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Keeping School Libraries Relevant

Join ALIA Schools, as they make a return to the face to face mode for professional learning to explore how to keep school libraries relevant.

Event Description

Keeping school libraries relevant is at the core of those who work in the school library field. Providing successful learning experiences enables students to make positive contributions in life and to society. As a place for learning how does the school library keep abreast of current trends? What responses should the school library make to ensure that all students thrive as learners? How does the school library judge its relevancy?

Our keynote speaker, Dr Kay Oddone will discuss the development of A.I. and its impact on schools and school libraries. Helen Wynd will present on the school library set up in the Nirimba Precinct. In addition there will be a series of workshops to unpack the value of using data and the best way to do this, plus examining some recent resources that support the work of school library staff.
Join ALIA Schools, as they make a return to the face to face mode for professional learning to explore answers to these questions.
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

9:05am   Keynote address: A.I and School Libraries what can we do?

Keynote speaker: Dr Kay Oddone

During this keynote Dr Kay Oddone will discuss the implications of A.I in our schools and school libraries.

10:05am   Discussion

The keynote speaker will facilitate small group discussions for participants to enable them to identify their new learnings from the presentation.

10.30am   Morning Tea

11.00am   Presentation: A New way of sharing resources

Presenter Helen Wynd will explain the very special arrangements of the school library in the Nirimba Precinct.

11.30am   Workshop 1: Let the data tell your story

In this session participants will be guided through an establishing data collection, data analysis and data presentation that enables their school library to promote its relevancy.

1.00pm   Lunch

1.30pm   Workshop 2: Staffing school libraries – Is it in the numbers?

In this session participants will unpack what impact the recommenced minimum staffing levels in school libraries makes on programs and services offered by the school library.

2.15pm   Workshop 3: The Balancing Act : teaching and library tasks

In this session participants have the opportunity to examine a new resource titled: Guidelines for the balance of teaching and librarian tasks for teacher librarians.

3.00pm   Plenary

3.15pm   Finish

Registration Fees

ALIA Member: $143.00 (including GST)

Non-member: $242.00 (including GST)

Non-ALIA-member Student* or Retiree*: $99.00 (including GST)

Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese*: $50.00 (including GST)

*Non-ALIA-member students and retirees, and Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese - please contact [email protected] to book your place at this seminar.


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.

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).

Contact [email protected] for more information.

16/06/2023 9:00 AM - 3:15 PM
AUS Eastern Standard Time
St John Paul 11 Catholic College (Nirimba Fields) Nirimba Education Precinct Eastern Road NIRIMBA FIELDS, NSW 2763 AUSTRALIA
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