Professional Learning Opportunities September 2021
September has arrived, which means we survived Book Week and now turn our attention towards the end of the year. It’s been a big, exciting and I know stressful year for many.
If you are in lockdown or just looking for some professional learning, then I hope this list of links, webinars, articles, podcasts and more is helpful. Most are targeted for school librarians, but many are transferable to any library or education setting. Please share it with your team, colleagues and network and contact me if there is a link you would like added to the list. Happy learning.
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I’m so excited to be collaborating with EduWebinar (a fantastic source of PD) to present the webinar Genrefication: Beyond the Buzzword. Join us on September 15, 2021 at 7pm AEST. It’s free for EduWebinar members and $30 for non-members. You can find about more about what we’ll be discussing and register on the EduWebinar website.
SLAV is hosting a range of fantastic masterclass online webinars in September. The first is all about designing collections to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives.
This second masterclass is two hours long and investigates Orientation sessions.
SLAV’s two and a half hour masterclass series offers ideas around why school libraries need to support multilingual students and how this impacts decision making around collection development.
I think we can all relate to the challenge of trying to engage reluctant readers with the joy of reading. ASLA are hosting a webinar on this topic with Libby Baker.
Want endless webinars on demand and for free? Check out LIANZA’s YouTube repository. So much goodness on so many topics.
An online, 4 hour learning summit about how digital technology can help promote reading.
Amanda Jones, Matthew King and Lovie Howell share their advice for new school librarians in this online webinar replay.
Do your students love manga and anime? I know our students do. But as someone who doesn’t read or watch, it can be hard to understand the world. SLASA is hosting a webinar to help us out.
This one is for October but it’s such a great opportunity, I say put it in your diaries now. SLJ is hosting a free online event on the 28th of October (that’s US hours, so convert for your timezone). While the times don’t work for me, the entire event will be shared as on-demand recordings for three months, so register now.
This is an online ebook freely available that is packed full of great tips for incorporating tech into your classrooms.
This one isn’t directly school or library related, but I am super into branding, so I enjoyed the Brand Yourself book. You can find my full review here.
You’ve probably heard of the STEM ED magazine (if you haven’t check it out now! First 3 editions are free). Did you know there is now a podcast?
What will schools and education look like in the future? How quickly is change happening? Dr Paul Browning, principal of St Paul’s School, explores change in his podcast Accelerating Change.
Articles and Blog posts
Need some inspiration for STEM in your middle-years classrooms? You can count on Jackie Child to help you out with some incredible ideas.
And if you are looking for STEM ideas you can do for students during lockdown or learning from home, check out this post from Jackie.
Kay Oddone shares her experience with leadership in her three part series.
A quick guide to inspiring ways to ensure that library spaces are inclusive and welcoming to everyone. So important and well worth the read.
We all know how much the power of reading can help and heal, but this is especially true during the pandemic. Dr Margaret Merga returns with another fantastic, readable article that explores why books and reading are so important.
And another great article from Margaret Merga, this one around the perceptions and value of reading by children.
Ahh Margaret Merga, you’ve done it again. Check out another of her fantastic articles. This time around reading culture.
This article discusses the research that found in the US, the districts and schools that needed school librarians most were the least likely to have the staff.
Love virtual reality? Want to experiment with how you can integrate it into your library? This article has some excellent examples in a public library setting that could easily be used in a school library.
Another article that cites the importance of reading and the value of school libraries
How do you like to learn? How has that changed due to the pandemic? Elizabeth shares a great piece on her blog about the transition to online learning.
Another great article that exposes the racism and bias in the Dewey system and calls for change.
Do you use SMART, CRAAP or SIFT to teach website and source evaluation? I know I do. This fantastic article discusses how the way we access information has changed and so too should the way we approach evaluation. Fantastic read.
Interesting article about how we market our programs and looks at how we might take them to the digital platform, as well as evaluating their effectiveness.
Lucas Maxwell shares his insight on what makes a good library display and why they are effective.
And just for fun, check out these cute book-related cat photos.
Want a personal tour around the innovative EdHub? Check out the virtual tour that James Allen kindly shared.
It’s time to nominate for the Queensland Library Achiever of the Year. These awards are so important for promoting our profession. Criteria here. Closes 31 October 2021
In the same vein as the awards, completing survey’s about the profession is a great way to advocate for school libraries, school librarians and the profession. Set aside some time to complete the Softlink 2021 School Library Survey, open to schools in Australia and New Zealand.
Have you subscribed to ALIA Weekly? Open to anyone, this weekly newsletter is great for staying updated about the latest trends in the library world, PD opportunities and more.
Lucas Maxwell shares a short and easy to read newsletter with some great ideas for school libraries. You can find the Portable Magic Dispenser on the Glenthorne High School Resource Center Blog or ask Lucas to add you to his mailing list.