Michale Hough

A copy of Michael Hough’s presentation is below. Teacher Librarian’s are under threat in NSW & it is up to all of us to protect the future of the profession.

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November 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm Leave a comment

Paul’s presentation from the October PDD

Paul Macdonald, from the Children’s Bookshop Beecroft  has provided a copy of his presentation. Paul’s continued contribution to our Professional Development Days are looked forward to & greatly appreciated.

Paul Macdonald’s PowerPoint


November 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm Leave a comment

Professional Development Day October 2011

The program has now been announced for the upcoming ISLA Professional Development Day.

When: Thursday 27th October

Where: Nan Tien Temple, Berkeley Rd, Berkeley

Cost: $50 for ISLA Members and $65 for non members

IMPORTANT Registrations close 14th October. Please note that NO LATE REGISTRATIONS will be accepted.

Presenters will include:

Dr Michael Hough

Dr. Michael HOUGH is currently a Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong, where he works in the Sydney Business School and in the Australian Centre for Educational Leadership. He is a Visiting Professor to the University of Lincoln in the UK, and a Fellow of the IC2 (Innovation, Competition and Co- operation) Institute of the University of Texas at Austin Texas USA.
Professor Hough writes and publishes actively, and his research and teaching interests are in New Technologies and their impacts on organizational behaviour(s); Promoting Moral and Ethical Behaviours In Organizations; Generational Differences; Governance, Quality Management and Business Excellence in the Public and Professional Services sector(s); and in Project and Risk Management.
He is widely involved in community and professional activities, was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006, was Wollongong Citizen of the Year 2004. He was awarded the prize for outstanding contribution to Tourism on South Coast of NSW in 2010, for coordinating the Wings Over Illawarra Air Show over 2007-2010.


This keynote address will provide an overview of the societal and economic pressures that are driving change in post industrial economies and their schools, review the characteristics of selected societies such as Australia, USA and Hong Kong, summarize current trends in Information and Communication technologies and their impacts on learning and schooling, review the impacts of generational differences on schooling, and provide focused advice on the features of a school and its library that fully incorporate digital technologies.

There will be a final section developing an example of a ‘preferred future’ for the Librarian as the Chief Information Officer of the school, and the library as the iCentre – the term proposed for the Library as the school’s Information Network Hub, so that its school remains central to the needs of a modern Australian society and its learning community. The concepts of Developing and Protecting the School’s Cyber Image and creating a Cyber Passport, will also be developed.

Cath Keane

Cath is the editor of Scan, a quarterly refereed journal published by the NSW Department of Education and Communities. Cath has worked in education for thirty years as a teacher and a teacher librarian, and remembers the excitement surrounding the introduction of OASIS Library. She believes in the importance of developing literate students who can search for and locate information, and transform their findings into shared knowledge.

Paul Macdonald

Paul is the owner of the well-known Children’s Bookshop, in Beecroft. “Paul has a Master of Education, working almost 20 years as a teacher of Upper Primary and Secondary. He has won numerous awards in teaching such as a Quality Teacher Award in 2002, The Premier’s English Scholarship in 2004 and awards for his co-ordination of Regional Shakespearean Festivals. His interests include the development of literacy with a particular interest in reading for gifted children, Boys’ Literacy and books for adolescents. When Paul is not talking books, he can be rather boring.” http://www.thechildrensbookshop.indies.com.au/AboutUs.aspx
Paul has spoken at many of our previous conferences and is consistently no. 1 in the ratings! We are trying
not to contemplate the time when he cannot attend our conferences. He is an inspiring presenter and his selections are always current and on target. His selections of books for sale are always fabulous. Paul will talk about what is current in books for children and young adults and with recommendations for holiday reading.

John Larkin

John Larkin was born in Yorkshire, England, and grew up in western Sydney. He has been a professional soccer player, trolley boy, factory hand, forklift driver, computer programmer, educator, librarian and comedian. John has written several books for children and three books for adults.
When John isn’t writing, he can generally be found teaching, lecturing, performing stand-up comedy, playing soccer, and embarking on long and largely futile hunts for tadpoles with his children at the local creek. John is also one of the most sought-after motivational speakers for children and young adults in the country with his stand-up comedy show about the creative process called ‘I’ve Been Eating Paste’. John lives in Sydney with his wife and three children.


•    A discussion session on raising the profile of your library.

•    An optional meditation/relaxation session before the day begins for the donation of a gold

•    Lunch and morning tea provided by the temple. A range of vegetarian dishes will be

•    Book displays  by The Children’s Bookshop & the Uni Bookshop

For more information Download the flyer PDDay 2 Program Oct 2011

Download the registration form  Registration form PDD2 2011

September 14, 2011 at 7:21 pm Leave a comment

ISLA Book Week Writing Competition winners

Congratulations to the following students who have won prizes in the Illawarra School Libraries Association’s writing competition.

Students were invited to write a short story or poem based on the Book Week 2011 theme, One World Many Stories.

Shortlisted entries were judged by local author and editor of emagazine ‘Buzz Words’, Vicki Stanton and well known children’s author Frances Watts (Kisses for Daddy, Parsley Rabbit, A Rat in a Stripy Sock) Award winning poet, Ron Pretty judged the poetry.

Our winners are:


Mia S St Columbkilles ‘I Love A Good Story’ (poetry)


Tara C, Mt Keira Dem ‘One World, Many Stories’ (poetry)

Honourable Mention

Kaja J, Mt Keira Dem ‘ Half Way Through’ (poetry)

Honourable Mention

Isabella G, Mt Terry PS “One World Many Stories”

August 22, 2011 at 8:27 pm Leave a comment

Dates for your diary Aug – Dec 2011

Here are some upcoming dates for your diary.

ISLA Professional Development Day – Thursday 27th October 2011 (Week 3, Term 4) @ Nan Tien Temple, Berkley.

CBCA Christmas Dinner – Wednesday 2nd November 2011 (Week 4, Term 4) @ Villa Doro (to be confirmed)

ISLA Christmas Dinner – Tuesday 6th December 2011 (Week 9, Term 4) @ Centro (28 Stewart Street Wollongong)

Hope to see many of you there 🙂



August 16, 2011 at 10:23 am Leave a comment

ASLA 2011 October conference in Sydney

Register today so you don’t miss out on tapping into the collective
knowledge and expertise of colleagues @ ASLA XXII Biennial Conference in
Sydney, 2-5 October – http://www.asla.org.au/pd/conference/registration.htm

Looking for research on teacher librarians as evidence-based practitioners
or research that supports reading?
Wanting to explore using innovative technologies in your library to improve
learning outcomes and engage students?
Do you find the prospect of resourcing the national curriculum a bit
Do you need to know more about using persuasive texts in the classroom?
Maybe you are interested in engaging students in collaborative writing and
even tossing in a bit of technology to spice things up.

These are just some of the questions that will be answered for you in the
workshops and sessions that follow the conference themes You will get to
spend time during the conference working through the topic and drawing on
the knowledge and expertise of the presenter or presenters.

Pru Mitchell’s workshop on Resourcing a 21st century curriculum will
consider the implementation of the Australian Curriculum in the context of
school libraries. It will consider what priorities face teacher librarians
and school leadership teams in ensuring the school library successfully
supports learners and teachers in selecting, organising and facilitating
access to curriculum resources at the school level.

A team of teacher librarians from Queensland – Kristine Cooke, Cathy Oxley,
Helen Stower and Anne Weaver – will workshop Collaborative Writing. They
initiated a collaborative project to foster creative writing in Year 8
students involving two boys’ and two girls’ schools.

Be inspired by….
Camilla Elliott from Mazenod College, Vic who will explore Library team 2.0:
innovations, enablers, inhibitors
Isobel Williams from Ogilvie High School, Tasmania who will discuss the
results of a trial of eBooks and eBook readers to help address Are eBooks
for you?
Mr Jeremy LeBard at ReadCloud will present the world’s first social eReading
software designed for schools where educators and students can share
multimodal annotations within eBooks. This innovation turns the eBook into a
place for discussion, collaboration, social learning and exploration through
embedded learning tools, resulting in an entirely new way of learning.
Mr Ian McLean from Penrith Public School, NSW will share how you can
transform an old portable library into a fresher, more efficient, inviting
and innovating workspace and eventually a new BER library.
Ann Gillespie from Queensland will address the topic, Profiling teacher
librarians as evidence based practitioners and share the research that
investigates the nature of evidence-based practice as it applies to teacher
librarians in Australia.
Ms Marita Thomson from The King’s School will consider the large body of
research and best practice literature on readers’ advisory or reader
development. The session will describe protocols which help adults talk to
teens about books and develop skills in helping them to find what they want
to read.
Mrs Cathy Oxley from Brisbane Grammar School will explore the use of mobile
technologies in libraries …. Mobile technology is increasingly becoming
the preferred method of internet access by teenage users, and what better
way for libraries to be perceived as useful and relevant than to provide
instant, online, 24/7 access to reliable information using this technology?

And there is more, so check out the program @
Follow the developments of the conference – http://twitter.com/#!/asla2011
Register today to secure your spot at the conference.
What a difference a school library

Karen Bonanno
Executive Officer
Australian School Library Association Inc.
PO Box 155, Zillmere Queensland 4034 Australia

July 27, 2011 at 7:08 pm Leave a comment

Upcoming Events for July 2011

A reminder there is a Networking meeting at Thirroul Primary, Thursday 28th July at 4pm. Primary T/Ls will share bookweek ideas & secondary T/Ls will have a sharing meeting/discuss SPC staffing paper. There will be a dinner afterwards at one of Thirrouls many restaurants.

There is also a Planning meeting Thursday 21st July, 4pm at the Novotel. This is to discuss the next conference content etc. All are welcome to attend.

Diane Ridley

July 14, 2011 at 3:46 pm Leave a comment

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