Professional Learning Opportunities March 2024

So, you might have noticed that I am sharing this a few days later than I usually do. I’m going to blame February for only have 29 days in it this year – I could have used a few more. But the real reason is life is just very busy. Very, very busy, which I love, but see also me missing my deadlines. In all the busy, professional learning can be the thing we drop. I know it was something I dropped last year, when doing our library move, because I just didn’t have the time or energy. But professional learning is the very thing to help create time through better solutions and more energy by reinvigorating that passion for our work. So if you, like me, are struggling this week, I hope this list gives you some inspiration, some ideas and an energy boost.

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Non-Teaching School Library SIG Term 1 2024 – SLANSW – 6 March 2024, 3pm – 4pm AEDT – free for SLANSW members. 

Learn from the experts: Getting students reading through social media – Sora with Amanda Hunt, KC Boyd and Melanie Wood – 6 March 2024, 5pm EST – free. 

Digital Curation made easy for school library staff – ASLA with Andrea Engler – 6 March 2024, 7:30pm – 8:30pm – free.

AI and the School Library – SLAV – 14 March 2024, 4pm – 5pm AEST – $30 members, $40 non-members. 

Censorship in a changing world – ALIA Schools with Catherine Barnes and Trish Hepworth – 16th March 2024, 10:30- 11:30am AEDT – $44 members, $66 non-members. 

ALIA Library Technicians Symposium 2024 – ALIA – 20 March 2024, 10am – 5pm AEDT – $120 members, $150 non-members.

Courageous Conversations for Teacher Librarians, Administrators and Technicians – ASLA with Dr Nancy Bonfliglio-Pavisisch – 25 March and 15 May 7:30pm – 9:30pm AEDT – $100 members, $180 non-members. 

Libraries supporting and resourcing the new English Curriculum – SLANSW – 26 March 2024 – more details to come. 



Tech APPetizers by The Next Gen Librarian

Centre of Literacy and Social Justice – School Libraries and Librarians Matter – Open University Reading for Pleasure.



School Librarians United Podcast – recent episodes include Project LIT, Book Club: The PD Book, and Inclusive Programming

ALIA Graphic Podcast – recent episodes include February 2024 Roundup, Creator chat with Chris Gooch (who I’ve had visit my school library and can highly recommend) and Creator Chat with Tim McEwen

Your Kid’s Next Read Podcast – recent episodes include Diversity in Library CollectionsBooks About Friendship,  10 Minutes with Gabriel Bergmoser and 10 Minutes with Melissa Keil

Engaging and Empowering School Libraries recent episodes include Fact(ual) or Fiction(al): and other library questions, and FOSIL Education and School Libraries



Book Resumes – created by the ALA to help teachers, librarians and community members to defend books from censorship, this is an incredible resource. Each book has a PDF resume that outlines it’s synopsis, reviews and praise, awards, resources and age ranges. Incredible helpful. More information about the book resume project here. 

Publishing Makes Progress: Lee and Low Release Results of 2023 Diversity Baseline Survey – SLJ.



The CBCA 2024 Book of the Year Awards Notables List has been released. 

Celebrating diversity in Australian and New Zealand literature, the DANZ Children’s Book Award 2024 shortlist can be found here.



ASLA Early Career Teacher Librarian Award and ASLA Library Advocate Award nominations close 15th of March 2024

Innovative Educator of the Year – The Next Gen Awards


Articles and Blog posts

How teachers can generate images with AI by Dr Monica Burns

The ACCESS National Journal for March 2024 has been released. Members can access it here

Resources and news from Reading for Pleasure group from the Open University

Why writing by hand is better for memory and learning by Charlotte Hu

Beyond books: high school librarians as champions of pupil inclusivity, autonomy and reader development – Charlotte Webber, Kayleigh Bohan, Heather Collins, Jasmine Ewens, Katherine Wilkinson and Sarah McGeown

Key components of developing AI literacy at your institution. 

Children and young people’s reading and writing in Scotland in 2023 – National Literacy Trust – research updated Feb 2024.

Advocating for school libraries for quality education through the IFLA School Library manifesto – IFLA


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