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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 conferences 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 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 conferences and online meet-ups.

Professional learning events

    • 10 Sep 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • SLANSW Zoom Room
    • 63

    SLANSW Professional Learning Summit

    Information and Innovation: Information Fluency Framework and Digital Literacy

    SLANSW Zoom Room 

    The September SLANSW Professional Learning Summit focuses on the theme of Innovation and Information. Embracing the theme of innovation, the PL Summit will trial a new hybrid format. The morning session will be delivered online, with the option for participants to attend at a nominated Satellite Hub location, where they can engage with workshops in small groups. 

    The opening  keynote will be followed by workshops providing practical guidance and expertise on implementing the Information Fluency Framework in your school. This session will be streamed for Primary and Secondary participants.

    We recommend all participants attend the Online Meet-Up being offered on August 9 between 7:00 and 8:00 pm, which will provide an Introduction to the Information Fluency Framework. This Online Meet-Up is free to SLANSW Members (An Introduction to the Information Fluency Framework)

    Dr Mathieu O'Neil will present the closing keynote on his work, which was recently highlighted in the Term 2, 2022 SCIS Connections journal. He will consider the use of Wikipedia as a fact checking tool, with particular reference to a research pilot project with Year 4, 5 and 7 students in ACT schools. This work is directly relevant to the Information Fluency Framework.

    Lightning Talks will be a new format offered in this Summit and they will be structured around the keynote and workshops sessions. The Lightning Talks will focus on technology and digital literacy.

    Afternoon Session - Satellite venues only

    This will be an opportunity for members to engage with content that is locally and regionally relevant. Satellite Hub hosts may choose to offer another workshop activity or facilitate a professional discussion to support their region. 

    Details of the full summit program are available here.


    Featured speakers include

    June Wall

    June Wall is the Professional Development Coordinator at the NSW Department of Education and was previously the Library Coordinator and an Adjunct Lecturer, School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University.​  She has been a teacher and teacher librarian at primary and secondary levels, a lecturer, a professional development and education consultant, Head of Department, special librarian and computer coordinator in the government and non-government sectors for over 35 years. Some trivia: June was one of the first primary teacher librarians to implement a library system in the 1980s - anyone remember Prolib or Librarians Apprentice?

    Dr Mathieu O'Neil

    Mathieu O’Neil is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Canberra’s News & Media Research Centre, where he leads the Critical Conversations Lab, and Honorary Associate Professor of Sociology at the Australian National University, where he contributed to the founding of the Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks. He researches the digital commons, information literacy and the adoption of causes and innovations in the online environment. He founded the Journal of Peer Production in 2011 and the Digital Commons Policy Council think tank in 2021. 

    Workshop facilitator

    Carmel Grimmett

    Carmel Grimmett is Library Coordinator with the NSW Department of Education. For 20 years, Carmel was the Teacher Librarian at a large primary school in the inner west of Sydney. Before becoming a teacher, she worked as a children’s librarian in the public library system. Carmel has previously served on the committee of her local teacher librarian network, and has acted as a mentor for newly graduated teacher librarians in NSW public schools. In 2021, Carmel participated in the Information Fluency Framework pilot program, writing a Scan article on the experiences of participants.

    Details of the full summit program are available here.

    Please note SLANSW's Cancellation and Refund Policy for Professional Learning Events when registering for this conference

    • 17 Sep 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Online via SLANSW Zoom room
    • 94

    Join us for the Annual General Meeting of SLANSW

    SLANSW members are invited to attend the 2022 SLANSW Annual General Meeting on Saturday 17th September 2022 at 9:00am.

    The AGM will take place in SLANSW's Zoom conference room. 

    You must register for this event to receive an email within 24 hours before the event, with details to access this online meeting.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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26 May 2020 Graphic novels as texts: “It was harder to teach than I thought.”
5 May 2020 Online Marketplace Meet-up 1
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