Abstracts - ASLA Conference 2013 - Sunday 29th September

Presenter: Tom Danby - eBooks 101 - The next stage
This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 2.6.3

eBook formats and creative technologies are evolving rapidly, creating two dynamics - increasing sophistication of publisher content, and increasing simplicity of end user access. This paper will give a current summary of these dynamics from a publishers view, and to highlight predicted future changes.

Tom Danby operates INT BOOKS, a Melbourne based book and ebook distrubution business, specialising in Primary and Middle Years non-fiction, and curriculum related fiction. He distributes for many major overseas educational publishers, and is developing local delivery systems for their ebooks and e-resources. INT BOOKS also act as an ebook creator and distributor for Australian publishers and authors. 

Presenter: Lee FitzGerald - Guided Inquiry developments (K-12) 
This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 2.2.3; 2.3.3; 3.3.4; 5.5.3
Exciting change is happening in Guided Inquiry theory and practice.  Following the publication of Guided Inquiry Design: A framework for inquiry in your school, (Kuhltau, et al) in 2012, a clear blueprint for preparation and running of Guided Inquiry units in our schools exists.  The 2013, the International Research Symposium, Digital Youth, Inquiry, and the Future of the School Library is taking place in April in New Jersey. With my colleague and Head of History at Loreto Kirribilli, I am presenting at the April symposium, on developments in Guided Inquiry at my school. My presentation at ASLA XXIII will cover changes in the theory and practice of Guided Inquiry at Loreto Kirribilli, as well as reporting on developments from the symposium in New Jersey.
Lee FitzGerald has been Head Teacher Librarian at Loreto Kirribilli since 2003. Prior to that, and since the 1980’s, Lee has worked in primary and secondary school libraries, as well as being Editor of Scan for a period in the 1990s. She works as an adjunct lecturer at Charles Sturt University from time to time. Her professional interest in information literacy has led her to embrace the theory and practice of Guided Inquiry, as it emerged in the work of Professor Carole Kuhlthau, and more recently, through Professor Ross J Todd of the Centre for International Scholarship in School Libraries, at Rutgers University, New Jersey. She believes that Guided Inquiry is a strong support in making the teaching role of the teacher librarian main stream in the school, as well as enriching the learning of students as they research.

Presenter: Kate Gordon - Why on Earth SHOULDN’T they become a writer? (Secondary) 
This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 2.5.2

With the rise of super successful YA fiction, more young people than ever are interested in the craft of writing. And with young authors such as Christopher Paolini, Steph Bowe and Alexandra Adornetto receiving widespread acclaim, more and more teenagers dream of following in their footsteps. How can you help young people to pursue their writing dreams? What are some practical ways you can help these dreams become reality? Because, as publishing technology advances, and as it becomes more and more possible for anyone to become an author, why on Earth shouldn't young people be doing just that? Make it real!

Kate Gordon grew up in a very booky house, with two librarian parents, in a small town by the sea in Tasmania. Kate’s first book, Three Things About Daisy Blue – a Young Adult novel about travel, love, self-acceptance and letting go – was published in the Girlfriend series by Allen and Unwin in 2010. Her second book, Thyla, was published by Random House Australia in April 2011 and her third book, Vulpi, the sequel to Thyla, was published in April 2012. Kate was the recipient of 2011 and 2012 Arts Tasmania Assistance to Individuals grants, which means she can now spend more time doing what she loves.

Presenter: Peter Gouldthorpe - The illustrated life  (K-12) 
This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 7.4.2

Peter will present a graphic overview of his career, with an emphasis on his most recent pubilcations. He will also touch on the other projects he undertakes to fully illustrate his life as an artist and illustrator.

Peter Gouldthorpe has been illustrating books for 30 years. Many of his published titles have been short-listed for the CBC Australia annual book awards. In 1994, First Light by Gary Crew, won the picture book category. In the last two years, Peter has written and illustrated two titles on the Antarctic explorers Robert Falcon Scott and Douglas Mawson.

Presenter: Pat Lee - Gimmicks or Godsends: Trends in digital technology integration (K-12) 
This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 2.2.3
In this presentation we will explore the latest fads or  fashions in integration of technology. We will look at the most recent trends in the US and Australia  - from “Bring your own Device” to iPad integration to the ”Flipped Classroom” and will discuss the benefits and challenges that these integration programs offer.

As a “baby boomer” with a Masters degree in Professional Education and Training (Flexible, Online & Distance Education) Pat has had 16 years experience in teaching Information Technology to students from years 7 to 12. She is a passionate user of all technology and has been online since 1985.  Pat has a special interest in the integration of digital technologies across the curriculum. She has made a study of change management strategies to enable effective integration. In 2012 Pat took part in the ACCE Study Tour  to the west coast of  North America, , looking at trends in IT integration in a wide range of schools.

Presenter: Alison Mackenzie - Integrating the Year 6 History Curriculum and the Library  (Primary) This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 2.1.2; 2.2.2; 2.6.2

Connecting the classroom and the library - a real example of a classroom / library collaboration. Looking at ways in which the library and the teacher librarian can assist in the implementation of the History Curriculum and promote the library's role in cross curriculum priorities and general capabilities.

Alison Mackenzie has been teaching in Western Australia for seven years. After a career in the private sector, Alison trained and worked as a teacher in Scotland prior to immigrating to Australia.  Alison has been working as a teacher librarian in Perth for the last five years in both the public and independent sectors. Alison's current role is that of Teacher Librarian at Perth College Anglican School for Girls. Alison's main interests lie in the use of technology in libraries and elevating the position of the library within the school community for both staff and students.

Presenter: Pru Mitchell - Shake well before use: Library collections for connected learning (K-12) This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 3.4.3

Is a collection of resources fundamental to the school library's role? What priority should be given to balanced, professionally selected and managed collections in emerging learning environments? This workshop will consider the assumptions behind this debate, review the changes taking place in school library collections, and discuss associated resource and information management challenges.

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: Lisa Nash - Creating digital books for learning (K-12) This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 3.4.3; 2.6.2

Authoring a digital book gives students and teachers opportunity to create rich interactive content that demonstrates understanding or builds on knowledge.  We explore how iBooks can be created for the iPad via Apps and iBooks Author: from simple picture books to complex books with video, audio and interactive elements.
Lisa Nash is Librarian for Learning Exchange, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta.  Lisa enjoys exploring emerging technologies to discover how they can be used to make libraries and learning more accessible and relevant.  She collaborates with and supports teachers and teacher librarians with resources and workshops on latest technology tools for learning.  Lisa shares her research and knowledge via the LEX website, and a number of Blogs, and Scoop-its. Her most current work has been with integrating iPads in learning.

Presenter: Hillary Noye – Improve reading and lead literacy achievement through technology (K-12) 
This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 2.2.3

Digital device use in Australia is prolific. We are second in the world in smartphone penetration, and 1-in-5 households own a tablet device.  Schools across the globe are rapidly adopting technologies that can help students to read. As the supplier of the largest eBook aggregator OverDrive and library solution, Oliver, Sofltink shares critical success factors for achieving results through technology.

Hillary Noye, is Customer Relationship Director, of Softlink and OverDrive eBooks. He has advised school libraries on leading technologies for the past five years.  He has an extensive IT background based on 25 years’ experience working with leading organisations such as IBM, ISS and Hewlett-Packard. In 2012, Hillary was instrumental in partnering with New South Wales Department of Education in one of the world’s first successful eResource trials across government education.  He has also project managed some of the most complex eResource, library and knowledge management integration projects for leading Catholic Education Offices across Australia. Hillary holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Diploma of Financial Services and is a qualified CPA.

Presenter: Maureen Twomey and Grant Peterson - iCentres - partnerships not buildings  (K-12) This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 6.3.3; 6.4.3

Lyn Hay describes an iCentre as follows: 'The iCentre is a high-end multimedia production facility which acts as the information-technology-learning hub for a school'. An iCentre may be a building, which is the technology engine of a networked school, but it is also defined by the partnership between teacher librarians and ICLT coordinators and other significant members of the school community. This presentation describes one journey towards the development of an iCentre as undertaken by Maureen Twomey and Grant Peterson at Assisi Catholic College, Upper Coomera, Queensland.

Grant Peterson is currently the ICLT coordinator at Assisi Catholic College.  Grant has a strong interest in eLearning and works with teachers to improve student learning.  Maureen Twomey is the Teacher Librarian at Assisi Catholic College and currently the iCentre Coordinator.  In partnership, Maureen and Grant are developing the emerging concept of an iCentre in their College.  Both Grant and Maureen have many years  of experience in their roles and in a variety of educational settings.

Presenter: Judith Way - Digital literacies: why they are vital for everyone and how teacher librarians can lead schools in developing digital literacies for the entire school community (K-12) This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 3.4.2; 2.6.2

To be effective participants in today's global society, we need a positive digital presence and to be digitally literate. Tips on how you can lead members of your school community to become effective and discerning global citizens, including having positive digital footprints and the benefits of working collaboratively online.

Judith Way is a teacher librarian at Kew High School in Melbourne. She has presented at conferences locally, nationally and internationally. Judith was the recipient of the SLAV John Ward Award for outstanding contribution to teacher librarianship, the SLAV Innovators' Award and the IASL Softlink International Excellence Award. Along with two former colleagues, Judith runs the Victorian Readers' Cup, a free reading competition for schools. Judith was the author of the Bright Ideas blog from 2008-2010 inclusive.

Presenter: Anne Whisken – The learning power of action research in curriculum design (Secondary) This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 2.1.4; 3.2.4


Teachers at a secondary school participated in a PhD action research project lead by teacher librarian Anne Whisken.  It used Christine Bruce’s Informed Learning model to consider strategies for inclusion of information literacy in discipline practice and learning experiences.  This presentation reflects on the power of collegial discussion and reflective practice, and possibilities for teacher librarians to lead action research.

Anne Whisken has lead library teams in state and private schools, currently at Carey Baptist Grammar School, Melbourne.  She sees 21st century information skills learning as being most powerful when it is taught as both an extrinsic and discipline-intrinsic set of skills and knowledge,  modelled and referred to explicitly by teachers in their practice.  At her school Anne is involved in action learning teams for blended learning, differentiation and visible thinking.  She is investigating library learning space designs for a new innovation centre at Carey – see Library Learning Spaces Scoop-It.  A current research fellowship will explore online reference chat services.

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