Abstracts - ASLA Conference 2013 - Monday 30th September

Dr Jill Abell - E-books, e-texts and e-platforms: a wicked problem for school libraries (K-12) 
This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 2.6.3

Print books are bouncing back with the new bookshop experiences whilst school libraries are using a host of diverse e-commerce models, e-platforms and devices in their efforts to offer digital texts to support new curriculum.  The common goal is to adopt e-books to encourage reading, or create e-texts as a replacement for costly and heavy printed texts, to secure backlisted fiction, and to maintain curriculum-focussed non-fiction and multiple copies with manageable digital rights and licensing for class use. In this workshop, participants will examine the “wicked problems” and change focus to find solutions. 

Dr Jill Abell, BA, GradDipLib, MEdStudies, EdD, AALIA(CP), MACE, MACEL Director of Information Services (IT, Libraries and Archives) at The Hutchins School, Hobart.
Jill has a background in teaching, teacher librarianship, systems and software project management.  She has worked in government schools, colleges and curriculum and ICT consultancies prior to the current appointment at The Hutchins School, a K-12 Anglican Independent boys’ school.  Interested in the affordances of IT for the effective implementation of educational change, Jill’s strategic ICT planning goal has been to enable a high performance learning organisation with fast, secure and reliable communications.  She is also interested in creativity and innovation in e-learning and the impact of “apps on the go” for personalised learning.  She is a member of the peak national educational and library associations and takes an equally active role in the professional learning communities of schools, libraries and IT educators. 

Presenter: Annie Agnew -The magic of reading (Primary and Special Ed, ESL) 
This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 3.4.2; 2.6.2

Using the technologies available today discover the magic of reading for the young child. Watch and learn as they explore reading and writing in ways we have not been able to utilise previously.

Annie Agnew is a well respected educator with twenty years’ experience in the classroom and leadership positions nationally and internationally. She focuses on contextualising change in leadership, innovation and developing tools for the reflective practitioner. Annie works with educators to enable and support the implementation of contemporary strategies to enhance authentic learning.

Presenter: Danielle Carter - CONNECTED to my world: Seeing to understand (K-12) 
This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 2.6.2

Increasingly, in a media rich world where knowledge itself is constantly growing and evolving, learners are bombarded with information in many forms. How do learners tap into the potentials of a new way to gather data to support inquiry as they investigate, communicate and create with technology? This workshop will explore a new model to provide a framework to evaluate technology being used within a learning context. It will also consider the ever increasing media literacy required of learners today, with a focus on visual tools and data to support 21st century inquiry. Come and explore infographics, data visualisation and more. There will be a rich range resources to take away.

Danielle Carter - Education Officer Learning and Teaching Technologies for Brisbane Catholic Education.
Danielle has been working in this role for 4 years supporting principals and teachers as they plan, engage and provide innovative learning opportunities within their schools.  In 2009 Danielle was recognised as a QSITE Emerging Leader.

Presenter: Jenni Connor - Literature and the Australian Curriculum: A good time to be a librarian! (Primary) 
This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 2.5.2

Jenni discusses shifts in the Australian Curriculum: English learning area and the implications for teacher and student knowledge. Jenni will use quality literature to investigate the Literature strand of the curriculum for students at primary level and invite librarians to consider their role in enhancing student learning outcomes.

Jenni Connor has been an adviser and writer for the Australian Curriculum and judge and National President for the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA). She has held positions as Publications Manager and National President with the Australian Literacy Educators Association (ALEA) and conducted workshops on literacy and literature, curriculum, learning and teaching for educators and parents across Australia.

Presenter: Eric Frangenheim - Inquiry learning - the critical role of the well resourced library (K-12) 
This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 1.5.2

Good inquiry learning involves much more than a quick Google search and a summary from a few sources. Rather, it is a process that ensures the student fully understands the task at hand and that the task is supported by the use of carefully chosen thinking tools. This workshop will outline a Thinking Skills Framework that is essential for all inquiry-based learning and the role of a digital resource 'ThinkDrive' to assist students with more in-depth and successful responses.

Eric Frangenheim started teaching in 1970 in Africa and has taught in Queensland. He is an author, education consultant and is passionate about the use of thinking tools in the classroom. He has presented workshops in eleven countries and is author of Reflections on Classroom Thinking Strategies (10th Ed) and co-author of the innovative teachers’ companions, the ITC Thinking Skills Framework and ThinkDrive He regularly teaches in classrooms at both primary and secondary schools demonstrating the success of these thinking tools.

Presenters: Anne Girolami & Pru Mitchell – Where are teacher librarians in professional standards? (K-12) 
This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 6.1.3

As the Professional Standards for Teachers (AITSL) are implemented, teacher librarians ask where they fit in this framework. In this workshop, members of a cross-association working party will provide an overview of the standards and recommendations for their use in the school library context. Participants will be encouraged to contribute strategies for collecting and presenting evidence relevant to their context.

Anne Girolami is Head of Information Services at Mercy College, Coburg a catholic girls secondary school, in the northern suburbs, that follows the Mercy Charism. She has been a teacher librarian for over 20 years with experience in both primary and secondary school settings. Anne is also the Director for Victoria on the ASLA Board and currently the convenor for the Policy Advisory Project Team.

Pru Mitchell is Manager of the Schools Catalogue Information Service (SCIS), leading a team that provides cataloguing and collection support for school library staff throughout the Australasian region. An education specialist librarian with diverse experience across Australian school, TAFE and university libraries, her professional and research interests include innovation in information and collection management and professional learning. A passionate supporter of professional associations, Pru was recipient of the ASLA Citation in 2011.

Presenter: Stacey Hattensen - Scootle, supporting teachers to implement the Australian Curriculum (K-12)
This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 3.4.2

Be guided through the latest developments of Scootle including the free digital resources collection aligned to the Australian Curriculum; Scootle Community, a purpose built social media platform for teachers, and Improve, the online formative assessment tool. Participants are encouraged to download ESA’s Scootle Apps prior to the workshop.
Stacey Hattensen is an educator, teacher librarian and writer who has worked in a range of Queensland primary school settings and curriculum resource development projects for a really long time. She is an advocate for creative, inquiry-based teaching and learning and has an unhealthy interest in history curriculum and civics and citizenship education as well as a rapidly growing fascination with digital learning. Fortunately in her latest role as Program Director, Content Services at Education Services Australia she gets to indulge all of her interests while focusing on delivering quality digital resources for Australian schools.

Presenter: Holly Godfree & Olivia Neilson - We are the Weather Makers: Advocacy in action (K-12) 
This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 7.4.2; 6.3.3

Have you heard what's been happening in the ACT? Come and find out about the successful advocacy work that teacher librarians in Canberra have been achieving. You'll come away with support materials and practical ideas to try when you go home. Together we can make it!

Holly Godfree has been working in libraries for 8 years and is currently studying for her MEdTL at Charles Sturt University.  Olivia Neilson is a qualified teacher librarian who has taught in ACT primary schools for 15 years, working as a teacher librarian for the past 7 years. Olivia served as a member of the ASLA Board/National Council from 2008 to 2012 and was Vice President of ASLA ACT from 2008 to 2011. Both speakers are active members of their local teacher librarian community and maintain an interest in educational and other political issues at a local and national level.

Presenter: Lyn Hay - Project management and inquiry learning: The missing link (K-12) 
This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 2.1.3; 3.4.3

Project management is an essential life skill for 21st century learners. This session is based on the findings of a research study which explored students' use of Web 2.0 technologies to support the completion of an inquiry-based project. The study found students lacked project management skills as part of the inquiry learning process. Participants will be presented with a range of strategies and examples of how project management may be made more explicit when designing inquiry-based learning units.

Lyn Hay is a Lecturer with the School of Information Studies and a CSU Flexible Learning Institute Teaching Fellow at Charles Sturt University. Lyn teaches subjects in teacher librarianship, learning technologies and social networking, and information policy at the postgraduate level. Her research interests include the impact of school libraries on student learning, teacher librarian-principal partnerships, information behaviour, information policy, and iCentres in schools. Her doctoral research explores students’ use of Web 2.0 technologies to complete inquiry projects. Access Lyn’s professional website. 

Presenter: Cathy Oxley, Debbie Hunter, Vicki Palmer - Getting the mix right: Our journey to a blended learning environment (K-12) This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 2.6.3

The teacher librarians at Brisbane Grammar School have been involved in an exciting journey as part of a Blended Learning Team. Given the task of redesigning existing Year 8 units in a mix of traditional face-to-face and digital environments, we have been exploring teaching methodologies such as design frameworks and flipping the classroom as well as Web 2.0 tools to develop support materials for student access at point of need. In this hands-on workshop we will share technologies we have found useful for both teachers and students, as well as the process we have undertaken with our teaching colleagues. Make sure you BYOT for this workshop.

Cathy Oxley has been a teacher librarian for over twenty years, and finds it an exciting, challenging and rewarding profession. She has worked in both primary and secondary libraries, and is currently Director of Information Services at Brisbane Grammar School as well as President of the Brisbane SLAQ Sub-Committee. She has a keen interest in Web 2.0 technologies and their ability to engage learners and transform learning, and is committed to providing quality services that meet or exceed user expectations.

Debbie Hunter is a Teaching and Learning Librarian at Brisbane Grammar School. Following recent studies at UTS in eLearning, she is enjoying being part of the blended learning teaching teams at BGS to explore the development of innovative, engaging and immersive learning experiences as a teacher librarian, working alongside the classroom teacher. This has involved some new challenges, as we have explored a range of new technologies, applications and delivery options to support the Year 8 classroom and the new Australian Curriculum initiatives in general.

Vicki Palmer has been a teacher-librarian in a variety of schools through the years. She has been in the Middle School Library at Brisbane Grammar School since 2003 working with boys in Years 6-8. She is involved with both the literature and information aspects of the curriculum and enjoys seeking out new ways to engage her students.

Presenter: Kate Reid - Nip, tuck and polish - Reworking those library lessons with your technological toolkit (K-8) This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 2.6.2

Sometimes a favourite classroom activity needs a mini-makeover. This presentation describes the process of redesigning, implementing and reviewing lessons and units of work to bring them back into fashion and technological relevance. Please bring along something you want to 'nip, tuck or polish' for the practical component!

Kate Reid is the Primary and Middle School Teacher Librarian at The Hutchins School for Boys. She has been working at Hutchins for 4 of the past 6 years, interruped by 16 months as the Primary Teacher Librarian at the Australian International School Hong Kong. Before her arrival in Tasmania Kate undertook her Masters in Teacher Librarianship through CSU, while working part-time in a Central School library in NSW. Her previous life as a secondary LOTE teacher is useful in pointing out mistakes in her students' French homework at lunchtimes.

Presenter: Alinda Sheerman - A Guided Inquiry: An integrated approach to information fluency (K-12)
This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 3.3.3; 3.4.3  

When students and teachers use Guided Inquiry methods, combined with 21st century technological and literacy skills, the result is information fluency.  Information fluency is an essential 21st century skill, underpinning inquiry based learning, in which the elements of student choice and strong support from the Guided Inquiry teaching team lead to deep learning.

Alinda Sheerman has been working at Broughton Anglican College – a Prep to Year 12, low fee, independent school at Menangle Park in Sydney’s South West for the past 9 years. Since 2008 she has been team teaching, using and promoting Guided Inquiry and conducting Action Research into its effectiveness as a pedagogy across the whole school. This has resulted in the school library becoming a central place of integrated and shared learning with the teacher librarian taking a leadership role in pedagogical change. In 2011 Alinda was selected for a NSW Quality Teaching award. In 2012 she was awarded NSW Teacher Librarian of the Year and subsequently the Australian Teacher Librarian of the Year 2012.

Presenter: Rick Susman - Libraries, National Curriculum and collection development: getting the balance right (Secondary and K-12) This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 3.4.2

The future of school libraries is at the ‘tipping point’, the advent of National Curriculum provides an unprecedented opportunity for school libraries to establish a leadership role in the process of learning. How we can best make choices to provide the optimum balance of print and digital resources for students to become poweful independent learners.

Rick Susman founded The Booklegger 36 years ago with a passion and commitment for students becoming powerful independent learners. With decades of experience in Australian and International Baccalaureate curricula and access to relevant print and digital non-fiction and reference resources from around the world, The Bookelgger has worked extensively with library and subject associations around Australia. Known for excellence in accessing and reviewing materials and consulting with libraries around Australia and Asia on collection development, Rick has spoken and written extensively on trends and developments. Rick now leads workshops on "Inventing a new future for your library".

Presenter: Lian Tanner – Breaking the ice: a journey into creativity (Primary and Secondary)
This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 2.5.2

Lian Tanner will talk about her journey towards creativity, her new children's novel 'Ice Breaker', and the challenges a fantasy author faces in creating a world that is both fantastic AND real. The session will include some writing exercises. Please bring pen and paper.

Lian Tanner is an award-winning children’s author whose middle-grade fantasy trilogy, The Keepers, has been published in Australia, the USA and India, as well as being translated into seven languages. The first two books in the trilogy, 'Museum of Thieves' and 'City of Lies', won consecutive Aurealis Awards for Australian fantasy, and were shortlisted for many others. In Munich, 'Museum of Thieves' was named as a 'White Raven' (books that deserve worldwide attention) by the International Youth Library. Lian’s latest children's fantasy, 'Ice Breaker', will be published in November 2013.

Presenter: Susie Thorpe – A different way of doing things (K-12)

Libraries have been cooperating on cataloguing, collection management and resource sharing services for decades. In that time, we have enjoyed the benefits of networked services—no local software or hardware, elimination of maintenance and support costs, lower overall expense and better scalability. OCLC, through its new WorldShare Management System, now offers libraries the chance to revitalize traditional services by sharing workflows, activities, data and standards.
Susie Thorpe has worked for a variety of library automation vendors in roles including sales, training and product management.  Susie is supervising the ongoing support and development of Amlib as well as managing the processes required for libraries to transition to OCLC WorldShare.  Susie works with OCLC colleagues internationally providing input and direction in regards to further OCLC WorldShare development.

Presenter: Lyn White - Through my eyes: using literature to engage young readers with contemporary conflict zones (Primary and Secondary
This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 2.5.2

This session introduces a new fiction series that invites readers 11-14 years to enter the fragile worlds of children living in contemporary conflict zones. Series-related learning activities that support the Language, Literature and Literacy strands of the English learning area of the Australian Curriculum will be presented.

Lyn White has been a passionate primary school Teacher Librarian and English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher for more than twenty years and has completed postgraduate studies in Editing and Communications at the University of Melbourne. Lyn has created and is the series editor of THROUGH MY EYES, a six-book series that invites young readers into the fragile lives of children living in contemporary conflict zones to be published by Allen & Unwin in 2013. Lyn has developed teaching notes and student resources that link the series to the Australian Curriculum. Lyn also teaches at Blackburn English Language School and is a pre-service supervisor with Deakin University.

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