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  • 6 Dec 2021 3:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Member Benefits- 23 November 2021

    New offerings and updates

    About this presentation

    This session, Management Committee members Melanie Walker, Cath Havenaar and Di Laycock, presented on SLANSW Special Interest Groups (SIG) and Project Groups that members can join. It was an opportunity to share how SLANSW can best support you as a teacher librarian or non-teaching library staff member in your role in a NSW school. The session showcased the benefits of personal and/or institutional membership, including  the SLANSW Awards, Research Grant and other benefits of membership.

    Mentoring SIG

    In 2022 SLANSW is looking to pilot a one-year mentoring scheme as part of its professional development program. The pilot will run from February to November 2022.  This pilot scheme aims to:

    • Connect teacher librarians from across the state
    • Provide an opportunity for sustained and structured professional learning
    • Help you tailor your PD to best meet your student and school needs

    In this session, Melanie outlined further details of the program. 

    Non-Teaching School Library Staff SIG

    The Non-Teaching School Library Staff Special Interest Group is an informal gathering held at the beginning of each term. Participants are encouraged to bring along their coffee and simply connect with others. The hour long session involves a short presentation from different speakers, followed by small group discussions, which provide practical ideas and inspiration for members to use in their own libraries.

    Research SIG

    The aim of the Research Special Interest Group is to encourage and support its members to engage in reflective practices that explore and communicate the impact of the services, programs, and spaces in their school libraries. Group members are encouraged to identify a change they would like to make in their libraries or a new strategy they would like to try and will be supported in areas such as data collection and analysis, and appropriate ways to communicate their project findings for maximum impact. The hour-long meetings of the group comprise a short information session followed by discussion and the sharing of ideas and practices.

    Micro-Credentialling Project Group

    This group's focus is on the use of micro-credentialled courses to deliver content generated through the school library in areas such as information literacy, digital literacy and citizenship, and library orientation. The emphasis is on the sharing of ideas as to how courses can be shaped and delivered to suit the particular context of group members.


    Suggested Standard Descriptors for this Meet-up: 

    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.

  • 29 Oct 2021 9:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Exact Editions has partnered with 39 publishers to assemble a showcase of 156 books that span a wide variety of content addressing the urgent and important challenge of climate change. These books are fully-searchable and freely-available to all institutions for 26 days starting on the 28th of October 2021: Virtual Book Showcase


  • 7 Oct 2021 8:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This Coffee and Chat session focuses on practical strategies that help students transition from well-known series or titles, to books they may not have come across before. How can we help students to take risks in their reading yet sustain a love of reading that is often sparked by the Harry Potters or Percy Jacksons of the world? Leah Rose has had a decade working as a Library Technician in a co-educational K-12 school. She has worked with books for around 20 years and has a passion for children’s and YA literature. Leah will spend a short time presenting different ways she supports the TLs and students in recommending and reading new books. We will also have the opportunity to chat about how we are welcoming students back this term and look forward to sharing and taking away some fabulous ideas we can use in our own libraries.

    Register now at: Coffee and Chat - Non-Teaching School Library SIG - Term 4 2021

  • 2 Oct 2021 11:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If so, join the SLANSW Research Special Interest Group for an informal discussion on how practitioner research can help turn your educational hunches into evidence-based practice and how to use that evidence to support your library’s services and resources.

    Bring your preferred drink and nibbles along at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 20thOctober to get some ideas or share your ideas with others.

    Register now at: https://www.slansw.net.au/event-4515092


  • 26 Aug 2021 3:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Developmental Bibliotherapy:

    What is it and why do our students need it?

    Presented by Judith Wakeman

    Judith’s research into the positive correlation between reading fiction and the wellbeing of young adults began with a chance conversation in mid 2018. Since then she has read thousands of pages of research and consolidated and shared her findings on her blog at Read4life.today, contributed to the Humanities on the Brink symposium hosted by Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment and UCSA (available on YouTube), and submitted a chapter for inclusion in an upcoming publication entitled Literature for Change. Before becoming a teacher librarian, Judith was a teacher of mathematics and information technology in secondary and tertiary settings. She has studied across all areas of the natural sciences, including meteorology and climatology, and has an ongoing interest in psychology and philosophy. She is also an avid reader of young adult literature and Cli-Fi.

    Judith has generously prepared an article for SLANSW, in preparation for an Online Meet-Up. 

    Cli-Fi EEV for SLANSW Reframing young peoples responses to climate change.pdf

    If you would like to find out more please register for Judith's Online Meet-up via: Developmental Bibliotherapy: What is it and why do our students need it?


  • 23 Aug 2021 7:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SLANSW Members will have recently received an email inviting them to attend the 2021 SLANSW Annual General Meeting. 

    The AGM is to take place on Saturday 4th September 2021 at 12.40pm. 

    The SLANSW Member email contains links to:

    • AGM Agenda
    • Minutes of the 2020 AGM
    • SLANSW Nomination Form: Nominations are to reach the Secretary, by no later than 5pm on 27th August, 2021.
    • SLANSW Proxy Form: Proxies will be accepted until 5.00pm Friday, 3rd September 2021

    There are a number of positions to be declared vacant at the AGM, please consider nominating to join our Committee. Those members wishing to represent their regions, please visit our website for the latest information: https://www.slansw.net.au/committee


  • 13 Aug 2021 5:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In the lead up to CBCA Book Week 2021, Story Box Library is releasing CBCA shortlisted titles from the Early Childhood, Picture Book and New Illustrator categories, and dedicated activities for kids. Find stories via the ‘CBCA Shortlist 2021’ filter option on the website.

    With engaging story reads from well-known storytellers, Story Box Library’s CBCA story reads will also be accompanied by Auslan translations, in a project assisted through a Telematics Trust grant.

    Story Box Library has designed a special collection of ready-made activities for digital and print use, aligning with the CBCA Book Week 2021 theme ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds’ and linking to story reads. Designed to be used independently by children, making reading fun for kids of all ages, and encouraging deeper learning and connection with the stories, activities are available to download here via the website.


  • 28 Jul 2021 1:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This next SLANSW professional learning summit provides participants with the opportunity to engage in a number of workshops, closely linked to the keynote presentation themes of how young people operate in a digital world and how to design online surveys. These themes will be explored to support reading programs in our schools. The SLANSW Micro-credentialling group will present a panel discussion and provide a Q&A opportunity for participants.  

    To explore more about our Professional Learning Summit or to register, please visit Digital Design & Delivery





  • 16 Jun 2021 5:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Did you know that one of the benefits of membership is access to an extensive suite of archived Online Meet-up recordings and resources?

    Not a current member?

    Why not view this recording as a way to see one of the great benefits of being a SLANSW member. This Online Meet-up  was presented to members to showcase evidence-based practice in action. 

    Session Description

    The session was presented by Helen Stower who is the Programme Leader of Information Services & iCentre at Mt Alvernia College in Kedron, Qld.

    One of the cornerstone programs in the Mt Alvernia iCentre is the literature promotion program called Campfire. This program is run formally in Year 7 & 8. The program is well received at the school and the TL team at Mt Alvernia had some great anecdotal feedback about our Campfire sessions.

    They also had loan statistics that showed Campfire sessions have dramatically increased the number of books borrowed by students. But is a book borrowed a book read?

    It had long been Helen's concern that the TL team did not have any hard evidence that the program has merit and is beneficial to the literacy outcomes of our students. Throughout 2018, the Mt Alvernia TL team endeavoured to gather such evidence. This project is a work in progress and this presentation shares what they have learned so far.


    To find out more about joining, visit our Membership page.

  • 31 May 2021 9:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join us on Saturday 5th June as we take a deep dive into the priority skills of information fluency using the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum’s (ESIFC) scope and sequence, and discover the power of graphic organizers to guide students as they learn new inquiry skills.  You will also be invited to start your own re-imagination journey by glimpsing Stripling’s newest areas of investigation and having an opportunity to develop your own practice in small-group collaboration with colleagues.

    Goal for this Workshop

    You will discover aspects of inquiry-based teaching and learning that will enable you to continue on your own path to agency and leadership for your school community, through:

    * Teaching Deep Reading During Inquiry

    * Nurturing the Whole Child Through Inquiry

    * Fostering Social and Emotional Growth

    * Developing Student Agency

    You will explore how teacher librarians can foster an inquiry stance in students that propels and supports their independent reading and learning.

    You will be given the opportunity to:

    * re-imagine your path toward inquiry-based teaching and learning by fostering both inquiry process and stance

    * form a plan framed by key values

    * collaboratively draft a plan that builds on current efforts and strengthens inquiry using an information fluency lens.

    To register for the ISS package or for this session with

    Dr Barbara Stripling, please visit: Events

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