Professional Learning Opportunities November 2023

Just as things are starting to head towards the end of the school year in the Southern Hemisphere, things are just kicking into high year in the northern parts of the world. The pace seems to be the same, either way – full speed ahead. Looking for some PD to help keep you up-to-date and inspired to face each day? Here is your list of professional learning opportunities for school library staff for November 2023. Highlights this month include lots of shared slides, resources and notes from the AASL23 conference. Happy learning. 

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Webinars and videos

Virtual Roundtable Forum: The Power of a Comprehensive School Library Annual Report – EduWebinar – 1 November 2023, 7pm AEST – free.

SLAV HILO Series: Search Like A Master – SLAV – 2 November 2023, 4pm AEDT – $40 non-members.

The Role of the Library in Reading for Pleasure with Megan Daley – ASLA – 8 November 2023 -$20 members, $40 non-members.

Canva: From Novice to Expert – SLA – 14 November 2023 9am – 12:30 GMT – £66.

Lifting the Lid on a Literary Treasure – EduWebinar with Dr Belle Alderman and Dr Jennie Bales. – 15 November, 2023, 7pm AEST – $40 non-members. 

Let’s Get Practical: Answering Your Questions – ALIA Graphic – 16 November 2023, 2pm AEDT – free.

Australian Library Design: Trends and Themes – ALIA – 16 November 2023, 1pm AEDT – free

Neurodiversity and School Libraries – SLA – 16 November 2023 3:30pm GMT – £30


Not able to make the AASL Conference? Check out the amazing resources being shared by the librarians who attended or presented. Aren’t school library staff the best?!!!

Greening Libraries Conference – ALIA – 22 November 2023, 10am – 4:15pm AEDT – $125 members, $175 non-members – online.


CISSL: School Library Research Chats podcast

School Librarian Learning Network Podcast

Articles and Blog posts

Google Arts and Culture – Manga Out of the Box – the history and culture of Japanese comics

Some kids with reading difficulties can also have reading anxiety – what can parents do? by Genegieve McArthur

ALIA Graphic Novels and Comics October Roundup

100 Things Kids Will Miss if they don’t have a school librarian in their school – a blog post breaks down the ALA graphic and why it’s important.

How School Libraries Can Promote Health Literacy in Challenging Times by Margaret K Merga. 

From Job Exploration to Geography, AR and VR Lift Student Learning by Andrew Bauld

A Treatise on the state of Middle Grade and Young Adult Publishing Today by Karen Jensen.

Beyond Books: school libraries as sources of safety, inclusivity and wellbeing by Charlotte Webber

The elements of a successful school silent reading program by Dominique Russell

Bringing merchandising from bookstores to libraries by Allison Fiscus


An amazing resource from the ABS iCommons on AI Tools for Secondary School.

More PL events curated on the School Librarian Learning Network.

Want more professional learning?

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