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Summit Program - South Australia

ASLA 2020 - Literacy Research Summits - Program SA

Adelaide: 14 November, State Library of South Australia, Adelaide

Registration: 9.15am-9.30am. Program: 9.30am-4.15pm 



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.


Tracey Grice, Teacher Librarian, Tatachilla Lutheran School, SA
Come and hear a unique story from an expert practitioner in the field.  Tracey will share the story of promoting literacy and reading engagement through their school library.


Peter O’Sullivan, Principal, Unley Primary School, SA

Amy Reid, Assistant Principal, Unley Primary School

This session will focus on making positive change happen from a Leader's 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.


Sean Williams

best-selling author of over 100 short stories and fifty award-winning books
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.


 Gold Sponsor

 Dymocks, Glenelg

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New Dates (2020)

Perth - 2 Nov | Adelaide - 14 Nov

Sydney - 21 Nov | Melbourne - 28 Nov

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