The Queensland School Library Association Inc. (QSLA) is committed to advocating for school libraries and emphasising their critical role within education. The work of the library staff goes far beyond just books. Library staff are vital to the development of students as lifelong learners.

Through the objectives of advocacy, communication, professional development and partnerships, QSLA aims to enhance and develop professional knowledge and skills amongst Queensland library staff and advocate the critical role these professionals play within the education sector.


QSLA supports school libraries all across Queensland – providing advocacy, communication and information to our members.

In 2018, we are introducing a ‘Queensland School Library Week’ to focus on the work accomplished by qualified teacher-librarians and library staff in improving literacy and research skills in print and digital formats in ALL school libraries, not only those who are members of QSLA. The 2018 theme ‘School Libraries IN FOCUS’ reflects the aim of this celebratory week. 


QSLA Brisbane PD - Drilling Down with the Experts: Science & History

The QSLA Brisbane Subcommittee invites you to attend a presentation by: Nigel Page (Head of Senior Humanities Department, Churchie) and Juanita Jacobs (Senior Science Curriculum Area Leader, Villanova College).

In Term 3 last year, Darlene Hill from the QCAA talked to us about Inquiry Learning in the New Senior Syllabus. As a follow-up, this PD will drill down more explicitly into inquiry learning and assessment tasks in the new Senior History and Science courses.

When: Wednesday, 16 May, 3.30pm for a 4.00pm start

Where: Tolle Lege Library, Villanova College, 24 Sixth Avenue, Coorparoo QLD

Cost: $25 members/ $30 non-members (inclusive of GST)

Click here for flyer & registration form

 

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SAVE School Libraries!

In the face of Australia’s falling ranking in educational outcomes among OECD countries and rapidly changing expectations for the future workforce, a coalition of Australian school library associations has formed to advocate nationally for the reinvigoration of school libraries.  We believe that all children need excellent school library services delivered by qualified staff to get the digital and information literacy skills required to succeed in the 21st century. 

The Queensland School Library Association (QSLA) is partnering with other Australian school library associations to advocate for school libraries. The associations are working on a campaign to engage parents with the goal of informing them about school libraries and sparking them into action to advocate at their child’s school. We plan to launch a national campaign in 2018.

Click here to read more information about how you can help. 


2018 Inky Awards longlists - opportunities for teens and free bookmarks/posters

The Centre for Youth Literature, State Library Victoria is proud to share the 2018 Inky Awards longlists as decided by teens for teens. 

More information on the longlists here.
Opportunities for teens

  • Inky Awards Judges: Applications are now open for the 2018 Inky Awards judging panel. If you are a bookish teen or have a bookish teen in your life, please encourage them to apply! 
  • Applications are also open for a new program, the Shadow Judges. These teens will be sent five of the longlist titles to read, react and/or review for the new Inside a Dog website (to be launched very soon.) 

Teens can apply for both programs. Applications close on 9am AEST 26 March. Please share this opportunity.
Teens can also sign up to be an early user of the new and improved Inside a Dog until 5 March.
Free resources:

Inky Awards Information:

  • InsideaDog.com.au
  • Follow Inside a Dog on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram
  • Check out #InkyAwards on social media platforms
  • Subscribe to the Centre for Youth Literature enewsletter (monthly)

CBCA News

Exciting news! Both the CBCA Book of the Year Awards Short List and the Awards announcements are coming to Brisbane in 2018!
These two flagship events will be open to the public through a ticketing process. Tickets to both events are limited, so mark these dates in your diary now and stay tuned for details on how to book.
Short List announcement - Tuesday 27 March, 10.30am at The Ithaca Room, City Hall, King George Square, Brisbane – bookings open 9am Tuesday 27 February.
Awards announcement – Friday 17 August, 11.30am in Auditorium 1, State Library of Queensland – bookings open 9am Tuesday 17 July.
Booking links: http://cbca.org.au/, and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/theCBCA/
 


Kids' Lit Quiz Australia (KLQA) 

For young readers aged 10-13 Kids' Lit Quiz Australia (KLQA) is Not-For-Profit and is run by a small team of volunteers. They're looking for those interested in being part of a Greater International 'Reading' Family. 
KLQA is encouraging more schools to take part in the 2018 competition.
Please contact the National Coordinator, Nicole at kidslitquizaustralia@gmail.com for an information package to enter, to get involved, help out with KLQA or bring it to your community.
Information is also available at www.kidslitquiz.com and includes the dates and locations for the Australian heats as well as lots of sample questions.
 


Join in the fun of the World Science Expo

Have you always loved writing? Do enjoy inventing exciting characters and plots? Do you have a great love of nature? Join Samantha Wheeler, author of Turtle Trackers, as she takes you through a series of fun activities to help you become a better writer. You will explore the writing process from developing ideas, to planning outlines and, most importantly, creating characters and plots readers will love.  Find out how Turtle Trackers was written and get your complimentary copy autographed.   10:00-11:30 $25 members, $30 non-members. For young writers aged 9-13. Book here: https://www.trybooking.com/UFGB


CBCA Book Slam – Notables 2018

Hear about the best new Australian children’s literature when we unveil the CBCA Notables List 2018 at the Book Slam. What is Book Slam, I hear you say? 
 It’s short sharp book talks about our favourite books of the last year.  Copies of the full Notables List will be on display for your perusing pleasure - and we’ll even give you free wine and cheese!  
6:00 pm for 6:30 start.book here: https://www.trybooking.com/UFEZ
 


CBCA Qld Readers Cup Registration

CBCA Qld Readers Cup registration dates and the process
Readers Cup is organised by the Qld Branch of the Children's Book Council of Australia. It is a State wide competition for young readers. Teams of four students together read five (5) books, and then compete with other school or public library teams to answer quiz questions from those books. It is for students in Years 5-8.

Registration will not be turned on in 2018 until 1 March and will close 31 March. 
In the meantime here is some important information.
Beginning 2018, we have updated our user account management system.
Your old password from last year will no longer work.
Please go to the website https://www.readerscup.org.au/ and click regsiter and follow the instructions. 
 


Future Libraries Reference Group Annual Conference Date Claimer!

Save the date: Friday October 19th 2018 

Venue: Brisbane Technology Park, BTP Conference Centre, 1 Clunies Ross Court Eight Mile Plains QLD

Professional development opportunity for teacher-librarians and all library staff.

Information on how to book will be available in the coming weeks.