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Professional Learning: August 2021

Professional Learning Opportunities August 2021

Welcome to August. Almost. Seems like the year is just flying by, but then again we always seem to say that.

Once again I have collected professional learning links to share with you for the upcoming month. I’ve decided to start grouping them by topic instead of type, so we’ll see how that goes. These links are perfect for school librarians, public librarians, teachers, education leaders and anyone interested in the wonderful world of literature, reading and education. I hope they have some value for you. Please do feel free to share and a massive thanks to all the people who have created these webinars, podcasts, articles, posts and more. 

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Webinars

Genrefication

Okay, so I might be a bit keen on genrefication. I’m so excited to be collaborating with EduWebinar (a fantastic source of PD) to present the webinar Genrefication: Beyond the Buzzword. Join us on September 15, 2021 at 7pm AEST. It’s free for EduWebinar members and $30 for non-members. You can find about more about what we’ll be discussing and register on the EduWebinar website. 

Genrefication:Beyond The Buzzword – Webinar – EduWebinar – Free for members, $30 – 15 September, 2021

 

The pandemic changed how we operated libraries. Some things we had to do and some things were fantastic opportunities to reach out clients in new ways. Every Library Institute is offering a free, on-demand webinar that covers things like patron expectations, safe spaces, reengaging communities, and flexibility.  

Designing the Post-Pandemic Library – Webinar – Future Library Institute – Free – Online anytime.

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Professional Learning: Genrefication Webinar

Professional Learning Genrefication: Beyond the Buzzword Webinar with EduWebinar

If you follow my blog or know me at all, you’ll know that I quite enjoy talking about genrefication. I am by no means an expert, but I love experimenting and reflecting on the things I have tried across a few school libraries. 

I am so excited to announce that I will be presenting a webinar with EduWebinar all about genrefication.

Join me on Wednesday, 15th of September 2021 at 7pm AEST as we talk all things genrefication. The webinar is free for EduWebinar members or $30 for non members. 

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Professional Learning: July 2021

Professional Learning Opportunities July 2021

Well, we made it through the first semester of the year. I hope everyone is enjoying their school holiday break. If you have a chance to put your feet up, take a look at some of these professional learning opportunities for July 2021. Some of them are time sensitive, others are just what has come to my attention this month. Some are a quick read, watch or listen. Others are bigger time investments. I hope this list is helpful for you. The links are mostly for school librarians or the school library setting, but many are transferable to any library or education setting.

Looking for more resources? Check out my Professional Learning Series.  

Last month's Professional Learning list.

Most of the opportunities below are free and easily accessibly by following the links, others are require a fee.  If you have any suggestions or links, I'd love to hear from you. Comment below or contact me here. 

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Publications and Websites

Issue 3 of the STEM ED magazine is available now. If you haven't seen this magazine before, check out Issues 1 and 2. A great range of STEM ideas for the classroom.

School Libraries are the Only Thing that Matters. This article has been making waves. If you haven't seen it, check it out. Interesting reading.

And here is the research that sparked the article. Predictors of Reading Ability among ten-year-olds.

School Librarians as Literacy Educators Within a Complex Role by Margaret K. Merga. Read it online for free.

Teacher Librarian as Leader: Lessons from the Literature article from Kay Oddone on Linking Learning.

While this is a sponsored post via EdSurge, this Infographic about preparing students for the future with interactive 3D has some great ideas and resources.

An interview with two researchers about their research into the decline of school librarians in the US. 

The Power of School Librarians blog post from Elizabeth Hutchinson. 

Book week judge review Australian non-fiction books

Is non-fiction dead? Insights from a Book Week Judge. A great article about the importance of non-fiction from Narissa Leung on her blog OzLitTeacher.

Beautiful Nooks for More Than Books. A great post from the Melbourne Girls Grammar team.

You might have heard about #OwnVoices. Now the We Need Diverse Books team has decided to not use this term anymore. Find out why in their post. 

Don't Dream it's over; or, A return to cataloguing. A great personal reflection from Alissa on her blog Lissertations Cataloguing the Universe about changing workplaces and the important of updating our library systems to reflect good practice and change racist and problematic practices.

A Day in the Life of a Library Technician. So great to step into the lives of our school library staff. Thanks to Softlink for sharing this.

Love this idea from @cw_athome

The ultimate list of helpful articles for school library professionals from Margaret Merga. You may have heard about this amazing list that Merga has gifted to school librarians. Check it out. Recent (2019-2021) peer-reviewed articles relevant for school library professionals and where to get them for free. 

Does Your School Library Need A Literacy Check-up? From Cult of Pedagogy. This has sparked some great discussion at our school and renewed support for our library.

Webinars, Videos and Podcasts

Which World Is Yours? Navigating the CBCA 2021 Shortlist with Dr Jennie Bales via EduWebinar. 21 July 2021. $30 for non-members.

Dear School Leaders: Why every school deserves a full-time, certified school librarian with K.C. Boyd, Courtney Pentland and Amanda Jones. Live July 7 2am AEST, but watch the recording afterwards on YouTube.

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Your Kid's Next Read Podcast with Megan Daley and Allison Tait. You may have seen Megan's live videos or heard of the massive Facebook group of the same name. Check out the latest venture by this amazing team.

The Library Pros Podcast. A podcast I have just discovered. I really enjoyed Episode 86 with Matt Pascoe about the thinking behind Ipswich's new public libraries.

ASLA July Webinar 2021 - Why Representation Matters: The importance of family diversity in Australian children's picture books. 7th July, 2021. $20 members, $40 non-members.

Overcoming Isolation and Building Our PLN podcast with School Librarians United.

Join the Summer Book Club from the Future Ready Librarians. The group is reading Leading From The Library, which you can buy online or find at your local state library. The group has regular webinar meetings to discuss different aspects of the book.

Two social media channels to follow

Are you following @eduwebinar Not only will you get links to the latest webinars happening on the EduWebinar platform, but Karen shares links to some incredible resources and PD events.

Want to see picture of giant cardboard dinosaurs being installed in a children's library? Check out Matt Pascoe's Twitter account @Library_Matt. He is the Content and Experience Director at the Ipswich Public Libraries. They have recently gone under massive rebuilds, so Matt shares some incredible pictures and ideas.

Ramblings: Reflections of the National Education Summit 2021

Reflections of the National Education Summit Brisbane 2021

Well, after two years of anticipation, we finally had the 2021 Brisbane National Education Summit. I first attended the Summit in 2019 and the 2020 event was postponed due to COVID. However, on the first weekend of June 2021, the Summit finally went ahead and what a fantastic event it was. This is the highlight of my professional learning for the year and a wonderful chance to network and connect with local and interstate school librarians. 

If you couldn’t make it to the Brisbane Summit, check out the Melbourne Summit, which is scheduled for October 2021 Melbourne NES  2021. .

In 2021, the Capacity Building School Libraries conference’s focus was the power of reading, diverse collections, and the power of evidence. There were four streams across the two days. Keynote speakers were Dr Margaret Merga, lecturer and researcher who is doing great things for school library research, and Clare Thorpe, Associate Director (Library Experience), University of Southern Queensland.  As well as the conferences there was also a free expo and free seminars.

I had the privilege of presenting on the Friday. It was nerve-wracking but also incredibly exciting to speak on the Friday about genrefication and the steps we took as a library team to increase student engagement with reading and our fiction and non fiction collections. If you want to check out my presentation, you can view the slides here.

It was so inspiring to listen to all the other presenters. My only negative was that I need to be able to clone myself so I could attend the free seminars, get around to all the exhibits and network and chat to all the amazing librarians at the conference at the same time. 

I was so pleased to meet some incredible library technicians and teacher aides at the conference, who shared the work they are doing in their libraries and how they are fighting for their school libraries. So heartening and so inspiring. 

If you get a chance, put this event on your must-attend list for next year. It promises to be bigger and better than ever and it is such an amazing chance to connect with like-minded school librarians.

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Ramblings: NES Genrefication presentation

National Education Summit Brisbane 2021 Presentation From Genrefication to Readers Advisory and Beyond – What Really Works

It was such a pleasure to present at the National Education Summit 2021 Capacity Building School Library Conference. My presentation was all about the ways school librarians seek to engage students with collections and reading. It’s not an easy task and I hoped to combine my experience with genrefication and promoting collections and share what worked to get students reading. 

You can access my slides from the presentation here in PDF format:

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Our genrefication process for the YA collection. Read all about it here.

Our one-year-on genrefication reflection and targeted plan. Read it here

Non fiction genrefication. 

And some more from me about my thoughts around genrefication. 

 

Want the survey results? Want to be involved in a more comprehensive survey? Want to share data and compare collections and collection promotions? Contact me or get in touch via social media. 

Professional Learning: June 2021

Professional Learning Opportunities June 2021

Here is my list of professional learning opportunities for June 2021. Some of them are time sensitive, others are just what has come to my attention this month. It’s a way to help me keep track of things that I find or that are recommended to me. They mostly are for school librarians or the school library setting, but many are transferable to any library or education setting.

Looking for more resources? Check out my Professional Learning Series.  

Last month’s Professional Learning list.

Most of the opportunities below are free and easily accessibly by following the links, others are require a fee.  If you have any suggestions or links, I’d love to hear from you. Comment below or contact me here. 

Publications and Websites

Personal Branding Strategy: A Roadmap for Professionals, Experts and Executives. Article with free ebook download.  Branding and promotions are so much a vital part of a librarian’s role now, and this is a helpful resource. Free.

The library as “third space” in your school by Lori Korodaj, SCAN, Vol 38, 2019. I’ve been revisiting Lori’s work, which is always inspiring. Free

The 2020 Australian and New Zealand School Library Survey Report. From Softlink. Free.

Intuition and evidence: how I built a thriving school culture from the ground up by Adam Voigt, April 2021. I’ve been looking at building reading cultures and came across this interesting article. More at a school level. EducationHQ subscription required.

Library Blogs are the best. Super Library Marketing. April 2021. Free

The Tech Landscape and Libraries – 2021. Princh blog with guest post by Nick Tanzi. Libraries are often at the forefront of technology uptake. This is an interesting article about some of the challenges with integrating digital technology, some benefits and some of the new technology that might be of interest to you. Free

Ditching Dewey. Two articles from Don’t Shush Me about the flaws with the Dewey system and how this school librarian has restructured her school library to be more inclusive. Free

5 Steps to Create a Library Insta Your Students Will Love to Follow. Another fantastic resource from Don’t Shush Me. Free

 

Conferences, Courses, Webinars, Podcasts and Meet Ups

National Education Summit. It’s not too late to sign up for the National Education Summit in Bribane that runs from the 4th and 5th of June. If you can’t make that, put the Melbourne Summit in your calendar for August.  There is a fee involved and this event is face-to-face. Find out more here. 

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Professional Learning: May 2021

Professional Learning Opportunities May 2021

Here is my list of professional learning opportunities for May 2021. Some of them are time sensitive, others are just what has come to my attention this month. It’s a way to help me keep track of things that I find or that are recommended to me. They mostly are for school librarians or the school library setting, but many are transferable to any library or education setting.

Looking for more resources? Check out my Professional Learning Series.  

Last month’s Professional Learning list.

Most of the opportunities below are free and easily accessibly by following the links, others are require a fee.  If you have any suggestions or links, I’d love to hear from you. Comment below or contact me here. 

Publications and Websites

I’ve just recently discovered Rachael Yates’ website. She is the Primary eLearning Facilitator at St Peter’s Lutheran College. She has some great articles and tips about tech use for children and teens and tech tips for teachers. Check out her website EducationalTechAndInnovation

Reading in the Age of Distrust by Alison J Head. Are educators equipping students with the analytical and deep reading skills they need for the future?

State of America’s Libraries Report 2021 – featuring the ways that libraries across sectors in the USA responded to the COVID-19 crisis.

April 2021 edition of the School Library Journal. The SLJ is currently enabling free digital access to their journal library. Once you enter your details in the link here, you’ll get access to the current and previous editions. The April 2021 edition features the School Librarians of the Year in the US.

Library and Information Week via ALIA. 17-23 May 2021. Access lots of free resources and tips for promoting your library programs on social media.

ACCESS from ASLA, Vol 35, Issue 1, March 2021 is available for members or via subscription on the ASLA website.

 

Conferences, Courses, Webinars, Podcasts and Meet Ups

National Education Summit. This one is for June, but it’s time to put it on your radar now. The Building Capacity School Libraries conference is spread over two days (5 and 6 June 2021) and has a great list of presenters (I might be biased, as I am one of them). There is a fee involved and this event is face-to-face in Brisbane. Find out more here. 

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Ramblings: School Libraries During and Post COVID-19 Webinar Series

Webinar Series – School Libraries During and Post COVID-19

School libraries reacted quickly to COVID-19 and the lockdowns and changes to schooling systems from 2020 and into 2021.

EduWebinar put together two free webinars about school libraries and the way they quickly pivoted to continue to serve their school communities during COVID-19. I was proud to be part of the first webinar. You can view both webinars on the EduWebinar website, as well as access the fantastic range of resources listed there.

While your school may not be as effected by lockdowns or COVID in general, there are many great ideas and programs that the presenters share.

 

Ramblings: Countdown to National Education Summit 2021

Countdown to the National Education Summit Brisbane 2021

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I’m so excited that we are nearing the National Education Summit 2021. Rescheduled from 2020, I can't wait to meet face-to-face again with school library staff and educators. I'm also pretty excited that I will be one of the speakers at the 2021 Brisbane National Education Summit Capacity Building School Library Conference. I was fortunate to attend in 2019 - you can read my summary of the event here - and now I am thrilled to have the opportunity to present in 2021.

 

The conference runs across two days - Friday 4th June and Saturday 5th June, 2021 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. There is also a conference in Melbourne, with a 1 day event for school libraries-  Melbourne NES July 2021. . As well as the conferences there is also a free expo and free seminars.

In 2021 the Capacity Building School Libraries conference's focus is the power of reading, diverse collections, and the power of evidence. There will be four streams across the two days. Keynote speakers are Dr Margaret Merga, lecturer and researcher who is doing great things for school library research, and Clare Thorpe, Associate Director (Library Experience), University of Southern Queensland. There are also heaps of other amazing researchers, teacher librarians, authors and booksellers who are presenting. Head to the National Education Summit website for full details. The list of presenters has been updated recently, so check it out. Every time I look it sounds more and more exciting.

I'll be speaking on the Friday about genrefication and the steps we took as a library team to increase student engagement with reading and our fiction and non fiction collections. I'm really looking forward to presenting and to listening to all the other presenters.

 

You can find information about the presentations and buy tickets on the NES website.  I hope to see you there.

Ramblings: Library Design Resources

Library Design Resources

I am extremely excited that my new school is building a new school library in the next few years. While I have entered at a time when first designs have already been created and the general idea of the space is already known, there is a long road ahead as we finalise the library design and what the space will look like. I’d like to document this journey on my website. 

Following librarians on networks and social media, there seems to be a wonderful trend of school libraries being renovated or redesigned. Hopefully this is a sign that school libraries and their staff are being valued by their school leadership and communities.

I needed a place to start collecting the library design ideas and research I was finding. I’m putting it here in a hope it might be helpful for others as well. Continue reading

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