A Positive Professional Presence

Recently I was asked to speak at the Creating Future Libraries Conference in Brisbane about how we, as teacher librarians, can create a positive professional presence within our schools. We are currently standing on the brink of a fantastic opportunity to make ourselves indispensible within our schools. With hundreds of new libraries and thousands of student laptops being rolled out to schools and the new National Curriculum about to be implemented, this is the perfect opportunity for us to embrace technology, develop a Professional Learning Network, upskill and become leaders in e-learning.

While our first imperative will always be to know the curriculum and work with teachers across all year levels and subject disciplines, within the context of the teaching and learning framework of each of our schools, my advice is:

  1. Keep up
  2. Become visible
  3. Reinvent yourself
  4. Look for solutions rather than problems
  5. Get rid of ‘sacred cows’
  6. Know your users
  7. Find a niche
  8. Make a difference

International School Library Conference

Brisbane River & Bridge

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Early Bird registration offers significant savings and closes on 30 April, so don’t miss out!!

Download your registration form here: http://www.slaq.org.au/events/2010/registration.htm

From 27 September – 1 October this year, the Queensland School Library Association will be co-hosting the IASL International School Library conference at the Brisbane Convention Centre. This will be a truly cross-cultural event, and an incredible opportunity to network with experts and practicing teacher-librarians from all around the world. Presenters have now been confirmed from Australia, NZ, UK, US, Portugal, China, Canada, India, Malaysia, Jamaica, Singapore, South Africa and Ireland.

The theme of the conference is  Diversity, Challenge, Resilience: School Libraries in Action and this theme will be reflected in the conference strands:  1. Developing curriculum,  2.  Delivering excellence through standards,  3.  Supporting the digital agenda and  4. Developing literate communities.

Pre-conference workshops and tours

A variety of exciting pre-conference options will be available on Monday 27 September, and you can choose from walking or bus tours, academic workshops or creative discovery sessions:

1. Dr. Marcia Mardis and Dr Nancy Everhart both lecture at Florida State University and they will run a workshop on Cooperative Inquiry and how it can enhance the leadership role of the teacher-librarian. Participants will develop a CI-based plan for approaching issues and challenges in their own schools.

2. Mal Lee is an educational consultant and author specializing in the development of digital schools. His workshop will explore how schools are ‘removing the traditional walls’ to become networked communities, and what the implications are for you as an information professional creating iCentres within your schools.

3.  Paul O’Neill, the manager for eLearning’s Library Services, (Edn Qld) and Mark Staines, the Senior Information Officer for Libraries with the eLearning Branch,(Edn Qld)  will conduct a hands-on workshop where participants will learn how to enhance the digital learning environment for their students, using readily-available software and freeware.

4.  Two school tours will be offered, and you will be able to choose one or both. Tour 1 is to the Grammar Schools libraries and a local bookshop and Tour 2 is to Greenslopes State School, Lourdes Hill College and a local bookshop.

5. Literary bus tours – on the Home tour with local author and illustrator Narelle Oliver, the tour group will be escorted to many of the locations featured in her picture book, while  Illustrators at work is a limited-numbers tour which will visit the studios of local picture book illustrators.

6.  For those who enjoy walking, a tour of the Cultural Precinct will include the State Library of Queensland, the Gallery of Modern Art/Queensland Art Gallery and the Queensland Museum, incorporating the ScienceCentre.

Keynote speakers

John Marsden is an internationally acclaimed young adult writer, and his immensely popular novel, Tomorrow When the War Began, is currently being made into a movie, and this is due for release around the time of the conference.

Other keynote speakers are Dr Michael Hough AM, who presents and writes on the impact of ICT on organizations, and who will examine the impact on school libraries in particular; Dr Nancy Everhart, who will discuss successful and not-so-successful national school librarian involvement in government policy to infuse 21st century skills; and Professor Erica McWilliams who will look at how we can be educational players not pawns, and juggle the push to pedagogical innovation with the pull to performance standardisation.

Make sure you bring your laptop, because wireless internet access is included in the cost of the conference, and you will be able to blog about the sessions, add to the conference Twitter stream or post to the conference ning.

Social events

A breakfast with local authors and long, leisurely dinners will provide you with the perfect opportunity to make new contacts and cement friendships from around the world.

Trade exhibitors

40 trade exhibitors will showcase the latest technology and products to make your job as a teacher-librarian and educator easier, while booksellers will have the latest book releases available, as well as books by onsite authors and illustrators.

Travel and accomodation

All your travel and accomodation requirements are being handled by a very experienced company, OzAccom, and they are also offering tours of our beautiful south-east Queensland region.

Post-conference tours

Brisbane has some wonderful tourist attractions, so why not bring the family and come early or stay late to enjoy them:

1.  Brisbane Story Bridge day and night climbs

2. O’Reilly’s national park tree canopy walk and wine tasting

3.  Tangalooma Resort Moreton Island day cruise

4.  St Helena historic island tour

5.  Brisbane River kayaking

6. Fraser Island day tour

7. Australia Zoo (home of the late Steve Irwin)

Additionally the Gold Coast theme parks are less than an hour’s drive from Brisbane – Dreamworld, Movie World, Wet’n’Wild, Sea World, and the Outback Spectacular show.

Book through OzAccom to secure a great package deal

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