SLAV Conference – Choose, Read, Succeed!

One hundred and seventy delegates enjoyed a brilliant series of contributions from the presenters at last week’s School Library Association of Victoria Conference, Choose, Read, Succeed: Partnerships of Practice, the last professional learning event for 2017.

From the amusing Opening Address by Australian Children’s Laureate Leigh Hobbs, through the Keynote Discussion on The visual narrative: story, illustration, message featuring Nicki Greenberg, Trace Balla and Van T Rudd, to a research report on Teen Reading in a Digital Age, presented by Deakin University academics Leonie Rutherford and Katya Johansen, the morning was both enlightening and entertaining.

Following lunch and the announcement of the SLAV Awards for 2017, the conference hosted the launch of the AFLW Inspire website with AFL Content Producer Tye Cattanach.

The Conference, which also featured morning and afternoon sessions of concurrent presentations (soon to be available in the Members’ area of the SLAV website), was rounded out by the State Library of Victoria’s Linda Angeloni, with Inside a Dog, revisited.

A highlight of the day was the annual award presentations acknowledging the achievements of inspirational and innovative school library leadership.  SLAV congratulates and thanks these energetic and passionate trailblazers.

2017 SLAV Awards

The inaugural SLAV Penny Geoghegan Award went to Reina Phung for her significant contribution to the governance, collegiality, network and learning community of the Association. The award is given in honour of SLAV’s former Vice-President and long-time Branch Representative who passed away prematurely in 2016.

The SLAV John Ward Award recipient for the year is Margaret Sinnott, in recognition of her “outstanding contribution to learning and teaching and raising the profile of the profession through her role as teacher-librarian”.

The SLAV Innovators Award, which acknowledges “the development of new and innovative practice in the school library”, went to two members – Michelle Nye in recognition of her work at Hillcrest Christian College, Clyde North, and Sue Dracoulas for her work at Nazareth College, Noble Park.

SLAV Research Fellowship for 2017 was given to Karys McEwen from Glen Eira College to support her research into “How school libraries in Victoria can best serve their young multilingual patrons”. The award carries a grant of $1,000.00.

And finally, the recipients of the SLAV School Leaders Award were Philip Grutzner, Principal, Leanne Guillon, Deputy Principal and David Dannock, Business Manager in recognition of their outstanding support of the school library and the work of the school library team at the Mellor Library, Carey Baptist Grammar School.

The Twitter stream from the Conference captured in this Storify indicates of the range and depth of topics covered on the day.

New and improved site from State Library of Victoria

The State Library of Victoria has just relaunched its website. With an amazing wealth of information, activities and events, checking out the new SLV website is a must.


Hamish Curry, Education & Onsite Learning Manager in the Learning Services area of the State Library of Victoria explains:
This revamped site opens up a great deal of new opportunities to bring our collections and services to the surface; be sure to check out the ‘Learn’, ‘Explore’ and ‘What’s On’ sections.
Professional learning
Online learning resources
Online learning resources such as:
are included.
Professional learning
Professional learning
The professional learning page (above) caters for:
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Student and teacher resources

The Student and teacher resources page (above) provides resources related to:

  • Specific websites for schools (such as ergo, Insideadog)
  • SLV blogs
  • Audio and video resources
  • Education kits

So many fantastic resources available in the one place, the newly revamped SLV website is an absolute treasure.

2009 Inkys longlist

Here are the books that have made the 2009 Inkys longlist. Information from Insideadog website:

The 2009 Inkys Longlist


Broken Glass by Adrian Stirling 

Something happened when I was fifteen, something that made me invisible to everyone in Broken Glass.



I believe in Chloe and chocolate.

I believe the best part is always before.

I believe that most girls are shifty and most guys are dumb.


The boy with all the dreadlocks had two line of business: cars and the patio trade.

Ollie was in aisle five of Galaxy Art Supply stocking oil paints when Clio Ford emerged from the manager’s office.

Everyone thinks it was because of the snow.

The SS Loongana steamed slowly up the Derwent River towards it’s berth at Salamanca Warf…

I tend to worry, I know I do, but only because I think there is lots of things to worry about.

It was fun at first, playing house. I made all my own meals. Crackers and cheese, three times a day.

I am a reading girl, with a pale face, and glasses.

The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle.

Chelsea Dean opened the front door to her parents’ substantial riverside residence and was assulted by booming reception-centre music.

I had a dream
I put my hands
inside my chest
and held my heart

Ray was bigger but José was boss. They were fourteen and fifteen, on their own and on the run.

Tuesday the fourteenth of February began badly for Frankie Parsons.

I was born with water on the brain. Okay, so that’s not exactly true.

She looks good for a corpse.

When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold. My fingers stretch out, seeking Prim’s warmth but finding only the rough canvas cover of the mattress.

I let the tips of both by swords dig into the sandy arena floor. It was the wrong move, but the dragging pain in my gut was pulling me into a crouch.

It’s six-thirty in the morning. I stumble out of bed and splash cold water in my flushed face.

A sound brought Col out of a deep sleep. Something was happening out in the corridor.