Presentations from the ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference, 2013

Keynote: Professor Barry McGaw - Resourcing and supporting the Australian Curriculum

This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 2.3.2

Keynote: Dr Mandy Lupton - Inquiry Learning and the Australian Curriculum
This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 1.2.3; 2.1.3; 3.2.3

Keynote: Professor Erica McWilliam - Library Pedagogy in the Era of Big Data
This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 1.2.3

Keynote: Hamish Curry - Between a Dropbox and a hard place
This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 2.6.4

Presenter: 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

Abstract 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: Ava Banerjee - Structuring reading for breadth, depth and life-long learning while supporting the curriculum (Years 7-10 and beyond)
This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 2.4.2; 3.6.3

Shore School is committed to incorporating supporting texts from the new English curriculum including Indigenous and Asian texts in our Wide Reading Challenge (Years 7 – 10).  This session also examines ‘value-adding’ with digital technologies.  Furthermore, a new ‘Coaching’ programme, developed by teachers and teacher-librarians, targets senior students to edify reading skills while reinforcing senior curriculum.

Ava Banerjee has been a teacher librarian (TL) at Shore School for five years.  She teaches Wide Reading (WR) in partnership with the TLs and has been responsible for the maintenance of the WR lists and their curriculum focus, also with the other TLs.  In addition, she initiated the lLibrary’s podcasts originating from the WR Programme, posts a weekly review of a suitable list item and maintains and updates student blogs.  This is the first year Shore has incorporated the teacher Coaching Program in senior English classes and Ava is keen to see it flourish.  

Presenter: Danielle Carter - CONNECTED to my world: Seeing to understand (K-12)

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)
Literature handout for the session.
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: 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: Eric Frangenheim - Inquiry learning - the critical role of the well resourced library (K-12)
Inquiry learning handout for the session.
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.

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.

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: 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.

Presenter: Hilary Hughes - What makes an innovative school library learning space? Teacher-librarian perspectives (K-12)

Designing a new school library offers opportunity to create innovative learning spaces for the whole school community. Drawing on recent research, this paper shares the experiences of teacher librarians/IC managers concerning the process and outcomes of school library design. Their insights provide an inspiring evidence base for future learning space initiatives.

Hilary Hughes is Senior Lecturer in the Master of Education (Teacher-Librarianship) at QUT. She is an active member of QUT’s Children and Youth Research Centre. In her teaching and research, Hilary draws on previous experience as reference librarian and information literacy educator. Her research interests include: teacher-librarianship; learning space design; and informed learning (information literacy).

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: Cathy Oxley, Debbie Hunter, Vicki Palmer - Getting the mix right: Our journey to a blended learning environment (K-12)
Blended learning handout for the session.
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.

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: Margo Pickworth & Jenny Uther - TLs as leaders - are you a highly accomplished teacher librarian? (K-12)
This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 6.1.3

What are the implications and challenges of the new Australian Professional Standards for Teachers for those practicing in the school library context? Jenny and Margo have both completed the higher level of accreditation in NSW and will share their experiences of the unique learning and leadership opportunities that the challenge of teacher accreditation can present.

Margo Pickworth is currently the Teacher Librarian at Shore Preparatory School in North Sydney, which caters for boys in years 3 - 6.

Jenny Uther is the Teacher Librarian at Monte Sant Angelo Mercy College also in North Sydney, catering for girls in Years 7 - 10. Both teacher librarians have recently completed the NSW Highly Accomplished Teacher accreditation process with the NSW Institute of Teachers as well as Classroom Excellence status with the AIS. They have been challenged by this process and are keen to encourage others to embrace these opportunities to raise the profile of teacher librarians as leaders within schools. They are both members of the ASLA Policy Advisory Project Team. 

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, interrupted 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: Maureen Twomey - 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.

Maureen Twomey is the teacher librarian at Assisi Catholic College and currently the iCentre Coordinator.  In partnership, Maureen and Grant Petersen (ICLT coordinator) 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: Jane Viner - Teacher librarians – an essential species to connect, integrate and lead curriculum change in our digital world (K-12)
This session addresses Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - 1.2.3; 2.5.3; 2.6.2; 3.3.3; 3.4.3; 6.3.2

Teacher librarians can connect school communities. People of influence – the Principal, Vice Principal, Heads of School, Curriculum leaders and teachers are essential partners in the journey of connection and integration of curriculum change. This session will explore how MLC Libraries teacher librarians are using their MLC Digital Library to connect, integrate and lead.

Jane Viner has extensive experience as a school library leader and professional association participant and advocate. She has been a member of the ALIA Policy Advisory Group, Chairperson of IBAP, Vice President of SLAV and Co convenor of the Central Metropolitan SLAV branch. Jane has presented at state, interstate and international conferences. In 2008 Jane received two awards for services to the profession – the John Ward Award from the School Library Association of Victoria and an International Association School Library award. Jane is an advocate for the vital role of the teacher librarian in the learning journey and the importance that school libraries make to enhancing student learning outcomes.

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.

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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