National Week 2012

How to future proof your job

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

This seminar “School Libraries Making a Difference: What is your evidence, and how do you get it?” could save your job and those of your fellow teacher librarians. Register now!

In this current environment where principals are cutting back on library budgets and staffing numbers, accountability and evidence based practices has become virtually compulsory to ensure that not only will students continue to benefit from the presence of professionally trained librarians but also that the role of teacher librarian does not become extinct.

Greg Lindorff, President of AISWA Libraries Inc. and teacher librarian at Christ Church Grammar in Perth, attended this same seminar in Sydney last year and has since shared the impact of the day with us:

“Before going to Sydney to attend the same seminar I used to find EBP an enormous "chore", and one that I was trying to ignore. Ross Todd and Lyn Hay are the "go to" people in the field of EBP.

I came away from the Sydney seminar with:

  • The realisation that EBP was relatively easy to implement, and that in many cases all I needed to do was tweak what I was currently doing;

  • A better understanding and practical knowledge of EBP;

  • Simple and easily implementable strategies that worked; and

  • Access to a network of library professionals (including Ross and Lyn) for advice and assistance.”

The “School Libraries Making a Difference: What is your evidence, and how do you get it?” seminar is accredited by the NSW Institute of Teachers and will be held in the following locations:

David Linke from Ed Alliance is the Major Sponsor at all three seminars. He believes strongly in the message that school libraries make a difference!

We hope you can join us!

The Syba Team

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Keep Walking

Monday, April 29, 2013

Feature Article

Our feature article this term has been written by Syba Signs very own Mollie Bain. Mollie has been researching and developing an all new range of products titled ‘My Digital Footprint’ and has gathered a wealth of valuable resources and information to support these. We thought we would share it with you – we hope you enjoy it! See below for Mollie’s full article.

Cheers, The Syba Team

Keep Walking

Imagine if everything we did was catalogued. Our first tantrum, a secret nose pick, a school yard argument and those awkward teenage years. Picture this information in a library. Easily searchable with access granted, exclusively, to the entire world. I am thrilled to tell you that as our personal and professional lives transcend into the digital world this has become reality. Our online activity is recorded and our real life activity finds itself online. This library begins before we have even started living our lives. Twenty six per cent of Australian children have pre-birth scans uploaded to the internet and forty one per cent of mothers upload photos of their newborn child (Business Wire 2010). Welcome to the Truman Show, kids!

Digital footprints

Interactions in the digital world leave traces about us and contribute to our digital footprint. Every single teeny tiny digital interaction we make leaves a footprint and says much about who we are and what we do. Content we create including emails, uploads, photos, activity on social media, blogs and forums contribute to our digital footprint. Other ‘private’ interactions such as downloads, website visits, frequency of visits, amount of clicks AND links we click on in emails are traceable. Content that others have uploaded about us including mentions, tags and events attended also contribute to our digital footprint, phew!

Our digital footprint impacts our online life and real life. It can misrepresent our character and damage our reputation. It may hurt employment prospects, admission opportunities, affect friendships and embarrass family members. Information about ourselves can be used to exploit our interests, steal our identity or money and contact us offline. Being mindful of our online activity can ensure our footprint does not negatively impact us and with attention we can create a digital footprint that works for us.

Educating about our digital footprint

Managing our digital footprint is important and we need to start educating on this topic early! Eighty four per cent of Australian children under two have a digital footprint (Business Wire 2010). Even before they are school aged, we need to be teaching kids about exploring safe sites, using appropriate language, being aware of online connections and sharing their lives with the world. By school age kids need to understand that once online their work will be able to be copied, edited and critiqued.

Our digital footprint is a valuable and rewarding tool if it is managed with the goal of creating a positive online presence. Exploring the internet through created profiles we discover a never ending and always changing world of subjects, pages, networks and support. We can connect with like-minded people, share information, build a following, collaborate on projects, engage in worthwhile discussions, seek information and be sought out for our areas of interest.

Our greatest self

As our personal, professional, real and online lives become entangled we need to choose what we want to reveal to the online world. If we successfully manage our digital footprint we have the opportunity to showcase our greatest self, to everyone. Ensuring this greatest self is discoverable is an ongoing process. Every 60 seconds Facebook users share 684,478 pieces of content, 571 new websites are created and 48 hours of video are uploaded to You Tube (Domo 2012). As the online world grows rapidly managing our footprint is a learning experience for all of us. We must continue to pursue this online presence though because the only thing worse than a damaging digital footprint, is no digital footprint at all.

It may be overwhelming, but it is also exciting! Look me up today and you will find an education and digital fanatic, boat-loving, country music enthusiast. This may seem an odd pick for ‘my greatest self but I am learning and collaborating with some wonderful people on all of my passions. This design is currently advantageous and relevant to me. Decide what fits for you. You may wish to work toward a Google Image search that produces a page flooded with glamorous photos of you surrounded by fabulous people. Our digital footprint should be our creation, our choice and for our benefit. We must keep walking in the direction of a positive digital footprint and teach our kids to do the same!

Mollie Bain

Our range of My Digital Footprint education resources includes the following:

Digital Resources:

Digital Signage:

Posters and banners:



Inspiring vinyl lettering ideas for schools and libraries

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Syba Signs enjoys creating engaging learning environments for schools and libraries. Our vinyl lettering is an easy, high impact way to enhance your learning space. It can be adhered to any smooth surface including walls, windows, bay ends, doors and shelving. The vinyl can be removed but not reused (see our application instructions).

We have a number of standard word wall sets available or you can draw inspiration from the custom projects below.

Inspire students to acknowledge and explore a variety of learning profiles.

Capture your students attention with engaging 21st century learning values.

Give your windows life with this three colour vinyl lettering design.

Connect with your community and create a welcoming space for all.

You can also visit our full gallery of vinyl lettering word wall images for more inspiration!

Vinyl lettering can be fully customised to suit the needs of your school or library. Syba Signs can create a design that reflects your learning practices, values, attitudes and beliefs. You can call Mike on 02 9808 3377 or email

Mary, Mollie, Mike and the Syba team.


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