Upcoming Events in 2020






October 8 – 4.00pm to 5.30pm ONLINE

Join us as we celebrate the work of Australian Picture book creators.

Featuring – Kristin Gill, publisher Penguin Random House, in conversation with Anna Walker, Jess Mc Geachin and Graeme Base

Alyson O’Brien, publisher Hardie Grant in conversation with Patrick Guest

The Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature

We will be conducting a Padlet where we are asking participants to share suggestions of their best read aloud picture book. This resource will later be shared with all participants and the wider community.

Picture Book Showcase Flyer HERE 








Practical Preparedness:
Dealing with Compounding Disasters

October 27
Online Meet Up
7.00pm to 8.00pm
FREE to SLAV Members

SLAV is pleased to be collaborating with the School Library Association of NSW (SLANSW) and Blue Shield Australia to offer members an Online Meet-up in Term Four. This collaborative effort stemmed from the impact of last Summer’s bush fire season, which was compounded by floods. With the added issue of COVID-19 to deal with, we are aiming to be better prepared for this years’ season, knowing that we will be facing compounding disasters.

The goal of this Online Meet-up is to provide our members with practical strategies to deal with disasters, should their library be directly impacted in the future. Presenters will share their experiences, guide participants through creating a ‘preparedness document’ and look to strengthen support networks across the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) sectors.

Presenters: Sue Hutley is the General Manager, Library Customer Services at Bond University Library. During her career, Sue has worked in managerial positions in special, public and academic libraries and well as a not-for-profit Executive Director. Sue is currently the volunteer Chair of Blue Shield Australia, a national committee of Blue Shield International, working to protect cultural heritage threatened by armed conflict and natural disasters.

Susan Mapleson is the Senior Teacher Librarian at Christian College, Geelong. In her 21 years at the school the last couple have been the most challenging as the Senior Library was flooded twice and then in 2018 the Library and Administration building were destroyed by fire. She will share her experience.

Heather Brown is an Assistant Director at Artlab Australia/State Library of South Australia and is the co-author of the ALIA Disaster Management for Libraries Guide. Heather will discuss practical tips for disaster preparedness, the ALIA template documents and scenarios and other useful resources.

Register HERE. 






Readers, Stories, Literacy
A forum for learning and discussion
4.15 to 6.00pm
October 29
Book Talking
There is a correlation between the richness of the reading environment in which readers live and the richness of the talk about what they’ve read.
Aidan Chambers Tell Me: Children Reading and Talking, PETA, 1993
This forum will explore how we talk about books in reading programs and to English classes or individuals when we are trying to capture their interest and ensure they want to read the book no matter what!

How do we give a great book talk?
We will discuss hints and tips and listen to a panel of highly skilled book talkers discussing their best book talks and strategies for encouraging book talk among students.
Panel: Susan La Marca, SLAV EO
Erin Wamala, Teacher-librarian, Trinity Grammar School
Tye Cattanach, Readings Bookshop, SLAV Social Media

Special Guests Suzy Zail on her new book I Am Change

Ian Trevaskis on his new book Of Boys and Boats

Trace Balla discussing her work

Ten Best New Books in Ten Minutes from the The Kids Bookshop

Register HERE





Powering Learning:Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives
This event is being run in partnership with the Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre (LMERC)

November 13
9.30am to 12.30pm

This morning aims to explore, support, and enrich how school communities engage with, and resource, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives. It will be of interest to school library practitioners and teachers and responds to cross curricular priority ‘Learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures’

Program includes:

Marcia Langton on Welcome to Country
Professor Marcia Langton, AO, is an anthropologist and geographer, and since 2000 has held the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne

Welcoming children to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
Maryann Ballantyne, publisher (representiing Magabala Books)

An introduction to the Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre (LMERC) with Jenny Peck

Koorie English: a deadly way to think and talk
Mathew Lillyst, Professional Practice Leader – Koorie Literacy and Numeracy, Koorie Outcomes Division School Education Programs & Support Group, with the Department of Education and Training

Inclusive collection development – Examples from New Zealand
Ruth Woolven, Kew PS, SLAV Primary Schools Representative on SLAV Council. Recipient of the 2019 SLAV Research Award.

A presentation to support librarians and teachers to incorporate Aboriginal perspectives across the Victorian curriculum Zeta Wilson, a Pitjantjatjara and Adnyamathanha woman from South Australia. She works in the Curriculum Division of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) as a Project Manager for Aboriginal Perspectives in the F-10 Unit, Victorian Curriculum.

Register HERE












November 27 2020
A Virtual Event
We are excited to be partnering with the National Education Summit to present a fully virtual event experience for our 2020 November conference. The conference title is School Libraries: The Power of Reading.

This exciting day will include: A keynote by Ursula Dubosarsky, Australian Children’s Laureate

Special Guests

Saroo Briereley (A Long Way Home, Little Lion) and Sue Briereley (Lioness)
Terry Denton – author and illustrator, in conversation with Adrian Beck
Professor Katya Johanson and Research Fellow Bronwyn Reddan from the project ‘Discovering a “Good Read”: Cultural Pathways to Reading for Australian Teens’

A Trade Exhibition created by the National Education Summit

Program Flyer

To experience the exciting virtual platform for the conference please click HERE

$200.00 – SLAV Members (includes recordings of all sessions and full access to trade exhibition)

Register HERE