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Welcome to the Library

  • 13 Feb 2024
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Online via SLANSW Zoom room
  • 30


  • For participants who are not current financial members of SLANSW

    * Price includes GST
  • SLANSW members can attend this online meet-up for free

Welcome to the Library

The Online Meet-up, "Welcome to the Library" aims to help participants  find out about how to welcome students and staff to the school library at the start of the year. Your presenters, Vicki Bennett and Vicki Courtenay will discuss strategies from both Primary and Secondary school contexts, sharing ways to help make the school community feel welcome in the library. Participants will also be encouraged to share their own ideas in this interactive Online Meet-up, ensuring they will leave this session with lots of practical strategies and examples. 

This topic is relevant for primary and secondary Teacher Librarians and Library staff.

About Vicki Bennett

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. Her idea for this approach stems from the broad misunderstanding of the role of teacher librarians in schools. The idea of trying to educate all teachers in schools would be a mammoth task. She put her efforts into informing and educating preservice teachers aiming to lead to a future cultural change towards school libraries and an understanding of importance of the role of the teacher librarian. Vicki has been presenting to her local university UOW preservice teachers since 2021.

Vicki is a qualified teacher librarian who works in two small primary schools in the Shoalhaven area since 2018.  She is currently the secretary of SLANSW as well as the secretary for the Shoalhaven Teacher Librarian Network.

About Vicki Courtenay

Vicki was the 2020 School Library Association of NSW (SLANSW) Teacher Librarian of the Year. She is an experienced presenter and advocate for role of the Teacher Librarian. Vicki's recent presentations at two International EduTech virtual conferences focused on the development and application of the Research Wheel.

Vicki is a Teaching and Learning Librarian at Trinity Grammar School in Summer Hill, Sydney. She is currently a member of the SLANSW Professional Learning SubCommitte and Networking SIG Leader. 

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.

6.3.2  Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice.

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

Certificate of participation available via request to:

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.

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