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Keep the 1st Wednesday of the month free for our webinars.

Throughout 2021, ASLA will continue to provide high quality professional development in the form of regular online webinars. It is possible to update your skills and knowledge of current issues relevant to teacher librarians in the comfort of your own home. Webinars are usually held on the first Wednesday of each month, are of one-hour duration and delivered by experts in the field. ASLA is a NSW accredited provider of QTC registered professional development so your participation can contribute to the maintenance of your teacher accreditation.

Click here for detailed instructions for connecting and participating in the webinars.

June Webinar 2021

The 2021 CBCA Shortlist - and Beyond

Presented by Paul Macdonald

Date: Wednesday 2 June, 2021

Time: 7.30pm - 8.30pm AEST 
(The correct starting time for your time zone will be provided when you register.)


The session will focus on the CBCA Shortlist titles, discussing the titles as well as highlighting how the shortlist is representative of trends and preoccupations of the current reading landscape.


Paul Macdonald is the owner of The Children’s Bookshop (Speakers’ Agency) in Sydney, Australia. He has a Master of Education, working almost 20 years as a teacher of Upper Primary and Secondary. He has won numerous awards in teaching such as a Quality Teacher Award and The Premiers English Scholarship . His interests include the development of literacy with a particular interest in reading for gifted children, Boys’ Literacy and books for adolescents. Paul won the inaugural Maurice Saxby Award in 2012 for his contributions to raising the profile of teen fiction. Paul Macdonald also was the winner of the 2016 Lady Cutler award for services to children’s literature and literacy in Australia. Paul is a consultant working with numerous schools focusing on building reading cultures and he is currently completing his PhD focusing on Australian Young Adult literature.
Paul is the author of the picture book The Hole Idea and has written several other academic texts.


Member Rate - $20.00
Non Member Rate - $40.00

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All registrants will receive the recording for a month, whether or not they attend alive.

Live participants will receive a certificate.

Cancellation Policy

Should you be unable to attend the webinar, a substitute delegate is welcome.  All cancellations or alterations to registration must be made via an email to the webinar organiser at the Australian School Library Association. 

  • A refund of 50% of the registration fee will be made on cancellations received 3 weeks before the event.
  • After this time, no refunds will be made.
  • All refunds will be paid after the conclusion of the webinar.

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