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  • 22 Jun 2020 10:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    #Litfest2444: Pen Paper Pixels moves from a face-to-face event to a digital platform.

    One of the impacts of the 2020 COVID-19 situation was that festivals and large gatherings could not go ahead due to strict social distancing rules. #Litfest2444: Pen Paper Pixels, a festival of story in different forms and mediums was due to deliver its 4th annual experience as a face-to-face event in Port Macquarie on the Mid North Coast of NSW in June. Organisers adapted the program to operate on a smaller scale in a digital environment, free to all to access. Sessions will remain free and accessible.

    To read the full blog post and to respond to some questions posed by Karen, click here and login to your Member Portal. 

  • 10 Jun 2020 6:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Lee FitzGerald, member of the SLANSW Management Committee, is first to venture into our brand new blog with a round up of trends arising from the COVID-19 lockdown. She demonstrates what we already know – there are inequities in the provision of digital resources between education systems in NSW, and that Teacher Librarians who most successfully supported the move to online learning during the lockdown already had a culture of collaboration in their schools.   Read what TLs have been doing during the shutdown, and some Australian and international suggestions for re-opening the library safely and effectively.  To read the full blog post and to respond to some questions posed by Lee, click here and login to your Member Portal. 

  • 4 Jun 2020 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce revised eligibility criteria for institutional members to access the SLANSW Referencing Generator for free.

    There are a number of free referencing generators available to assist students to appropriately acknowledge information sources. That said, many such tools come with a heavy advertising component. We are delighted to be able to continue to offer CiteMaker to schools in which our members work.

    Michael Hargreaves from Citemaker has generously agreed to continue the provision of our free-of-charge SLANSW branded referencing generator service for schools who are institutional members for the coming membership year (1 July 2020 - 30 June 2021).

    This offer is available for schools charging less than $5,000 annual tuition fees and Michael has now extended the eligibility criteria to include member schools with less than 1,100 Year 7 - 12 students.


    Eligible schools who register their interest in gaining access to SLANSW's CiteMaker will be provided with their own unique URL (as is provided for paid subscriptions).

    This free SLANSW branded version of CiteMaker does differ from the full subscription version in that:

    • A choice of either APA7, APA6, or Harvard (Australia) styles are offered;

    • Citations are export-only (so students do not have the option to save their citations to the myCites database, as per the paid version);
    • ISBN search and automatic citation generation will be limited to Google searches and WorldCat is not included; and
    • Because students cannot save citations, the CiteNotes function for taking notes is not included.

    That said, the SLANSW version of CiteMaker does have full citation generation capabilities which includes access on multiple platforms, including tablets and smartphones.

    If your school meets the above eligibility criteria, please submit an expression of interest to Karen Bale at and include ‘CiteMaker’ in the subject line.

  • 29 May 2020 11:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    International Speaker Series Professional Learning Package

    20 June, 25 July, 22 August & 5 September, 2020

    A Professional Learning Package featuring:

    Ross Todd, Mary Ann Harlan, Anita Brooks Kirkland & Dave Lankes  

    This professional learning package consists of a series of four online professional learning events featuring international guest speakers exploring a range of topical issues relevant to teacher librarians and teachers in 2020.

    Each session is being held on a Saturday morning from 9-11am, with each 2 hour session consisting of a one hour presentation with Q&A followed by one hour of practical workshop-style activities. Each 2 hour session will take place in SLANSW's Zoom conference room.

    To explore more about our International Speaker Series or to register;

     visit our event page

  • 16 May 2020 4:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dr Di Laycock is Head of Information Services at The King’s School in Sydney. She also holds the position of President of the School Library Association of NSW. For many years, Di has been a passionate advocate for graphic novels in schools through presentations and publications both locally and overseas. Her doctoral research, completed in 2017, explored secondary English teachers’ experiences with graphic novels as classroom texts.

    A significant finding of Di’s doctoral research into secondary English teachers’ experiences with graphic novels, and one well-supported by the literature, was that participants recognised the educational value of graphic novels and were more than willing to use them in the classroom. 

    Di will highlight the nuances of the graphic novel metalanguage and, in doing so, empower attendees to lead and support the use of graphic novels as classroom texts.

    While Di will be using graphic novels that are targeted at secondary teachers/students, primary teacher librarians and teachers are encouraged to attend to gain an understanding of graphic novel metalanguage and how elements of graphic novels work to create meaning.

    To explore more about our online meetup or to register, please visit 

  • 14 Feb 2020 10:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Alex Wharton is the 2019 Copyright Agency's Reading Australia Teacher Fellowship recipient for research into a literary analysis of the colonial experience of First Nation and non-first nation writers. He will be presenting the keynote address at the SLANSW Conference, which is entitled Reading for Inclusion. His presentation will bring together best practice from research and interviews with librarians, teachers, academics, publishers with regards to using Australian Indigenous literature within school contexts.

    Alex is the Head of Middle School at Carinya Christian School, Gunnedah and has been an English Teacher and Head Teacher for over ten years.

    To explore more about our conference or to register, please visit  Reach Out Through Reading 

  • 14 Feb 2020 10:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Heather Zubek is a freelance writer and educator who has worked in Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria. She has also worked as a primary school teacher, teacher-librarian and GATEWAYs presenter. As a freelance writer, Heather has contributed to many publications including The Literature Base, Magpies Magazine and Good Reading Magazine. In her session she will be addressing the need to extend Gifted Readers - without turning them off reading for life. A book’s reading level is not necessarily the best gauge for what gifted readers should be reading.

    This session will help teachers and teacher librarians generate ideas to extend and challenge their gifted readers. You’ll also play matchmaker with suitable books and readers along the way.

    Janet Agostino is a Post Graduate Research student at UNSW and Co-ordinator of Diverse Learners at Our Lady of Good Counsel Forestville.

    Janet will be presenting on her experience with Reading Programs to challenge and extend high potential learners.

    To explore more about our conference or to register, please visit  Reach Out Through Reading  

  • 14 Feb 2020 10:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Louise Sherwin-Stark is currently CEO of Hachette Australia & New Zealand and is passionate about promoting the benefits of reading to all Australians. Louise is also the Chair of the Australia Reads Committee, who is responsible for Australian Reading Hour. This committee recognises that libraries were key to the success of the Australian Reading Hour in 2019. In her presentation she will be suggesting how teacher librarians can take part again, as the Australia Reads Committee are planning a much broader and diverse range of activities to promote books, authors, reading and writing throughout September this year.

    To explore more about our conference or to register, please visit  Reach Out Through Reading 

  • 14 Feb 2020 10:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Growing up in Sydney, Melissa Jackson is of Bundjalung decent with family links to the Baryulgil area near Grafton, New South Wales. Melissa has worked in various NSW government departments before starting work at the State Library of New South Wales in 1991. She has a background in teaching and librarianship and has a Master in Indigenous Language Education from the University of Sydney.

    Ground-breaking exhibitions like “Living Language” do not happen without the guidance and direction of Community. Melissa, who is one off the curators of this exhibition, will be sharing how the Library’s extensive consultation with language champions has made this exhibition a brilliant fusion of library collections and lived community experiences. As part of the session, we will have the opportunity to tour the “Living Language: Country, Community, Culture” exhibition in The State Library NSW. This exhibition opened in 2019 to celebrate UNESCO’s Year of Indigenous Language. SLNSW is proud to host this major exhibition shining the spotlight on the sad history but vibrant future of Aboriginal languages of New South Wales.

    To explore more about our conference or to register, please visit  Reach Out Through Reading 

  • 14 Feb 2020 10:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Heather Zubek is a freelance writer, educator and reading aloud advocate. She has read aloud to children and adults of all ages at writers’ festivals, libraries, bookshops, schools, nursing homes and playgroups. Believing in the special power of reading aloud, Heather looks forward to sharing ideas on how to start a reading revolution in your school.

    Learn how to start a reading revolution that will take over your entire school. This session will look at the importance of reading aloud to students of any age, even to teenagers. We will generate ideas on encouraging teachers to read regularly to their classes and getting the whole school involved in reading. You’ll also learn how to improve your reading aloud skills whilst discovering that not all books were made for reading aloud. 

    To explore more about our conference or to register, please visit  Reach Out Through Reading 

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