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Choose, Read, Succeed – Partnerships of Practice (Etihad Stadium, Docklands)

November 24, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

$280 - $380

National and international research tells us that reading helps students gain better results. We also know that a positive reading environment and the freedom to choose is key to reading enjoyment and success.

Those of us working in school libraries, however, understand that choice can also be a barrier to students’ reading.

How do we enable students to choose a book that they like? Choosing a book that suits you is a skill that, like any other, needs to be learnt, practiced and refined.

At this conference, you will meet authors and practitioners as they explore and share narrative in all its formats, gender and diversity, recent research, genre preferences, and programs and strategies that work. What a wonderful choice!

Join us on 24 November to celebrate choice, diversity and student success and to acknowledge the SLAV Award Recipients for 2017.

Choose, Read, Succeed: Partnerships of PracticeClick to download conference brochure

Date: 24 November 2017,
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Docklands
Cost: $280 for members (non-members $380)
Target audience: Primary and secondary teacher-librarians, librarians, library technicians, literacy educators and classroom teachers.

Conference Highlights

Opening Address: Of Laureates and Libraries, presented by Leigh Hobbs, Australian Children’s Laureate  Leigh has been a vocal advocate for libraries throughout his time as Children’s Laureate and now he reports and reflects on what he has seen, heard and done in libraries over that time. He asks: “Has being Laureate helped make a difference? What are the challenges and opportunities for libraries now? And how can we celebrate and support the sector to ensure libraries, librarians and those who use them have a bright future?”

Keynote Discussion: The visual narrative: story, illustration, messageNicki Greenberg leads a discussion with Trace Balla, winner 2017 CBCA Younger Readers’ Book of the Year, and Van T Rudd, winner CBCA 2017 Crichton Award for a first time illustrator. How do you read a visual narrative? How do you create one? In this session, accomplished author/artists will delve into the fascinating techniques of visual storytelling. Join us to explore how words and pictures work together to tell a story, and discover how a line comes alive.

Research Report: Teen Reading in the Digital Era: Findings from a recent Australian study, presented by Leonie Rutherford and Katya Johansen, Deakin University
Recreational reading has been linked to significant educational and personal benefits for adolescents. Books, whether print or digital, are also a vibrant part of Australia’s cultural expression, therefore a clear picture of the reading engagement of Australian youth is important. The Teen Reading in the Digital Era pilot study investigated Australian teenagers’ practice using traditional print and digital platforms for reading.

Featured Presentation and Educators’ Launch: AFLW Inspire presented by Tye Cattanach, Content Producer, AFL. AFLW Inspire is an educational content initiative designed to stimulate conversation around issues that matter to young women and girls. The initiative leverages the AFL Women’s league as a platform to tell the stories of women who have dreamed big and achieved amazing things. Stories of community role models and AFLW players whose triumphs, achievements, aspirations and challenges are familiar to women around the world. The series is available online as a collection of immersive stories that combine video, imagery and text, and are supported by teacher resources aligned to Australian Curriculum.


Registration, Tea and Coffee

Welcome, Di Ruffles, President, SLAV
Opening Address: Leigh Hobbs, Australian Children’s Laureate
Of Laureates and Libraries.

Keynote Discussion
The visual narrative: story, illustration, message
Nicki Greenberg leads a discussion with Trace Balla, and Van T Rudd
Research Report

Teen reading in a digital age
Leonie Rutherford and Katya Johansen, Deakin University

Morning Tea

Concurrent Session 1

SLAV Awards Presentation


Featured Presentation
Launch AFLW Inspire website,
Tye Cattanach, Content Producer, AFL

Concurrent Session 2

Plenary Session
Linda Angeloni, State Library Victoria
Inside a Dog, revisited

Conference close

Venue map and directions (click here)

Conference online Registration form

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ABN 20 627 512 579

Registrant Details


Direct Debit

EFT Details:
School Library Association of Victoria
BSB: 013 259
Acc#: 296 228 513

Cancellation Policy

NOTE: Due to catering and conference planning commitments, cancellation fees apply if less than seven days notice of non-attendance is provided.

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November 24, 2017
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
$280 - $380
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