2019 Theme : Inspiring Learners, Building Minds

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  • Keynote Address: Megan Daley: Creating Readers: Building a Reading Culture
  • Christine Mackenzie, President, IFLA: IFLA Strengthening the Global Voice of Libraries
  • SLAV Awards Presentation
  • Graeme Base on Visual Literacy – In Conversation with Kristin Gill
  • Cath Crowley: Judging the Reading’s Young Adult Book Prize
  • Paul Kelly: Love is Strong as Death & Audience Q&A




2019 Nan Chauncy Award - James Moloney

As announced in Melbourne on August 16, the Nan Chauncy Award for 2019 was presented to James Moloney.

The citation for this award and James' speech are at this link on the CBCA website: https://cbca.org.au/Contents/Item/Display/5048


The KidLit Club

Digital Poster Gallery

NEW - SLAV Bookmarks now on sale at the SLAVStore!!

Two new bookmarks (front/rear shown above); great for orientation, for your reading classes, or just to have at the circulations desk. Order yours now.

Teacher Librarians in The Conversation

A very interesting read in The Conversation - "Ten ways teacher librarians improve literacy in schools" - written by Dr Margaret Kristin Merga. Dr Merga was a keynote speaker at our November 2018, "Reading the World" conference.

Students need school libraries

National Students Need School Libraries Campaign

In an era of fake news and alternative facts, well-resourced school libraries prepare students for the future by giving them skills including the  ability to find information quickly and identifying trustworthy sources.

A new national campaign called 'Students Need School Libraries' was launched on 16th October.

To support the campaign a series of films, that examine what it means to have an effective school library, have been created. Children’s Laureate, Morris Gleitzman, former Children’s Laureate, Jackie French, and many other authors, teacher librarians, students, classroom teachers and others describe their personal and professional experiences with school libraries.

Students Need School Libraries Campaign

Students Need School Libraries Project Contact:   campaign@studentsneedschoollibraries.org.au

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In the News

Richelle Hunt on 774, includes Morris Gleitzman - 17th October 2018  

Dr Susan La Marca on 3AW – school libraries survival - 17th October 2018  

Extending the Shelf Life of the Library by Henrietta Cook in The Age - 16th October 2018  

Every School needs a properly staffed library, Letters, Catherine Ryan-  14th November 2018  

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FYI: the journal for the information professional

FYI  is the quarterly print publication from the School Library Association of Victoria.

It aims to provide informative articles on a range of topics that are discussed and set by its Editorial Committee annually. The topics are chosen for their relevance to current issues which concern teacher-librarians, both secondary and primary in public and private schools. The topics range from technology to literature; from teaching students the information skills they will need in the twenty-first century to developing in students the skills and desire to become lifelong readers.

Autumn issue 2019

Theme – Libraries Inspiring learners, building minds - Would also like to include something on diversity and indigenous literature as 2019 is UNESCO year of indigenous languages.

Due date for articles 12 March

Winter issue 2019

Theme - Literature promotion - such as literature festivals, author visits, ideas for book week that people could then implement. etc. Book Week theme is Reading is my power.

 Due date for articles 30 May

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Synergy (ISSN 1448-5716) is published twice annually (May and October) by the School Library Association of Victoria (SLAV) . The current issue of Synergy can be accessed via the Members Only section of this Website. 

Its aim is to bring to members a wider view of the world of school librarianship with particular emphasis on current research, directions and ideas in educational practice.

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SLAVConnects. 117 likes. A forum for the School Library Association of Victoria members and school library professionals to communicate and share professional ideas.

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This group has been established to share links, news and resources between members and friends of the School Library Association of Victoria. You are invited to join this group and contribute items you consider to be of value to library staff, teachers and students.

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To be confident in having a say in the planning and design of your new or refurbished school library you need to be informed. To this end, SLAV is once again providing an opportunity to explore the possibilities and share...

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