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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
    • 14 Dec 2022
    • 37 sessions

    The SLAV Committee of Management meets throughout the year to oversee the running of the association. For details please contact the SLAV office.

    • 15 Sep 2018
    • 19 Nov 2022
    • 30 sessions
    • The Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, VIC,3067 Australia

    SLAV State Council meetings in 2022 will be held at the Abbotsford Convent or online as decided by the Council.

    February 12 is the Council Planning Day

    May 14 is a Council meeting and the Annual General Meeting

    September 3 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

    • 16 Jun 2022
    • 17 Nov 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • online

    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.

    2022 Program Flyer

    We hope you can join us.


    Happy Reading!

    • 21 Jul 2022
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 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.

    • 28 Jul 2022
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Online

    Session Three


    Date: July 28 2022

    Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm

    Reflection and Response

    In our third event of our 2022 series, we will explore how practitioners encourage, promote and guide student reflection and response with specific activities and programs and how we structure and scaffold response approaches to make them meaningful and supportive.

    We will also be joined by some wonderful creators who will share their views and their work.


    The BIG Summer Read - Christine Vandor

    Creating Authentic Reading Responses - Madison Dearnaley

    Shelftalkers - Tye Cattanach and Carmel Byrne

    Writing Responses - Reina Phung

    Emily Gale - The Goodye Year (August 2022)

    Carla Fitzgerald - How to be Prime Minister and Survive Grade Five (August 2022)


    • 3 Aug 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • The Salon Room, The Abbotsford Convent
    • 0

    August 3 2022

    The Salon Room

    The Abbotsford Convent

    9.30am to 12 Noon

    Featuring -

    Library Displays… What do you really see? With Lena Cirillo
    This presentation will include an exploration of what makes an engaging library display that captures the attention of its viewer. Participants will gain insights into key approaches to take including the consideration of the art elements, theme and use of props. This will be followed by a conversation about the power of imagery, and how a display can impart knowledge, foster a call to action, invite interaction or promote diverse reading choices. Participants will workshop their creative ideas for displays and contribute to concepts to take away.

    Lena Cirillo is the Executive Officer of Art Education Victoria, an artist and a specialist visual art teacher working in primary schools. Lena has led the culture of focused, productive and creative arts and non-profit organisations over the past twenty years including Arts Project Australia and Polyglot Theatre. Lena has completed a Master of Teaching and a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMIT University. Lena is an ardent supporter of the visual arts and making a difference through fostering creativity as a fundamental experience and tool in our everyday lives.


    The introductory session will be followed by a facilitated discussion of display ideas, tools and tips and the SLAV Display and Event Calendar.

    Directions for The Abbotsford Convent

    • 4 Aug 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online

    Thursday August 4


    4.00pm – 5.00pm

    This series -High Impact Libraries Online will showcase and explore the various ways school libraries operate to support learning and teaching through online systems and programs and online strategies and tools. Each session will explore a different area of the online school library offering examples of practice and experienced speakers.

    Creating Digital Pedagogy Toolkits

    Why don’t more teachers take advantage of the digital resources and tools school libraries offer and recommend? What can be done about this? In this session, we answer these questions by looking at digital pedagogy and, specifically, how to create a “digital pedagogy toolkit” for teachers. A digital pedagogy toolkit is a highly practical way of (1) boosting teachers’ awareness, interest, and usage of digital tools and resources, and (2) assisting teachers to integrate digital tools and resources into the classroom in meaningful and effective ways. 


    Chelsea Quake is a Melbourne based teacher-librarian with 10 years’ experience managing school libraries. Prior to entering the school system, she worked in university libraries as an online services and technical librarian. Chelsea is a passionate advocate for school libraries as change agents and trailblazers, especially in the areas of differentiated teaching and learning practices, and new and emerging technologies in the school setting.   



    SLAV Members: $30.00

    Non- Members: $40.00

    Includes recording of the session and padlet of resources.

    • 18 Aug 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:45 PM
    • Online

    Library Design and Refurbishment

    August 18

    10am – 11.30am


    This masterclass seeks to engage with a range of ideas around library design and refurbishment and will reflect on the experiences and views of a diverse range of school settings.


    All Hallows’ School’s New Library Space

    Anne Weaver

    ICOM Library’s design from scratch

    Haifa Atatreh

    Upgrading a Library Space as a One Person Team in a DET Primary School - Pros and Cons

    Robyn Donoghue

    The University High School Renovation

    Stephanie Ward

    The Research and Study Centre (RASC) at Kennedy Baptist College

    Natasha Georgiou


    • 1 Sep 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online

    There is no one 'right' definition of the Science of Reading (SoR) and there is also no consensus as to theory, research, policy, or practice which counts as the Science of Reading (Goodwin & Jimenez, 2020). In this presentation, Noella will share some of the recent research and discussions that have used the term SoR and try to untangle some of the confusions that exist. She will also cite research that suggests that the 'successful teaching of reading blends both science of reading and teacher art or craft’ (Paige et al 2021). Reference will be made to the need for teachers and schools to inspire children to 'want to read', not just teach them 'how to read'. 

    Noella Mackenzie is an Independent Education Consultant and Associate Professor (adjunct) in the School of Education at Charles Sturt University. Noella is an experienced educator with many years of experience in schools and working for school systems before moving to research and academia. Her research is informed by her ongoing work with classroom teachers and is usually focused on teacher professional learning and the teaching and learning of writing. Noella has been published in research and professional journals, has co-edited two books on the teaching of writing and written many book chapters In recent times Noella has been asked to explore the literature around the Science of Reading and share her understanding of this topic.


    • 12 Sep 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • William Angliss Conference Centre
    • 60


    September 12

    Angliss Conference Centre


    William Angliss Institute

    555 La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000

    Join us for a wonderful day of discussion and collaboration with your colleagues as you hear from three experts -

    • Dr Carol Gordon - The Essential Library
    • Dr Kay Oddone - The Connected Library
    • Karen Bonanno - The Future Ready Library

    This is a full day event supported by a trade exhibition and a follow  up online discussion forum.

    Symposium Flyer

    • 12 Oct 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • The Salon Room, The Abbotsford Convent
    • 12

    Book Covering, Basic Repairs & Upcycling Books

    october 12 2022

    10am to 1.00pm

    Morning Tea Provided

    The Salon,

    The Abbotsford Convent

    Workshop Content                     

    Facilitated by Lynn Swannell                    

    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.

    Flyer (includes access instructions)

    • 27 Oct 2022
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • The Salon Room, The Abbotsford Convent

    Session four

    diversity and representation

    October 27 2022

    The Salon Room, The Abbotsford Convent

    4:30pm - 6:00pm

    Details to follow as they become available

    • 3 Nov 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online

    Thursday November 3


    4.00pm – 5.00pm

    This series -High Impact Libraries Online -  will showcase and explore the various ways school libraries operate to support learning and teaching through online systems and programs and online strategies and tools. Each session will explore a different area of the online school library offering examples of practice and experienced speakers.

    More details as they become available.


    SLAV Members: $30.00

    Non- Members: $40.00

    Includes recording of the session.

    • 25 Nov 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Melbourne Entertainment and Conference Centre


    School Libraries: Powering Readers

    8.30am to 3.30pm

    Melbourne Entertainment and Conference Centre

    Details as they become available


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