Weaving the Future: Inquiry Learning within a Digital Curriculum

The first SLAV Conference “Weaving the Future: Inquiry Learning within a Digital Curriculum” is being held next week, Friday the 17 March at the Treacy Centre Parkville.


Can you please encourage all that you know to register to attend as at the moment numbers are lower than we had hoped for.  We have to great presenters, Dr Mandy Lupton from QUT and Paula Christopherson formerly of the VCAA.


To view the program and register go to http://slav.org.au/calendar/slavs-curriculum-conference/


Kind regards

Cindy Tschernitz

Executive Officer

School Library Association of Victoria: The Peak Professional Body for School Libraries in Victoria

Level 2/ 90 Maribyrnong Street

Footscray, VIC. 3011.

Mob: 0418 353 146

Email: slav@slav.org.au




Pakenham SLAV Branch 2017 Save the Date!

Welcome to 2017! Please put the following dates into your calendars and share this with the relevant Library teams that you work alongside so we can all glean from one another.

Term 1

Tuesday 14th March 2017 4pm

Topic: CBCA Judges Talk

Both Heather Zubek (Information Books Judge) and Amanda Cooper (Early Childhood Judge) are available to speak to us. Check out their biographies on the CBCA website.

St Peter’s College – West Campus: 1005 Cranbourne-Frankston Road, Cranbourne, Vic. 3977

Angela Gargano – Head of Library

Phone: 03 5990 7777


Saturday 18 February 2017 from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm

SLAV Council Meeting at the Dream Factory Footscray.

It is essential and a requirement that Branch Conveners/Representatives make every effort to attend this meeting as it will influence the pathway SLAV and the Branches will take this year.  More than one person per Branch is welcome so please let me know if you would like to attend this and go with me! As lunch is provided please RSVP by Friday 10 February and also let me know your dietary requirements.

Don’t forget it is Library Lovers’ Day next Tuesday!


Term 2 – Tuesday 30th May 2017.

Hosted by Kamla Reddy, Head of library at Nossal High School.

Topic: Library Processes, Systems and Programs – Open for  Q & A

4pm for a 4:30pm start


Term 3 – Wednesday 30th August 2017.

Hosted by Lamont Books

Topic: Authors Showcase

4pm – 5:30pm


Term 4 – Tuesday 21st November 2017.

Hosted by Lynne Moller, Head of library at Glen Eagles Secondary College.

Topic: TBC

Hope to see some of you soon!





John Heffernan is coming to Melbourne in March 2017

No doubt you are starting to  plan 2017. I know that I am!

John Heffernan will be  launching his new book in March next year.  The “Through My Eyes” HOTAKA disaster series is edited by Lyn White and John Heffernan will be in Melbourne for this event. If you are interested in having him visit at your school particularly as the novel straddles English, Geography, History, Japanese please let me know or contact Lyn White below.

We are getting excited about the series now and believe HOTAKA is another winner for John.




Lyn White

Children’s Publishing Consultant

Freelance series creator and editor – Through My Eyes

Allen & Unwin Books for Children and Young Adults

Mob: 0422 849 998

Email: lynwhite10@gmail.com


Term 4 Topic: Genrefication of the Collection

On November 17th 2016, twenty Pakenham SLAV members and guests were treated to a tour of the Beaconhills library where we saw the “Escape to everywhere” polypropylene poster that cost $300. This is a great way for the school to showcase their Book Crossing zone also. For more information go to the website.

We went on a tour of Beaconhills beginning in the junior room. Carmel showed us her space where teachers bring their own classes into the space. Due to staffing this has been good and there is a significant picture book collection. Anna Walker was their in house illustrator this year. The first thing in the genrefication process was signage and this saw a big increase in borrowing. There is a junior fiction section and a middle school fiction area. Cross over occurs and there is an openness between the collections with permission required.


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The year 5-8 section come in once a fortnight. The use of Syba genre signs was used across this section. Recommended not to weed prior to weeding as gentrification can help in the discovery of a new text based upon the new love of a genre. Discussion of shelving, heights and moving them occurred as many schools are in a time of renovation. We looked at another space with interesting furniture where the future of maker space may continue. VEF tables were designed for flexibility where individual spot can rotate and flip. This is great for discussion but some concerns with levels matching. The chairs are also from there and worth half the price that Raeco charge.

We chatted about the book crossing. With more than one million people involved where you launch books into the wild! Sounds like a great plan for the 2017 CBCA book week theme of escape to everywhere. The concept begins with a person who releases a registered book into the wild and you can track it around the world. It’s very successful at Beaconhills. Launch with library captains will occur next year.



The gentrification of non-fiction looks great where there is colour coding to help with locations. In sport the sports books are there as are the books about cars. Labels are important. Craft, cooking,  pets with animals ensured the subject is broad. There was a massive weed with this collection with a donation of 5000 books to the Fiji project. They also had a book sale where proceeds went to the indigenous literacy foundation.

Senior fiction includes young adult where the line in the sand lies with the storylines that include sex. A great question of how people coped with this was answered confidently by Carmel with how logical the system is. They use different labelling in this section through consultation with book group involvement. The use of coloured labels has been used across the collection which helps with shelving. The use of Avery labels at the point of catalogue makes shelving much easier. The use of syba section dividers enables ease of location. We chatted about shelving and Michelle Gummer has some large shelves available for anyone who wants them.

We were then led through a ppp that Carmel spoke about the why – the main idea was to make the library more attractive and increase borrowing rates. The timeline began in Term 4 2014 where they started with middle school fiction. They consulted staff and students as they moved forward and again we were reminded how important it was to weed in a harsh manner. Carmel just bit the bullet and got on with it.

Links to these resources can be accessed here:

The first link is for labels and powerpoint and the second for the poster



The main reaction was how excited students are with their reading. But in reality their independence grew. Students could read their way through a genre enables students to find a new author. This has made way for students to make book requests and suggestions. Circulation increase was dramatic from 2015-2016 as seen in the PPP. The initiate of DEAR and Stephen Krashens PD where key people were inspired is attributed to this. Now in the first 15min of every class reads! Teachers now have book collections in their classes and fully supported by college head. School revolution showed that reading was pivotal to their success. DEAR runs from Year 5-8 across the college. The primary run a cafe style reading program. The idea of increased enthusiasm in reading. Lynne spoke about basto program and what is happening at glen eagles where students are actively involved in reading where they write a reflection. Many people are on good reads and create class groups and share about what they are reading.  Discussion of the good reads reading challenge is great. There has been an 83% increase in borrowing across middle school since beginning the DEAR reading program in 2014.


Beaconhills Pakenham Campus call it “We have the Power” reading where it is incorporated into the power reading challenge and students read whatever they want and get points for what they read. Magazines have a different value to non-fiction or fiction. They have a reading sheet where points are allocated based on level of difficulty. This is teacher tracked and they run class competitions. Michelle shared about the learning curve they went through.  Prizes are big such as a class going to the movies or a DVD with treats. They introduced a bingo reading challenge and the “Summer Fun” reading challenge will be things like where was the best place you read. Angela shared about how important reading for 25hrs reading challenge called a roller coaster ride with prizes across the challenge. This encourages all readers as it is time related and tracked by library staff and parents.


Others shared;

  • The book whisperer is an excellent book to build a reading culture. Donna Miller books are great launch pads.
  • They have a professional reading group and this has been a great initiative to help the take up of dear across the school. This helps spread the culture.
  • Ann Fuller spoke about the reading culture at Kambrya and the process of change. At that school the library is driven by the literacy team.
  • Lynne spoke about having one genre on focus at a time and how some students then couldn’t find their usual books.Lynne shared about her genre list. This included; action animals, classic, crime, diary, fantasy, grit lit (edgy books), historical, horror, vampire, love other cultures, SCI FI, sport, supernatural, wars, what if (dystopia). Lynne shared about the deteriorating handwriting she has experienced. And that they’ll move to class sets in 2017. She shared about her character bags that she used this year. And it’s fun. Lynne will be 3 days next year with 9 classes. Tracy Ferguson too will change her role in 2017.
  • Ann told us about verse narratives.Ann shared that they will choose to read stories of courage as the college theme is courageousness. This offers different views and texts that are just right to the individual.
  • Carmel shared about her journey and the change to staffing since 2010.

Meeting Minutes attached : 17th-november-2016-minutes

Great ideas were shared with everyone and if I need to edit anything please let me know!

Kind regards and Merry Christmas!

Michelle Nye


Next Meeting:

Tuesday 14th March 2017.

Hosted by Angela Garegarno, Head of Library Services at St Peters College

Topic: CBCA Judges Talk (TBA if available)

Term 4 Branch Meeting – Genrefication at Beaconhills Berwick

imagesThis term the Pakenham SLAV Branch meeting will be held at Beaconhills Berwick Campus – 92 Kangan Drive, Berwick. to see what they have done with their fiction collection.

When it comes to library classification and arranging books by genres or “genrefication,” they’re hot topics among librarians, especially school librarians. Ask any librarian how they feel about ditching Dewey and they’re sure to have an opinion. For me, genrefication is something I did look into a few years ago and would still like to consider in the future. Many librarians are reluctant to genrefy their libraries because of the amount of time and effort required to restructure the library’s classification system. We will look at what Carmel Byrne did at Beaconhills on 17th November 2016.  Be sure to save the date and invite your entire library and literary teams to learn more!

Make sure you SAVE THE DATE – Thursday 17th November 2016

In the mean time if this is new to you check out these websites;

Copyright Update for using images

There is a new agreement between the Copyright Council and ALIA about the use of book covers in libraries.  You need to download the pdf from this link for the full information but essentially.

In August 2016, the Australian Publisher’s Association (APA) announced its position that it is in the public interest that libraries be able to reproduce book covers to promote library programs and Australian Copyright Council, and to connect readers with books and authors (alia.org.au/copyright-and-bookcovers). The APA has therefore agreed with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) that APA members allow libraries to use book covers for promotional purposes, such as posters, library displays, catalogues, bookmarks, other marketing materials, and also websites and social media posts, without needing to seek prior permission or make payments to copyright owners. The APA/ALIA agreement applies to libraries, including libraries within educational institutions.


Kindly received from Barbara Braxton via OZTL_NET

I am attending the upcoming PD for educational settings and highly recommend that you consider this as an important part of keeping our digital literacy skill set fresh and up to date!

Take care and see you at Xavier’s new Officer Library on 16th August!

Michelle Nye

Roseanne Hawke is visiting Victoria

Rosanne will be coming to Melbourne for an event at the Eltham bookshop on Sunday 11th September 2016.  This presents an opportunity to visit some schools either side of that event – should they wish to have this not only extremely talented but incredibly interesting lady particularly from her 10 years working as a missionary in the Arab Emirates with her husband and 3 young children. Plus being a trained teacher and specialising ESL.


Rosanne works with students R-Yr12 offering specific age appropriate sessions and writing workshops.


Rates for one hour talks will be @ $4 + GST per session with minimums of 100 students.  3 per day.


Here is an update on Rosanne:-


They have changed Borderland to Beyond Borders and these are YA and the four titles and dates for the Beyond Borders series are:


  1. Dear Pakistan,  (the old Re-entry). Edited.   Release Date: May 2016
  2. The War Within (the old Jihad).   Totally rewritten, copy edit done.   Release Date: September 2016
  3. Liana’s Dance (New title) New work and full draft done.   Release Date: 2017
  4. Secret at Mulga Spring (the old Cameleer) to be completely rewritten.
  5.  Liana’s Dance.   Release Date: 2017 This is with Rhiza Press


Also UQP are bringing out her historical  fantasy set in 17th century India.  For middle grade (or middle school, 11-14)

Daughter of Nomads June 2016

The Leopard Princess Oct 2016

DM Cornish is doing the artwork for these and he has done covers, a map and will do internal illustrations to look like the old fashioned plates in old books like The Arabian Nights.


Plus a companion book for Kelsey and the quest of the Porcelain Doll (younger readers) has been accepted for publication next year called Jehan and the Quest of the Lost Dog.   Jehan is a boy who gets caught in the flood and lives in a tree.   He makes friends with a lost dog.

Rosanne Hawke

Shahana: Through My Eyes, 2015 Yabba Awards shortlist

Kelsey and the Quest of the Porcelain Doll, 2015 CBCA Notable Book

The Truth About Peacock Blue included in The

Australian’s & The Advertiser’s best YA reads for 2015.







Please contact Carole Carroll
Literary Booking Agent

Ph:       08 – 8376 4662
Fax:      08 – 8376 1162

Email:   bookings@literaryaustralia.com


Save the Dates for Term 3 and 4 2016

Thanks for attending last night’s meeting!

Save the date for Term 3 and 4 while the calendar is reasonably light!

PowerofIndependentReaders is a must display in your library space!

Term 3 – 16th August – St Francis Xavier Officer Campus hosted by Anne Fuller

Topic: Websites, databases and digital technologies in the library – A time to show and tell and gain useful tops and tactics to extend upon what we are doing

Term 4 – 17th November – Beaconhills hosted by Carmel Byrne

Topic: Annual Reports; evaluate, prioritise and keep records! A showcase of “how to create an annual report” – Advocacy for the library