Professional Learning Opportunities April 2022

The start of April means the start of school holidays here in Queensland. I don’t know about you, but I am ready to just take a break for a week. If you are continuing work or maybe looking to do a bit of professional learning during your break, I have a wide range of webinars, reports, podcasts and Twitter threads to you to enjoy. 

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Missed the Minecraft + Augmented Reality AR Webinar? Don’t worry. CSER are always amazing at sharing their recordings, so you’ll find full access to this awesome webinar on their YouTube channel. 

AASL Town Hall: What’s Your Wheelhouse? Finding your fit within school librarianship. Free, you’ll just need to register for an ALA account to access.

ASLA April Webinar – Building wellbeing in the school library. 6 April 2022. Online. $20 members, $40 non members.

Instagram? What’s That? A social media marketing for beginners webinar. InfoBase. April 7 2022. Free. Online. 

Re-Organizing the Library for Inclusion and Accessibility: Ditching Dewey, Genrefication and More! Kelsey Bogan and InfoBase. April 11 2022. Free. Online.

Reaching Beyond the Library: Creative Ways to Engage Untapped Readers. OverDrive and SLJ. April 12 2022. Free. Online

Fighting Censorship: Tips and Resources for Countering Challenges to Books. SLJ. April 13 2022. Online. Free.


 NJASL Spring 2022 Mini-Conference. April 2, 2022. Online. $10 USD. 30 days access to recordings. 


Kiwi Kids Book Chat talk all things graphic novels in their latest podcast episode. 

The Edu Salon with Deborah Netolicky touches on important education topics from leadership to restorative practices. 

Articles and Blog posts

SCIS have shared their Connections issue for Term 1 2022. Articles include the change in digital environments for school libraries over time, using Instagram to promote school libraries and all about decodables. 

The SLJ School Librarian of the Year has been announced. If you don’t already know K.C. Boyd, read all about her approach to school libraries and why she was so deserving of this award. 

Read the Novel? You should read the graphic novel by Carina Pereira is a fantastic post via Book Riot. 

Softlink have released their 2021 School Library Survey Report for Australia. This annual report always includes such important data on staffing, budgets and trends. 

Alexandra Samuel shares an interesting article in response to a letter she received from 5 students studying their Masters of Information Science. How Librarians Can Be Digital Mentors for Teens. 

Weeding your non fiction? I know I am. Library Mrs Daniels shares her Adventures in Weeding Nonfiction.

Do you label your LGBTQIA+ books? Here’s a post about why you should maybe rethink that. Don’t Label Me: LGBTQIA+ Ally.

Book Lists

Middle Grade Reads with Nontraditional Families. Little Brown Books for Young Readers. 


School Library Month Bingo and Challenge templates. Cue The Librarian shares some amazing free resources (as well as a recording of a webinar as a super cool bonus). 

Need some lesson ideas for teaching digital citizenship? Common Sense Media have a range of ready-to-teach lessons for K-12. 

Books for Reluctant Teen Readers. Anne Weaver has shared a range of fantastic resources around lesson for promoting reading, especially to reluctant teens, including bookmarks and book suggestions.


If you work in a school library, take 20 minutes to complete the ALIA Professional Pathways in School Libraries Employee Survey. 

Twitter Threads

I’m about to weed my Manga section, so this series of helpful videos from Ashley Hawkins @manga_librarian is super helpful. 

Have you joined the monthly ALIA NGAC Twitter Chat recently? Join in on Tuesday 5th April 9pm AEST. This month the topic is LIS Courses and Qualifications. 

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