Teacher Librarians’ Professional Development Day

Who can forget going to the library in primary and high school? Perhaps you went to the library to research an assignment, read a book or use the computers. There’s no doubt that teacher librarians are incredibly skilled in a wide range of areas – after all, they have to be equipped to teach students from grades 1-12 and that’s no mean feat!

On Saturday, over 100 teacher librarians from around Queensland were treated to a free professional development day right here at QUT.

QUT Library Director, Sue Hutley, welcomes the teacher librarians. Some came from as far away as Cairns and Toowoomba!

QUT Library Director, Sue Hutley, welcomes the teacher librarians. Some came from as far away as Cairns and Toowoomba!


The day kicked off with some much needed morning coffee and a welcome from QUT Library Director, Sue Hutley. Dr Mandy Lupton was first cab off the rank with her session on inquiry and information literacy: questioning frameworks and critical evaluation of information.

Erica Hateley shares her wisdom and expertise about children's literature

Erica Hateley shares her wisdom and expertise about children’s literature.


Engaging students in literature was the next topic of discussion from Dr Erica Hateley. A quick cameo performance from QUT Library’s Associate Director, Martin Borchert, on eBooks was followed by a lovely lunch.

The afternoon was all about spaces. Kim Lewin, the Library’s Associate Director for Client Services and Learning Support took all of the participants on a tour of P Block at Gardens Point to check out the Science Education Centre’s innovative learning spaces. Finally, Dr Hilary Hughes shared her wisdom and expertise regarding the design of library learning spaces.

When asked what the most important learning of the day was, one teacher librarian summed it up beautifully:

“There are so many passionate teacher librarians willing to give up a Saturday and so many talented experts teaching in this area willing to share their learning on a Saturday, This is such a vital area of education and needs support and recognition. Thanks for today.”

A full rundown of the event is available on Storify.

Literacy for all

"Tome Reader" by QQ Li (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Tome Reader by QQ Li (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

The 8th of September is International Literacy Day. UNESCO proclaimed the 8th of September International Literacy Day in 1965, and it was first celebrated in 1966. International Literacy Day highlights the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and society at large.

This year’s theme is ‘Literacy and Sustainable Development’. Literacy is a key element in promoting sustainable development as it empowers people and communities to make the best choices in regards to economic growth, social development and the environment. Literacy is a human right and is a crucial foundation for sustainable, prosperous and peaceful societies.

Check out this video about UNESCO’s ‘Rewrite the future’ project, a two-year project focusing on literacy which aims to educate about 10,000 girls and women aged between 15 and 55 in seven different regions of Senegal.