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Conference Program

SLANSW State Library Conference Day

Venue: State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney 

The conference content will be delivered by authors, academics, teachers and teacher librarians who have expertise in various aspects of reading across the curriculum and Indigenous language and culture. The purpose of the program is to share research into reading and language and to provide practical applications of strategies for engaging students in reading and developing a broader understanding of language.

School Library Association of NSW
 through the Professional Teachers’ Council NSW is endorsed to provide the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient, Highly Accomplished, and Lead levels.

Completing Reach Out Through Reading on 7 March 2020 will contribute 4 hours 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 2.4.2, 3.3.2, 6.2.2 and 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.




Welcome & housekeeping


Keynote: Alex Wharton

Reading for Inclusion




Morning Tea


Concurrent Sessions 1

Session 1 (a) – Reading for Extension

Heather Zubek & Janet Agostino: Matchmaking Books and Gifted Readers

Session 1 (b) – Reading for Wellbeing

Judith Wakeman: Developmental Bibliotherapy for Adolescents



Concurrent Sessions 2

Session 2 (a) – Bringing Reading Alive

Winnie Mak: Library displays, inspiration, ideas and implementation, and

Louise Sherwin-Stark: Australian Reading Hour plans and reading benefits

Session 2 (b) – Literature Across the Curriculum

Dr Kasey Garrison and Lee FitzGerald: Literature across the Curriculum
The presentation focuses on using fiction across the curriculum in areas other than English and is suitable for primary and secondary TLs.  The premise of the presentation is that topics across the curriculum can be introduced using fiction, particularly picture books and emerging digital fiction, such as immersive journalism and trans-media  storytelling.  Such use of literature allows students to engage with the broad outlines of a topic and to become curious and empathetic about the topic.



1.20- 2.20pm

Melissa JacksonLibrarian Indigenous Engagement,

State Library NSW

Curatorial talk and tour of the Living Language Exhibition


Keynote: Kirli Saunders


Conference wrap, Prize draw & Evaluation


Conference close**

**  An optional visit to the SLNSW Children’s Library is available for participants upon conference close.

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