Professional Learning Opportunities June 2022

If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, you are probably finding all those lost books, putting together your end of year report and generally finishing up for the year. Down here in the Southern Hemisphere we are nearing the middle of the year. Whether you need some PD for your break or some inspiration to keep you going, I’ve got some reading, listening and viewing for you.

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Have you seen the sessions available on Libraries.Today? Watch hours of PD. You can access the sessions in real time or watch all the replays. There are heaps of different topics, from book challenges and censorship to working through the pandemic, staffing changes and library spaces. 

ASLA June Webinar 2022 – The 2022 CBCA Shortlist and Beyond – ALSA and Paul Macdonald – 1 June 2022 7:30pm – $20 members, $40 non members – online – register here.

Powering Access – SLAV Masterclass series 2022 – SLAV and Vision Australia Feelix Library. 2 June 2022, 10am – $80 members, $100 non-members, online – register here. 

Planning and writing your annual report – Elizabeth Hutchinson – 7 June 6pm (UK time) – members free, £25 non members – online. Register here.

Library Partnerships – How do you connect with other libraries (open online forum) – SLANSW – 14 June 2022, 7pm – free for members, non members $35 – online – register here. 


TLA Summit! – 2 June 2022 – $169 members, $199 non-members, online – register here.


 Lucas Maxwell has launched a new podcast dedicated to school libraries The Portable Magic Dispenser. Initial episodes include outreach, program ideas, ComiCon and D&D. Check out his newsletter by the same name. You’ll find the link in the articles list below. 

Articles and Blog posts

Are your readers excited about books they’ve seen on BookTok? I know mine are. Here’s a bit of an intro if it’s all new to you.  What is BookTok, and how is it influencing what Australian teenagers read? And if you need some more info, check out this article Is BookTok changing the way we talk about books?

Need to integrate STEM in your classroom, library and curriculum? Jackie Child shares some tips in Practical Ideas for Integrating STEM

Kelsey Bogan is back with her next installment of Dewey Ditch #3: Trying a BISAC Hybrid

Are you trying to build inquiry learning and information literacy in your library? I know I am. This article is a few years old but still helpful. Linking librarians, inquiry learning and information literacy. 

Check out this guest blog on the Softlink blog Overcoming barriers to reading engagements at Glenallen School – part 1. 

Ever wished you could really get your admin to understand what you do? Amanda Jones shared just a few of the things that keeps her busy in If My Administrators Only Knew?

If you haven’t read Lucas Maxwell’s The Portable Magic Dispenser, there are hundreds of issues packed with great ideas. You can find them all on the Glenthorne High School Library website. 

Need an article to share with teachers about working with school librarians and understanding what school librarians do? 3 Key Roles of School Librarians. 

This article is all about attracting 20 to 40-year-olds to a public library but it has some great ideas relevant to school libraries around space design, programs, collections and technology. How to make the library an attractive resource for millennials

Creating or using an Instagram account for your library? Here are some Instagram Guidelines for Libraries. 

If you, like me, think non fiction plays a really important part in our libraries and readers’ lives, then check out some of the articles on Celebrate Nonfiction – Exploring the Joy of Nonfiction

Banned books – “Gender Queer,’ ‘Maus’, ‘Antiracist Baby’ – See Jump in  Sales.

Book Lists

If your students are as excited about Heartstopper as mine are you might like this recommendations list. Here are 15 books you’ll want to read after you’ve finished bingeing Heartstopper on Netflix. Just FYI, the last three are adult romances. And if you need more recommendations, I put together a Reel featuring 10 books to read if you loved Heartstopper.


Softlink have put together resources and links for National Reconciliation Week 2022. Check it out here. You’ll find even more ideas and resources on the National Reconciliation Week website. 

Here’s a breakdown of top amazing uses for Wakelet by the incomparable Kristina Holzweiss. 10 awesome ways to use Wakelet in school libraries.

If you follow Kelsey Bogan’s socials or blog you will have seen her dynamic shelving and shelf signs. She has shared these signs on her blog so you can download and use them in your own library. My Library Signage (& free downloads).

How does your library measure up to the ALIA guidelines for time allotment of teaching and librarianship for teacher librarians? Download the document here. 

Twitter Chats

If you missed the Twitter Spaces chat with Elizabeth Hutchinson and others about non fiction collections in school libraries, you can find the recording of this great discussion here. 

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