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SLANSW hosts a number of professional learning events each year at a discounted rate for members. Our regular professional learning program consists of two face-to-face summits per year (usually held in March and September), as well as monthly online meet-up sessions.

SLANSW also offers professional learning opportunities through partnerships with other professional associations, organisations and industry events. Previous partners have included Eduwebinar, Syba Academy, Spark Festival, and Brisbane Summit's Capacity Building School Libraries conference.

Please note SLANSW's Cancellation and Refund Policy for Professional Learning Events when registering for summits and online meet-ups.

Payment for SLANSW events is via credit card. The Association has phased out receiving payments via direct bank transfer. If, however, your school prefers to continue to pay via bank transfer, this will incur a 10% administration fee and the manual processing of a new invoice. Please email info@slansw.net.au to request this.

Professional Learning Events



    • 13 May 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • 30 Aug 2024
    • 8:00 PM
    • Flexible Blended Learning
    • 88
    Register

    Flexible Blended Learning Course 1, 2024

    Information, Media and Digital Literacies


    This Flexible Blended Learning Course provides current research in the field of Media, Information and Digital Literacy. It focusses on how young people engage in the digital space, while also considering the movement worldwide to develop Media and Information Literacy skills across all sectors and communities. This course also curates tools, resources and strategies that can be incorporated in Media and Information Literacy programs and services.

    This course aims to identify the competencies related to Information, Media and Digital Literacies. At the completion of the course, you will be equipped to develop and deliver programs and services to facilitate the development of critical thinking and media, information and digital literacy skills for your library community.

    The cost of this course is $60, which represents outstanding value. 

    This course will provide 10 hours of Elective Professional Learning.


    Course structure 

    The course will open on May 13. Participants will work at their own pace to complete the viewing and reading of resources. During Term 3, an optional online meetup will be offered for participants, however attendance at this meetup is not compulsory to achieve the course requirements. Due to the amount of content being offered, the course will remain open until August 30, 2024.

    If participants require a certificate of participation, they will be required to submit a reflection on their learning at the end of the flexible blended learning course.


    Course Overview

    Session 1

    Introduction to Media and Information literacy

    Session 2

    Connection and media platforms

    Session 3

    Equitability in the media and information ecosystem

    Session 4

    Developing Media and Information Literacy programs

    Analysis and Reflection


    Registrations for this course are now open.


    Suggested Standards addressed by this Course

    2.5.2 Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement.

    2.6.2 Use effective teaching strategies to integrate ICT into learning and teaching programs to make selected content relevant and meaningful.

    3.3.2 Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving, and critical and creative thinking.

    3.4.2 Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.

    7.4.2 Participate in professional and community networks and forums to broaden knowledge and improve practice.

    Certificate of participation available via request to: info@slansw.net.au

    • 28 May 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online via SLANSW Zoom room
    • 30
    Register

    CBCA Book Week 2024:

    Reading is Magic

    The CBCA Book Week, being held from 17 – 23 August, is one of the key events for school libraries in Australia, with libraries across the nation celebrating in a variety of ways. The theme for this year's CBCA Book Week is “Reading is Magic”. We have invited three experienced and renowned Book Week experts to share their plans for this year. In this meetup you will be provided with ideas for your library and for students across K-12. Join us on May 28 at 7:00pm for our online meetup and you are sure to go away with lots of ideas than can be used in your school library.


    Our Presenters - 

    About Leah Rose

    Leah has spent more than 20 years working in the Australian book industry. She was the children's specialist at her local Angus and Robertson book store, then moved to publishing for Walker Books Australia and then finally was the school specialist for Paul Macdonald at the Children's Bookshop. Leah has since been working as a Library Technician in school libraries, and is currently at a co-educational K-12 institution. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Information Services from CSU and also studied creative writing. In her spare time she proofs audio books for Audible and has recently finished serving as a judge in the 2022 Aurealis Awards. She is a committed reader of children's and YA literature and is a dedicated collector of picture books since her aunt gifted her ‘Dinotopia’ at the age of 8.


    About Vicki Bennett

    Vicki Bennett is a teacher librarian who works in two small primary schools in the Shoalhaven area since 2018. From 2012 – 2-17 she was a primary classroom teacher. She has been a member of SLANSW since 2018 and a member of the SLANSW Management Committee since 2020. Vicki is currently the secretary of SLANSW as well as the secretary for the Shoalhaven Teacher Librarian Network. Vicki is a very enthusiastic advocate for the role of the teacher librarian and school libraries who believes that the best approach for advocacy is to educate and inform everyone about the role of the teacher librarian.

    She is currently undertaking research at one of her schools about how collaborative teaching with the teacher librarian and classroom teacher in schools can improve student outcomes(literacy) and support classroom teachers with planning, implementation of inquiry learning, research, and providing appropriate and relevant resources to support their teaching. This research is aiming to provide an evidence-base to support collaborative teaching with the teacher librarian to share with school leadership.


    About Rhonda Creasey

    Rhonda Creasey is a busy Teacher Librarian at Merewether PS and Wallsend PS. She has worked in libraries and schools over the last three decades in NSW, WA and NT. She loves to learn and embraces any opportunity to develop new skills or refine her practice. Rhonda has been actively involved in leading Meetups, presenting at Online Open Forum and leading the IFF Working Party. Rhonda is excited to take on the role of co-ordinating the Professional Learning sub-committee and continuing the provision of quality learning for Teacher Librarians across the state. She looks forward to working with an interested and dynamic team.


    Suggested Standards addressed by this Online Meet-up

    2.1.2 Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities. 

    6.2.2 Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities.

    7.4.2 Participate in professional and community networks and forums to broaden knowledge and improve practice.

    Certificate of participation available via request to: info@slansw.net.au


    About SLANSW Online Meet-Ups

    The one-hour meet-ups take place in SLANSW's Zoom Conference Room and include a presentation from a guest speaker, with facilitated discussion between participants. We aim to include Q&A time as a wrap-up of each online meetup.

    A maximum of 100 places are available for each meet-up, so get your registrations in ASAP.

    Participation in SLANSW online meet-ups is at no cost to members.  Non-members may access the meet-ups for $45 per session.

    The one-hour meet-up takes place in SLANSW's Zoom conference room. 

    Those who register for this event will receive an email within 24 hours before the event, with details to access this online session.

    • 5 Jun 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Online via SLANSW Zoom room
    • 99
    Register

    Special Interest Group - Research

    Dr Helen Weston - Gamification and the school reading program


    Term 2 Meeting:  Wednesday 5th

    June at 7.30pm


    We are excited to have Dr Helen Weston join us to discuss her recent action research project, undertaken as a member of the Global Action Research Collective (GARC), for the International Girls’ Schools Coalition. Helen is the Program Leader – Library and Research at Loreto College, Coorparoo, Queensland and is also the ALIA Schools representative to ACSL (Australian Coalition for School Libraries). Helen’s research addressed the issue of Year 7 girls identifying as not interested in reading and believing they cannot find anything of interest to read. To address this issue, Helen explored the introduction of gamification to a reading program in an independent Catholic girls’ school. Her planned action was to have students collaborate in teams to play a series of online and offline games, based on novels, authors, and genres. The students also collaborated to generate content that was used to create some of the games. Join us to hear more about Helen’s project and the outcome of her action research project.


    How do I participate?

    All SLANSW members are welcome to attend this Research SIG meeting.

    You must register to ensure you are sent the Zoom login details within 24 hours before your session.


    • 20 Jun 2024
    • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Saint Augustine's College - Sydney
    • 95
    Register

    Special Interest Group - Networking

    Face-to-Face Networking for SLANSW Members


    Term 2 Meeting: Thursday 20th

    June at 4.30pm


    The next Networking SIG meeting with be held at St Augustine’s College, Brookvale, on June 20, between 4:30 – 5:30pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other like-minded library staff and SLANSW members.

    As part of the Networking SIG, we are launching our Professional Learning Book Club. At this meeting we will be discussing Dr Margaret Merga’s latest book -  Creating a Reading Culture in Primary and Secondary Schools: A Practical Guide.  It will be so beneficial to hear Gabrielle Mace, Head of Library Services and Principal Consultant at ProReading Solutions, speak about this resource, and her work and research that has informed some of Dr Merga’s book. Start reading it now so that you can get the most out of our discussion.

    This SIG is a platform to support members and encourage ongoing dialogue in our professional learning community.  It is also only available to SLANSW members as a benefit of membership.

    Afternoon Tea will be provided.


    How do I participate?

    All SLANSW members are welcome to attend this Networking SIG meeting.

    You must register to ensure you are sent the location sign in details within 48 hours before your session.


15 May 2024 Non-Teaching School Library SIG - Term 2 2024
26 Mar 2024 Libraries supporting and resourcing the new English Curriculum
20 Mar 2024 Special Interest Group - Research
16 Mar 2024 Professional Learning Summit: (16 March 2024)
6 Mar 2024 Non-Teaching School Library SIG - Term 1 2024
13 Feb 2024 Welcome to the Library
28 Nov 2023 SLANSW Trivia 2023
15 Nov 2023 Non-Teaching School Library SIG - Term 4 2023
1 Nov 2023 Special Interest Group - Research
17 Oct 2023 Advocacy: Influencing for Impact
19 Sep 2023 Teacher Librarians Engaging with Numeracy (Open Online Forum)
18 Sep 2023 Flexible Blended Learning Course 2, 2023
9 Sep 2023 Professional Learning Summit: (9 September 2023)
23 Aug 2023 Non-Teaching School Library SIG - Term 3 2023
16 Aug 2023 Special Interest Group - Research
25 Jul 2023 CBCA Book Week Ideas 2023
20 Jun 2023 Podcasting for Teacher Librarians
24 May 2023 Special Interest Group - Research
17 May 2023 Non-Teaching School Library SIG - Term 2 2023
9 May 2023 The School Library's role in including Indigenous Australian Voice in the English Curriculum K-10
1 May 2023 Flexible Blended Learning Course 1, 2023
28 Mar 2023 Collection Development Policies: Creation and implementation
15 Mar 2023 Special Interest Group - Mentoring
4 Mar 2023 Professional Learning Summit: The Strength of Story (4 March 2023)
1 Mar 2023 Special Interest Group - Research
22 Feb 2023 Non-Teaching School Library SIG - Term 1 2023
14 Feb 2023 Resourcing the Curriculum - Selecting First Nations Resources
13 Dec 2022 SLANSW Trivia 2022
30 Nov 2022 Special Interest Group - Research
22 Nov 2022 Sensational starts: Orientation activities and programs to kick off the new year
16 Nov 2022 Coffee and Chat - Non-Teaching School Library SIG - Term 4 2022
25 Oct 2022 An Evening with Matthew Lin and Zana Fraillon
17 Oct 2022 Flexible Blended Learning Course 2, 2022
17 Sep 2022 SLANSW AGM 2022
10 Sep 2022 Professional Learning Summit: Information and Innovation (10 September 2022)
9 Aug 2022 An Introduction to the Information Fluency Framework
3 Aug 2022 Special Interest Group - Research
26 Jul 2022 CBCA Book Week Preparation
14 Jun 2022 Library Partnerships – How do you connect with other libraries? (Open Online Forum)
2 Jun 2022 SLANSW Professional Learning Lab - Series 1 2022 - Group 3
1 Jun 2022 Special Interest Group - Research
11 May 2022 Coffee and Chat - Non-Teaching School Library SIG - Term 2 2022
9 May 2022 Flexible Blended Learning Course 1, 2022
3 May 2022 Reading for Wellbeing: Implementing reading programs to support student wellbeing
6 Apr 2022 Special Interest Group - Research
19 Mar 2022 Professional Learning Summit: Representation Matters (19 March 2022)
9 Mar 2022 Coffee and Chat - Non-Teaching School Library SIG - Term 1 2022
8 Mar 2022 Escape Rooms and Library Event Programming - How to get started and involve your community.
15 Feb 2022 How do you recommend books to your students?
9 Feb 2022 Special Interest Group - Research
7 Dec 2021 SLANSW Trivia 2021
24 Nov 2021 Special Interest Group - Research "Planning for Action: Evidence-based projects ideas for 2022”
23 Nov 2021 Member Benefits - New offerings and updates
13 Nov 2021 Teaching Civic Online Reasoning: Empowering Students to Sort Fact from Fiction Online with Dr Sarah McGrew (International Speaker Series: 2) Saturday 13 November, 2021 9:00-11:00am
27 Oct 2021 Coffee and Chat - Non-Teaching School Library SIG - Term 4 2021
20 Oct 2021 Special Interest Group - Research "Informing and Reporting on Your Practice"
12 Oct 2021 Developmental Bibliotherapy: What is it and why do our students need it?
15 Sep 2021 Coffee and Chat - Non-Teaching School Library SIG
4 Sep 2021 Professional Learning Summit: Digital Design and Delivery (4 September 2021)
17 Aug 2021 SLANSW Celebrates National Science Week
20 Jul 2021 Brilliant Book Week Ideas! (Open Online Forum)
16 Jun 2021 Meet Your Association - Northern Session
9 Jun 2021 Meet Your Association - Southern Session
5 Jun 2021 Inquiry-based Teaching and Learning: A Re-imagination Journey with Dr Barbara Stripling (International Speaker Series: 1) Saturday 5 June, 2021 9:00-11:00am
2 Jun 2021 Meet Your Association - Western Session
25 May 2021 Inquiry Learning and the Teacher Librarian - the ideal and the reality
27 Apr 2021 Just Read: Developing and implementing a K-12 sustained silent reading program
30 Mar 2021 Spotlight on TL of the Year, Vicki Courtenay
13 Mar 2021 The Laureate and the Literacy Leader: Professional Learning Summit (13 March 2021)
16 Feb 2021 Trialling micro-credentials in a school library setting
1 Dec 2020 TL Trivia
17 Nov 2020 The Best Books of 2020
27 Oct 2020 Practical Preparedness: Dealing with compounding disasters
22 Sep 2020 Lessons from the Library: pitfalls and possibilities (Open Online Forum)
5 Sep 2020 Working for a New Normal with Dr R. David Lankes (International Speaker Series: 4) Saturday, 5 September, 2020 9.00-11.00am
22 Aug 2020 The Post-Pandemic School Library Learning Commons with Anita Brooks Kirkland (International Speaker Series: 3) Saturday, 22 August, 2020 9.00-11.00am
4 Aug 2020 The Inclusion of Australian Multicultural Young Adult Fiction in Secondary School Library Collections
25 Jul 2020 Information Literacy in Reading Fiction with Dr Mary Ann Harlan (International Speaker Series: 2) Saturday, 25 July, 2020 9.00-11.00am
20 Jun 2020 International Speaker Series Professional Learning Package (20 June, 25 July, 22 August & 5 September, 2020)
20 Jun 2020 Young People Living Safe Lives in Online Environments with Dr Ross Todd (International Speaker Series: 1) Saturday, 20 June, 2020 9.00-11.00am
9 Jun 2020 Online Marketplace Meet-up 2
26 May 2020 Graphic novels as texts: “It was harder to teach than I thought.”
5 May 2020 Online Marketplace Meet-up 1
31 Mar 2020 How are you dealing with COVID-19? (Open Online Forum)
24 Mar 2020 The role of the author and poet in making reading matter
7 Mar 2020 Reach Out Through Reading, SLANSW State Library Conference Day (7 March 2020)
25 Feb 2020 The Library as ‘third space’ in your school: Supporting academic and emotional well-being in the school community
26 Nov 2019 Using action research to support professional learning of teachers (Action Research Series)
29 Oct 2019 Kickstarting Action Research in Your School Library (Action Research Series)
19 Oct 2019 Today’s Learners ~ Tomorrow’s Leaders, SLANSW State Library Conference Day
24 Sep 2019 Diverse stories: Developing Year 8 boys to become adventurous readers (Action Research Series)
3 Sep 2019 The power of immigrant stories: Action research at Mazenod (Action Research Series)
27 Aug 2019 Guided Inquiry: Findings and implications from recent research and practice (Action Research Series)

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