Professional Learning Opportunities December 2022

Are you planning to put your feet up this December (either by the beach or by a roaring fire)? Maybe you need a great article to read or podcast to listen to? Here’s a list of school library professional learning links for you. 

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Webinars and videos

Masterclass series 2022 – Digital Curation Tools – SLAV – 1 December 2022, 2pm to 4pm AEDT – online. Register here. 

Reflections on Research in Practice – ALIA LARK – 6 December 2022, 7:30pm AEDT – free – online. More details here.

ALIA Schools 2023 Webinar package (early bird) – four webinars throughout 2023. Book before 9 December 2022 for the early bird price. Register here.

Thinking about leaving Twitter? Not sure? Angela Hursh from Super Library Marketing has a few tips in the video Should you stay or go? 3 Things to consider about Twitter before your library decides to jump ship.


Looking for a new podcast to binge? Here is a list of The 7 Best Library Podcasts. Many of these are new to me, so if you do listen in, I’d love to know what you think. 

Do you have Manga in your school library? Jillian Rudes shares how to get started in the Manga in Libraries episode of Leading from the Library Future Ready Podcast 

Hard No’s with Kind Replies from Boss Librarian and Friends

Find the latest podcast episodes from School Librarians United, including Genrefication and Renovations: Experts Chime In

Latest episodes from the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast include Magazines for Kids and It’s Christmas All Over Again.

Latest episodes from the Portable Magic Dispenser include The Impact of Author Visits and Escape Room Ideas

ALIA Graphic podcast November Roundup


There are a few new school library related books hitting shelves. 

Creating an Australian School Literacy Policy by Margaret K. Merga. 

Creating a School Library with Impact – A Beginner’s Guide by Caroline Roche, Barbara Band, Nick Cavender, Lucy Chambers, Sarah Pavey, Annie Everall, Ellen Krajewski. 

If you are a member of a state or national school library organisation, don’t forget to check if you can access ebooks and journals via your membership. 


ALIA Professional Pathways: School Libraries Research Project, investigating the qualifications, recognition and professional development for Australian school library employees. 

ASLA are calling for nominations for the 2023 ASLA Awards, including Teacher Librarian, Early Career Teacher Librarian and Library Advocate. More details here. Who could you nominate?

The School Library Association of South Australia have four different awards that are currently open. Nominations close December 15 2022, so get your nominations in now.

AASL’s National School Library of the Year Award is also open, with the deadline for this award on the 1st of January.  I have to say, the cash prize for this award is pretty amazing. Open to AASL members only. 

AASL also have a large range of awards and grants open now, so check them out and find one that fits you.

If you are in the UK, SLA have a range of awards open for nominations right now. Many close mid December or mid January.

The IFLA also have awards open for nominations. These close February 2023

Articles and Blog posts

I think Lucas Maxwell might need his own section in these lists. He has done it again with an awesome infographic on the Benefits and Impact of a School Library and Librariana post about the Impact of an Author Visit

ALIA have shared the School Libraries Support the Sustainable Development Goals. Created by Natasha Lee, I was fortunate to have an early peek inside this incredible resource. With helpful tips on how to action each of the goals within your school library, as well as resources and links, this is an awesome resource. 

If you are starting a new position or just want to level up your skills, you might want to check out The Digital Librarian’s Survival Toolkit created by Awesome School Librarians (seriously, they are awesome).

If you are creating an annual report for your school library, why not take inspiration from the incredible 2022 School Library Annual Report put together and shared by Anne Weaver. 

A handy list of Islamic Young Adult books, reviewed to make collection development easy.

How can you improve your collaborations outside the library? Jessica Fitzpatrick shares some tips in the article Collaborations Outside the Box.

I think most school libraries qualify as having a tiny staff. This article might help with marketing and promotions when it seems like you have to do everything yourself. Small but Mighty: The 6-step plan to promote your library when you have a tiny staff.

SCIS have shared their Connections edition for Term 4, 2022. 

ALIA Graphic Novel and Comics November Roundup

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