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The School Library Association of Victoria acknowledges the support of the Department of Education Training Victoria, through the Strategic Partnerships Program.

Upcoming events

    • 5 Sep 2018
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 8 Dec 2021
    • (UTC+11:00)
    • 29 sessions

    • 15 Sep 2018
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 20 Nov 2021
    • (UTC+11:00)
    • 23 sessions
    • The Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, VIC,3067 Australia

    SLAV State Council meetings in 2021 will be held at the Abbotsford Convent or online as decided by the Council.

    February 13 is the Council Planning Day

    May 8 is a Council meeting and the Annual General Meeting

    August 7 is the Council Think Tank for future planning

    All other meetings are general Council Meetings as scheduled.

    For any questions please contact the SLAV Office

    • 1 Feb 2021
    • 4:15 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • 31 Oct 2021
    • 6:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Various Locations


    Session 1 -  February 25

    Melbourne Grammar Library Theatre

    Session 2 - May 13


    Session 3 -  July 29


    Session 4 - October 28

    Abbotsford Convent

    Time: 4:15pm-  6:30pm


    Series (all four sessions)

    During 2021 the series will consist of two face to face events and two online events. 


    $120 series ticket (transferable) - SLAV Members

    $180 series ticket (transferable) - Non-Members

    Recording only – all four sessions

    $100 – SLAV Members

    $160 – Non-Members

    Session 1 -  February 25 2021

    Melbourne Grammar School

    Lecture Theatre

    In our first Reading Forum for 2021 we will be joined by an extensive list of publishers who will each have five minutes to share with us their releases for 2021.

    We have will be exploring books for primary and early secondary, making this event a must for anyone running a reading program at years seven and eight as well as primary practitioners.

    Publishers attending:

    • Allen & Unwin
    • Affirm Press
    • Berbay Books
    • Ford Street Publishing
    • Magabala Books
    • University of Queensland Press
    •  Penguin Random House
    •  Text Publishing
    •  Wild Dog Books

    The Kids Bookshop in Attendance

    Special Guest: Sonya Hartnett in Conversation

    Session 2 - May 13


    Topic: LGBTQI Perspectives

    Special Guests TBA

    Session 3 -  July 29


    Topic: Social Media

    Special Guests TBA

    Session 4 - October 28

    Abbotsford Convent

    Topic: Picture Books for Senior Students (upper Primary and Secondary)

    Special Guests TBA

    • 19 May 2021
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 18 Nov 2021
    • (UTC+11:00)
    • 6 sessions
    • online

    Book Club


    All Members Welcome


    4.30 to 5.30


    At each meeting we will have a featured topic, focusing on books for young people. Towards the end of the session, in the last ten minutes, we will consider participants recent adult reading.

    Lists will be made of all recommendations and posted on the SLAV Blog – slavconnects.

    We hope you can join us.

    Online Book Club Program for 2021 - dates and topics


    Happy Reading!

    • 24 May 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Angliss Conference Centre, William Angliss Institute
    • 30

    MAY 24

    Angliss Conference Centre


    William Angliss Institute

    555 La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000

    Conference Program

    8.30am – Registration

    9.00am – Welcome   


    9.05am -Keynote address

    Literacy Communities Empowering Each Other

    Heather Fehring, Emerita Professor in the School of Education, in the Design & Social Context College, RMIT University

    9.40am - An update from the Literacy Unit, DET

    Tahlia Campbell is a Senior Project Officer with the Literacy Unit of the Learning and Teaching Division of the Department of Education and Training

    10.10am – Discussion Session One

    How do you promote the library to its community?

    What practical strategies can you share?

    10.30am - Morning Tea, Trade Exhibition and Poster Gallery


    Highlights from the CBCA Younger Readers Category Judge

    Ruth Woolven, Librarian, Kew Primary School

    11.45 – Discussion Session Two

    How do you encourage and support student voice/agency in your library?

    12:05pm - Creator - Marc Martin

    12.35pm – Lunch, Trade Exhibition and Poster Gallery

    1:30pm – SLAV Primary School Leaders Award Presentation

    2.00 pm - Information Literacy in Primary Schools: What is it and should we bother?

    Kim Hauser, Library Curriculum Leader, Loreto Mandeville Hall

    2.15pm Discussion Session Three

    How are you involved in the Inquiry Process in your school?

    2.30 pm – Discussion Session Four

    Ideas for responding to the 2021 CBCA Book Week Theme

    3.00pm – Emily Rodda live on the big screen!

    3.25pm Conference Close – Poster Gallery prizes 


    • 27 May 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Online

    This masterclass will consider seven different case studies of different library design/layout stories.  From small changes to an area to whole library rebuilds these stories showcase good ideas and responsive designs that meet the needs of the school community.

    Each of our presenters will share images of the spaces and outline their experiences. There will be time for questions.

    We will be hearing from:

    • Michael Hill, Librarian, Alexandria Resource Centre, Catholic Regional College, Melton

    • Trudi Kirk, Library/ICT Resource Manager, Mansfield Secondary College

    • Margaret Simkin, Head of Library, The Hamilton and Alexandra College

    • Caitlin Bruns, Resource Centre Learning Leader, Marcellin College

    • Bonnie Ahles, Library / Humanities, Heathmont College

    • Luke Featherston, Resource Centre Manager, Trinity College, Colac 

    • Margaret Sinnott, Learning Resource Centre Coordinator & Teacher Librarian, Emmamuel College, Warrnambool

    We will also be joined by special guest Kevin Hennah, via video, to present 15 Big ideas in 15 short minutes!

    This presentation is sponsored by Raeco

    Masterclass Flyer

    • 10 Jun 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Online

    This masterclass will explore five different school library's usage of the LibGuides platform to enhance and enrich learning.


    Sarah Derrig, Head of Libraries at Emmanuel College, Melbourne

    Julie Purcell,Director of the Library Resource Centre, Ruyton Girls’ School

    Jennifer Cain, Head of Learning Commons & Personal Project

    Co-ordinator, Mater Christi College, Belgrave

    Marie O'Brien, Head of Resource Centre, Marymede Catholic College, South Morang

    Lauren Kenny, Library and Drama Teacher and Geoff Williams, IT Specialist, Wonthaggi Secondary College


    • 22 Jul 2021
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • online


    CBCA Judges Talk

    All Members Welcome


    4.30 to 6.00

    Hear from the CBCA Judges on this year's CBCA short listed titles in four categories.

    This event is free for all SLAV Members and is a designated SLAV Branch Activity.

    If you have any queries please contact the office.

    • 29 Jul 2021
    • 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Online

    Session three

    social media


    Date: July 29 2021

    Time: 4:15pm - 6:00pm

    Attendees will receive:

    -Recording of the session

    -10% discount at the book shop

    The Kids Bookshop in attendance

    Further Details as they become available.

    Special Guests to be announced.

    • 28 Oct 2021
    • 4:15 PM - 6:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Bishop's Parlour, Abbotsford Convent

    Session four

    Picture books for senior students

    Bishop's Parlour,

    Abbotsford Convent

    Date: October 28 2021

    Time: 4:15pm - 6:30pm

    Refreshments available from 4pm

    Attendees will receive:

    - Showbag of resource material

    - Certificate of Participation

    - Afternoon tea/refreshments

    -Recording of the session

    -10% discount at the book shop

    The Kids Bookshop in attendance

    Further Details as they become available

    Special Guests to be announced

    • 26 Nov 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Melbourne Convention and Entertainment Centre (MCEC)

    November 26 2021


    School Libraries: Powering Literacy

    8.30 to 3.30

    Details Available ASAP

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