2018 Save the Dates for Branch Meetings

There is a lot happening in SLAV this year and we thought you might like an update so you can book into the things that interest you! Here are our Term branch meeting  dates!

Branch meetings for 2018

Term 1 – 5th March at Hillcrest Christian College, 500 Soldiers Road, Clyde North

Term 2 – 29th May at Officer Secondary College – 1 Parker Street, Officer

Term 3 – 5th September at Bunjil Place Library – Bunjil Place, Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren

Term 4 – 15th November Berwick Mechanics Library – 15 High Street, Berwick – tour and End of Year dinner at the Berwick Pub

Happy reading

Michelle and Eileen

Education in Games Summit

Hello all,

Attached is information regarding the Education in Games Summit which takes place at ACMI next Friday, 27 October.

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I would be pleased if you could circulate the flyer among your branch members.

The winners of the 2017 Victorian Schools Games and Apps Challenge will be announced at the event.

Thank you so much,

Kind regards

Mary Manning
Executive Officer

School Library Association of Victoria

Level 2/ 90 Maribyrnong Street

Footscray, VIC. 3011.

Mob: 0477 439 593

Email: slav@slav.org.

Term 3 Meeting – 7th August at Nazareth College

Over the holidays the new executive team met and reflected on what we have done and where we want to go. As the Lamont Books is really an event they host we felt it prudent to cover the missing items from last meeting. Therefore we will have a meeting on 7th August at Nazareth College – please feel free to add items to the agenda before that time.

Next meeting and at Nazareth College, Noble Park from 4pm

Hosted by Sue Dracoulas, Teacher Librarian Mon-Wed and Resource Centre Manager

Address – Nazareth College, Manning Drive, Noble Park North 3174

Ph 03 9790 8134

Agenda – what we missed last meeting!

  • Casper Pieters – DigCit eLearning program and the DigCit MG novel. This links into SLAV’s 2017 Theme: Collaborating beyond the school walls – engaging students, teachers, parents and the community nicely. See below for more information
  • Sue Dracoulas – Myreading program

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Digital Citizenship is best taught with a coherent school community approach.

The presentation will be about my school community inclusive digital citizenship eLearning program (blended for MG students) which aims to foster informed discussions through moderated forums between students, their parents, and teachers (please inspect the demonstration site sooced.com). It takes a school community to raise a positive and able digital citizen. Both schools and parents need to work together in a cohesive framework of mutual support and students need to be given a voice in the process. As we discovered from practical experience ‘If we don’t want students to game the system then they need to be able to frame the system‘ (Prof. Jason Ohler).


This program was developed over two years and has been trialed last year at Padua College on the Mornington Peninsula. The program is now actively supported by the Victorian Parent Council

Casper Pieters published the popular digcit adventure novel, Team Savv-i The 10 Secrets of Cyberspace for young teens that incorporate the 9 elements of digital citizenship devised by Dr. Mke Ribble.

Dr. Ribble made the following comment about the book; ‘Team Savv-I uses a fictional account to address the real-world needs of our children and students.  By breaking down elemental ideas of this new digital world the book helps to focus the reader on those skills needed when using digital tools.  Those reading this book are provided with a better understanding of what needs to be addressed in our homes and schools.  Text like this is necessary today to provide a roadmap for the future.’ 

Thak you for offering to bring this to the attention of your branch.

Kindest regards,


SLAV Council Message

As we lead up to the semester break, I would like to remind you of the message from Camilla Elliott, our Professional Learning Chair, to please promote the August 10 Conference & August 11 Masterclass to your branches – http://slav.org.au/calendar/2017-premier-conference/

The program looks wonderful with international speaker and data literacy expert, Dr Kristin Fontichiaro, as our keynote. Kristin is also conducting a Data Masterclass on August 11. As this is very early in Term 3, it is important that we highlight the conference and masterclass to our members so please circulate the details to your branches.

Finally, I would like to thank you for your excellent work for our Association.

Please do have a wonderful relaxing break with your family and friends and I look forward to seeing you at Council next term.

Thank you,




Di Ruffles


History Teacher and Tutor of Ross House

The Nigel Peck Centre for Learning and Leadership

Melbourne Grammar School

355 St Kilda Road Melbourne VIC 3004 Australia


T: +61 3 9865 7524

F: +61 3 9867 1820

E: dmruffles@mgs.vic.edu.au

W: www.mgs.vic.edu.au

Notification of the 2016 Annual General Meeting 13th May 2017

In accordance with the School Library Association of Victoria’s Rules of Association, an Annual General Meeting is required to be held within five months of the close of the financial year, the 31 December in each year.

Notice is hereby given of the 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The AGM will be held on Saturday 13 May, 2017, at 10.30 am at:

  • The Dream Factory
  • 2nd Floor Meeting Rooms
  • Level 2/90 – 96 Maribyrnong Street, Footscray 3011

 All current financial members of SLAV are invited to the meeting

RSVP: 8th May 2017


In accordance with the School Library Association of Victoria’s Rules of Association, all Office Bearer positions of the Committee must be vacated and are eligible for re-election.  All nominees and nominators must be financial members.

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

Please note that  ANY current financial members of SLAV are able to nominate for the positions. This is not restricted to Council Members or Branch Conveners.

Nomination Form can be downloaded from http://slav.org.au/calendar/council-agm-4/ and will be included in the Official Notification.


AGENDA 2016 Annual General Meeting 13th  May 2017

  1. Apologies
  1. Minutes of the 2015 Annual General Meeting
  1. Business arising from the Minutes of the 2015 Annual General Meeting
  2. Annual Report 2016
    • President’s Report
    • Treasurer’s Report
      • Auditor’s Review Report
    • Executive Officer’s Report
    • Professional Learning Report
    • Editors’ Reports
    • Branch Reports
  1. Election of Office Bearers.


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


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Book Club at Dymocks Camberwell

Hi everyone,


Our ticket link for May 2nd First Tuesday Book Club is here http://ftbcmay2017.eventbrite.com.au/

2 guest authors, Kirsty Manning (Australian fiction) & Shivaun Plozza (young adult fiction)


We also have another dinner at Georges coming up on May 11th, with international best selling author Kathy Lette, tickets here:



And if you’re a Dog Lover/Owner, come & join us for a light dinner to meet Melbourne’s own Dog Behaviourist, 3AW presenter, Laura Vissaritis, on May 31st:



I am also extremely excited to announce that we also have Melbourne’s only dinner event with Jeffrey Deaver, on June 30th…! Ticket link will be active soon, so keep an eye on these emails, or the Dymocks Camberwell Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/dymcam to be notified, so you don’t miss out on this rare event!





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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)