https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/issue/feed Synergy 2021-09-16T01:51:07+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/529 School libraries and gifted students: Guiding inquiring minds 2021-09-16T00:56:52+10:00 Bridget Forster contact@slav.vic.edu.au <p>Bridget Forster outlines the very successful online program at Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School that supported students to explore and develop a new skill across a ten week period. Using The Kulthau inquiry method to support their process the gifted and talented students investigated a skill with the aid of an expert as mentor. This work received the 2020 SLAV Innovators Grant.</p> 2021-09-16T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/530 Mirrors, windows and sliding glass doors: LGBTIQA+ perspectives 2021-09-16T01:01:03+10:00 Carmel Byrne contact@slav.vic.edu.au <p>Carmel Byrne explores her school library’s work to create an inclusive collection and her specific work in the area of LGBTIQA+ perspectives. The work is characterised by a willingness to involve student input in their processes.</p> 2021-09-16T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/531 Improving reading engagement for aliterate readers through the Year 7 wide reading programme: A VIT inquiry project 2021-09-16T01:04:08+10:00 Kathryn McKendry contact@slav.vic.edu.au <p>Kathryn Kendry describes her work for her VIT registration and the inquiry project she created centred on reading engagement. Kathryn outlines the research she completed and the reading that supported her exploration.</p> 2021-09-16T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/539 Horizons 2021-09-16T01:36:11+10:00 Rosemary Abbott synergyreviews@slav.vic.edu.au <p><strong>Professional Learning Opportunities – Local and Beyond</strong></p> 2021-09-16T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/527 Shelftalkers: Empowering student voice 2021-09-16T00:49:13+10:00 Tye Cattanach contact@slav.vic.edu.au Susan La Marca synergy@slav.org.au <p><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>This article was presented at the IASL conference in July 2021. It describes SLAVs new initiative – Shelftalkers. This initiative is a website that publishes 100-word student reviews of texts they are reading or have been sent by arrangement with publishers for review. The process is facilitated by the school library and is open to students of any age. The project aims to give students a voice, give school library staff and publishers an insight into student views, and allows participating school libraries to be central players in the literacy development and reading culture of their respective schools.</p> 2021-09-16T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/532 An interview with Nancy Churnin 2021-09-16T01:10:28+10:00 Nancy Churnin contact@slav.vic.edu.au Patricia Sarles contact@slav.vic.edu.au <p>Patricia Sarles, a School Librarian and the Coordinator of Library Services for the New York City School Library System, interviews the author Nancy Churnin about her award winning work and her particular focus on the picture book as a biographical form.</p> 2021-09-16T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/537 Designing school library spaces 2021-09-16T01:30:39+10:00 Miriam Tuohy contact@slav.vic.edu.au <p>Miriam Tuohy explores New Zealand school library space design, outlining a range of very useful tools and processes used by the National Library of New Zealand’s team of facilitators to ably support school library staff to bring their vision for their library to reality.</p> 2021-09-16T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/535 What makes a good school library better? A research to practice approach to using evidence 2021-09-16T01:23:38+10:00 Carol Gordon contact@slav.vic.edu.au <p>Through analysis of <em>The Massachusetts school library study: Equity and access for students in the Commonwealth </em>research Dr Gordon explores research approaches with a particular focus on action research and the value of evidence based practice.</p> 2021-09-16T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/540 Reviews 2021-09-16T01:38:31+10:00 Margaret Simkin contact@slav.vic.edu.au Rosemary Abbott synergyreviews@slav.vic.edu.au Liz Derouet contact@slav.vic.edu.au <ul> <li><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>The School: The Ups and Downs of One Year in the Classroom</li> <li>Lessons from Lockdown: The Educational Legacy of Covid-19</li> <li>Turning Point for the Teaching Profession: Growing Expertise and Evaluative Thinking</li> <li>Building a Reading Culture: A Selection of Articles from FYI &amp; Synergy</li> <li> <p>At a Glance</p> </li> </ul> 2021-09-16T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/528 How might YA reading help teens in troubled times? 2021-09-16T00:53:10+10:00 Anne Whisken contact@slav.vic.edu.au <p>Dr Whisken explores the role Young Adult (YA) literature plays in the worlds of teenagers, and more particularly, what roles it might play in their lives in times of crisis. This article presents the views of seven teacher librarians in response to questions about YA literature, the roles it might play and whether it should have a message or purpose.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></p> 2021-09-16T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/533 Predictors of reading ability among Ten-Year Olds: Poverty (negative), school libraries (positive), instruction (zero), early literacy (zero) 2021-09-16T01:14:05+10:00 Christy Lao contact@slav.vic.edu.au Sy-ying Lee contact@slav.vic.edu.au Jeff McQuillan contact@slav.vic.edu.au Stephen Krashen contact@slav.vic.edu.au <p>In an analysis of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study this international research team considers poverty, early literacy, instruction and the provision of school libraries to see which has an impact on literacy development.</p> 2021-09-16T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/534 Evolution of our reading passport program 2021-09-16T01:20:49+10:00 Luke Featherston contact@slav.vic.edu.au <p>Luke Fetherston, from Trinity College Colac, describes their reading passport program. Luke was awarded the 2020 SLAV Research Fellowship to support the exploration of the design and implementation of this program.</p> 2021-09-16T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/538 The St Joseph’s College Geelong reading room quotations project 2021-09-16T01:33:21+10:00 Joy Whiteside contact@slav.vic.edu.au <p>Joy Whiteside describes the expansion of the St Joseph’s College Geelong library to create a dedicated Reading Room. To enhance the space the Quotations Project offered the community the opportunity to submit their selections for quotations that would be painted onto the new Reading Room walls. This project enhanced the space and offered all members of the community a chance to voice their valued opinion.</p> 2021-09-16T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/526 Editorial 2021-09-16T00:45:58+10:00 Susan La Marca synergy@slav.org.au 2021-09-16T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/536 Library neutrality as radical practice 2021-09-16T01:27:30+10:00 Anita Brooks Kirkland contact@slav.vic.edu.au <p>Using examples from both the Canadian and Australian landscape Anita Brooks Kirkland explores the nature of library neutrality, librarians as activists and ethics and standards. Brooks Kirkland considers how our views and understandings impact on the services we provide and the challenging role we play in education.</p> 2021-09-16T00:00:00+10:00 Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV