Australian School Library Association Conference XXVI - Keynote Speakers
National Library, Canberra: 14-16 April, 2019
Keynote Speaker - Tracey Ezard
Keynote Speaker - Dr. Margaret Merga
Margaret has conducted six substantial research projects that explore social influences on reading engagement from the early years to adulthood. Her research findings in literacy explore the role that teachers, teacher librarians and parents can play in supporting children, teenagers and adults to become life-long readers. She has written a substantial body of peer-reviewed research papers in this area, and she has led a range of mixed-methods research projects exploring these issues in local, national and international contexts. She is the author of the book Reading Engagement for Teens and Tweens: What Would Make Them Read More? for Libraries Unlimited in the USA. Her research on teacher librarians will appear in her upcoming book Librarians as Literacy Educators in Schools with Palgrave Macmillan in the UK.
Judy OConnell is a Course Director in the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University. She takes a lead role in the Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) and Master of Education (Knowledge Networks & Digital Innovation). Judy is keenly involved with quality learning and teaching in online environments, and has also worked at CSU as Quality Learning and Teaching lead for the Faculty of Science. Prior to employment at CSU she has worked as Head of Library and Information Services at St Joseph's College; Library and Web 2.0 Consultant with Catholic Education, Parramatta Diocese, Western Sydney; Head of Library and Information Services, Hills Grammar School; Director of Information Services, MLC School, and Curriculum Co-ordinator and Teacher Librarian at Bethlehem College. She has published in the areas of digital learning environments and pedagogy; school libraries; virtual worlds; literature and reading. Her research has a focus on online learning, academic integrity and digital scholarship.
Keynote Speaker - Tamara Sullivan
Head of Academics and Innovation at Ormiston College, Queensland
Tamara facilitates the College's directions in 21st century teaching and learning. She understands the new and changing demands of the teaching profession and believes that building capacity is the cornerstone of a contemporary school. She is an innovator who leads e-learning, blended learning, curriculum development and the meaningful use of technology across the profession. In 2016, Tamara was awarded the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders in Queensland, and the Australian College of Educators Fellowship Award for her demonstrated leadership in implementing educational initiatives to improve outcomes for students in 21st century environments.