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The School Library Association of Victoria (SLAV) is the Professional Body forSchool Libraries in Victoria. 

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Students need school libraries

National Students Need School Libraries Campaign Launch

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

A new national campaign called Students Need School Libraries will launch on 16 October at 7:00pm AEDT. The campaign will target parents and caregivers and is being coordinated by a coalition of Australian school library associations. Parent are encouraged to ask about staffing and resourcing of their child’s school library.

The services provided by school library staff impact on the teaching and learning of every student and every teacher by helping them navigate effectively in an information-overloaded world.

The campaign launch will include a Twitterstorm about the public release of nine (of a total of 17) short documentary films produced by Year 12 Media students at Lake Tuggeranong College in the ACT.

The films examine what it means to have an effective school library. 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.

The consensus is that students need school libraries now more than ever before.

Students Need School Libraries Campaign

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

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Supported by

Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)

Australian School Library Association (ASLA)

School Library Association of New South Wales (SLANSW)

School Library Association of South Australia (SLASA)

School Library Association of Victoria (SLAV)

Queensland School Library Association (QSLA)

Western Australian School Library Association (WASLA)

Upcoming Conference

Friday 23 November

Real Libraries: Reading the World

This conference explores the role of the school library in engaging and developing young people as readers. It considers how our students read their own world through literature and, through this, better understand themselves and their place in their own community.

School libraries create, foster and enable this reading experience and, consequently, play a vital role in the development of literate, empathetic and knowledgeable young people.

Join us for a full and busy day that features Erica Wagner - Dromkeen Medal winner, Dr Margaret Merga - Curtin University, Hugh Gunclach - VATE and award winning authors Fiona Wood and Cath Crowley in conversation with Emily Gale. The conference will also include two rounds of varied concurrent sessions, an organisation showcase and a poster gallery.

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Reading the world

Upcoming Forum

Thursday 1 November

Reading, Stories, Literacy Forum: Reading Research

Our last forum for the year will be held at The Dream Factory, Footscray.

Topic: Reading Research (format TBC)

We will be joined by guest authors Shivaun Plozza who will speak about her novel Tin Heart and Katrina Lehman who will discuss her picture book Wren.

The Kids’ Bookshop will be in attendance and their team will share their top ten books in just ten minutes.

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Reading Forum 4

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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.

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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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