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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

    • 9 May 2022
    • 9:30 AM
    • 24 Jun 2022
    • 8:00 PM
    • Online via SLANSW Zoom room
    • 76

    Flexible Blended Learning Course 1, 2022

    SLANSW is offering a new format of Professional Learning for our members, based on the ‘Open Learning’ model. The term ‘Open Learning’ is used to describe learning situations in which learners have the flexibility to choose from a variety of options in relation to time, place and modes of access, as well as other factors related to their learning. The term open learning is used interchangeably to refer to e-learning, flexible learning and distance. (Caliskan, 2012). While ‘open learning’ has progressed with the implementation of many new technological platforms, the premise of the definition is still relevant.

    Based on the feedback of members, who expressed difficulty in attending evening or weekend professional learning events, SLANSW has responded with a flexible blended learning format which allows you to participate in the professional learning offered by SLANSW at a time that works for you. In Term 2, the first of the flexible blended learning courses will be offered.

    Course structure 

    Commencing on May 9 and concluding on 24 June, this course focuses on Introducing Micro-Credentialling in Your School Library. Over the seven week course, participants will be provided with access to SLANSW restricted and member only videos and professional readings to support you through the process of introducing a micro-credential activity in your school library. Participants will work at their own pace to complete the viewing and reading of resources. An optional online meetup will be offered for participants, however attendance at this meetup is not compulsory to meet the course requirements. Participants will be asked to post a reflection on their learning at the end of the flexible blended learning course.  

    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.

    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: info@slansw.net.au

    • 1 Jun 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Online via SLANSW Zoom room
    • 94

    Special Interest Group - Research

    Focus: how to present research findings for maximum impact

    The SLANSW Research SIG offers members a forum in which to share and discuss ideas for practitioner research in their school libraries. As well, sessions include a short overview of various aspects of the action research process to assist members with the implementation of their ideas. Members currently undertaking research are encouraged to attend but so too are those who would like to know more about the why, what, and how of evidence-based practice in school libraries. Just listening to what others are doing can be all that's needed to get you started! The next meeting will be on Wednesday 18th May at 7.30 pm and will begin with a discussion as to how to present research findings for maximum impact. 

    New members are welcome to join this SIG. This is a free event for members – all that’s required is a good dose of curiosity and passion.

    How do I participate?

    All SLANSW members are welcome to attend this Research SIG meeting.

    You must register to ensure you are sent the Zoom login details within 24 hours before your session.

    • 2 Jun 2022
    • 23 Jun 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Online via SLANSW Zoom room
    • 9



    Group 3 - Thursday Afternoon

    Research suggests that customised and practically focused professional development delivered by fellow practitioners though their professional subject associations is more valued by teachers than the support offered through sources such as syllabus documents and associated support material (O’Sullivan et al., 2008). To this end, a SLANSW Professional Learning Lab invites members to connect virtually for one 90-minute session and two one-hour sessions to discuss three topics focused on the role of school libraries and those who work in them.

    Designed as an interactive professional conversation amongst colleagues, each of the three Lab sessions will be kickstarted by a 10-minute recorded introduction from a featured guest. In the ensuing facilitated discussion of the topic, participants will share their experiences, and build on and shape the ideas of colleagues in the pursuit of informed and better practice in their school libraries.

    SLANSW Library Learning Labs are available exclusively to SLANSW members. To encourage the collaborative integrity of the professional conversations, each Lab will be limited to 12 participants who are encouraged to ensure their availability to engage in all three sessions.

    Series 1 2022

    School Libraries: Improving the Academic, Vocational and Social Outcomes for Young People

    Join us for SLANSW’s inaugural Professional Learning Lab, which will focus on the recent research of Dr Margaret Merga. Three short interviews with Dr Merga will provide the stimulus for three online professional conversations amongst a small group of colleagues. Registration for the Lab includes a copy of Dr Merga’s recent publication, School Libraries: Supporting Literacy and Wellbeing. 

    Professional Conversation #1:

    School libraries and reading engagement for literacy 

    Professional Conversation #2:

    School libraries and reading engagement for student wellbeing

    Professional Conversation #3:

    Challenges to visibility and advocacy for school libraries and staff

    About Dr Margaret Merga

    Dr Margaret Merga is an honorary adjunct at the University of Newcastle, and an international expert in literacy, libraries and research communications. She has written more than a hundred peer-reviewed and research-informed publications, including four research-informed non-fiction books, such as the recent School Libraries Supporting Literacy and Wellbeing (Facet, 2022). As of 2022, she is the inaugural Patron of the Western Australian School Library Association, and in 2020 she was honoured as inaugural Patron of the Australian School Library Association. In 2021 Margaret won an American Association of School Librarians ESLS Research Grant, and she is a keen advocate of the UK Great School Libraries initiative. She has consulted with schools, professional associations and government departments on  a range of literacy projects, such as the Department of Education Western Australia’s Never Stop Reading programme.

    Margaret is keen to see Teacher Librarians (TLs) engaging with the research and ideas presented in her new book. As both student literacy and wellbeing are key target areas for contemporary Australian schools, aligning the school library and its staff with improved student outcomes in these area makes sense, particularly in these challenging times. The book can help readers to further build a case for the importance of their role and library, improving understanding of their value within the school. It can also help TLs to build upon their current literacy and wellbeing offerings, and extend them where applicable to build the capacity of the library. The book also explores some of the challenges facing school libraries and their professional staff that may need to be mitigated to ensure that they can reach their full potential for supporting student literacy and wellbeing.


    This first Professional Learning Lab will be offered three times to accommodate the varied circumstances of participants; three evening sessions, three afternoon sessions; and three morning sessions on a weekend. 

    The registration fee for the Library Learning Lab is $260.  This includes a copy of Dr Merga’s book, School Libraries Supporting Literacy and Wellbeing (RRP $105).

    Group 3 Sessions

    Each session will be held on a Thursday Afternoon  from 4pm in the SLANSW Zoom Room. You must register to ensure you are sent the Zoom login details within 24hours before your session. 

    Dates: June 2, June 9, and June 23

    Reference: O’Sullivan, K-A., Carroll, K. & Cavanagh, M. (2008). Changing teachers: Syllabuses, subjects and selves. Issues in Educational Research, 18(2), 167- 182.

    • 14 Jun 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online via SLANSW Zoom room
    • 81

    An Open Online Forum to share inspiration, ideas, and practical pointers on Library Partnerships

    This online open forum will be facilitated by two very experienced members of the SLANSW Professional Learning Sub-Committee, Rhonda Creasey, Teacher Librarian at Wallsend Public School and Amber Sorensen, Teacher Librarian at Cherrybrook Technology High School. Presenters from a variety of library services will share how they collaborate with colleagues to enhance the programs and services they offer.

    The Open Online Forum format involves participants as presenters. 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 connecting with other libraries.

    How do I contribute as a presenter?

    It’s easy. Just email a PowerPoint slide file (including Library Partnerships as2 heading in the subject of your email) to info@slansw.net.au by 5pm on Monday 6 June. 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:

    Add your piece to the puzzle!

    Prior to the event all contributors will be contacted by a member of the Professional Learning SubCommittee to confirm the speaking order of presenters and the time allocated for your presentation.

    How do I participate?

    All participants must register their attendance.

    If you have any questions, please email Karen Seeneevassen at info@slansw.net.au

    About SLANSW Open Online Forums

    This open online forum is not accredited by NESA, but does qualify as Elective Professional Development. 

    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.

11 May 2022 Coffee and Chat - Non-Teaching School Library SIG - Term 2 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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