Teacher Librarians' Conference 2016

The 2016 Abbotsleigh Teacher Librarians' Conference is for teacher librarians in all sectors with sessions for primary and secondary schools.

This year's conference was held on Monday 1 August 2016.

If you missed the day or would like to revisit one of the sessions, you can download Paul Macdonald's presentation on the latest trends in children's and young adult fiction.


2016 conference program

8.30 am: Registration coffee and tea
9 am: Welcome to Abbotsleigh
9.10 am: Stella Prize panel – Jane (J.C.) Burke, Erin Gough and Emily Maguire
10 am: Mihiri Udabage – Room to Read 
10.10 am: Paul Macdonald – Latest trends in children's and young adult fiction
11 am: Morning tea and book buying
11.40 am:

  • Jon Dunk, ClickView advisor – Latest advances in ClickView OR
  • Alison McMurtrie, Learning Difficulties Australia – Decodable books for beginner readers OR
  • Scholastic Australia – Australian kids and family reading report

12.20 pm: Lunch and sandpit sessions 

  • Virtual reality
  • RiAUS Australia's science channel
  • Library websites
  • ELLA app
  • Skwirk
  • AquaBrowser Liquid
  • LearningField
  • Cengage Learning
  • Libguides
  • Scholastic Australia

1.50 pm: Belinda Tiffen, UTS – Moving beyond search...towards discovery
2.50 pm: Shaun Tan exhibition at the Grace Cossington Smith Gallery
3.30 pm: Conference ends

Teacher Librarians' Conference 2015

The theme of last year’s Abbotsleigh Teacher Librarians' Conference was Visible Libraries, with an exploration of the relevance of a physical library in a digital age. In addition to our plenary speaker there was a panel discussion and concurrent workshops for K-6 and Year 7-12 teacher librarians. 


Download some of the 2015 presentations

If you were unable to make the 2015 conference, or just want to review some of the great presentations from the day, we have included a few links below.



Want to know more?

Mrs Bronwyn Foxall, Head of the Betty Archdale Library
Phone: +61 2 9473 7774