Professional Learning Opportunities January 2024

Happy New Year. Welcome to 2024. I hope it is an exciting, yet calm, rewarding and fruitful year for you. A new month and a new year means new professional learning opportunities and I have an excellent list of articles, podcasts, booklists and more for you. It seems people have been creating and reflecting in these last few months. 

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AI in Education podcast with Dan Bowen and Ray Fleming

The School Librarian Learning Network podcast. New episodes include Information Literacy and Vision Boards

Your chance to contribute to the School Librarians United podcast collaborative episodes. January – Hills I’ll Die On (submissions close 20th Jan, 2024), February – Purchases I Regret (submissions close 17th Feb, 2024). Plus latest episodes, including Black Girl Magic and Quiet Advocacy

Tech Lasso – E39 – AI and Media Literacy: Preparing students for the future with Katie McNarmara

Behind the Books mini-series from Your Kid’s Next Read


The Australian Government have released their Australian Framework for Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Schools.  An important document for school libraries and schools to be aware of and use. 

The School Librarian’s Guide to Adobe Express. Unlock the power of digital creativity in your library by Martha Bongiorno. 

Book Lists

Check out this amazing ARC Summer Reading Guide 2023-2024 created and shared by the school library team at St Augustine’s College, Sydney.

2023’s Best Science Books for Kids by Science Friday

Amanda’s Favorite YA Reads of 2023 by Amanda MacGregor

10 Popular Manga Books for Middle Grade Readers by Geralyn Westervelt

35 Best Nonfiction Books of 2023 for Kids by Melissa Taylor

Articles and Blog posts

How young writers can avoid plagiarim – Part 1 and Part 2 by Melissa Stewart

These innovative library ideas showcase outside-the-box thinking. Pressreader

Stopping the staffing slide at school libraries by Shannon Maughan

Noise, chaos and disengagement: I was wrong about open-plan classrooms by Adam Voigt

Setting up libraries to be the best space in school by Paige Tutt

ALIA Graphic 2023 Year in Review

Top librarian stories of the year – School Library Journal

A new dimension: augmented reality in library – Pressreader

5 Ways AI assistive technology tools can help students by Erik Ofgang

Where should libraries go now Twitter has become a wasteland? by Ned Potter and Nomadic Librarian social media in the post-Twitter age by Ned Potter

4 Ways to use the 4 levels of collaboration by Kelly Hincks

How teachers can generate images with AI by Dr Monica Burns

Librarian of the Year helps students find their “authentic self”.  

Announcing the 2024 project: Mind the Middle, exploring middle grade and early teen literature by Karen Jensen. 

Holiday decorating in the library? by Kelsey Bogan

27 days of digital tools and ideas from Future Ready Librarians


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