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 Australian School Library Day 2022! <p class="p2">Jacqueline Griffeth, Suzanne Livett and Holly Godfree share experiences of the newly created Australian School Library Day. Their words are illustrated with images of how various schools celebrated this new and important day in our calendar.</p> Jacqueline Griffeth Suzanne Livett Holly Godfree Milena Gates Marianne Smith Margaret Sinnott Copyright (c) 2022 SLAV 2022-09-23 2022-09-23 20 2 The indispensable library <p class="p2">Kaitlyn Woods explores the strategies embraced by the Learning Commons at Mater Christi College - flexible use of space, offering unique services and seeking out collaboration opportunities - that have helped them build their ideal of being ‘more than a library’.</p> Kaitlyn Woods Copyright (c) 2022 SLAV 2022-09-23 2022-09-23 20 2 Advocating for digital media literacy: A comprehensive approach <p class="p2">Our regular Canadian correspondent, Anita Brooks Kirkland, considers the importance of digital media literacy and the role school libraries have in engaging communities. Brooks Kirkland outlines the ten principles created to guide the development of a national digital media strategy in Canada and puts forward a range of starting points that will support our profession in embracing a role in digital media literacy education in a post pandemic world.</p> Anita Brooks Kirkland Copyright (c) 2022 SLAV 2022-09-23 2022-09-23 20 2 Evidence of evidence: Insights into the EBP journey of school libraries <p class="p2">In this column, Dr Lyn Hay acknowledges Dr Ross Todd’s contribution in helping teacher librarians chart their journey as evidence-based practitioners and draws upon some work Lyn and Ross collaborated on in this area to reflect on Ross’s impact and TL action. This is the first of a two part series examining EBP initiatives for school libraries.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></p> Lyn Hay Ross Todd Copyright (c) 2022 SLAV 2022-09-23 2022-09-23 20 2 Featured articles by Professor Ross J. Todd <p>Articles:</p> <ol> <li>Interventions that matter: Student learning through effective school libraries (2004)</li> <li><a href="">Learning as reflective practice - Ten principles for the future (2009)</a></li> </ol> Ross Todd Copyright (c) 2022 SLAV 2022-09-23 2022-09-23 20 2 What’s working? A case study of an exemplary school library district program in a 1:1 device setting <p class="p2">The role of the school librarian (SL) is evolving to better meet the needs of a school in an increasingly digital learning environment. This case study research of an exemplary district-level library program in the United States, explores what is working by examining the valued competencies of SLs and contextual factors that enable strong library programs in 1:1 device settings. The findings suggest that SLs are expected to be change agents, relationship builders, curriculum developers, and creators of virtual library services. Critical contextual factors are district buy-in, rebranding, and an integrated approach to library services. The findings could inform curricular improvements for educator preparation programs and professional developers as well as increase SLs’ understanding of how they can strengthen their own practice and raise administrators’ awareness of the powerful ways they can support the school community.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></p> Mary Moen Copyright (c) 2022 SLAV 2022-09-23 2022-09-23 20 2 Reviews <ul> <li> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span>Great school libraries in Aotearoa: a qualitative study (2022)</p> </li> <li> <p class="p1">International Literacy Association (2022). The Essential Leadership of School Librarians</p> </li> <li> <p class="p1">Designing Libraries</p> </li> </ul> Nell Day Margaret Sinnott Rosemary Abbott Copyright (c) 2022 SLAV 2022-09-23 2022-09-23 20 2 Book banning in the USA <p class="p2">Patricia Sarles, Coordinator of Library Services for the New York City School Library System, explores the current wave of book banning in the USA clearly detailing recent experiences and considering the issues at stake and their impact on services and the broader community.</p> Patricia Sarles Copyright (c) 2022 SLAV 2022-09-23 2022-09-23 20 2 Advocating for school libraries in Italy <p class="p2">Dr Luisa Marquardt reflects on the importance of effective school library advocacy and provides an updated presentation of the current situation in Italy. After a brief introduction, the content of the article is arranged around the following four questions:</p> <p class="p2">• What is advocacy?</p> <p class="p2">• Why is advocating for school libraries important?</p> <p class="p2">• What are the main actions taken in the field?</p> <p class="p2">• What are their outcomes?</p> Luisa Marquardt Copyright (c) 2022 SLAV 2022-09-23 2022-09-23 20 2 New Zealand’s first School Library Week <p class="p2">Miriam Tuohy and Sasha Eastwood describe the wonderful celebrations and activities undertaken for New Zealand’s inaugural School Library Week.</p> Miriam Tuohy Sasha Eastwood Copyright (c) 2022 SLAV 2022-09-23 2022-09-23 20 2 Editorial Susan La Marca Copyright (c) 2022 2022-09-23 2022-09-23 20 2 Verse novels 101 for school libraries <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span>Kelsy Peterson explores the rewarding and challenging area of verse novels considering-</p> <p class="p2">• What is a verse novel?</p> <p class="p2">• Why are verse novels important for school libraries?</p> <p class="p2">• Which readers will benefit most from verse novels?</p> <p class="p2">• Which verse novels are best for school libraries?</p> Kelsy Peterson Copyright (c) 2022 SLAV 2022-09-23 2022-09-23 20 2 Learning disabilities, bespoke audiobooks and representation: student rights with copyright <p class="p2">The wonderful team at Padua College share their work in making in-house audio book recordings available for students with a learning disability within the parameters of the Australian Copyright Act.</p> Luke Low Niall Young Shaun Price Diane Lewis Katrina Tewman Jane Keating Sarah Bath Copyright (c) 2022 SLAV 2022-09-23 2022-09-23 20 2 Being essential: Library values, educational beliefs, and social justice principles that improve and sustain school libraries <p class="p2">In a further exploration of The Essential School Library concept Dr Gordon considers the values and principles that underpin quality, essential school library services. The article has a particular focus on the data from the 2018 ‘Massachusetts School Library Study: Equity and Access for Student of the Commonwealth’.</p> Carol Gordon Copyright (c) 2022 2022-09-23 2022-09-23 20 2 Horizons <p class="p2"><strong>Professional Learning Opportunities – Local and Beyond</strong></p> Rosemary Abbott Copyright (c) 2022 SLAV 2022-09-23 2022-09-23 20 2