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Teacher Librarians’ Conference 2019

The 9th Teacher Librarians' Conference hosted by Abbotsleigh was held on Friday 9 August 2019. 

The day was divided into three sections and included breakout sessions for Primary and Secondary school teacher librarians. 

The stellar range of speakers included:

  • Mrs Sally Ruston, Head of the Abbotsleigh Junior School, speaking on Teacher Librarians as Learning Leaders.
  • Professor Robyn Ewing, Professor of Teacher Education and the Arts at the University of Sydney, who addressed Primary School Teacher Librarians on Imaginative Literature, Embodied Learning and Literacy.
  • Mr Brad Tyrrell, Dean of Information and Learning Technology at Scotch College, WA, talked on The Library and Information Technology: Leading Learning Together. Brad also ran a workshop for Secondary School Teacher Librarians about creating LibGuides as teaching tools, which you can download below.


Download the conference program here:


Download some of the conference presentations here:


NESA Registered Professional Development
Abbotsleigh is an endorsed provider of NESA Registered Professional Development for Standards 2 and 6. The Abbotsleigh Teacher Librarians’ Conference covers professional learning standards 2.6.2, 6.2.2 and 6.3.2.


For more information, please contact Mrs Bronwyn Foxall, Head of the Betty Archdale Library, or call Bronwyn on 9473 7774.

Teacher Librarians’ Conference 2017

The 8th Teacher Librarians' Conference hosted by Abbotsleigh was held on Friday 11 August, 2017. 

The event attracted around 75 teachers of both primary and secondary schools who attended sessions featuring talks from leading literary and educational groups and presenters.

The conference material this year centred around the theme, ‘Inspire, Ignite, Innovate’ and  covered such topics as ebooks, how to encourage children to be life-long readers and strategic library plans, to name a few. 

Our panel of speakers included Dr Margaret Merga, Lecturer in Education at Murdoch University, Perth; Cathy Oxley, Director of Information Services at Brisbane Grammar School; and Jenny Kemp and Tara Ball from St Andrew’s Cathedral School.

If you missed the conference and would like to view the presentations, they can be downloaded here: 









Teacher Librarians' Conference 2016

The 2016 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.


Teacher Librarians' Conference 2015

The theme of the 2015 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