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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

    • 1 May 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 21 Jul 2023
    • 8:00 PM
    • Flexible Blended Learning
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    Flexible Blended Learning Course 1, 2023

    School Libraries: Improving the Literacy and Wellbeing Outcomes for Young People

    The first SLANSW Flexible Blended Learning Course for 2023 will feature the recent work by Dr Margaret Merga. Participants will engage with the content of Dr Merga’s book, which will be supported by recordings of Professional Conversations between Dr Merga and Dr Lyn Hay about the content of the book. Sessions will also include video content only from the restricted section of the SLANSW Professional Learning Archive.  Other supporting resources have been curated to expand participants’ access to content around this very important topic. The cost of this course is $120, which represents outstanding value. All participants of the course will receive a copy of Dr Merga’s book, School Libraries Supporting Literacy and Wellbeing, as part of the registration fee. (This book retails for $105). This course will provide 10 hours of Elective Professional Learning.

    Course structure 

    Participants can choose to start the course anytime during Term 2. The course will open on May 1. Participants will work at their own pace to complete the viewing and reading of resources. At the end of Term 2, an optional online meetup will be offered for participants, however attendance at this meetup is not compulsory to achieve the course requirements. Due to the amount of content being offered, the course will remain open until July 21. Participants will submit a reflection on their learning at the end of the flexible blended learning course. 

    Course Overview

    Session 1

    Introduction and assessment of current services and programs

    Session 2

    The Teacher Librarian as Literacy Educator

    Session 3

    Teacher Librarians Engaging Struggling and Reluctant Readers

    Sessions 4

    School Libraries and Reading Engagement for Wellbeing

    Session 5

    School Library Environments Supporting Students and Staff

    Session 6

    Visibility and Advocacy for School Libraries and Staff

    Session 7

    Analysis and Reflection

    Registrations for this course are now open.

    As numbers are restricted to 24 participants, we recommend early registration to avoid disappointment.

    Suggested Standards addressed by this Course

    1.1.2 Use teaching strategies based on knowledge of students’ physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics to improve student learning.

    1.3.2 Design and implement teaching strategies that are responsive to the learning strengths and needs of students from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds.

    2.5.2 Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement.

    3.5.2 Use effective verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student understanding, participation, engagement and achievement.

    6.4.2 Undertake professional learning programs designed to address identified student learning needs.

    Certificate of participation available via request to:

    • 20 Jun 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online via SLANSW Zoom room
    • 73

    Podcasting for Teacher Librarians

    Based on Karen's journey from 2019 as she navigated the sound world and upskilled herself and her students, this workshop will focus on 'the why' of podcasting from a Library perspective, setting up a podcasting space, and will look at examples of student engagement with podcasting. This topic is relevant for primary and secondary Teacher Librarians and Library staff.

    About Karen Bale

    Karen has been a Library Manager, then a Teacher Librarian across two 7-12 schools in the systemic Catholic sector in Port Macquarie for 33 of the past 34 years. During this time, across 4 consecutive years, she co-directed #Litfest2444: Pen Paper Pixels (a festival of story in different forms and mediums) for students in the mid coast area and beyond. Each year one of the presentations/workshops was a podcasting experience where participants contrived, scripted, created and edited their story in sound and it was from this event that her interest in audio began.

    Last year, Karen took a year of leave from her role as T/L, and decided to resign from her position at the end of 2022. She currently job-shares the role of Careers Adviser (her other 'hat') one day per week at her former school, and holds a contract with Charles Sturt University to coordinate the OZTL-Net listserv. In 2022 she edited a series of podcasts being produced for one of the subjects in the Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) course at Charles Sturt University, and will be continuing with that work later this year. 

    Suggested Standards addressed by this Online Meet-up

    2.5.2 Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement.

    6.2.2 Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities.

    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 $35 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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28 Mar 2023 Collection Development Policies: Creation and implementation
15 Mar 2023 Special Interest Group - Mentoring
4 Mar 2023 Professional Learning Summit: The Strength of Story (4 March 2023)
1 Mar 2023 Special Interest Group - Research
22 Feb 2023 Non-Teaching School Library SIG - Term 1 2023
14 Feb 2023 Resourcing the Curriculum - Selecting First Nations Resources
13 Dec 2022 SLANSW Trivia 2022
30 Nov 2022 Special Interest Group - Research
22 Nov 2022 Sensational starts: Orientation activities and programs to kick off the new year
16 Nov 2022 Coffee and Chat - Non-Teaching School Library SIG - Term 4 2022
25 Oct 2022 An Evening with Matthew Lin and Zana Fraillon
17 Oct 2022 Flexible Blended Learning Course 2, 2022
17 Sep 2022 SLANSW AGM 2022
10 Sep 2022 Professional Learning Summit: Information and Innovation (10 September 2022)
9 Aug 2022 An Introduction to the Information Fluency Framework
3 Aug 2022 Special Interest Group - Research
26 Jul 2022 CBCA Book Week Preparation
14 Jun 2022 Library Partnerships – How do you connect with other libraries? (Open Online Forum)
2 Jun 2022 SLANSW Professional Learning Lab - Series 1 2022 - Group 3
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
4 Sep 2021 Professional Learning Summit: Digital Design and Delivery (4 September 2021)
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
17 Nov 2020 The Best Books of 2020
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
4 Aug 2020 The Inclusion of Australian Multicultural Young Adult Fiction in Secondary School Library Collections
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
9 Jun 2020 Online Marketplace Meet-up 2
26 May 2020 Graphic novels as texts: “It was harder to teach than I thought.”
5 May 2020 Online Marketplace Meet-up 1
31 Mar 2020 How are you dealing with COVID-19? (Open Online Forum)
24 Mar 2020 The role of the author and poet in making reading matter
7 Mar 2020 Reach Out Through Reading, SLANSW State Library Conference Day (7 March 2020)
25 Feb 2020 The Library as ‘third space’ in your school: Supporting academic and emotional well-being in the school community
26 Nov 2019 Using action research to support professional learning of teachers (Action Research Series)
29 Oct 2019 Kickstarting Action Research in Your School Library (Action Research Series)
19 Oct 2019 Today’s Learners ~ Tomorrow’s Leaders, SLANSW State Library Conference Day
24 Sep 2019 Diverse stories: Developing Year 8 boys to become adventurous readers (Action Research Series)
3 Sep 2019 The power of immigrant stories: Action research at Mazenod (Action Research Series)
27 Aug 2019 Guided Inquiry: Findings and implications from recent research and practice (Action Research Series)

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