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Summit Program - New South Wales

ASLA 2020 - Literacy Research Summits - Program NSW

Sydney: 21 November, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney

Registration: 8.30am-9.00am. Program: 9.00am-4.00pm 


Dr Margaret Merga, Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University, WA
Dr Merga’s research explores the social and environmental influences on literacy engagement and acquisition and the position of reading and books in the contemporary world. Her research findings in literacy explore the role that librarians, teachers and parents can play in supporting young people to become life-long readers.

Dr Merga is an exceptional advocate for school libraries and was recently interviewed on Radio National – Click here to listen 

School Libraries Enhancing Reading Engagement and Literacy Performance

Abstract: School libraries are essential resources for building student literacy. Students with greater access to school libraries do better in literacy testing, and access to libraries is more strongly related to students’ reading engagement than factors such as age and gender. Reading engagement supports students’ literacy attainment and has also been related to wellbeing. In this keynote, we explore factors that influence reading engagement, and discuss how librarians can implement and measure the efficacy of literacy-supportive practices in their schools. We explore recent findings about struggling literacy learners beyond the early years, identifying innovative ways that qualified library staff can work with teachers and school leadership to enhance the literacy outcomes for our most vulnerable students. Attending this keynote can support you to promote your school library as integral to the literacy advancement of your school.

Workshop Session

A Facilitated Workshop Session will follow Dr Merga’s presentation which will allow participants to share key practical ideas that have arisen from her sessions.


Gabrielle Mace, Head of Library and Information Services, Head of QLiteracy Committee, Queenwood, NSW
Gabrielle Mace, an expert practitioner in the field, will share their unique story of promoting literacy and reading engagement through the school library.


Ian West, DET Consultant, supported by Lauren Holding - Head of English and Jessica Somner - Teacher Librarian, West Wallsend High School, NSW

Image: Lauren Holding (Head Teacher English/Drama), Ian West (NSW DET), and Jessica Somner (Teacher Librarian)

This session will focus on making positive change happen from a Leaders perspective, with particular focus on whole school strategies that improve literacy performance.  It will also focus on the impact that whole school changes to the school library can have on reading engagement and literacy performance.

2019 Premier's Award Winner

Literary Expert

Paul Macdonald, The Children’s Bookshop (Speakers’ Agency) Sydney, NSW
Paul will guide us through the maze of new books available for your students. Be excited about the latest books for Children and Young Adults and be inspired by the authors who have written them!

The day will conclude with an expert panel which is designed to capture thoughts and ideas throughout the day and refer them back to Margaret’s Keynotes. Hosted by an ASLA Board member, it will comprise of experts from throughout the day.


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New Dates (2020)

Perth - 2 Nov | Adelaide - 14 Nov

Sydney - 21 Nov | Melbourne - 28 Nov

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