Advocacy + School Libraries = Influence

Advocacy + School Libraries = Influence

Event Description

In today’s educational climate school libraries are still advocating for their relevancy. So how does the school library ascertain its relevancy?

Some key ways are by providing successful services and programs, ensuring positive learning experiences for students, knowing client needs, communicating with key stakeholders and supporting the school’s curriculum.

Join us for an engaging half-day seminar hosted by ALIA Schools SIG, where we delve into the ways in which school libraries are actively contributing to advocacy efforts, ensuring their influence is felt throughout educational institutions.

This seminar is for primary and secondary teacher librarians and others involved in or supporting learning and teaching programs within a school library context.


8:30am   Registration
9:00am   Welcome and introduction
9:10am   Keynote address: Telling our stories: the power of library advocacy 

Keynote speaker: Robyn Ellard, Executive Manager Public Participation, Yarra Plenty Regional Library

 During this keynote, Robyn Ellard will discuss the aspects of advocacy that enable how one can work towards providing high quality services and programs. Using her experience and expertise in tackling advocacy in the public libraries participants will be able to apply these tried and tested principles in the school library domain.

10:10am   Morning Tea
10.40am   Panel Session: Being an Advocate

Panellist: Trish Trchala – Head of Learning Resources, Xavier College
Milena Gates – Head of Library, Keilor Downs College

In this session our two panellists will discuss how they advocate for the library within their school. This will include the profile of the school library and identifying strengths and challenges along with some tips and hints.

11.40am   Short Break
11.45am   Workshop: Orientation Programs – an advocacy tool

In this session participants will be able to share successful activities used in Orientation Programs and develop ideas and activities that can be used with new students and new staff.

12.50pm   Plenary
1.00pm     Finish


Saturday 3 August, 9.00am - 1.00pm AEST


Xavier College Senior School
135 Barkers Road
Kew  VIC   3101

Parking is available on school grounds. Further details will be forwarded closer to the event.

Registration Fees

Member (ALIA): $121.00 (including GST)

Non-member: $154.00 (including GST)

Student* or Retiree*: $99.00 (including GST)

*Non-ALIA-member students and retirees - please contact [email protected] to book your place at this webinar.


More Information

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Conditions of Registration & Attendance Policy

Terms of trade is strictly 14 days. Payment is required prior to the event.

Registrations will be confirmed by email when payment is received.

An accurate email address is essential for your registration to be processed.

Certificate of participation will be issued at the end of the seminar.

Registrations can be transferred to other individuals at no cost (only in the same registration category).

ALIA will handle any personal information collected from you per its information handling policy.

Contact [email protected] for more information.

Saturday, 03 August 2024
9:00 am to 1:00 pm AEST
$121 (Member), $154 (Non-member), $99 (Student/Retiree)
Xavier College Senior School
135 Barkers Road
KEW VIC 3101
4.00 CPD Hours