ALIA Schools: Staffing Matters!

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This is a morning seminar for primary and secondary school teacher librarians and others who are responsible for school library services and programs.

The school library provides essential information services for the planning and implementation of the school’s teaching and learning programs. The quality of this service depends critically on the quality of the staff that provides it. How can school library staff members work to their capacity? How can they contribute effectively to the functions of the school library? What are key staffing matters for school libraries?

This is an opportunity to hear from a variety of presenters about issues pertaining to developing your capacity in the school library. In addition there will be a workshop which will focus on staffing provision and roles descriptions.


8.30am Registration

9.00am  KeynoteBuilding and rebuilding teams

Keynote speaker: Paula Kelly-Paull, Manager Learning Communities, Hobsons Bay City Council.

During this session Paula will explore the dynamics of team membership, team building and when necessary team rebuilding. Included also will be ‘how to’ strategies and an emphasis on creating good communication.

10.00am  PresentationMeasuring effectiveness

Presentation speaker: Janine Enright, Education Consultant

During this session Janine will provide an explanation of and an update on advocacy strategies planned on behalf of the School Library Coalition.

10.45am  Morning Tea

11.15am PresentationEstablishing role descriptions

Speaker: Vicki Hudson, Head of Learning Commons, Salesian College Sunbury

In this session participants will learn from a practitioner how to establish role descriptions, for library staff, that are tailored to the core business of supporting learning and teaching.

11.45am  WorkshopWhat is the benchmark?

In this session participants will explore several staffing documents: the Staffing section from A Manual for developing policies and procedures in Australian school library resource centres; Table 6 Recommended staffing in school libraries from Learning from the Future; the draft guidelines on the balance of teaching and librarian management.

12.50pm  Plenary

Wrap up of seminar, completion of evaluation forms and collection of Certificate of Participation.

1.00pm  Finish

Registration fees

Early bird fee
Registration opening date:
 29 January 2019
End date: 28 February 2019

Member: $88.00

Non Member: $121.00

Student/Retiree: $66.00

Standard fee
Registration opening date:
 1 March 2019
End date: Thursday 14 March 2019

Member: $99.00

Non Member: $132.00

Student/Retiree: $77.00


Susanne Graetsch
0421 983 203

Anne Girolami
03 9319 9215

There is parking onsite, enter from Charles Street and follow the signs. There will also be signs to direct to the meeting space.

Cancellation fees
Registrations up to 3 weeks prior = full refund

Registrations between 1-2 weeks prior = 50% refund

Registrations cancelled 1 week prior or less = no refund

Registrations can be transferred to other individuals at no cost (in the same registration category). Contact for more information.

Avila College
35 Charles Street
Mount Waverley
ALIA Group PD Event
Saturday 16 March 2019 9:00am to Friday 30 July 2021 9:34pm
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