Megan Daley is the author of 'Raising Readers', aimed at parents and educators. She is passionate about children's literature and sharing it with young and old alike. In daylight hours, Megan is a teacher librarian at St Aidan's Anglican Girls School in Queensland and was recently awarded the Queensland Teacher Librarian of the Year by the School Library Association of Queensland, as well as the national Dromken Librarians Award, presented by the State Library of Victoria. A former national vice-president of the Children's Book Council of Australia, she is currently on the Queensland chapter of the board of the Australian Children's Laureate and is an Ambassador for The Pyjama Foundation. She blogs about all things literary, library and tech at childrensbooksdaily.com.
Keynote Session: Articulating and Sharing Our Vision
When our vision is well articulated, understood and shared, school libraries are valued hubs of learning and connection in the current educational landscape. More than ever, school library teams need to look further and engage the entire school and wider community in ensuring they are thriving learning environments meeting the diverse needs of their community. This keynote will explore the academic research around the role of school libraries, the evidence that reading and academic and social success co-exist and will give practical ways for school library teams to support students, educators and parents as lifelong learners and readers.
Topics to be covered:
- Research (Merga, Gillesipie, Green) around importance of school librarian
- Child - teen reading trends in the 21st century – based on research studies (Mel Green QUT etc)
- 20/20 Vision is not just looking at ‘traditional’ trajectory of the library – now we also all about community and connection. We know when people are engaged in a community that academically and socially more successful
- Library as hubs that have the dual outcomes of learning/literacy and strong communities lead to better outcomes
- UN Sustainability Goals/Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians/Personal and Social Capabilities Curriculum
- Surveying your students (data collection)
- Connection with students - Clubs, events, conversation
- Connection with staff- DT and English Curriculum, their own personal reading development, reading development as the responsibility of us all
- Connection with community - The Living Room (events at school)
- School library teams connecting with the community with small and large scale literary events. (Read Like a Girl – Helen Stower – data)
Breakout Session: It’s all about Connection!
There is consistent evidence that reading for enjoyment provides students with a wide range of academic, personal and social benefits and raising children who read continues to be a priority for families and school communities. This session will dive deeply into why and how Megan Daley runs Book Clubs with her students at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and why and how she is part of the marketing team at the school running community focused literary adult events and workshops for children and teens under the banner of ‘The Living Room’.