Future Libraries Reference Group: Annual Conference 2021

Future Libraries Reference Group: Annual Conference 2021

The ‘Future Libraries Reference Group’ annual conference has grown to become the largest annual event catering specifically for teacher librarians in South East Queensland.
This year we will again be located at our new venue, Brisbane Technology Park Conference Centre (see map below)
When: Friday, October 29, Rescheduled to Friday, October 22, 2021 (Registration from 8:00am. Finish 3:30pm)
Cost: $75 plus a 50c booking fee
Tertiary Students $50 plus a 50c booking fee
(Registration costs include parking - please indicate in the booking form if a park is required. If you are carpooling, please ensure only 1 person per car indicates the parking requirement!)
Bookings close: Friday 14 October 2021
(Note - You will need to pay with a credit card when you register so please obtain any necessary approvals before progressing with your booking!)

Creating Future Libraries 2021 Conference Program


8.00 - 8.30 Registration Foyer
8.30 - 8.40 Welcome Naomi Murphy
8.40 - 9.40

Maintaining Relevant Libraries
There’s simply nothing engaging about an aisle! Shelving must act as virtual room dividers that separate innovative learning spaces, whilst actively ‘selling’ collections.  Kevin Hennah’s results back up his ideas. Jam-packed with inspirational photographs, Kevin's opening presentation will deliver highly practical advice on how to ensure school libraries build usage stats and maintain relevance through innovative layout, signage, and promotion

Kevin Hennah
9.45 - 10.45 How Teacher Librarians Can Support Scientific Research Skills
Literacy skills are fundamental to senior sciences, and can be introduced early to support students interested in or planning to study sciences. Learn about best practice in the presentation of varied scientific publications used by professional scientists, and how we can introduce literacy skills to our students

Gurion Ang

10.45 - 11.15 Morning Tea Trade tables
11.15 - 12.00 Children’s Literature
Exploring current trends for readers of all ages
Pauline McLeod
12.00 - 12.45 Discovering a 'Good Read': Pathways to Reading for Australian Teens
In this session, Michael Dezuanni from QUT will provide an overview of a national research project that is investigating how teens discover books to read and he will outline how schools can get involved.
This will be followed by a brief presentation in which Michael shares initial findings from an investigation of how teens are discovering books in the digital environment. He will share how digital platforms like YouTube, Instagram, Tik Tok and even Minecraft are sites of book culture
Michael Dezuanni
12.45 - 1.45

Lunch and Trade Show

Trade tables
1.45 - 2.00

QSLA news and presentations: TL of the Year and Principal Award

2.00 - 3.00 Inspired Learning Spaces
Flexible learning spaces that integrate technology and offer seating that meets diverse needs are central to Kevin’s advice on why school libraries must deliver a point of difference over classrooms. It is simply not enough to replicate what exists elsewhere or what we have delivered in the past. To bolster his advice on reinvigorating the image of school libraries, Kevin also promises to deliver plenty of impressive and contemporary ideas on budget makeovers
Kevin Hennah
3.00 - 3.20

State Library

Brisbane City Council Libraries

Jo-Anne Hine


3.020 - 3.30 Prizes and Wrap Up (feedback – survey) Naomi Murphy




Brisbane Technology Park Conference Centre
1 Clunies Ross Ct, Eight Mile Plains Qld 4113

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