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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
    • 8 Dec 2021
    • 29 sessions

    • 15 Sep 2018
    • 20 Nov 2021
    • 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

    • 27 Oct 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online

    October 27 2021

    4.00pm to 5.00pm


    Spotlight on Hope Do

    In this series we will place an experienced practitioner from our profession ‘In the Spotlight’. 

    Across an hour they will address a series of prepared questions, show us around their library space and answer questions from attendees.


    • 28 Oct 2021
    • 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
    • ONLINE

    Session four

    Picture books for senior students


    October 28 2021

    4:15pm - 6:00pm

    Special Guests:

    • Pierre-Jacques Ober and Jules Ober

    • Dr Janette Poulton

    • Bern Emmerichs

    • Jo Panckridge

    • Boori Pryor

    Attendees will receive:

    - Certificate of Participation on request

    -Recording of the session

    Program Flyer

    • 4 Nov 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online

    This masterclass will engage with how we assist students to think critically about information, how it is created and consumed and conveyed.  How do we help our students be media literate? How do we support them to be knowledgeable, reflective consumers, researchers and creators?  We will consider best practice examples and resources that explore how we engage and educate our school communities.


    Media Literacy

    Annabel Astbury

    Learning Legacy: Equipping senior students for life and further education

    Penny Roberts and Bridget Forster

    The Keys to Success program
    Holly Godfree and Lori Korodaj

    School newsrooms: more than a lesson in journalism

    Dhana Quinn

    Event Flyer

    • 4 Nov 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online


    Next Meeting: November 4


    4pm to 5pm

    This newly formed network seeks to support school libraries and teachers of the VCE Extended Investigation subject.

    The network will meet once a term to hear guest speakers and share ideas. It is open to anyone.

    Our special guests on November 4 will be:

    Monica Bini, Curriculum Manager - Capabilities/VCE Philosophy/VCE Extended Investigation - Curriculum Division – VCAA

    On the structure of the VCE Extended Investigation subject.


    Alex Louie, Head of Inquiry Learning - The University High School

    On assessment, the biggest hurdles and what has been most valuable from the library.

    Register to receive the Meeting link.

    Email the SLAV office for further information.

    • 11 Nov 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online

    Thursday November 11


    4.00pm – 5.00pm

    This series 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.

    This session will consider Online Competitions.

    We will be looking at:

    Flipgrid, a Jeopardy program, Padlet, Kahootz, LibGuides, Google Forms

    Presenters will include:

    • Karin Gilbert, Star of the Sea College
    • Joy Whiteside, St Josephs College, Geelong
    • Katrina Dawson, Balwyn High School
    • Pam Saunders, Academy of Mary Immaculate
    • Many Heatherington, Mount Lilydale Mercy College
    • Sharon Hayes, Damascus College


    SLAV Members: $30.00

    Non- Members: $40.00

    Includes recording of the session.

    Program Flyer

    • 18 Nov 2021
    • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • 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!

    • 26 Nov 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 3:40 PM
    • ONLINE



    School Libraries: Powering Literacy

    8.30 to 3.40


    The Power of Literacy

    Dr Sue Thomson

    Leading Reading in Your School: From Literacy Policy Positioning to TikTok

    Dr Margaret Merga

    Featured Addresses

    Reading Cultures in BookTok, Bookstagram and BookTube

    Bronwyn Reddan

    Panel - Graphic Novels and Protest

    Bernard Caleo in conversation with Safdar Ahmed and Mirranda Burton

    The Power of the Imagination

    Sofie Laguna

    Six Concurrent sessions

    SLAV Awards

    Static Trade Exhibition

    Conference Flyer

    • 16 Feb 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • The Salon Room, The Abbotsford Convent
    • 17

    Book Covering, Basic Repairs & Upcycling Books

    FeBRUARY 16 2022

    10am to 1.00pm

    Morning Tea Provided

    The Salon,

    The Abbotsford Convent

    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.

    • 2 Mar 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • The Salon Room, The Abbotsford Convent
    • 25
    Registration is closed


    March 2 2021

    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. Participants will be encouraged to share photos of their own displays and ideas for topics, materials etc.

    Directions for The Abbotsford Convent

    • 17 Jun 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 18 Jun 2022
    • 3:30 PM
    • Melbourne Convention Centre

    SLAV are a partner organisation for the Conference Strand of the National Education Summit - Capacity Building School Libraries.

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

    More information will be shared once it becomes available.


Links to available tertiary studies in Librarianship and library-related careers. Download PDF file here.


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