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> en-US (Dr. Susan La Marca) (Monica Williams) Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +1100 OJS 60 Editorial <p class="p2">With this edition of <em>Synergy </em>we bring you another interesting selection of diverse articles, each celebrating or exploring a different aspect of our profession. We hope that you are finding the new Synergy website a supportive and attractive home for the journal.</p> <p class="p2">This edition of Synergy contains a very diverse selection of articles covering various levels of practice and a range of different approaches and ideas. There is something for everyone in the school library and beyond.</p> Susan La Marca Copyright (c) 2019 SLAV Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +1100 We know Students Need School Libraries, but how do we make it happen? <p class="p2">Holly Godfree, the SNSL Campaign Manager, describes the campaign to date and ways you can be involved.</p> Holly Godfree Copyright (c) 2019 SLAV Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +1100 Online global collaboration and new pedagogical practices in K-12 <p class="p2">This article is an extension to the previous Synergy contribution in May 2019, ‘Building capacity for global connections and collaborations: New perspectives’ regarding online global collaborative learning design and implementation. It reviews recent research around online connected learning modes and online global collaborative learning with a focus on identifying barriers and enablers as well as pedagogical approaches.</p> Julie Lindsay Copyright (c) 2019 SLAV Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +1100 The Victorian Curriculum: F-10 capabilities <p class="p2">Monica Bini, the Capabilities Curriculum Manager of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) discusses the capabilities and describes how they work with the F to 10 curriculum. Bini also considers assessment and resources for the capabilities.</p> Monica Bini Copyright (c) 2019 SLAV Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +1100 General capabilities: A teacher-librarian perspective <p class="p2">Diana Kelly, teacher-librarian at Balwyn High School, considers the relationship between the capabilities and the teacher-librarian and details the opportunities the capabilities offer for the teaching of skills in line with the key interests of school libraries.</p> Diana Kelly Copyright (c) 2019 SLAV Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +1100 Building connections within and beyond the library: Relationships and conversation that empower and inspire <p class="p2">Dr Sue Wilson explores the connections and relationships we can build to enrich and support the reading experiences and learning of our students and the wider community.</p> Sue Wilson Copyright (c) 2019 SLAV Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +1100 Inspiring learners – building connections through the junior school library program <p class="p2">Anna Davidson, Junior School teacher-librarian at Carey Grammar School, outlines aspects of their library program that fosters connections of various kinds to support student learning and enrich reading experiences.</p> Anna Davidson Copyright (c) 2019 SLAV Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +1100 Adolescent identity through authentic stories: Action research <p class="p2">During Semester 2 of 2018, 12 Year 12 Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) boys at Mazenod College participated in an action research project to determine how an exploration of their own cultural heritage might encourage a deeper sense of Identity. Their maturity as 18-year-olds gave the boys a new perspective on family stories and the motivation to gain deeper meaning through adult conversations. As a result of analysis and interpretation of the boys’ responses to questionnaires, Interviews, and their final video, it was apparent that the majority experienced a growth in self-knowledge and understanding.</p> Camilla Elliott Copyright (c) 2019 SLAV Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +1100 Imagination, curiosity, and play: The next generation of library skills <p class="p2">Torberg, an elementary school teacher-librarian from the US, explores the role of play and imagination in library programming and the broader world of primary education sharing a range of examples from his practice.</p> Michael Terborg Copyright (c) 2019 SLAV Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +1100 Ten school benchmarks to build student information strategies <p class="p2"><strong>This is a referred article</strong></p> <p class="p2">This article discusses implications from the author’s PhD research about ways that information literacy education (ILE) can become an explicit practice in secondary schools and in so doing overcome the historic gap between its theory and practice. In addition to its significance for classroom practice, the findings of the study have implications for ways to address the lack of ILE visibility in the current Australian and Victorian Curriculum Frameworks, with an emergent model of a set of benchmarks to guide whole school information practice which enables students to develop their own ‘repertoires’ of information strategies. The qualitative study was conducted at a Victorian secondary school and showed that teachers can change their practices to incorporate ILE into their subject curriculum design and classroom teaching. It involved Participatory Action Research (PAR) by case groups of teachers at three different year levels. Over a year they used cycles of reflective action to explore ways that Informed Learning ideas might enhance subject learning by bringing explicit attention to expert information strategies. The findings show that this professional development process successfully transformed teachers’ understandings about ILE such that they came to see it as their responsibility. They identified the need for students to develop expert skills to operate successfully in the rapidly changing information environment and the need for teachers themselves to learn new pedagogies to help their students develop such repertoires of information strategies. They also recommended that a whole school approach was required to ensure such teaching presented consistent understandings and practices to students, and that time and support was provided for teachers to develop the capabilities required. From these findings, the author developed a set Benchmarks for Repertoires of Information Strategies to provide a framework for whole school information practice within which such strategies and practices might be developed. The author contends that without meeting the ten criteria in the Benchmarks, a school would have difficulty enabling its students to be properly equipped for their information futures.</p> Anne Whisken Copyright (c) 2019 SLAV Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +1100 Reflections: A case study on one school librarian’s career <p class="p2">Our longstanding Synergy contributor, Dr Carol Gordon, describes her career journey and in doing so illustrates something of the changing nature of our profession and the importance and power of reflection.</p> Carol A. Gordon Copyright (c) 2019 SLAV Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +1100 Action advocacy for school libraries <p class="p2">Anita Brooks Kirkland outlines the development during recent history of advocacy and how our profession has changed its position over time. She makes a case for action advocacy and outlines a range of approaches and strategies that define advocacy in a current context.</p> Anita Brooks Kirkland Copyright (c) 2019 SLAV Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +1100 Retweeting into Twitter <p class="p2">Sue Osborne, in her last article for the Online Life Section, (Thank-you Sue!) reflects on her online life and makes a strong case for twitter as part of our professional learning. Sue includes an excellent list of suggested people and organisations to follow in order to fully utilise the platform as a supportive and stimulating tool.</p> Sue Osborne Copyright (c) 2019 SLAV Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +1100 Seven strategies for digitech <p class="p2">Sandy Phillips explores the concept of Digital Technologies and offers seven strategies, and related resources, to enrich our understanding of this area and support us in leading the change in our schools around Digital Technologies curriculum.</p> Sandy Phillips Copyright (c) 2019 SLAV Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +1100 Reviews <p class="p2"><strong>Reviews</strong></p> <p class="p2"><strong>Raising Readers: How to Nurture a Child’s Love of Books</strong></p> <p class="p3">Daley, Megan (2019). <em>Raising Readers: How to Nurture a Child’s Love of Books</em>. St Lucia, Qld., Queensland University Press.</p> <p class="p1">Reviewed by Rosemary Abbott</p> <p class="p3">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Librarians in Schools as Literacy Educators: Advocates for Reaching Beyond the Classroom</strong></p> <p class="p2">Merga, Margaret Kristin (2019). <em>Librarians in Schools as Literacy Educators: Advocates for Reaching Beyond the Classroom</em>. Cham, Switzerland, Springer Nature.</p> <p class="p1">Reviewed by Nell Day</p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Developing Digital Resources in the Primary School Library</strong></p> <p class="p2">Pavey, Sarah (2019). <em>Developing Digital Resources in the Primary School Library</em>. Swindon, U.K., School Library Association.</p> <p class="p1">Reviewed by Margaret Sinnott</p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Synergy Highlights: The First Fifteen Years</strong></p> <p class="p2">School Library Association of Victoria (2019). <em>Synergy Highlights: The First Fifteen Years</em>. Footscray, Vic., School Library Association of Victoria.</p> <p class="p1">Reviewed by Dr Dianne Oberg</p> Rosemary Abbott, Nell Day, Margaret Sinnott, Dianne Oberg Copyright (c) 2019 SLAV Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +1100 Horizons <p class="p2"><strong>Horizons</strong></p> <p class="p3"><strong><em>Dr Robin Zeidler- Synergy Board</em></strong></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s2">Email: </span><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span class="s3"><strong></strong></span></a></p> Robin Zeidler Copyright (c) 2019 SLAV Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +1100