Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Another service may be axed without your voice....

I was totally surprised and disappointed to hear the news that  Edna's services were to be closed. I have been using  Edna for over ten years  to access reviewed  and catalogued resources for my staff and for many others in my PLN, through my  blogs, to support learning. 

As the result of a year long review, edna is to be decommissioned. The decommissioning of edna will commence on 30 June 2011, and be completed on 30 September 2011.

Services to be closed:

edna news, events and resources
The edna website and most associated services will cease, including:
>    news headlines, newsletters, news RSS feeds
>    resources, theme pages, search and browse functions and associated RSS feeds
>    event listings, schools calendar, event RSS feeds
OzProjects (http://www.ozprojects.edu.au)
OzProjects is funded as part of the edna suite of services and therefore will cease on 31 December 2011.
This review did not include the major states using edna, WA, NT, SA and Tasmania.

The National Curriculum is struggling to provide supporting resources, as they search for copyright free digital resources through the National Digital Learning Resources Network.  Edna Resources is already up and running and half way there.  It has over 40,000 resources for all education sectors and around 23,000 for schools.
Teachers and teacher librarians and library officers will be struggling even further to find time to locate appropriate resources for quality teaching and learning.

See http://www.edna.edu.au/edna/go/ednaclosure   for further information.

We don't have time to wait for the federal government to realize that a portal, as Erica Jolley says in our latest Hub blog, A message from the heartis not the one stop answer to real learning. Erica is Education/Health liaison, Australian Federation of Graduate Women-SA

 Erica Jolley encourages people to have a look at the item Ian Purcell sent her. Ian wanted to share what has been happening in USA. " In the USA we have a tendency in this country to wonder where something went and valuing it when it is irretrievable. The report re School Libraries and Teacher Librarians did not push for action now. We do not need more reports. We need to protect the school libraries still in existence and bring in teacher librarians where they have been lost."  Libraries as Safety Nets

Some comments about the wide range of services that EdNA has provided over the years to many people can be found at The Hub and other comments can be left at http://www.groups.edna.edu.au/mod/forum/view.php?f=13877#p165987
For specific enquiries regarding the closure of edna contact 1300 003 362 (1300 00 edna) or email support@edna.edu.au
Ring and email your local federal member now. 
Say NO to Edna's closure, especially if no one asked YOU!http://hubinfo.wordpress.com/


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