It is a shock to realise that this is the second edition of Synergy for this year and that another year has almost reached its end. The year has flown by and what an eventful one it has been!
SLAV celebrated its 50th anniversary in style and our profession rallied to respond to the National Inquiry into School Libraries. Another event will take place at the end of 2010 that is also worthy of note. Mary Manning will retire from her position as E.O. of SLAV. I would like to acknowledge in this editorial her outstanding work for the association and, in particular, her work in establishing Synergy. She has been a staunch supporter and a valuable board member of the journal since its inception. She will be sorely missed and I take this opportunity, on behalf of Synergy, to say thank you and best wishes.
In this edition of Synergy
our global focus turns to the US with two excellent articles by influential commentators from our profession. Debbie Abilock, the editor or the excellent journal KQ, shares with us a reworked article on visual information literacy
, offering both a theoretical and a practical stand point. Kristin Fontichario, in keeping with her innovative approach, discusses digital assessment using an interactive format
that enables the reader to fully interact with the subject. This exciting approach offers a valuable professional development opportunity that should be embraced by individuals and SLAV branches as a worthwhile and useful activity. We are thrilled to have both writers joining us in Synergy
In keeping with our truly global world of constant interaction, both of the local perspectives articles in this issue engage with topics that are more than just about our own home experience. Sue Thomson outlines the IEA Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, known as PIRLS
, whilst Jenny Luca explores the very important issue of our digital footprint
– how it is created and controlled and the relevance of helping our students understand what this means in an online world. Both articles by experts in their fields offer timely and useful information.
Our research piece in this issue explores an Australian Research Council project on multimodal authoring using the program Kahootz
. This article offers research on a program which is familiar to many of us and, as such, should be of much interest. Our Strategies section features a reprinted article by the American teacher-librarian and commentator Joyce Valenza
. Joyce is known to many around the world, and her recent visit to Melbourne as part of SLAV’s professional development program was very well received. Her extraordinary knowledge and generosity are evident in the article, which explores the ways we can teach and exploit as learning possibilities the array of social media available to us in the digital environment.
I am sure that 2011 will be an exciting year for Synergy; we already have a number of articles in the planning process. In the meantime enjoy this issue – feedback is always appreciated.
Dr Susan La Marca