https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/issue/feed Synergy 2023-06-22T14:53:27+10:00 Dr. Susan La Marca synergy@slav.org.au Open Journal Systems <p><em>Synergy</em> is published twice annually (May and October) by the School Library Association of Victoria (SLAV) . Its aim is to bring to members a wider view of the world of school librarianship with particular emphasis on current research, directions and ideas in educational practice.</p> <p><em>Synergy</em>&nbsp;is recognised as a partially refereed journal. That is, only those articles acknowledged in the journal as such have been part of the referee process.&nbsp;<em>Synergy</em>&nbsp;appears on the Register of Refereed Journals of the Research Programs and Policies Unit of the Australian Department of Education, Science and Training (2006). By providing both refereed articles and general material from within the teacher-librarianship community within Synergy, the journal hopes to bring quality research and discussion to the field whilst also publishing practical, timely and detailed material. Synergy also has a focus on providing in-depth reviews of recent publications of relevance to the profession.</p> https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/694 5 marketing strategies school libraries can use 2023-06-22T14:14:14+10:00 Elizabeth Libberton contact@slav.vic.edu.au <p>Elizabeth Libberton, reprinted from the AASL Knowledge Quest Blog, engages with five<br>simple and sensible marketing strategies that are worthy of consideration by all school<br>libraries.</p> 2023-06-22T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2023 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/682 Knowledge Bank of Australian and New Zealand School Libraries (KBANZSL) goes live 2023-06-22T12:52:49+10:00 Mary Carroll contact@slav.vic.edu.au Kasey Garrison contact@slav.vic.edu.au Judy O’Connell contact@slav.vic.edu.au Simon Wakeling contact@slav.vic.edu.au Kay Oddone contact@slav.vic.edu.au Sue Reynolds contact@slav.vic.edu.au Jo Kay contact@slav.vic.edu.au <p class="p2">Our CSU colleagues introduce the new Knowledge Bank of Australian and New Zealand School Libraries (KBANZSL) – an invaluable new resource for the profession.</p> 2023-06-22T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2023 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/692 Building a supportive school climate for the Essential School Library 2023-06-22T14:09:34+10:00 Carol Gordon contact@slav.vic.edu.au <p class="p2">Dr Carol Gordon explores the meaningful use of school library resources and services and in particular the use of Constructivist teaching methods as opposed to an Essentialist approach. Gordon argues that a Constructivist approach positions the role of the school library, and the teacher librarian, as essential.</p> 2023-06-22T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2023 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/697 Editorial 2023-06-22T14:50:20+10:00 Susan La Marca synergy@slav.org.au 2023-06-22T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2023 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/695 Reviews 2023-06-22T14:18:56+10:00 Rosemary Abbott synergyreviews@slav.vic.edu.au <ol> <li class="p2"><strong>Creating an Australian School Literacy Policy: A Research-Informed Guide to Designing a Policy That Fits Your School.</strong></li> <li class="p2"> <p class="p1"><strong>Collection Diversity Toolkit</strong></p> </li> <li class="p2"> <p class="p1"><strong>At a Glance</strong></p> </li> </ol> 2023-06-22T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2023 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/683 Print matters: How physical books still matter in a digital world 2023-06-22T13:28:21+10:00 Chin Ee LOH contact@slav.vic.edu.au <p>Dr Chin Ee Loh joins Synergy as our guest author of the Reflections and Actions section<br>for 2023. Her first article for us explores the continuing role of printed books in a digital<br>world and the role of the school library in supporting pleasure reading</p> 2023-06-22T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2023 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/688 Leading the school library as a connected practitioner 2023-06-22T13:54:32+10:00 Kay Oddone contact@slav.vic.edu.au <p class="p2">Dr Oddone presents a model of connected practice, drawing together the concepts of connected learning and connected teaching, informed by professional learning through the personal learning network (PLN). Oddone explores the role of informal professional learning, through a PLN, offering examples of practice from the school library context.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Editor’s Note: </strong>This is a referred article.</p> 2023-06-22T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2023 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/690 Actionable evidence and how you can contribute to building evidence-based school librarianship 2023-06-22T13:57:56+10:00 Lyn Hay contact@slav.vic.edu.au <p class="p2">In this article, Lyn unpacks Dr Ross Todd’s concept of actionable evidence as presented in Ross’s EBP framework and introduces a set of guiding principles to assist TLs work towards building a local evidence base that is informed and actionable. The article concludes with two simple templates to help shape a plan of EBP action in your school.</p> 2023-06-22T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2023 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/693 Sleeping with the elephant: Canada deals with the scourge of censorship sweeping across America 2023-06-22T14:13:52+10:00 Anita Brooks Kirkland contact@slav.vic.edu.au <p class="p2">Anita Brooks Kirkland clearly argues the role of school libraries in championing student access to a diverse and representative library collection. Brooks Kirkland explores recent cases of book challenging in Canada placing her observations within the context of regional developments and arguing for our ongoing vigilance.</p> 2023-06-22T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2023 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/686 Why should children read banned books? 2023-06-22T13:43:13+10:00 Sigy George contact@slav.vic.edu.au <p>Sigy George, a high school librarian from India, explores some of the complex history,<br>and reasoning, behind book banning and outlines her views as to why diverse books<br>should be read by young people. George considers many examples and her own<br>experiences and outlines various reasons for providing access to problematic texts.</p> 2023-06-22T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2023 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/689 Using media resources to create transformative change in mobile device use by ninth grade high school students 2023-06-22T13:55:57+10:00 Ariel Dagan contact@slav.vic.edu.au <p>Dagan describes the ten lesson unit of study that received the first Carolyn Markuson<br>School Library Innovation Grant Award from the New England School Library<br>Association. This unit of study supports learners to be better aware of the various<br>impacts their mobile device has on their health and assists them to reflect on how they<br>engage with their mobile devices.</p> 2023-06-22T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2023 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/691 Pay equity for New Zealand school librarians and library assistants 2023-06-22T13:58:42+10:00 Miriam Tuohy contact@slav.vic.edu.au Sasha Eastwood contact@slav.vic.edu.au <p>Tuohy and Eastland describe the journey of the New Zealand Librarians and Library<br>Assistants’ Pay Equity claims that have lead to fairer rates of remuneration and a<br>better understanding of the skills and expertise required of school library staff.</p> 2023-06-22T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2023 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/696 Horizons 2023-06-22T14:21:55+10:00 Rosemary Abbott synergyreviews@slav.vic.edu.au <p class="p2"><strong>Professional Learning Opportunities – Local and Beyond</strong></p> 2023-06-22T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2023 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/684 Engaging students in STEM through storytelling 2023-06-22T13:39:09+10:00 Becky Laurence contact@slav.vic.edu.au <p>Becky Laurence, Digital Content Officer for the Office of the Women in STEM Ambassador,<br>describes the wonderful Imagining the Future fiction developed as part of the Future<br>You – STEM careers Education initiative.</p> 2023-06-22T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2023 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/685 upGrade your study skills 2023-06-22T13:41:55+10:00 Amanda Crossley contact@slav.vic.edu.au <p class="p2">This article, by Amanda Crossley, describes the Western Australian Santa Maria College library’s highly success ecourse program, upGrade. This online initiative to support learning, research and skill development, in a range of areas, was the 2022 recipient of the SLAV Innovators Award.</p> 2023-06-22T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2023 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/687 Artificial Intelligence and education: The role of librarians in promoting ethical and responsible AI 2023-06-22T13:44:28+10:00 Leon Furze contact@slav.vic.edu.au <p class="p2">Leon Furze, an educator currently exploring the world of AI and education for his PhD, considers the evolving role school librarians can play in supporting teachers and students as they navigate ongoing developments in the area of artificial intelligence.</p> 2023-06-22T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2023 SLAV