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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

    • 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

    This Reading Forum will engage with social media.

    How can we use it effectively to inform, engage and encourage students?

    How is social media being used by allied professions? 

    And how is it appearing in books for your young people?

    We welcome your input and interest in the discussion.

    Guest Speakers

    • Adrian Beck, Author and Commentator
    • Helen Farch, Forest Hill College
    • Remy Lai on Pawcasso
    • Belinda Cameron, Maclean High School, NSW
    • Joseph Murray and Ngaire Bogeman, YA Team, Readings Books
    • Jane Godwin on When Rain Turns to Snow
    • Erin Wamala, The Kids Bookshop

    See Program Flyer for details

    • 11 Aug 2021
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 18 Nov 2021
    • (UTC+11:00)
    • 4 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.

    Book Club 2021 Flyer


    Happy Reading!

    • 17 Aug 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Mt Eliza Secondary College
    • 17

    Book Covering, Basic Repairs & Upcycling Books

    August 17

    9.30am to 12.30pm

    Morning Tea Provided

    Mt Eliza Secondary College

    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 professionals. We will share ideas and approaches to covering and discuss the various ways schools address covering decisions. 

                                                                                                                                                                                   All covering materials supplied.

    We will also have a short session on basic folding to create sculptures and display elements from old books.


    • 19 Aug 2021
    • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Galen Catholic College, Wangaratta

    Date: August 19 2021

    Time: 4:30pm - 7:00pm

    4.30pm   Registration and Refreshments/Book Shop browse

    5.00pm   Welcome

    5.05pm   Reading Promotion Ideas and Programs

    5.25pm   Mirranda Burton

    5.45pm   Break & Book Shop

    6.00pm   Mal Webster

    6.20pm   Ten Books in Ten Minutes - Northern Books 

    6.30pm   Book Shop and Signing

    7.00pm   Close 

    Attendees will receive:

    - Showbag

    - Certificate of Participation

    - Afternoon tea/refreshments

    -15% discount at the book shop

    Program Flyer

    • 2 Sep 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Online

    This masterclass will engage with ideas around building meaningful and inclusive collections that offer our communities an insight into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.  There will be a focus on the wonderful resources available to enrich our understanding and extend our knowledge.


    • Sally Lawrence - Building Culture Safety
    • Fay Stewart Muir - Discussing her work
    • Maryann Ballantyne - Welcoming Children to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture - Magabala Books
    • Rowan Simpkin - National Centre of Australian Children's Literature - Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Resource Database
    • Sara Korman, Galen Catholic College - Developing and Promoting our Own Voices Collection
    • Kristin Gill - Storytelling - Indigenous Literacy Foundation


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

    This masterclass will engage with how we create engaging and effective programs that enable our students, staff and the wider community to get the best out of our library programs, services and collections.  We will consider best practice examples that explore how we engage, educate and inspire our community so that they have the best experience possible.


    Holistic Programming at the University of Melbourne

    Tom Hyde and Dr Natasha Story

    Orientation, advocacy (like a ninja), and wellbeing – LTC Library-style

    Lori Korodaj, Lake Tuggeranong College, ACT


    Establishing Connections

    Joy Whiteside, St Josephs College, Geelong

    Orientation Roadmap  

    Camilla Elliott, Mazenod College


    • 16 Sep 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Online

    This masterclass will engage with ideas around why school libraries need to support their multilingual students, what that means in relation to their educational needs and consider examples of best practice, collection development and resources.

    Featuring -

    Shem Macdonald, lecturer in languages and education at La Trobe University in Melbourne and current President of VicTESOL the professional association for teachers of EAL in Victoria.

    In this session we will explore understandings of plurilingualism and multilingualism as they relate to learning in school contexts and in light of how these ideas appear in the Victorian F-10 Curriculum. How do we view the presence of languages other than English and what does that mean for the ways teachers teach and the ways learners learn? We will consider what this all might mean for librarians and others working in and using school libraries, including those developing collections, selecting resources, and disseminating information about these collections and resources to teachers and learners.

    And these presentations -

    Developing Diversity - Karys McEwen, Library Manager at both Prahran and Richmond High School.

    Inclusion and Context - Maura WilsonLibrary Resource Manager at Gleneagles Secondary College.

    Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre - Jenny Peck Librarian

    Taking a look at Picture Books Translated into English- Margot Lindgren, IBBY

    Perspectives (and Thoughts) from an EAL Educator -Suveshan Sathurayar


    • 13 Oct 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Melbourne Convention Centre

    SLAV are a partner organisation for the Libraries New Millennium Conference Strand of the National Education Summit.

    Registration details and further information are on the National Education Summit website HERE

    • 28 Oct 2021
    • 4:15 PM - 6:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • The Salon, Abbotsford Convent

    Session four

    Picture books for senior students

    The Salon,

    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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