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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

    • 18 Feb 2021
    • (UTC+11:00)
    • 18 Nov 2021
    • (UTC+11:00)
    • 8 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!

    • 12 Mar 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Virtual
    • 47

    A Virtual Conference


    9.00 am Welcome: Di Ruffles - SLAV President

    Keynote Address: Professor Emerita Dianne Oberg (live From Canada)

    School libraries: Powering ethical and intercultural learning

    SLAV Professional Learning 2021

     Morning Tea & Resource Gallery

    Concurrent Sessions - Round One

    1.    Bridget Forster

    Libraries: Fuel for powering the learning of our bright sparks

    2.    Camilla Elliott

    Who am I? Adolescent identity formation through personal storytelling

    3.    Lena Hume-Twining

    Community of Inquiry: Nurturing critical and creative thinking

    Featured Address: Monica Bini, VCAA Curriculum Manager for the Capabilities,

    VCE Extended Investigation and VCE Philosophy

    Powering up the capabilities

    Lunch & Resource Gallery

    Concurrent Sessions - Round Two

    1.    Jennifer Cain

    Creating knowledge building skills: Supporting the IB Learner Profile and MYP

    2.    Monica Morscheck

    Inquiry: Maximising your library resources

    3.    Joanne Lowe and Fiona Longfield

    Critical consumers in a digital world

    Featured Address: Dr Claire Scoular, Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER)

    Integration of the general capabilities: Assessment, teaching, and pedagogy

    Announcements and Plenary: Camilla Elliott - SLAV Vice President and Professional Learning Chair and Di Ruffles SLAV President

    Conference Program

    All necessary instructions and links will be sent closer to the date.

    • 18 Mar 2021
    • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • The Salon, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford

    What’s New with Citing the News Articles in APA7?

    Thursday March 18

    Join us at 4pm for light refreshments

    Session 4.30 to 5.30 pm

    The Salon Room,

    The Abbotsford Convent

     Online attendance also available

    The latest edition of APA’s Style Guide provides a much broader definition of Periodicals to encompass blogs and other online platforms that publish articles. This is one of the many updates, which includes social media, experiential events, and religious texts, to the APA 7th edition. Many librarians and teachers will be pleased to see the return of the “Retrieved” date, however, it is only used for fluid online content.

    To demystify APA7th edition, SLAV is hosting an online and in-person event with Michael Hargreaves from CiteMaker.

    • 28 Apr 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • The Salon - The Abbotsford Convent
    • 7

    Book Covering, Basic Repairs & Upcycling Books

    April 28

    9.30am to 12.30pm

    Morning Tea Provided

    Price: Members $80.00     Non-Members $120.00

    Venue: The Salon

    Abbotsford Convent


    All levels of library professional and volunteers are welcome.

     Workshop Content

    Learn how to keep your books looking good for longer using a variety of covering materials. Using simple repair techniques give old favourites a new lease on life.

    This is a hands-on workshop using library-specific covering and mending materials led by school library staff. We will share ideas and approaches to covering and discuss the various ways schools address covering decisions.

    All covering materials supplied. We will have some books for practice available, but please do bring your own too. Bring along covering challenges – approaches to be discussed.

    We will also look at ways to fold and work with discarded books to create sculptures and objects of interest for use in displays and promotions.

    • 13 May 2021
    • 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Online

    Session two

    LGBTQI Perspectives


    Date: May 13 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

    • 24 May 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Angliss Conference Centre, William Angliss Institute
    • 75

    Conference Program to be advised

    Please contact the office with any inquiries

    • 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 years CBCA short listed titles in four categories.

    This event is for all SLAV Members and a 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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