Professional Learning Opportunities February 2023

Here is your list of school library related professional learning webinars, podcasts and more to get you started this February 2023. 

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Webinars and videos

Rise of AI generated content – ASLA with Luke Low, Diane Lewis and Shaun Price – 1 February 2023, 7:30pm AEDT – $20- $40 – online. Register here.

Mission Impossible: Engaging Readers at Key Stage 4 – SLA with Lucas Maxwell – £30 – 2 February 2023, 3:30 GMT – online. Register here. 


Season Two of One Lesson At A Time podcast hosted by Steve Tetreault has started again, with an episode on non fiction with Tom Bober. 

More episodes have landed from Lucas Maxwell’s The Portable Magic Dispenser, including #47 Making ‘Zines in the Library and #14 Welcome Back, We’re In Trouble. 

Interested in promoting your library? Check out the Library Marketing for Library Marketers podcast. 

Engaging and Empowering School Libraries podcast, hosted by Elizabeth Hutchinson and an episode ChatGPT for Teachers and School Librarians

New episodes on School Librarians United include STEM Librarian, Elementary Genrefication and #TeachSDGs

Events and resources

It’s World Read Aloud Day on February 1, 2023. The LitWorld website has lots of resources and ideas for how to get involved. 

Articles and Blog posts

How can you create writing activities with non fiction? Crafting Mega-fun Informational Writing: Endings by Melissa Stewart

Audiobooks read by AI – would you listen in and what does this mean for audiobooks, narrators and authors? Death of the narrator?

Fighting censorship? Check out the Censorship Toolkit: Staying Proactive vs Reactive  shared by Louisiana Association of School Librarians. 

Great Picture Books to Teach Character Change (Contrast & Contradictions in Notice and Note) shared by Pernille Ripp.

Heard about ChatGPT? There have been lots of articles and posts come out to discuss how this tech will impact education. You can find my summary and further reading here and Elizabeth Hutchinson has done a great job of compiling articles and resources here.   Dr Kay Oddone has also shared an article Will 2023 Be the Year of Artificial Intelligence?

What are the skills students need for the future? This article,  Education 4.0explores three key skills students need for jobs of the future. How might school libraries play a role in promoting and supporting these skills?

Dr Helen Edwards shares a video of book recommendations: Ten Australian Middle-Grade Books That Aren’t Just For Middle Grade

Do you want to advocate for your school library? (Don’t we all?) Kathy Lester has shared an article on Knowledge Quest – New Years’ Resolutions: Advocacy for Effective School Libraries!

What’s the state of your non fiction collection and which age groups can borrow it? Loved this Position Statement on the Role of Nonfiction Literature

Looking for some special days to celebrate in your school library? Softlink have shared special days for the 2023 year.

What’s new in publishing this year? AI, BookTok and more. The Top 10 Publishing Trends for 2023

Want more professional learning?

Check out my professional learning series or have a look through last month’s professional learning list.