Professional Learning Opportunities November 2022

Have to be honest, the list this month is a little bit light, simply because I’ve been so busy I haven’t had much time to search for great PD. If you have an event, article, podcast to share, I’d love to hear from you. 

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Webinars and videos

Why Choosing Diverse Books Isn’t Enough: It’s all about the representation – ASLA with Kate Foster – 2 November 2022, 7:30pm AEDT – member $20, non members $40 – Online. Register here. 

HILO Series Free Online Tools – SLAV – 3 November 2022, 4pm AEDT – members free, $40 non members – online. Register here.

Sensational Starts: Orientation activities and programs to kick off the new year – SLANSW – 22 November 2022 – online. More details here.

Nurturing and Inspiring Reading and Creativity Using Graphic Novels and Manga – ALIA Graphic – 30 November 2022, 12pm AEDT – free – online with a recording provided. Register here.

If you missed the ALIA Rainbow October meetup about school libraries, you can watch the recording here as the group discuss supporting LGBTQIA+ students and building a representative collection in school libraries. 


The EdCamp Cardigan Camp is on again. November 12 from midnight to midnight EST, this 24 hour online conference is an incredible way to connect with school library staff from all over the world. It’s also a great way to start presenting at conferences. Facilitator applications are now open, as is registration. Find out more and register on the EdCamp website.  

SLJ Summit – 4-6 November. Online and in person. The Summit’s theme is Advocacy in Action. Register here. 


Jumpstart Inclusive Cataloging with School Library Journal – 8 November 2022 – online. Four hour course over one day. Register and more details here.

Project Management Fundamentals with School Library Journal – 2, 9, 16 November 2022. Three online sessions (with recordings) over three weeks. More details here. 

The SLA of UK have a fantastic range of on-demand courses available. From building a reading culture to information literacy, they’ll have a course to interest you. Discover all the available courses here. 


The Primary Source podcast interviews Amanda Jones in episode 1 of season 3. 

The Readings Podcast brings you an episode all about comics with author and artist Mirranda Burton, creator of the graphic novel Underground. Listen here.

Articles and Blog posts

I might have shared this article in my last list, but I think it’s well worth reading and sharing again. Is Unrestricted Checkout Overdue? I particularly liked the parts about not restricting readers to certain sections. 

If you loved Kelsey Bogan’s posts and tips on Dynamic Shelving, you’ll adore her Part 2: A Practical Guide that steps you through the process of creating your own dynamic shelves.

If you missed the Manga in the Middle webinar at the Comics in the Classroom, the presenters have kindly shared their slides. 

Anne Weaver has shared a very handy Library Assistant Training List on her website Reading Power.

If you are interested in promoting reading for pleasure you might be interested in this academic article “Reading Enjoyment” is Ready for School: Foregrounding Affect and Sociality in Children’s Reading for Pleasure. 

Have readers looking for some quicker reads? Kelsey Bogan comes to our rescue once again with her post on Readalike Posters for YA Books with Shorter Page Counts. Along with some great recommendations, she provides editable templates so you can customise to suit your collection. 

The Graphic Library has created a list of Manga for Middle School Libraries

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