Professional Learning Opportunities October 2021
I have noticed a massive surge of professional learning opportunities recently, as well as people sharing their experiences online. I am getting to the point where I am signing up for things multiple times, having forgotten I’ve already signed up or having so many recording I simply can’t view them all. Doesn’t stop me from trying, though, as I love listening to people share their experiences or being inspired by what people are doing in their libraries.
If you are in still 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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SLANSW are hosting a webinar with the amazing Judith Wakeman on the power of bibliotherapy – how reading improves the wellbeing of our students. So important for these current times (and always!).
Adobe are hosting free webinars every second Wednesday evening, combining inspiration for creativity and tips for using Adobe programs in the Education setting.
Graphic novels are always hot in my library, so I’m looking forward to this webinar from ALIA Graphic, where they talk about graphic novel access around the world.
ALIA Schools always offers fantastic webinars and this, their fourth for the year, is set to be awesome as Dr Kay Oddone leads us through changing information ecosystems.
As part of the International School Library Day, ALIA are hosting a free webinar with four amazing speakers, Holly Godfree, Mali Jorm, Dr Kay Oddone and Will Kostakis.
I’ve been privileged to be able use VR in my school library, but I’m always keen to learn more ways I can integrate it. I’m looking forward to webinar.
As someone who has run the school textbook hire (never again!!) and frequently needs to find resources for teachers, I am very interested in this panel session about open textbooks.
Missed the genrefication webinar I ran in partnership with EduWebinar? You can catch the replay.
Future Ready Schools are offering another fantastic free webinar, this time on empowering student voice and choice in your library. If the title wasn’t enticing enough, check out the presenters – Kelsey Bogan, Karina Quilantan-Garza and Stephanie Galvan Russell. If you register, you’ll also receive the recording.
International School Library Day is being celebrated on the 19th of October this year. With the theme, Growing Global Citizens, this special day is all about promoting the importance of school libraries and school library staff. There are a range of resources you can access, plus a free webinar.
Media Literacy Week is being held from 24-31 of October 2021. With the #MediaLitWk and #GlobalMILWeek, this is set to be a big week across library sectors and within the community. You can access a range of free resources to promote the event, ABC Education resources and watch the preparation session.
Microsoft are hosting a special online Leading Libraries Summit. This is a free, two day, online event, offered over two time zones – yay. With a range of topics and speakers, this looks to be an exciting event for librarians around the world.
SLJ is hosting a free online event on the 28th of October. While the times don’t work for me as it’s in the USA, the entire event will be shared as on-demand recordings for three months.
Calling all library technicians. This conference is a chance to connect with tech from around Australia. Check out the details on the ALIA website.
When checking out the above Microsoft Summit I found the Microsoft Libraries and Museums Podcast.
Articles and Blog posts
I have just discovered the Try Curiosity blog by Sarah Ducharme. There are some fantastic posts and I especially enjoyed her most recent post about using shelf space for book display.
We use QR codes in our school library but I am always looking for ways to do it better and get students more engaged. This article from CILIPS was helpful, especially if you are just starting to explore how you might use QR codes in your library.
SLAV very kindly shared their volume 19 of Synergy as freely accessible. It has some incredible articles. I particularly enjoyed Dr Anne Whisken’s article Framework for Whole School Wide Reading Practice.
If you are looking to increase your collaboration between library staff and teachers, this is a slightly older article but has some great ideas and resources for building the partnership.
A great post about your online presence and digital identity as a librarian.
My Book Club series is being shared on the Softlink blog.
Looking to share the benefits of reading? Lucas Maxwell has you covered with these amazing slides.
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
Love to see inside others’ libraries? I do. Amy Hermon, the voice behind the amazing School Librarians United podcast recently shared via Twitter a link to a video around her new high school library. Check it out.
Missed the live panel discussion about the future of using the Dewey Decimal System in libraries in Australia? You can watch the recording on the ALIA VIC YouTube Channel.
ALIA NGAC are hosting a special Twitter chat on Tuesday 5th of October, 2021 all about questions you wish you could ask a mentor. Join in with #AusLibChat and follow @aliangac