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Throughout the year, SLANSW hosts a large variety of professional development and industry events. We encourage all members to take advantage of these opportunities. If you have an event you wish to see included please email your suggestions to the web co

Out and about in Libraryland...

Featured here are related local events that may be of interest to Teacher Librarians.
The information is provided here for you to pursue as you wish. Please email your event suggestions to the web coordinator for inclusion in this list.

PD opportunities in 2014

Library Focus
ALIA online courses:

School Library Focus
Syba Academy:

Webinars 1st Wednesday of each month:

Technology and Curriculum Based
Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre:

MacICT has introduced an inexpensive online course: 
Professional Learning in the 
Digital Age:

Professional Teachers Council
Calendar of all Association Professional Learning Events: 


Videoconferencing opportunity from National Film and Sound Archives

A post note: I attended this videoconference and it was excellent. Great historical photos and Chris Turney very lively!
The link to the activities of the trip are here.. opportunities for students to stay connected via various Online media options. Have a look here

Dear Teachers 
The National Film and Sound Archive is offering a unique opportunity for students to engage, via videoconference, with a scientist, Professor Chris Turney, who will head off to Antarctica next month to retrace the steps of the Mawson expedition, a century ago.   
We will have two sessions: 
10am - 11am Thursday Nov 14   (for year 5 & 6 students)    
11.30am  - 12.30pm  Thursday Nov 14  (for year 9 & 10 students) 

The videoconference is free. 

This videoconference is relevant to HSIE (Geography and History) and English (primary); and Geography (secondary) syllabuses. 
This will be a great opportunity for students to discover more about Mawson, Antarctica and expeditions. 

You will need standard based video conferencing equipment such Polycom (or similar).
Please send an email before October 28th if you are interested in participating to

Visit us online: and

Imelda Cooney,
Education and School Screen Coordinator, Regional Programs

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
Level 1, 45 Murray Street
Pyrmont NSW 2009
Tel: +61 2 8202 0118


Introducing a Mini Maker Fair


Applications are now open to be part of Sydney’s first Maker Faire at the Powerhouse Museum on Sunday 24 November 2013.

Applications close 5pm Friday 18 October 2013. 

Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the world-wide Maker movement. A place where people show what they are making and share what they are learning.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, scientists to garage tinkerers, and all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

From robotics, electronics and gaming to textile, arts and crafts, and everything in between, Sydney Mini Maker Faire is the perfect platform to share your home-grown design, project or product.

More here: 


The Professional Teachers' Council NSW (PTC NSW) is seeking feedback from the members as part of the formal consultation process. 

Dear PTC NSW Member Associations and members,

Great Teaching, Inspired Learning Recommendation 10.1 sets out the amendments to legislation and policy to bring all NSW teachers within the scope of the Institute of Teachers Act 2004.

The PTC NSW appreciates your assistance by distributing this information to your members.

The PTC NSW survey will take approx. 15 minutes to complete once the GTIL recommendation 10.1 Consultation paper has been read.

It is essential for participants to read the document GTIL Recommendation 10.1 Consultation paper before proceeding with the PTC Survey.

A copy of the document can be accessed at: GTIL Recommendation 10.1 Consultation Paper

The link to the survey is here: 
This consultation survey closes at 5pm on Wedneday 23 Oxtober, 2013.

Note: Please pass this information to all your members and request that the members pass this on to their colleagues.


Invitation to a Public Lecture by John Loughran, Dean of Education, UNSW

The following information and flyer are for distribution to association members:

When: Tuesday 8 October
Time: 4.00pm - 5.30pm
Where: Theatre 'B' Robert Webster Building, University of NSW, Kensington


ASLA Biennial Conference

When: 28th September to 1st October, 2013
Where: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, Tasmania.
Theme: The Curriculum Experience: Connect, Integrate, Lead

Register now for this premier professional learning event for the school library profession.

Keynote speakers:

Professor Barry McGaw is a Vice Chancellor's Fellow at The University of Melbourne and Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. He had earlier been Director for Education at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris and Executive Director of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, the Australian Psychological Society, and an Officer in the Order of Australia.

Dr Mandy Lupton is a lecturer in teacher librarianship at the Queensland University of Technology. She is the author of The Learning Connection: Information Literacy and the Student Experience (2004) and Information Literacy and Learning (2008), both published by Auslib Press. Mandy’s interest in inquiry learning began when she was coordinator of an inquiry learning project in first year curriculum at the Australian National University in 2002-2003. She is currently researching teacher-librarians’ inquiry learning pedagogical practices.

Professor Erica McWilliam is an internationally recognised scholar in the field of pedagogy with a particular focus on workforce preparation of youth in post-compulsory schooling and in higher education. She is well known for her contribution to educational reform and its relationship to “over the horizon” learning and earning futures in the context of formal learning environments from early years to doctoral education.

Hamish Curry is the Education Manager at the State Library of Victoria. As an educator with 14 years experience, in the UK, Japan, and six years coordinating a city campus in Melbourne, he understands the importance of engagement and creativity in stimulating learning. In his work at the State Library over the past 6 years, information, ideas and technology go hand-in-hand with amazing collections and exhibitions, and an array of education workshops, online resources and innovative public programs and partnerships.

Click here to view the program and concurrent session abstracts.


IASL Conference
..and you're invited!

When: 26 - 30 August, 2013
Where: Bali
Check here for more details

Dear School Library Association of New South Wales,
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I would like to extend an invitation to you and your members to the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) 2013 Conference in beautiful Bali, Indonesia on 26 – 30 August 2013.

The conference provides wonderful opportunities for professional development, networking, renewing friendships, making new friends, experiencing a different culture, and an opportunity to visit beautiful Bali. You will also have an opportunity to meet IFLA President-Elect Sinikka Sipila who has has agreed to be our main keynote speaker.

Sinikka Sipila has served IFLA as Member of the Governing Board and as Chair and Member of the Management of Library Associations Section. She was also Co-Chair of IFLA WLIC 2012 Helsinki National Committee. She is currently serving IFLA as the President-elect.

There will also be more than 50 professional presentations, workshops, research papers and posters being presented. In addition, there will be an exhibition, a gala dinner, and other social events.

Preliminary information on the conference is available at the web site If you have any questions or need specific information, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Panel discussion: "Our Digital Lives"

Our Digital Lives

When: 21 August

Where: St. Vincent's College, Potts Point

Download the Invitation here

Join us to hear panelists Carole M Cusack, Steven Lewis and Jonathan Paul Marshall share their ideas.

The event is open to all librarians and teachers.

For more information and to RSVP:, or at




The Maurice Saxby Children's Literature lecture 2013

Presented by Mark McLeod

Date: 14 May 2013

Venue: State Library of NSW

Time: 6 for 6.30pm

More details here from CBCA website

The next Maurice Saxby Lecture will be held in May, 2015