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Teacher Librarians’ Conference 2017

The eighth annual 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: 






2017 conference program

8:30 am Registration – coffee and tea

9:00 am Welcome and housekeeping

9:10 am Margrete Lamond, author and publisher
Visual Literacy

10:10 am Jenny Kemp and Tara Ball, St Andrew’s Cathedral School  
Genre based literature promotions, including ‘Murder of the author’

10:50 am Morning tea

11:20 am Inspiring, igniting and innovating in Senior School Library.

Cathy Oxley, Director of Information Services at Brisbane Grammar School.

Metamorphosis of a Library Team:  In 2015, Brisbane Grammar School appointed a professional coach to assist Cathy as she re-focused her staff and re-wrote her Library

Strategic Plan. One result was the re-energising of the library staff. Cathy  will discuss the process and some of the exciting results. 


Inspiring, igniting and innovating in Junior School libraries. 

Lizzy Martin, St Catherine's School

Ditching Dewey: How to reimagine your school library collection.

Katherine Wiebe, Redlands
Visible Thinking with the State’s online treasures: Primary sources are at the forefront of our new curriculum. This presentation will highlight examples from the State Library and apply ‘Making Thinking Visible’ techniques to deepen understanding.

Sue Krust and Tania Moriarty, Teacher Librarians, Abbotsleigh

Welcome to Café Palmer – book tasting in style
Transforming the library into a ‘café’ adds an element of fun as students sample, or ‘taste’, a selection of books from a range of genres. This is an enjoyable and easy way to increase reading across grades 4-6 by guiding reluctant readers and motivating advanced readers.


12:20 pm Brendon Mitchell, ClickView 

Flipped Learning: The latest trends and future directions: Emerging research into flipped learning has effected changes in its conceptualisation. Hear about what the research says on this as well as where flipped learning is heading.

Practical examples about uses of flipped learning across different stages of schooling and in subject areas will also be shared along with resources to help you start or strengthen your flipped journey.

12: 50 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Dr Margaret Merga, Lecturer and Researcher in Adolescent Literacy, Health Promotion and Education, Murdoch University 
Discussion of her research into kids’ reading and encouraging kids to read more. Margaret will address popular myths about young people's reading, including the

contention that young people prefer to read on screens, and that boys prefer non-fiction.

2:30 pm Innovative libraries

Judy Hurst, Loreto Kirribilli: Integrating VR with Guided Inquiry
Sue Gough, Newington: Design thinking cycle
Alma Loreaux, St Luke’s College: Koha free library system

3.00 pm Panel discussion 


3:25 pm Evaluations and wrap up

3:30 pm Conference closes



Click here to register

Teacher Librarians' Conference 2016

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

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.


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 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