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Working for a New Normal with Dr R. David Lankes (International Speaker Series: 4) Saturday, 5 September, 2020 9.00-11.00am

  • 5 Sep 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Online via SLANSW Zoom room
  • 55


  • ADMIN only for those who have prep-paid for all 4 ISS events
  • For participants who are not current financial members of SLANSW
    * Price includes GST
  • For presenters/organisers to register their complimentary attendance as advised by the Organising Committee
  • Member discounted rate

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International Speaker Series: 4


Working for a New Normal

Presented by Dr R. David Lankes

This is the fourth in a series of four online professional learning events featuring international guest speakers exploring a range of topical issues relevant to teacher librarians and teachers in 2020.

Each session is being held on a Saturday morning from 9-11am, with each 2 hour session consisting of a one hour presentation with Q&A followed by one hour of practical workshop-style activities.

Each session is NESA accredited to assist our members in gaining their NESA accredited PL hours for this year. Completing this fourth and final session will provide you with a total of 2 hours of NESA accredited PL.

Each 2 hour session will take 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.

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

If you wish to register for all 4 sessions to receive an extra members' discount,
please go the ISS Professional Learning Package on the Events page
on SLANSW's website to register for all 4 session as a package
(do not register for each individual event as you will not get the extra discount).

Description of session
During the coronavirus pandemic many people used the phrase “a new normal”, mostly in wondering what life and work would be like after the lock downs. This is almost always presented in a negative frame, as in what we will lose. No handshakes. Sustained social distancing measures. Libraries will have to deliver fewer physical services. There will be a greater divide between the haves and have nots.

But what if we flipped that perspective. What do we want the new normal to be? What if the new normal was better than the “old” normal. What if virtual and physical services better reflected the community and improved learning, and we could clearly demonstrate the impacts of these changes? What if national and international copyright laws were more responsive to the needs of communities in times of crisis? What if libraries were centres not only of learning, but well-being – providing support for students, teachers, and parents alike?

In this session, David Lankes will encourage participants to think about an agenda for libraries – of all types – to create an improved “New Normal.”

Outcomes for attendees
After attending, participants will:

  • Understand the importance of developing a Worldview that is informed by theory and deep concepts;
  • Identify ways that facilitating access, knowledge, environment and motivation may be improved in the “New Normal”;
  • Have a developing understanding of how teacher librarians can use participatory librarianship to create conversations that can support the school library in being agile, organic and responsive in new ways; and
  • Recognise the importance of creating a new social compact, with an understanding that this will evolve over time as the library and education professions create an improved “New Normal”.

About Dave

R. David Lankes (known to many as ‘Virtual Dave’) is a Professor and the Director of the University of South Carolina’s School of Information Science. Dave has always been interested in combining theory and practice to create active research projects that make a difference. His work has been funded by organisations such as The MacArthur Foundation, The Institute for Library and Museum Services, NASA, The U.S. Department of Education, The U.S. Department of Defense, The National Science Foundation, The U.S. State Department, and The American Library Association.

Dave is a passionate advocate for libraries and their essential role in today’s society, earning him the American Library Association’s Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship in 2016. He also seeks to understand how information approaches and technologies can be used to transform industries. In this capacity he has served on advisory boards and study teams in the fields of libraries, telecommunications, education, and transportation including at the National Academies. He has been a visiting fellow at the National Library of Canada, The Harvard School of Education, and was the first fellow of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy. His book, The Atlas of New Librarianship won the 2012 ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature.

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 the Working for a new normal on 05/09/2020 will contribute 2 hours online of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing1.5.2, 3.4.2 and 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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