Synergy https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy <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> School Library Association of Victoria (SLAV) en-US Synergy Horizons https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/539 <p><strong>Professional Learning Opportunities – Local and Beyond</strong></p> Rosemary Abbott Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV 2021-09-16 2021-09-16 19 2 Shelftalkers: Empowering student voice https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/527 <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> Tye Cattanach Susan La Marca Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV 2021-09-16 2021-09-16 19 2 An interview with Nancy Churnin https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/532 <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> Nancy Churnin Patricia Sarles Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV 2021-09-16 2021-09-16 19 2 Designing school library spaces https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/537 <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> Miriam Tuohy Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV 2021-09-16 2021-09-16 19 2 What makes a good school library better? A research to practice approach to using evidence https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/535 <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> Carol Gordon Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV 2021-09-16 2021-09-16 19 2 Reviews https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/540 <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> Margaret Simkin Rosemary Abbott Liz Derouet Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV 2021-09-16 2021-09-16 19 2 How might YA reading help teens in troubled times? https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/528 <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> Anne Whisken Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV 2021-09-16 2021-09-16 19 2 Predictors of reading ability among Ten-Year Olds: Poverty (negative), school libraries (positive), instruction (zero), early literacy (zero) https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/533 <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> Christy Lao Sy-ying Lee Jeff McQuillan Stephen Krashen Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV 2021-09-16 2021-09-16 19 2 Evolution of our reading passport program https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/534 <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> Luke Featherston Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV 2021-09-16 2021-09-16 19 2 The St Joseph’s College Geelong reading room quotations project https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/538 <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> Joy Whiteside Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV 2021-09-16 2021-09-16 19 2 Editorial https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/526 Susan La Marca Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV 2021-09-16 2021-09-16 19 2 Library neutrality as radical practice https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/536 <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> Anita Brooks Kirkland Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV 2021-09-16 2021-09-16 19 2 School libraries and gifted students: Guiding inquiring minds https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/529 <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> Bridget Forster Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV 2021-09-16 2021-09-16 19 2 Mirrors, windows and sliding glass doors: LGBTIQA+ perspectives https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/530 <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> Carmel Byrne Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV 2021-09-16 2021-09-16 19 2 Improving reading engagement for aliterate readers through the Year 7 wide reading programme: A VIT inquiry project https://www.slav.vic.edu.au/index.php/Synergy/article/view/531 <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> Kathryn McKendry Copyright (c) 2021 SLAV 2021-09-16 2021-09-16 19 2