ASLA XXI Biennial Conference 2009

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Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, Perth, Western Australia

29 September to 2 October 2009

Keynote speakers

Our keynote speakers are internationally recognised experts in their field, promising delegates an exciting and challenging program. Confirmed keynote speakers include:

Libby GleesonLibby Gleeson, Author

Libby Gleeson is a highly successful writer of picture books, short stories and novels for young people. Previously a secondary school teacher she has been a full-time writer for twenty years. She teaches creative writing at the University of Sydney where she is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work. She runs in-service courses for teachers and writing workshops for students of all ages.

Topic: Literature and its role in school librarianship
This presentation will examine, from a writer's perspective, the way literature is taught in schools. I will look at the increasing emphasis on functional literacy and testing as opposed to the study of and exposure to quality literature.  I will also look at the diminishing role of and respect for the teacher librarian, in some states, and the effect this may be having on the reading patterns of children and adolescents. In Australia, as in Britain and America there is a move amongst the children’s literature community for a ‘Children’s Laureate.’ What role would such a person play and how would it operate alongside the traditional professionals working with books and children?

Mark Treadwell Mark Treadwell, Director, Teachers at Work

Mark is an independent consultant.  He has presented keynote addresses to the International Confederation of Principals (2007), the 21st Century Learning Conference in Hong Kong (2008), the Irish Principals Association (2007) and the International Thinking Conference (KL 2009). Mark was the ACEL Australian Travelling Scholar for 2008. Mark is also a director of Dataview, a software development company working on 21st C learning environments. His latest release book Whatever: The Revolution of School v2.0. and his next text is Whatever Next!: The Global Conceptual Curriculum was released in October 2008.

Mark’s notes and resources are available online at The emergent 21st Century teacher and teachers @ work.

Topic: Whatever: School V2.0
The role of librarians in the School V2.0 is set to change dramatically and the changes will be fast and the expectations very high. So how do librarians prepare for these changes and what professional development strategies will be required in order to meet these challenges? This session will describe the changes that lie ahead in learning in general and how the role of the librarian is about to enter an entirely new phase. As the internet paradigm over comes and replaces the book base education paradigm librarians have a stark choice to make;  make a “quantum evolutionary” leap and take on the role of integrating the management of book based resources with the management of electronic resources within electronic online environments or watch as other interests take over the role of the librarian.

As we move from limited education resources that had to be managed for reasons of equity to overwhelming information resources that have to be managed for reasons of sanity, the core function of libraries is undergoing extensive change. The core capability of librarians is to manage and make available information resources and this has never been more critical. Educators need librarians to make this move.  The new role includes the ability to seamlessly integrate electronic resources into present resource management systems; make those systems available to everyone, from anywhere and online 24/7 for 24/7 access. The second role of librarians will be to prepare educators to develop programs of critical literacy, effective searching techniques and effective information synthesis and distillation.
In this session Mark will look at these issues and how librarians can make the changes required in the time frame that is being demanded.

Michael StephensDr Michael Stephens, Assistant Professor, Dominican University, Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Michael Stephens, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in Illinois. He spent over fifteen years working in public libraries while developing a passion for technology. His publications include The Library Internet Trainer’s Toolkit, two ALA Library Technology Reports on Web 2.0, a monthly column with Michael Casey in Library Journal, and a host of articles. Michael also maintains the popular blog Tame the Web. He received an IMLS doctoral fellowship at the University of North Texas, was named a Library Journal “Mover and Shaker,” and recently joined the Dominican faculty. Michael speaks nationally and internationally on libraries, technology and innovation.

Topic: Engage, Explore, Celebrate: The Hyperlinked School Library
Technology has changed every aspect of our lives. How do emerging technologies and the trends related to them impact the school librarian? What is the promise of Learning 2.0 for student-teacher-librarian collaboration in an open, barrier free environment? Opportunities for learning can extend beyond the classroom to spaces and places we build together. Michael will explore what opportunities there are for inclusive learning, new delivery methods and creating spaces guided by student needs and wants. Beyond our shelves, how can we extend the magic of what we do for learners? How can we enable them to learn anywhere and everywhere?

Guest speakers

Kim FlintoffKim Flintoff is a theatre practitioner turned drama teacher turned edupunk and advocate for technology-mediated education.

Kim has been co-chair of the IDEA SIG for Drama and New Media since 2001. He continues research into the nexus between drama, education and virtual worlds. Kim has taught in K-12 and tertiary contexts, most recently teaching Contemporary Performance, Interdisciplinary Practice, Primary and Secondary Drama and Cultural History and Theory at Edith Cowan University. He has also been working with the innovative IT team at Presbyterian Ladies College and has recently accepted an offer to work in Instructional Design for Curtin University's School of Regional, Remote and Elearning. Kim has a rich understanding and engagement with internet culture and has always endeavoured to share his work with colleagues.

Bill LoudenBill Louden, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, The University of Western Australia

Bill Louden has worked as a teacher, and school system official and academic. In 2008 he was appointed Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia. His research interests include literacy, standards and educational change. His most recent research projects have focused on identifying the classroom teaching practices that make the most contribution to students' intellectual growth. He is a member of the National Curriculum Board and Chair of the Western Australia Curriculum Council.

Topic: Continuity and Change: Where will schools and teachers be in 10 years time?
In this presentation Bill Louden will talk about the forces for continuity and change in schooling. To what extent are schools likely to change as a result on social, demographic and technological forces? To what extent are these pressures for change likely to be moderated by the grammar of classrooms, the power of discipline knowledge, and the dispositions of teachers?

Leonie Norrington Leonie Norrington grew up at Barunga Aboriginal community in southern Arnhemland and her writing demonstrates enormous respect for the Indigenous peole of that area. 'I am interested in the places where cultures and languages meet', she says. 'Especially how people use language and story to bridge cultural differences or to make statements about their separateness'. She writes in a mix of English, Kriol and Language and her stories are a beautifully conceived reflection of the life she lives. Black and white characters merge, lives are entwined and for her there is not racial issue, merely a difference way of looking.


Karen Tayleur lives in the hills of the Dandenong Ranges with her husband and two kids who always leave their homework to the last minute. As well as being expert at Year Seven German and Chinese and holding down a four-day-a-week job, she is a writer. Karen is the author of the best-selling David Mortimore Baxter series and the critically acclaimed young adult novel Chasing Boys. Her new young adult novel, Hostage, will be released in October.

  Sherman YoungSherman Young, Senior Lecturer, Macquarie University

Sherman Young is a Senior Lecturer in the Media Department at Macquarie University, where he teaches new media theory and production. His research focus is on the cultural impact of the new media technologies. He is the author of The Book is Dead, Long Live the Book (UNSW Press 2007). In addition to chronicling the death of the (printed) book, his current projects include explorations of the music industry and a forthcoming book on Media Convergence with Palgrave in the UK.

Topic: Bring out your Dead: Re-situating books in a post web 2.0 world…
Whilst the printed book has been the dominant information technology of the last 200 years, more recent times has seen the rise of electronic media forms. Radio, television and newer digital technologies such as the internet have apparently relegated the book to a supporting role – to the extent that some have declared it deceased. This paper examines the new media contexts and explores how book culture might be re-situated, allowing its unique attributes to remain relevant.

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