Professional Learning Opportunities August 2022

What are you learning about? I’d love to hear what’s caught your interest recently. For me, it’s design learning, innovation and creativity. But, no matter what you’re learning or how you like to learn, I hope this list of webinars, podcasts, resources and articles has something for you.

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Webinars and videos

I could listen to Mali Jorm speak about her libraries and librarian practice all day. Fortunately for us, you can listen to her speak about Readers in the three-part Three Spheres of Library Skills videos. Available to watch any time.

Switch on to Reading – Stefanie Gaspari and Mali Jorm with ALIA Schools – 13th of August 2022, 10:30am AEST – $44 members, $66 non members – online. Register here.

Back To School Virtual Professional Development – KC Boyd and various presenters – 13th and 14th of August, 2022, 10am-5:30pm EST – free – online. Register here. 

Curation for Your Community – Karen Malbon with Eduwebinar – 17th of August, 2022 7pm AEST – free for members, $40 non members – online. Register here.

A free webinar where participants share their knowledge. Virtual Roundtable Forum: Why Set Up A School Website – Karen Bonanno from Eduwebinar – 31st of August 2022, 7pm AEST – free – online. Register here.

If you haven’t seen the webinar series Manga in Libraries, you definitely need to check them out. Free and available on demand so you can watch anytime.


It’s not too late to register for the Adobe Education Summit Express Your Creativity. Completely free, you can access the recordings of these amazing sessions. 


As always, Amy gives us four podcasts each month with School Librarians United. This month, I had the privilege of taking part in episode 185 Creating Culture Change with the amazing Dr Kay Oddone. It was so much fun and gave me a real appreciation for how much work goes into creating this amazing podcast. Here are the latest episodes

185 Creating Culture Change

184 Lunch in the Library

183 Makerspace and Library Space

182 ISTE22 

Lucas Maxwell continues his podcast The Portable Magic Dispenser with seven new episodes in the past month, including tips for author visits and embracing manga. 

Articles and Blog posts

Design Thinking is big at my school, so I’ve been doing a bit of reading around this topic. I found the Designing Schools website and this blog post helpful, What is Design Thinking in Education?

Do your students love podcast? Did you know some podcasts have produced books? They might be a great way of connecting the physical with the digital. Check out this list from SLJ – From Pod to the Page: Kidcasts Branch Out to Books.

I’ve been looking into building a reading culture recently and AccessIt have come out with a simple but helpful article – Creating a School-wide Reading Culture.

How do we enact and embrace change in the library? Kaitlyn Carpenter explores this in the fantastic post on TxASL Talks – Embracing Change in the Library.

Looking for some ideas on how to get your students to fall in love with reading? This article by Alissa Wilkinson might have some tips for you – How to fall back in love with reading

What does a 21st Century Library look like? We probably already know, but it never hurts to check out another library. This is an article and video about the renovated Charleston Public Library.

If you’ve been following along on Anne Weaver’s Reading Power blog you’ve probably seen photos of her amazing new library space and the activities they’ve been running to welcome students. If you haven’t been following along, why not? Check it out now.

Is what you do invisible? A thought-provoking post from Christina Pommer – (In)visible Libraries?

Does your library have a piano? I have worked in a school library that had a piano and it was so lovely to hear the students sit and play at lunchtimes. Luckily we had some very talented pianists. This article talks about a public library system putting pianos in all their branches. What else could we add to our library to facilitate access?

Kelsey Bogan never disappoints with her helpful and thought-provoking posts. In this article she provides both tips on avoiding a harmful theme and steps for choosing the right theme, Choosing a Theme For the Library (or Classroom). 

Non fiction is so important in school libraries, but it has a bit of a reputation. Melissa Stewart explores this in Soapbox: Children’s Nonfiction Has an Image Problem.

How do librarians provide value to learners in this current era of technology? Well, lots of ways, but Amy Burroughs interviews a range of librarians in the article Tech-Savvy School Librarians Provide Value to Modern Learners.


Check out this Library Programming Ideas 2022-2023 Wakelet from Melissa Silerio. I’m looking forward to seeing what other ideas are added. 

I am a massive fan of Marth Bongiorno and she has put together a great resource for getting ready for the new school year. I know this a time of back to school for our Northern Hemisphere friends. I’ll be saving this for January. Getting Reading for A New School Year – Support for New and Veteran School Librarians. 

Have you seen Amanda Jones’ July/August Newsletter. She shares upcoming events where she is presenting, helpful tips and much more. 

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