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We recognise that depending on where you reside you may not be able to access all sessions live. For this reason (and others) all sessions will be recorded and made available to registered attendees.

Friday, November 4

Remy Lai – Making Comics13:100:50
Dr Kay Oddone: Digital Divide14:100:50
Helen Wang – Translating Chinese Childrens Books15:100:40
Gabrielle Wang – “A Navigation of Two Cultures”16:100:50
Social Time in Wonder17:05

Saturday, November 5

Dr. Randa Abdel-Fattah – “Belonging and Power”9:000:50
Michael Earp – “Looking back, looking forward: Books for children and young adults”10:000:50
Dr Jared Thomas – “‘Belonging in Aboriginal Culture and History, and in Young Adult Fiction’”11:000:50
Andrea O’Driscoll & Vicki Courtenay – “The Library’s role in an interdisciplinary approach to teaching critical thinking skills”12:500:40
Katie Day – “Finding Belonging in Far Flung Places: Indian Children’s Literature & International Schools”13:400:40
Carolyn Jeziorski – “Student Library Leadership”14:300:40
End – Preview of Next Day15:100:05

Sunday, November 5

Cheng Lucy – Library activity: Chinese picture books creating competition (in Chinese)9:000:40
Bec Taylor “Belonging Through Literature – Curating Our Collections to Support SEL”10:000:40
Dr Kay Oddone: Librarians Belong10:500:50
Wonder Social Time11:40


Belonging in a connected community: Creating an environment of digital inclusion

Kay Oddone

Creating an environment of digital inclusion is a key role for school librarians. Once, the digital divide was understood to be about physical access to technology. Now, it is less about ownership and more about the ability to effectively navigate and use the information ecosystem created through technology. 

As our existence becomes increasingly networked, students need to develop critical digital literacy skills that enable them to access education, participate and contribute to our society, engage in cultural and social activities and connect with family, friends and the wider world. 

In this session I will discuss the ways in which school librarians can model and scaffold digital inclusion. We will explore the ways in which digital literacy can empower students to be active, informed and critical participants within our information ecosystem and how as school librarians, we can take an important role in ensuring our students have the capabilities to feel that they belong in this connected community.

Librarians as Leaders – “belonging” at The Leadership Table

Kay Oddone

Leadership is inherent with the role of the school librarian, and yet the value of leadership development for those holding this role is underestimated.  While teachers aspiring to or holding more traditional school leadership roles may engage with leadership training and literature, similar opportunities for school librarians appear less commonly. 

Through this session, school librarians will be encouraged to recognise, and build upon their leadership skills. Participants will refresh their knowledge of leadership styles, and consider the different ways in which they enact strategic leadership through their daily practice. Feeling confident and comfortable with the language of leadership will also be discussed, as the capacity to communicate the contributions of the school librarian role and the school library is vital for advocacy and professional recognition within the school community.

School librarians have a unique birds’ eye view of the school as they engage with the entire community, and they can bring a rich perspective if they have a seat at the leadership table. This session will inspire you to continue to lead from the library, providing strategic leadership across the different facets of the school librarian role.

A Navigation of Two Cultures

Gabrielle Wang

As a child born in Australia of Chinese parents, Gabrielle never felt as though she fitted in. This led her to write novels for young people with themes focussing on belonging and the meaning of the word, ‘home’. Gabrielle discusses how she came to terms with having two cultures both Chinese and Australian.

Belonging and Power

Dr. Randa Abdel-Fattah

I have spent most of my writing life exploring the meaning of belonging from multiple, intersecting and overlapping points of views (young people, refugees, marginalised communities) in multiple contexts (schools, homes, communities, the ‘nation’, settler-colonies). My talk will take my audience through these various explorations across my books, showing how the questions I sought to answer when I first started writing have shifted and evolved in response to broader social and political changes. Ultimately my talk is about thinking through the importance of always foregrounding relations of power in conversations on belonging.

Looking back, looking forward: Books for children and young adults

Michael Earp

Michael draws on their 20-year career in the book industry to share insights into writing, publishing and bookselling. With a focus on diverse representations and intersectionality, reflections of the self in literature are vital for all readers.

Translating Chinese children’s books

Helen Wang

There has been a massive change in Chinese children’s books in the 21st century. This presentation will highlight some of those changes and look at some of the newest children’s books coming from China.

Making Comics

Remy Lai

Join Remy Lai as she takes you behind the scenes of the making of her graphic novels, from developing her ideas to designing the book covers.

The Library’s role in an interdisciplinary approach to teaching critical thinking skills

Andrea O’Driscoll & Vicki Courtenay

Andrea and Vicki will discuss how teaching thinking skills is vital for student success, and they’ll explore how the library is in a unique position to equip students with transdisciplinary skills.

 ‘Belonging in Aboriginal Culture and History, and in Young Adult Fiction’

Dr. Jared Thomas

Dr Jared Thomas will provide an overview of Aboriginal culture and history, explaining the deep connection and belonging that Aboriginal people have to the Australian continent, and discuss how the theme of belonging works within his children’s and young adult fiction titles.

Library activity: Chinese picture books creating competition

Cheng Lucy

This Chinese picture book creating competition is hosted by Dulwich, Daystar joined it every year, how Daystar library joins this acitivity and how to organize it? what other activity we have done related with this one?

Belonging Through Literature – Curating Our Collections to Support SEL

Bec Taylor, ES Cybrarian, International School of Beijing

“Are you constantly being asked for that perfect book to help unpack weighty topics like bias, cultural differences, student action, or emotional management?

Need a system to track and manage how books can deepen social emotional learning at your school?

Learn how one international elementary school library team created such a system based on their school wide social emotional learning curriculum.

During this session you will take ideas to suit your context and also discuss the success you’ve had in bringing belonging through literature to the forefront of your own school.”

Student Library Leadership

Carolyn Jeziorski, Elementary School Librarian, UNIS

Are you looking for meaningful ways to involve students in the library? In this session, we will explore ways students contribute to the library and its programs through library leadership or library council. Students can help with promoting literacy in the school community, collection development, purchasing activities, updating library policies and practices.Time will be given for brainstorming ways to make it work in your own school settings.

Finding Belonging in Far Flung Places: Indian Children’s Literature & International Schools

Katie Day, Teacher-Librarian

A look at children’s literature coming out of India and the diaspora – including authors, illustrators, publishers, and titles not to be missed, for students from K-12. My presentation will be informed by my work on the jury of the Neev Book Award based in Bangalore – – for the past five years.