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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.

As of 2014 only the most recent issue will be for members only, and all earlier issues will be available online to all readers.

Books and MediA

Making a Difference: Research Guide CD

The Revised Edition of Making a Difference CD is entirely self-contained with an easy to use installer.

It can be run from the CD or installed onto your computer or the school network. Users need to run shellrun.exe and make sure that you Enable Pop-up in your Browser

Compilers: Lesley Burgess and Shirley Melissas
Media production: Studio 673 Pty Ltd
Illustrations: Emily Ryan
Editing: Qed Publishing Services Pty Ltd
Editing: Revised edition: Camilla Elliott


Making a difference – research guide was developed at Mentone Girls’ Secondary College (MGSC), Victoria, Australia, by teacher -librarians Lesley Burgess and Shirley Melissas and revised in 2014 by Camilla Elliott. A major objective is to make it quicker and easier for staff at the school to deliver quality teaching and learning by translating some of the ideas from the plethora of professional development activities into the classroom. Professional development provides a tantalising glimpse of the way we would like it to be. Incorporating the ideas into the daily grind can be daunting. Experience proved that to revise one small assignment to incorporate some ideas from professional development took an inordinate amount of time. No wonder the theory is struggling to find its way into classroom practice!


The support material developed at MGSC is based on the research process and assignment writing. To make a difference, the teacher support material has to be easy to use, accessible through-out the college and designed to lighten not increase teacher workloads. This CD Making a difference – research guide focuses on facilitating teachers to apply higher order thinking skills by using Bloom’s Taxonomy. It also simplifies Gardiner ’s multiple intelligences and Edward de Bono’s six thinking hats, providing practical suggestions for their inclusion in classrooms.


Making a difference – research guide also provides strategies to support other stages of the research process. Selection of material as a research skill is  scaffolded by incorporating an internet appraisal form which can be printed and used with students. Such a skill is vital today as students’ first choice is increasingly the internet rather than books. Internet users need to acquire the skills to distinguish between the over abundance of largely unvetted low quality information or ‘data smog’ (Principia Cybernetica, 1999) and authoritative sites.



 SLAV Members $66.00

NON-Members $88.00

To Order any of these Publications  – Please email secretariat@slav.org.au or Phone 0477 439 593

Open the Door to Enquiry:  A planning tool for teacher-librarians and teachers in primary schools

This new multimedia publication puts the focus where it should be – on the learners. It informs and opens the door for you on the wide variety of resources and materials to support you as you implement inquiry-based learning at your school. Features a book, poster and CD-Rom.


 SLAV Members $33.00

NON-Members $66.00

To Order any of these Publications  – Please email secretariat@slav.org.au or Phone 0477 439 593




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