Professional Learning Opportunities December 2023

I think most of us are on holiday breaks, about to be on a holiday break or seriously counting down the days until a holiday break. December can be a crazy busy time in someways and a quieter one in others. It’s certainly a little quiet in the professional learning area. So, here’s your reminder to check out the past 11 editions of this newsletter.  There are plenty of articles to return to, webinar recordings to rewatch and podcasts to play when you need something to distract you from the festive chaos (or is that just me?). What ever you are doing this December, take care and we’ll see you again for more professional learning in 2024. 

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Missed the EdCamp Cardigan Camp? Many of the presenters are sharing their presentations and resources online, like Amanda Hunt and Deborah Zeman who shared The  Librarian’s Starter Kit and Melissa Corey who shared her session on Amplify Access – DIY Book Fairs and Book Bags.  



The School Librarians Learning Network podcast.

School Librarians United – recent episodes include Helping Students Belong, Pleasure Reading Research, Book Launch Party and AASL23



The end of the year is a great time to unsubscribe from the overwhelming amount of emails and newsletters we seems to accumulate over the year, but it’s also a great time to make sure you are on the list of some of the best and most helpful newsletters. Like Lucas Maxwell’s Portable Magic Dispenser.  the Your Kid’s Next Read newsletter, your local, state and national school library association newsletters, the Librarian in the Middle newsletter, and your local bookshop and public library newsletters.


Articles and Blog posts

Bookish Activities by Tiffany Whitehead. A great list of fun book-related activities to try in your library space. 

SCIS Connections – Term 4, 2023. Articles include Unheard Voices: Transforming library spine labels for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation, and Diverse titles are finding their homes in libraries.

2023 School Library Survey Australia – preliminary findings

2023 School Library Survey Aotearoa New Zealand – preliminary findings

It’s Not Magic, It’s Business by Kay Oddone, considering ethics in the world of AI. 

How to get kids reading for pleasure these school holidays

Promoting Reading Culture in Schools – Krystal Gagen-Spriggs.

SLJ’S 2023 Best Books of the Year. Lists include Best Nonfiction, Best Middle Grade, Best YA, Best Picture books and more. 



Creating a Reading Culture in Primary and Secondary Schools: A Practical Approach by Margaret Merga. 


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