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  • 16 Mar 2023 6:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Collection Development Policies: Creation and implementation

    In this online meetup Jade Arnold will present on the key features of a collection development policy and how a collection development policy can be used by teacher librarians to advocate for themselves and their collection.  This topic is relevant for primary and secondary Teacher Librarians and Library staff.

    Jade started her teaching career as an English and History teacher, but retrained as a Teacher Librarian after seeing the devastating impact the loss of her school’s library to fire had on her students. She is an avid reader of YA fiction and is passionate about engaging teenagers in reading for leisure. Jade's current position is the NSW Premier’s Program Officer – Reading and Spelling, which involves overseeing the Premier's Reading Challenge and Premier's Spelling Bee.

    Register now via: Collection Development Policies: Creation and implementation

  • 16 Mar 2023 6:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We hope all SLANSW members have signed ALIA’s e-petition regarding the possible demise of Trove due to insufficient funding. What a loss that would be! SLANSW President, Dr Di Laycock has written to Minister Tony Burke (Minister of the Arts) on behalf of the members of SLANSW and hope that, individually, you will all take the time to contact your local members. To help you out, you’ll find a generic letter here that only needs the addition of your member’s name and email, and your signature. 

  • 14 Mar 2023 9:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Teen Reading in the Digital Era research program at Deakin University has released the preliminary research findings of the Teen Reading survey and links to the research that have been published from the project.  You can access the preliminary findings here.

    SLANSW members that engaged in sessions during 2022 related to this project may be particularly interested. If you wish to find out more about the Teen Reading Project you can access a wealth of information via:

  • 13 Feb 2023 11:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In this new blog post, SLANSW Management Committee member, Fabian Amuso, shares strategies to ascertain the age of a school library’s collection. As Fabian concludes, however, caution is required in the use of such strategies as the sole criterion for collection development, especially in secondary school libraries where “ageing” texts that are no longer published may remain relevant in subjects such as English and Modern/Ancient History.

    To read the full blog post by Fabian Amuso, click here and login to your Member Portal.

  • 8 Feb 2023 9:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Resourcing the Curriculum - Selecting First Nations Resources

    In this online meetup Krystal Gagen-Spriggs will present on the new module being added to the CSU Resourcing the Curriculum subject - Selecting First Nations Resources. This topic is so important for all Teacher Librarians and Library staff who are involved in developing collections to support the new curriculum.

    Krystal Gagen-Spriggs is a PhD Candidate and Lecturer with the School of Information and Communication Studies at Charles Sturt University. She has a background in teacher librarianship and secondary school education. Krystal is passionate about the role of the  teacher librarian, school library advocacy and the promotion of reading for pleasure. Her PhD research aims to understand the factors that affect the teacher librarian’s influence on reading cultures in schools.

    Register now via: Resourcing the Curriculum - Selecting First Nations Resources

  • 21 Dec 2022 12:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Susanne Gervay goes where ‘angels fear to tread.’ She is an author and activist who advocates for peace, inclusion and feminism, through story. In her latest book, The Edge of Limits, she goes further and reveals the reality of CONSENT. Susanne is an ambassador for Room to Read, Patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, heads The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (ANZ), and Role Model for Books in Homes. Her literature ‘demonstrates with great power that we can teach our children profound truths and timeless values.’ Professor of English, D.R. Pattanaik, Banaras Hindu University.

    Susanne will be presenting on Search for Identity is the Journey” at SLANSW's The Strength of Story Professional Learning Summit, 4 March 2023. Registrations open soon: Events

  • 21 Dec 2022 12:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jantiena Batt is a school leader working as Director of Early Childhood Projects in the ACT Education Directorate. She has worked in a range of settings and sectors including education and care services, OSHC, preschool, schools and, as a literacy and numeracy coach over the last 20 years. In 2022, Jantiena received the Reading Australia Fellowship for Teachers of English and Literacy, supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

    Jantiena will be presenting on “Sharing stories - is your response story driven or issue based?”  at SLANSW's The Strength of Story Professional Learning Summit, 4 March 2023. Registrations open soon: Events

  • 21 Dec 2022 12:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Edwina West is an English Teacher from Oakhill College in Castle Hill, Sydney.  She has a great personal interest in the benefits of reading, not only academically but also personally and socially. This has been the inspiration for her Reading Australia Fellowship research which centres around Aliteracy - the worrying and growing trend of actively choosing not to read. Edwina has investigated how Australian literature can help to combat Aliteracy, focusing on what teachers can do about this persistent issue. 

    Edwina has been the Coordinator of Student and Staff Development where she was responsible for developing professional learning experiences for teaching staff and for providing enrichment experiences for students with high academic potential. Previously, Edwina also held the role of Assistant Leader of Learning (English) at Brigidine College in Randwick, as well as English and HSIE teaching roles in NSW public schools. After a year of parental leave in 2022, Edwina has moved back into the classroom full-time in 2023 where continues to foster a love of reading in her students. 

    Edwina will be presenting on "Aliteracy and Australian Fiction" at SLANSW's The Strength of Story Professional Learning Summit, 4 March 2023. Registrations open soon: Events

  • 15 Dec 2022 10:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wondering what SLANSW has planned for 2023?

    Check out the 2023 Professional Learning Calendar.

    Members can attend Online Meet-ups for free*.

    Members-only can register for Flexible Blended Learning Courses, each semester (fee-based).

    Professional Learning Summits are offered at a reduced fee rate for Members. 

    Not a member? Join now!

    *Free for Personal Members, and free for 2 members of Institutional Memberships.

  • 12 Dec 2022 11:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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