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Lessons from the Library: pitfalls and possibilities (Open Online Forum)

  • 22 Sep 2020
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Online via SLANSW Zoom room
  • 45


  • For participants who are not current financial members of SLANSW

    * Price includes GST
  • SLANSW members can attend this online open forum for free

Registration is closed

What have we learnt from our experiences in 2020?

As COVID-19 continues to affect school communities across Australia, SLANSW is hosting another one hour Open Online Forum (OOF) to reflect upon the lessons we have learnt about delivering library services in a time of disruption and uncertainty. We are once again calling upon the collective wisdom of our members to share ideas and strategies on how to continue to deliver library services through innovative practice.

We are calling for contributions on the following topics –

Collection access, development and management

Use of online services and social media

Reading programs

Student services and wellbeing

Staff services

Collaboration with the wider community

As we know, we can learn from failures as well as successes. We would like to hear about what has been successful in your collection management processes, access to resources, or measures to improve hygiene and sanitary practices but we would also like to know what you have learnt from your less successful strategies. What has worked for library users through your collaboration with others, including teachers and parents, and what would you change? What new learning technologies have you introduced to expand your digital services? How are you using digital platforms, including social media to promote your new or modified services?

Help us identify initiatives where school libraries can take a lead role.

The Open Online Forum format involves participants as presenters, where individuals submit an idea on a single PowerPoint slide and have 2 - 3 minutes to speak to the slide before we move on to the next slide/presenter. As a participant, it is not compulsory to be a presenter, however, we do encourage participants who are not presenting to also share their ideas in the chat as people talk to their slide. This will provide a rich text-based record of all ideas shared throughout the session on how school libraries and teacher librarians are responding to the pandemic.

Add your piece to the puzzle!


How do I contribute as a presenter?

It’s easy. Just email a PowerPoint slide file (including the general topic from the list above in the subject of your email) to by 5pm on Thursday 10th September. Please set your slide size to Widescreen 16:9 and include your name in the bottom right corner of the slide. Please note an effective slide will include a heading that reflects the nature of your idea, and no more than 2-3 bullet points using large font, supported by one or more images. Here is an example –

On the night of Tuesday 22nd September between 7:00 – 8:00pm be prepared to speak about your slide when it is shown on the screen. Depending on the number of presenters, you will have between 2 – 3 minutes per slide.

If you have any questions, please email Karen at

How do I participate?

All participants must register their attendance.

About SLANSW Open Online Forums

This open online forum is not accredited by NESA, but does qualify as Teacher Identified Professional Development (TIPD).

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

Participation in this forum is at no cost to members.  Non-members may access the session for $35 (Payment is via credit card only).

This one-hour forum 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.

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