street 41

Singapore 738547

Next Meeting:

Feb 28, Tuesday: ISS Preston


Kate Brundage, Ali Cuthbert, Rosa Shin-Gay, (hosts) Katie Day, Barb Reid, Ben Farr, Sarah Mounsey, Jane Hayes, Elaine Fong, Pam Males, Johanna Krijnsen, Ranita Smart, Marina Kalkum, Celeste Fisher, Kurt Wittig, , Helen Robinson, Graham Grant, Ryan Dempsey, Pat Chandler, Jacqui Makselon, Raquel Potaka, Yvonne Barrett, Meg Johnson, Mrs Starker, Ron Starker, Brian

Susan MacIntosh, Eva Kandelaars (Switzerland)

Linda Twitchett, Christina Simpson, Soo Chin, Karen Chin, Kim Klein, Jill Gammon, Nadine Bailey,

Monica Picard, Melissa Cooper, Susanne Clower, Lisa Miller, Jenna Emerson

Meeting commenced 5:05pm

Acceptance of minutes from September meeting

Moved: Barb Reid

Seconded: Pam Males

Passed: Unanimously

Introductions - New members and guest

Eva Kandelaars (Switzerland)

Raquel Potaka (AIS)


Yvonne Barrett

President’s welcome

PD that has happened since the last meeting

- Destiny Workshop

- Dulwich Librarians Network meeting

- Myra Bascal from NIE - very positive feedback.

Katie asks Ben can we share the pdf? Jacqui says can share not post. The link to PDF will be emailed to those requesting it. Please contact
NIE is offering a 24 hours course for $1200. Elaine asks - Can the Network offer this as PD? ISLN will look into how we can have more / different PD from Myra.

- LKSW - sign up to do a presentation, consider registering library staff & teachers for the pre-conference.
Please let Barb or katie know if you can offer a homestay. Social events open to ISLN even if not attending. Library tours please let us know.

Other PD - Please consider submitting a blog post for the ISLN Blog.

Meg attended AIS - Women in leadership conference. Friday / Saturday. Meg to let us know when the next one is on

Social at Brewerkz this Thursday - Sign up here

Reminder of the benefits of membership

Barb says we need to add to the minutes that the status quo for the bank account should remain. The Constitution states:

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We do not want to have the Vice-President signing and believe that we do not need to have all four committee officers signing

Motion - It is moved that the following signing arrangements are made for  the DBS Bank account for ISLN - The Treasurer and either the President or the Secretary can sign cheques and other bank paperwork. This will reflect the officers elected at the AGM on 28/04/2016

Moved: B. Reid

Seconded: Ali

Result:  Unanimous

Treasurer's report

About $35,000 in the bank

Committee reports

Red Dot committee - Katie Day, UWCSEA East

        NEXT GET-TOGETHER - Tuesday, November 29th, American Club, 5:30pm onwards -- (Contact Katie for more info)

Readers Cup - Readers Cup will not take place this year. Lisa Miller, CIS Lakeside was absent but the committee will be meeting to discuss a variety of options. International ? books, HK quiz , online quizzes, Children’s Lit Quiz

Charity Committee - Barb Reid, UWCSEA East apologises for the Charity Committee being unable to find time to organise allocating funds, but all members have too many other commitments - Ben Farr & Sarah Mounsey have offered to take over the committee

Sharing session - what all appreciate at the moment.

Jo - New school - designing 3 libraries. Have an IT helpdesk in library. Using Aurasma & Blippar

Celeste - Harry Baker &  Antinuke - great visits.

James - Republic Polytech sending interns to work in Makerspace at SAS

Elaine - heard Yvonne talk about gamification, Nadine on mother-tongue. UWCSEA PD on authentic questioning John Zola worksheets online. Re-thinking Literacy is coming again.

Jacqui - School focus mindfulness & Head appreciation of library staff - he gave all staff a cafe token. Such a nice token.

Sarah - Dulwich librarians conference - UWCSEA & TTS hosted guests. DL have decide to have book award to tie in with National NF month. They would like information about Parents Association’s that fund  author visits. Please contact the Dulwich librarians.

Ben - would like an adult bookclub.

Katie - Discussed the UWCSEA ⅔ grown up bookclub looking at books for G2 & 3 followed by an adult bookclub. Well supported by teachers

Kate - SAS had Sonny Liew. He came for their Parent bookclub. Katie has asked Kate to write a blogpost because he is Red Dot author.

Kurt - Organises a PD bookclub - gives teachers a  free lunch & free book

Barb - says that UWCSEA has subscribed to Kanopy and urges others to get a trial

Elaine - subscribes to The Day - and found it went to inappropriate Buzz Feed links.

From Nadine - Is anyone considering this PD?

Brian - Middle School had valuable training in  inquiry process & asking questions

Remember Next Meeting:

Feb 28, Tuesday: ISS

Finish 6.30pm

ISLN meeting 21st September 2016 (4:30pm)

Venue: Canadian International School (Tanjong Katong) map here

371 Tanjong Katong Road

Singapore 437128


Nadine Bailey (host) Katie Day, Barb Reid (Philip), Susanne Clower, Ben Farr, Pam Males, Meg Johnson, Yvonne Barrett, Sarah Mounsey, Chris Simpson, Soo Chin, Graham Grant, Lisa Miller, Mel Cooper, Jane Hayes, Pat Chandler, Celeste Fisher, Jenna Emerson, Celeste Fisher, Ryan Dempsey, Kim Klein, Susan Mackintosh

Late arrivals (4:55pm)

Kate Brundage, Rosa Shin-Gay

Linda Twitchett, Monica Picard, Jill Gammon, Ali Cuthbert, Elaine Fong, Johanna Krijnsen, Ranita Smart, Marina Kalkum, Kurt Wittig

Meeting commenced at 4:30pm

Acceptance of minutes from April meeting Moved by Nadine Bailey Seconded by Jacqui Makselon

President’s welcome - Katie Day

Please access the Who We Are doc and update your details

Welcome to new people

Jane Hayes - Dulwich

Sarah Mounsey - Dulwich

Susan Mackintosh - Nexus

Mel Cooper - CIS Lakeside

Guest : Tim Studlo  - DLC from CIS TK (left at 5pm)

If you go to the Blog you will see  “How to join the google group”. If you join the group you will get all the emails.

Treasurer's report - Ranita was absent so Barb read the financial report

Closing balance at the end of June = $34462.92

Reminders given re-outstanding membership fees, Readers Cup & Red Dot invoices

Committee reports

Red Dot committee - Katie Day, UWC East

Readers Cup - Barbara Reid (Philip), UWC East - people asked to read report for discussion later

Charity Committee - Elaine Fong was absent, but Nadine said that APS is interested in receiving donated books. Celeste said that the Gurkha School is also interested

Katie reminded people about:

Venue: Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters - 185 Upper Thomson Road Singapore 574333




Thanksgiving Buffet

Then also on 3 November they will tour TTS libraries and attend the TTS lecture & social


5:08 pm Nadine Bailey presented on - Reluctant readers and social reading

Readers Cup vote on to continue or not - Please read the report from the RC Committee to enable us to discuss this

We discussed the Readers Cup feedback and then Barb moved:

That we suspend Readers Cup this academic year and reconsider resuming next academic year.

Seconded by  Kim Klein

Vote: For 8   Against 4 - Motion passed

A committee was formed to discuss what we can do to promote reading until the Readers Cup is revamped

Nadine, Lisa, Mel, Rosa, Kate B, Susan are on the committee and will look into how to move forward this year

UWCSEA, AIS & SAIS are forming a Wheelers Consortium and invite others to join. We currently have around 1600 titles. Katie & Barb are trying to see if Wheelers will give ISLN a free platform.

Here at the two Collection ePlatform Plans which enable consortiums in 2016 - ** Please note ePlatform One is not available in Singapore **

A Standard Collection Plan. The annual cost is $1500 NZD payable via credit card or direct deposit into our NZ bank account. They are agreeing to a $1500 content credit, which is basically a 1500 prepay option. Once they reach that figure in spend, then it rolls out to a pay as you go model. If the Schools finance team don’t like paying in NZD each month, then this is the better option to go for. It really just come down to what will work best for them.

The alternative option is a Gap Year Collection Plan. The annual cost is $375 NZD payable via credit card or direct deposit into our NZ bank account. Should they purchase books privately at any point, an invoice will be raised and payment is due on the following 20th of the month. They simply pay for the ePlatform upfront and then pay as go for titles there after.

PD round up

Opportunity was given to identify PD attended since last meeting so that people can approach you at the break to discuss. Katie asked that people consider submitting a blog post for the ISLN Blog. Thank you to Soo Chin for her contribution.

LAS PD Visit - Soo Chin

LFT2016 - Barb Reid (Philip)

Prague - Katie Day

ALA - Kim Klein

Sydney Writers - Ben & Celeste

Kath Murdoch - Kate Brundage, Rosa Shin-Gay

Helen doing online PYP Course

Julia Donaldson - won’t do school visits but will be at KidsFest

February 2018 ECIS Library Conference in India - sign up now

Other business

Membership / Annual fees - due April - membership gives discount to PD

5:30 Break

5:40  Sharing session

Celeste - Read Number the Stars: Lois Lowry - positive book on WWII

Yvonne - Has been getting students to make screen recordings of their search process - to see what they are looking at - work in groups 2-3. It works well

Ben -Book  Don’t Worry Spratly - Helen Sampson Tanglin Teacher

Cassandra Wye (Storyteller) - is visiting TTS and is highly recommended

Celeste - Atinuke coming to TTS - ISLN members welcome to attend 7-11 November email Celeste to arrange a time

Nadine - Dr Willi Smits coming to CIS on Monday 26th September 9:50-10:30

Finish 6pm

Useful links

If you are not receiving the ISLN emails, please join our google group. Contact Katie Day to be added; her email is

Participation in the google group is welcomed from all members, irrespective of free/premium membership.

Also, remember you can get information about our network at our blog.   And do consider submitting a blog post to share with others.

“Who we are” document - -- it would be great if everyone could fill this in -- this is irrespective of free/premium membership

Reminder for each premium (paid)  member school to fill in details of nominated people (to receive premium benefits) -- see current paid-up member schools -- list

*Please note that we are using this information to distribute information to paid members; if you don’t fill this in you won’t get this information!

Project links

Details of the ongoing projects have been sent out before the meeting. You can access them at any time as they are on a shared google drive -- via these links.

Charity committee - Elaine Fong, Chatsworth Orchard Campus

Copyright committee - Susanne Clower, UWC East

Paid members have been sent the copyright document we received from the law firm and a doc with the attempt to summarize that document in non-legalese language. Please contact Susanne if you have not received this.

28 April 2016

Ordinary meeting commenced at 5:30pm  
(with new officers in place;)

Venue: Hwa Chong International School

663 Bukit Timah Road

Singapore, 269783

Katie Day - Chair

Barb Reid (Philip) - Minutes

Acceptance of minutes from February meeting

Moved by Linda Twitchett , seconded by Yvonne Barrett


As per AGM attendance below - except Jacqui Makselon who apologised after AGM
Apologies & Farewells

Apologies: Ben Farr and Celeste Fisher, Tanglin Trust School; Christina Simpson, EtonHouse; Rosa Shin-Gay & Alison Cuthbert, Singapore American School; Shaun Russell and Monica Pickard, Nexus; Lisa Miller, CIS; Kurt Wittig, UWCSEA - Dover: Suzanne Clower, UWCSEA - East

Farewells: Danielle retiring this year, Laura Taylor leaving Dulwich, Philip Moon leaving Overseas Family School; Shaun Russell leaving Nexus;

New members attending:  NPS School Anjali Kaul, Nirali Parikh, Kanchan Ramachandran, Sanyukta Bandopadmaya

Committee reports

Red Dot committee - Katie Day, UWC East

Elaine Fong  asked could the committee ensure that NLB has 10 copies of the chosen books.

Barb Reid (Philip) is concerned that  it might stop the international flavour

Yvonne Barrett suggested that ISLN could purchase books for loan to schools, then donate them to charity.

Katie outlined voting procedure.

Readers Cup - Kate Brundage, SAS and Barbara Reid (Philip), UWC East

Charity Committee - Elaine Fong - Report Here

Please make suggestions for local charities to Nadine

Boxes for Doreen are needed by August  - Sign up here

Katie shared the Library Officers JAW website and urged people to sign up

Business ended at 5:50


Katie -  talked about AFCC2016

Barb - talked about QR Codes to email and Padlet in LibGuide and Kevin Hennah’s visit and Destiny Homepage

Soo Chin - Talked Words Go Round author Sarah J Maas visit which was successful. Katie cautions that not all of her books are suitable for kids. Jo said that she interacted well with students.

Linda - Atia Abawi -  Secrets in the Sky (last year AJ Betts - also good)

Elaine - Brandon Mull also great. Katie Van Camp also good

Yvonne taking sketch-noting with kids - Elaine will share presentation of lesson she has taken on sketch-noting

Kate - Carin Berger author visit  shared video

Pat - organising Dulwich Librarians Conference in November

Katie - met Karl from Follett in Beijing who suggested that Follett wiil interface with Overdrive soon.

Jenna - Will find out about Overdrive.  Follett has merged with Baker & Taylor . Representing The Day - Newspaper

Elaine - took Academic Integrity and Extended Essay online courses - both were good - from . Edex is another online course  provider.

Meeting ended 6:10pm

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Project links

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Charity committee - Elaine Fong, Chatsworth Orchard Campus

Copyright committee - Susanne Clower, UWC East

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Annual General Meeting - Thursday, 28 April, 2016

ISLN Annual General Meeting

Meeting commenced at 4:40pm

Members present are highlighted in yellow

54 Members have voting rights - 14 members required for quorum.

Roll Call of Members eligible to vote.

Australian International School

Linda Twitchett

Meg Johnson - A

Yvonne Barrett

Jennifer Kennedy - A  

Raquel Potaka - A

Canadian International School, Lakeside

Lisa Miller - A

Canadian International School, Tanjong Katong

Nadine Bailey

Chatsworth International School

Elaine Fong

Helen Robinson

Dulwich College Singapore

Laura Taylor - A

Patricia Chandler

Etonhouse International School, Broadrick

Christina Simpson - A

German European School

Ranita Smart

Jo Krijnsen

Marina Kalkum

Hwa Chong International School

Karen Chin

Avril Teh

International Community School

Marjorie Kennedy

International School of Singapore

Graham Grant

Susan Grant

Siti Munirah
Richavez Leons

Lycee Francais de Singapore

Danièle Weiler - A

Nexus International School

Shaun Russell (Proxy received)- A
Mary Jane Santos
Kym Lee
Monica Picard (absent)
Michele Newman

Overseas Family School

Winny Lam
Philip Moon
Sanjeevani Bandara
Richard Band
Karen Melski
Shoba Verghese

St. Joseph’s Institution, International

Yvonne Krishnan
Siti Nurhidayah - A

School of the Arts

Soo Chin

Singapore American School

Alison Cuthbert - A
Rosa Shin-Gay - A
Kate Brundage
Ron Starker
Bob Helmer

Stamford American International School

Kim Klein

Jill Gammon

Tanglin Trust School

Ben Farr (absent)
Celeste Fisher (absent)
Rebecca Maniates -A
Jacqui Makselon
Sheue Mui Yap -A


Pam Males

Kurt Wittig -A

Mathew Nathan - A


Katie Day

Barb Reid (Philip)

Susanne Clower - A

Jenna Emerson, 4 x NPS Staff

Acceptance of minutes from 2015 AGM

Moved by Jacqui Makselon, seconded by Elaine Fong

President’s report (Katie Day)

Link to report here

Treasurer’s report (Ranita Smart)

The report is available to paid members on request. Please email

Election of office bearers

Nominations are:

President: Katherine B. Day (Katie)

Vice-President: Benjamin Farr (Ben)

Treasurer: Ranita Smart

Secretary: Barb Reid (Barbara Philip)

Liaison: Kate Brundage

Webmaster: Lisa Miller

There were no further nominations.

Move to accept the committee nominations as the new committee

Moved: Katie Day  Seconded: Barb Reid (Philip)

Unanimous vote for the committee as nominated

Auditors appointed for 2 year term

Nadine Bailey

Jo Krijnsen

Meeting closed 5:20pm