ASLA (Tasmania Branch) mini-conference for school library staff

Mary Blake (Teacher Librarian with Aboriginal Education and English as an Additional Language)  and I developed a conference session looking at the general theme of Digital Curation.

Of course the expertise in curation is abundant in libraries, so we looked at some of the digital aspects and what it might mean for the future of school libraries and the careers of those who work in them.

This was done in the context of the trend of schools employing fewer librarians and the perception over the past years that school libraries were “dying out”. However it was stunning to see that the conference attracted about 70 people, which is exceptional and indicates that school libraries will have a bright future.

There was a range of expertise and hopefully we provided something that was of interest to most of those present. Thanks are extended to the sponsors and to the ASLA TAS Conference Committee: Mary Blake, Veronica Brunton, Helen Chapman, Ailsa Hill, Stacey Pryer, Ruth Rathbone and Isobel Williams.

Our presentation is available as a Microsoft Powerpoint file or as a PDF. It is free for educational use.

ASLA conference August 16 2008

Empowering Students with Web 2.0 tools. 

Presentation – asla-2008-august-final1 

Bookmark file for use in session – aslabookmarks (zip file, as edublogs won’t upload an HTML file – will need to unzip prior to uploading). You can import this into your delicious site by logging into the deiicious site and going to Settings -> Import/Upload bookmarks


ASLA site.




Senior Librarians Conference Launceston 26 -27 Nov 2007

A bunch of materials to support this conference:

Google Earth collection

Here are some kmz files that will open directly in Google Earth.

Pulp Mill kmz file A model pulp mill for a small island…

Nuclear Power Station WA A nuclear reactor for Perth WA…

Bookmarks collection for import into your

bookmarks for library conference 

These can be imported via the Settings – Import/upload  feature (these are all Dictionary websites so you can tag them all that way as they go in).

You’ll need to save this file to your computer somewhere (right click – Save As) (I had to rename the bookmarks file as .txt to prevent Edublogs rejecting it as a dangerous file type.)

 To do this with your own bookmarks file back at work, in IE go to File –> Import and Export and save your own bookmarks, or any part of them, as a file, then import it to your edublog

The actual complete presentation from today is available here, but it is quite large – best to download this some other time! Senior Secondary Librarians Conference – presentation 26 Nov 2007

Workshop presentation

Workshop slides  for afternoon session

ASLA Tas Conference – site list

Pageflakes  (username  pwd available)

Library-specific examples:  

Google Earth
London timeline (kmz file –needs to be locally held in Google Earth)

Example of YouTube in classroom  

Webtop applications 


Art – 

Recipes –

Mind- and concept mapping  –  username and password available


Diagramming –  username and password available    



Edu 2.o 

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