ASLA XXI Biennial Conference 2009

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Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, Perth, Western Australia

29 September to 2 October 2009

Session selections - Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Session A | Session B | Session C | Guest speakers

The Conference Organising Committee reserves the right to update the programme as information becomes available.

Session A: 11.15 am

A1 -- Jan Radford, Delany College
Library 2: Come on in! .. The water is fine
Jan Radford, Australian teacher librarian of the year 2008, shares her passion for the future of libraries. What is Library 2.0 anyway? How has it made a difference at Delany College?
Audience: Secondary

A2 -- Session withdrawn

A3 -- Wilma Kurvink & Amanda Douglas, Wesley College Melbourne
Collaborative practice and professional growth: An in depth look at sustainable curriculum practice between teachers and librarians
Collaborative practice can enrich the professional growth and experience of teachers and teacher librarians. What are the essential understandings and shared values that can be drawn upon when working together? How are the learning outcomes for students and the practitioners themselves influenced by collaboratorative practice? Amanda Douglas and Wilma Kurvink have for 2 years shared a relationship around the development of curriculum in middle years humanities, and an ESL learning area. They will address these questions drawing on a case study involving a team of humanities teachers, and ESL projects using documented reflections of the library and humanities team.
Audience: Secondary

A4 -- Sherman Young, Macquarie University
From readers to writers: Engaging with new media users
One of the main characteristics of twentieth-century media was the separation of production and reception. Media producers and media audiences did not have direct access to each other. For the most part, texts and images were produced in one place by certain people, and consumed in other places by different people. The new media blur this distinction with vast social and cultural consequences. Whether characterised as 'participatory culture', 'produsage' or 'prosumerism', it is clear that the convergence of production and reception presents the most radical set of possibilities and challenges for individuals and institutions, and not just those directly involved in the media. Educators in particular need to address this significant shift. This paper canvasses the possibilities and interrogates how to engage with a generation of 'digital natives' whose connection with digital information sources involves both production and consumption as a matter of course.
Audience: K-12

A5 -- Bonnie McComb, Westminster School
Creating a culture of reading in high school: Engaging staff and students in book clubs
How can you make reading come alive in high school while still preparing for exams? How can you engage teachers in reading professional books and having rich professional conversations when they have such busy lives? Book clubs and literature circles work with students and adults. Not only do book clubs give students choice and a sense of ownership that engage them in reading, they also create professional connections and conversations between teachers. This workshop will provide an outline for setting up and integrating student book clubs in classrooms and for developing and running professional book clubs with teachers.
Audience: Secondary

A6 - Sharon McGuinness, Thirroul Public School
Subtle advocacy: Connecting with your community via a library web page
Have you ever thought of a school library web page as an advocacy tool? By providing your school community with your program, specific learning tasks, research, and great reads, you can ensure your school community will understand that a school library coupled with a teacher librarian can make a difference to their children's learning.
Audience: Primary

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Session B: 12.10 pm

B1 -- Caroline Basnett, WestOne Services
Copyright in a digital age
The advent of the digital age has been a huge benefit for educators building dynamic learning environments as millions of people have become creators and sharers of information in a socially-networked, digital world. However, with this Pandora’s box of goodies comes a legal responsibility and commitment to copyright compliance. Teachers need to know how and what information can be legally used in the classroom when exploring the globally connected virtual world. This workshop will promote responsible digital copyright practices and update you on the latest information to enable you to comply with the various copyright licences and legislative requirements.
Audience: K-12

B2 -- Jenni Woodroffe & Elle France, Storytellers
A tale of two stories
The importance of engaging the listener through story telling, sparking images and wonder, and creatively interpreting the story is the focus of this session. For two consecutive years Year 2 classes Manning Primary School have re told these stories using their own words and illustrations to create a new picture book. The process has involved class teachers, students, parents and the whole community.
Audience: K-12

B3 -- Sue Scott & Chloe Mauger, Children's Book Council
Children's Book Council session: What makes an award winning book?
Why is it that books that become award winners are sometimes so outside the mainstream? The Children’s Book Council Short List often attracts criticism largely due to a lack of understanding of the awards and the judging criteria. In this session Sue and Chloe will look at some of the controversial winners of the past and discuss the purpose of the Children’s Book of the Year Awards, the criteria and judging procedures, and how this list should be used by schools.
Audience: K-12

B4 -- Libby Gleeson, Author
Writing the past, writing the future
In this session Libby will compare the process of writing a novel set in the past (Mahtab's Story) with writing a novel set in the future (Twenty Sixty {as yet unfinished}) The first novel was based on the recollections of the escape of a young woman and her family from the Taliban, Afghanistan and their journey to Australia. The current project is imagining the world of twenty sixty, post oil and many of the changes brought by global warming. Despite differences, the task in each is to find the compelling story.
Audience: K-12

B5 -- Mike & Joy Lefroy
Buy local - stories from our own backyard

In Australia we often look elsewhere for a sense of history but our own heritage is extremely worthy of exploration. Literature can be the catalyst that celebrates these forgotten stories. The Lefroys will engage you with the intriguing tale of The Catalpa Escape - a story from their own backyard.
Audience: K-12

B6 -- Carolyn Carver-Gibson, Somerset College
'ICT': It's not the medium that matters, it's the message
As with most other professions, the increasing thrust of changing technologies has greatly affected school libraries and the role of the teacher librarian. Regardless of huge technological advances, the medium through which our students access information is mostly irrelevant. As a result of new technologies enabling us to access vast quantities of information, critical thinking and information literacy skills are now more crucial than ever. Somerset College Library has implemented a method that combines ICT and a variety of mediums for sourcing information, while being supported by sound pedagogy. By referring to the Somerset College model, this session will examine the challenges, opportunities and strategies available to assist with teaching information literacy effectively within the culture of your school.
Audience: Secondary

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Session C: 2.00 pm

C1 -- Maryann Ballantyne
Turning stories into books

C2 -- Kris Johnstone, Sacré Coeur
You have your interactive whiteboard - What do you do now?
This workshop will track the Sacré Coeur Library journey with interactive whiteboards, charting the obstacles, successes and issues associated with implementation, and detailing the learning journey of teacher librarians and the school community. It will identify key strategies for implementation and a bank of useful resources and tools.
Audience: K-12

C3 -- Heather Cooper & Joscelyn Leatt Hayter, Westbooks
Discussion of recently published books from a variety of genres that would be suitable for use as class sets
This session will discuss books that have been published during 2008 and 2009 that would be great to use as class sets in both primary schools and high schools.
Audience: K12

C4 -- Gayle MacFarlane, Central TAFE
Get the job and celebrate
Is applying for a job as easy as you think? Explore the requirements of applying for that dream job. This presentation will cover application forms, covering letters, selection criteria and resumes.
Audience: K-12

C5 -- Barbara Combes, Edith Cowan University
Generation Y: Digital natives or just uneducated?
The idea of a tech-savvy generation of young people has been successfully popularised by the global media, older generations and educators who are currently struggling to come to terms with the emerging information landscape of the twenty-first century. Recent findings indicate that the students from the Y or Net Generation are not as tech-savvy as portrayed by the world’s media and large Internet software providers. If this is the case, then assumptions currently being made about the information-seeking behaviour of today’s students need to be rectified at the school level to ensure that tomorrow’s citizens are not disenfranchised or disempowered as users. This session discusses major themes that have emerged from an extensive PhD research study on the information-seeking behaviour of the Net Generation or Generation Y.
Audience: K-12

C6 -- Ben Beaton
The process of writing your first novel

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Guest speakers: 3.50 pm

GS1 -- Sherman Young, Macquarie University
Bring out your dead: Re-shaping books in 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.

GS2 -- Karen Tayleur, Author
Keepin' it real: how to develop teens in the YA novel

GS3 -- Kim Flintoff, Curtin University of Technology
INFOMUVES - Information management, education and the shift into virtual worlds
It’s no news to school librarians that their role has changed over the past few decades. As new modes of publishing and managing information become more entrenched in education and as education adopts greater acceptance of elearning and a remote student body the function of the library is also required to change. Reading books is for many a novel concept, information is something you have with at all times and accessible with just a few key strokes on whatever device is handy. It seems almost inevitable that Multi-User Virtual Environments will play a much greater role in education of the future. This talk will consider what key competencies will arise as MUVEs become more commonly used in education.

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