2015 Events Archive

ASLA Conference Review

Thursday 29 October 2015
Educational Development Centre, Milner Street, Hindmarsh, Room G11B

Reports from those who attended the ASLA Conference in Brisbane in the Term 3 holidays, including highlights from the various presentations and other interesting information relevant to school library staff.

The Power of Reading

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Thursday 22 October 2015
Venue: Adelaide Meeting and Conference Centre (in The Australian Institute of Management Centre), 180 Port Road, Hindmarsh

The following information was provided before the event:
In partnership with Learning Team Australia, SLASA is pleased to host The Power of Reading event.
Stephen Krashen is an internationally renowned linguist who is best known for the Comprehension Hypothesis, the idea that we acquire language and develop literacy by understand messages. In literacy education, the Comprehension Hypothesis is the Reading Hypothesis, the idea that most of our literacy development comes from reading, especially self-selected free voluntary reading. This hypothesis, in turn, helps explain the typically low reading achievement of children of poverty: lack of access to books in the home, in their neighborhoods, and in their schools, confirmed in a number of studies. This explanation is also supported by studies showing that quality libraries can reduce the negative impact of poverty by providing access to reading material for those living in poverty.
Stephen Krashen believes that the greatest threat to education in history is occurring now, the world-wide push for more and more testing, far beyond what is necessary and far beyond what is helpful.
Stephen Krashen is probably the world's preeminent apologist for the power of libraries and especially school libraries.
Don't miss the opportunity to tap into Krashen wisdom.
Information provided by Stephen Krashen will be supported by panel sessions as part of the day.
Further information from

Library Tours

Saturday 15 August
Tour of the refurbished library at Adelaide High School and morning tea.
Then to Adelaide City Library on Rundle Mall for tour.
Finally, an optional lunch at Brunelli's Cafe.

SLASA Conference: Leading and Managing Change – Opportunities and Challenges

Date:    Friday 17 July 2015
Venue:  International Visualisation Centre, 19–27 Young St, Adelaide

Keynote Speaker
Wilma Kurvink Wilma Kurvink, College Head Library and Information Services, Wesley College, Melbourne
Wilma was a teacher and curriculum leader of many years' experience in disadvantaged school settings, before qualifying in librarianship. While working at Wesley College she completed a Masters degree in organisational development. She leads the library service across three campuses and in the design and promotion of innovative reading programs, service and information delivery. She has presented at many professional forums such as International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) Conference 2006, The Ithaca Project Work-in-Progress Conference 2006 and 2007, VALA 2008, Action Learning Action Research Association (ALARA) National Conference 2009, Libraries Australia Forum 2013, Curriculum21's Virtual Global CMI 2014. She will be speaking at this year's Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Conference in San Diego, California on the topic New Narratives for School Media Centers: Literacy, Technology, and Cultural Change.

SLASA SACE Literature Evening

Thursday 26 March at the Educational Development Centre, Milner Street, Hindmarsh

Format of the Evening:
Various presentations highlighting strategies to assist senior students select book and film titles to achieve requirements for components of the SACE English courses


Monday 23 February 2015 at the Educational Development Centre, Milner Street, Hindmarsh