Professional Learning Opportunities July 2024

Halfway through the year. Not sure if that feels good, exciting or just exhausting. Either way, it’s always a great time to get inspired and learn something. Here’s your list of professional learning opportunities for all school library staff. 

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Grattan Institute Report: The Reading Guarantee – ASLA with Amy Haywood – 3 July 2024, 7:30pm AEST – free for members. 

Help! We’re in the Middle of a Strategic Plan but We Were Thrown Off Track: Tips and tricks to plan your strategic plan – Nonprofit Learning Lab with Leslie Cain – 3 July 2024, 8am PT – free. 

Amazing STEM Experiences Made Easy – edWeb with Steve Spangler – 8 July 2024, 1pm EDT – free. 

Problem-Based Challenge Design: Getting started and going deeper – EdWeb with Laura Thomas – 9 July 2024, 2pm EDT – free. 

HILO Series 3 Connect and Converse – SLAV with Joy Whiteside, Chris Kelley and Pam Saunders – 18 July, 2024, 4:40pm AEST – free for SLAV members.

Raising Wild Readers – Your Kid’s Next Read Megan Daley with Sally Rippin – 23 July 2024, 7pm AEST – Free.

How the Library can Support Science Week – SLANSW – 30 July, 2024.

‘Chosen’: Selecting First Nations Texts for Libraries and Curriculum – EduWebinar with Janelle Hamling and Alison Quin – 31 July 2024, 7pm AEST – $45.


2024 Curriculum Connect Symposium – State Library of Queensland – 23 July 2024, 8am – 5pm AEST – $100 – virtual and in person

SLJ Picture Book Palooza – 25 July. Free all-day virtual event.


Comic Boom – Comics in Education podcast

School Librarians United Recent podcast episodes include Library Instigator: Robin Thompson, World Language Collection, and Middle School Magic. 

Your Kid’s Next Read. Recent episodes include Winter Reads, 10 Minutes with Yuot A Alaak, and Books about Anxiety.


Voices with Choices – Empowering students with podcasting and voice tools – Alexandra Cornejo and Karina Quilantan-Garza. Slides and resources they have complied. 

Host Your Own Comic Con by Amanda Hunt

Articles and Blog posts

Scan Volume 43, Issue 2. Article topics include media literacy, Premier’s Reading Challenge booklist and using literature circles to support reading in boys. 

Exclusionary norms  by Emilia C. Bell. A powerful post on how meeting norms excludes people from access and what we can do to change this. 

INCITE Magazine Volume 45, Issue 2. Article topics include ALIA’s strategic plan 2024-2026, inside the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature Inc, and the refurbishment of the TL Robertson Library.

A change is as good as a holiday: Moving sectors by Lori Korodaj 

Understanding ‘predatory’ journals and implications for guiding students and client information seeking by Margaret K. Merga. Please note, this is a copy of a pre-publication Dr Merga shared.

 Reading, writing and …. disinformation: should schoolchildren be taught media literacy like maths? by Joe Hinchliffe. While sadly this article makes no mention of school libraries or librarians, it is a good conversation opener for how school libraries support media literacy.

AI for Libraries: Research, reading and revelry by Anne Weaver.

Announcing the winners of the 2024 ALIA Library Design Award – take inspiration and ideas from these award-winning spaces. 

Creative Minds, Creative Schools – PISA 2022 Results.  

Where do all the bookish kids go if their school doesn’t have a library? By Jane Caro. 

Hope for Philadelphia School libraries? By Andrew Bauld

The critical role of strategic planning for school librarians by Elizabeth Hutchinson

Making the library a more welcoming space – Edutopia

Libraries that captivate, motivate and inspire – Naomii Seah

Leading innovation in Scotland’s school libraries: How a national strategy is driving progress in Scotland’s schools by Pamela Tulloch

Want more professional learning?

Have a look through last month’s professional learning list.