Past Conferences

Following is an archive of the 2023 conference: Moving Forward With Libraries

2023 Illawarra School Libraries AssOCiation Conference

The ISLA Committee is excited to announce the 2023 Conference. The theme of the day, Moving Forward with Libraries, encompasses the future of all libraries. The role of libraries is continually evolving, and school libraries are at the forefront of change and innovation. The great range of speakers will inspire. Ticket sales close Wednesday 11 October at 4.00pm.

Themes connecting through our speakers’ presentations will include:

  • Fostering understanding and connection to Dharawal culture and language through libraries.
  • Theoretical understanding and practical applications of the Information Fluency Framework.
  • Our role and opportunity to shape school libraries as spaces connecting reading, literacy and wellbeing.
  • Upskilling you and your students to be digitally literate and dazzling visual communicators.

This will be a conference that will leave you inspired and equipped with new knowledge and skills… everything you need to be Moving Forward with Libraries!

Networking opportunities will be provided during the fully catered morning tea and lunch. Local bookseller, Collins Booksellers (Thirroul) will have a display of books for browsing and purchasing.


~Thursday 19th Oct 2023
~The Grange (Golf Club)
10 Kembla Grange Place
Kembla Grange, NSW 2526
~8:30am (for 9:00) to 3.20pm
~Fully catered

Links to Professional Teaching Standards

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Following is an archive of our 2022 conference: For All Readers

This will be a day of inspiration and insight with great guest presenters, book shops, and networking.

We Are For All Readers

At heart, we are all readers, and equally, we are all connected by our passion for supporting reading in our schools. ISLA brings you a program of presenters to inspire and empower you. We are thrilled with our line-up of speakers!

we are For All Readers

A school library collection is a tapestry of stories woven to transform students lives for the better. Listening to creators and curators of stories deepens our connections to the what, why and how of building a school library collection.

We are for all Readers

Already a successful screen and stage writer, author Maryam Master, has just launched her second novel (middle fiction) No Words . This is the story of a 12 year old refugee who’s trying to establish a new life in Australia, grapple with his past and, most importantly, find his voice. Ben Quilty wrote in response to No Words: “So Beautiful, so moving. Buy it for your young people. It will be one of the most important books they ever read”. Maryam’s first novel Exit Through the Gift Shop is one of the CBCA shortlisted books for 2022 and has such power and positivity.

Illustrator & author Christopher Cheng is the award-winning author of more than 40 children’s books. His latest picture book, Bear and Rat is an international hit and it’s an uplifting story about love and friendship through the hardest of times. “Bear and Rat is a heartfelt, emotion-filled, tear-triggering masterpiece… Filled with hope and truth and love, this is a story that shows readers a path to forever friendship” (Kids Book Review, 2021). Bear and Rat is a CBCA 2022 notable as well. We can’t wait to hear from Christopher!

What’s happening in children’s literature? What are the emerging trends? What’s hot? Who is looking good for all the awards? Listening to Paul Macdonald is always the fastest and most fun way to find all of these answers! As well as being an author and publisher, Paul has won numerous awards in teaching such as a Quality Teacher Award and The Premiers English Scholarship. Paul won the inaugural Maurice Saxby Award in 2012 for his contributions to raising the profile of teen fiction. Paul also was the winner of the 2016 Lady Cutler award for services to children’s literature and literacy in Australia.

During the mid-morning session, you will have the choice of attending a breakout session with either Gabby Cundy or Debbie Rosa.

Gabby Cundy is a team member of ALIA Graphic Novels and Comics. From ISLA network meetings we know that our students cannot get enough of graphic novels, comics and manga. It’s going to be great to hear from Gabby as she shares her knowledge and ideas about this genre and its subgenres.

The other mid-morning breakout session will be with Debbie Rosa, Libraries Information Officer with the NSW Department of Education. Debbie will share all the latest news about Oliver (OPAC) and there will definitely be some Q&A time, so bring your questions! This is highly recommended for SASS staff and library technicians.

Venue: The Tops Conference Centre. 51 Bendena Garden, Stanwell Tops NSW 2508

The conference is fully catered with morning tea and lunch.

Linking to NESA Standards

If you need an example of linking the conference program to NESA standards, you can view and copy a sample provided by a high school teacher -this of course can be adapted to a primary context. Click on the following link:

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