School Librarian Connection offers workshops for secondary school educators, as well as organising conferences and professional development days for school librarians across the Asia Pacific region.
School Librarian Connection is run by Dianne McKenzie, apassionate educator who continually strives to deliver improvements in her and others' teaching and learning practice. Also an IB workshop leader and site visitor, she is a confident communicator capable of building rapport with people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds.
School Workshops are tailored to meet the needs of your school community, are creative, interactive, fun and reasonably priced. For more information on possible workshops please visit the workshop page.
Conferences and Library PD opportunities are arranged in different cities around the Asia Pacific area in collaboration with Katie Day in Singapore. We work on bringing the best practitioners and expertise in the region together to create a dynamic experience for presenters and participants.
Consultations on building and enhancing your school library are also available.
International School Libraries survey - Research Feb 2018 - data analysis in progress.
IB Workshops - Library focused
The Role of the Librarian in the IB programmes - IB Regional, 3 Day workshop, Sydney, Australia. April 2018
The Role of the Librarian in the IB programmes, IB Regional, 3 day workshop Singapore . November 2017 (co facilitated with Yvonne Barrett)
The role of the Librarian in the Diploma Programme, IB Regional, 3 day workshop, Sydney, Australia. April 2017
'The Librarian in the Diploma Programme" : IB regional. Singapore. 3 day workshop.
Inquiry across the IB Library Continuum programs - IB Regional, 3 day workshop, Mumbai, India. November 2016
'Inquiry and the Librarian across the three programmes" IB regional, Lahore, Pakistan. 2 days, September 2015
Inquiry and the Librarian across the three programmes IB Regional, Phuket, Thailand. 3 day workshop* October 2014 (co-facilitated with Gary Green)
Inquiry and the Librarian across the three programmes IB Regional, Singapore, 3 day workshop, November 2014 (co-facilitated with Gary Green)
Inquiry and the School Librarian across the three programmes, IB Regional, Singapore, October 2013
Inquiry and the School Librarian across the three programmesESF centre, Hong Kong, September 2013
From Library to MYP media Hub : IB Regional, 3 day workshop, Singapore. October 2015
From Library to MYP Media Hub. IB Regional Detroit, MI, USA. October 2012
IB Workshops - General MYP
Launching the MYP, 1 day - In school workshop, Caulfield Grammar School, Melbourne, January 2018*
Launching the MYP - In school workshop, Hunter Valley Grammar School - NSW, I day workshop August 2017*
Launching the MYP /Global Contexts : In school workshop, Sheikh Zayad Int'l Academy, Islamabad, Pakistan, 3 day workshop, March 2016
Launching the MYP - In school workshop, Prem School, Chiang Mai, Thailand, October 2015
Launching the MYP' : In school workshop, Angels International College Faisalabad, Pakistan 2 day workshop, September 2015
Launching the MYP In school workshop, Beanstalk International Bilingual School, Beijing. 1 day. August 2015
Launching the MYP In school workshop. American Pacific School, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2 days. August 2015* (co facilitated)
Launching the MYP In school workshop, Tranby College, Perth. Australia. 2 days. July 2015 (co facilitated)
Launching the MYP In school workshop. St. Andrews Cathedral School, Sydney. Australia. 2 days. July 2015 (co facilitated)
Implementing the ATL skills in the MYP- IB Regional, KL, Malaysia, 3 day workshop. October 2017
Implementing the ATL skills in the MYP, IB Regional 3 day workshop , April 2016
Implementing the ATL skills in the MYP In school workshop, International School of Singapore, 2 day workshop. (co facilitated)
Implementing the ATL skills in the MYP' In school workshop : Sreenidhi International School, Hyderabad, India. 2 days. August 2015
Caulfield Grammar School, Melbourne, Australia. Integrating the library into the MYP curriculum, . 1 day consult, January 2018
Qingdao Amerasia Int'l School, Qingdao, China, Strategic planning for their context. via Skype. March 2018
American Embassy School, New Delhi. India. Strategic planning for their context. October 2016
Shanghai Quibao Dwight High School, China, Strategic planning for their context - 2 days, October 2016
Scotch College, Perth Consultation on fully integrating the school library into the MYP - 3 days. June 2016
International Baccalaureate Site visitor
Wesley College, Melbourne, Australia. MYP Authorisation visit, October 2017
Hanover International School, Xian, China, MYP Authorisation visit, October 2016
Full or half day workshops - Library focus
EARCOS Teachers conference, Bangkok, Thailand. March 29-31 2018 4 x 90 minute workshops
Evidence based practice, Avoiding Copyright confusion, Strategic use of Social media in education and Strategic planning in the educational setting.
ECIS Librarians conference, Chennai. India 18-21 February. One Full day Post Conference workshop Evidence Based practice. 2x 90 minute presentations - Values in the School Library Social media in the School Library setting
Diocese of Cairns School Librarians, Cairns, Queensland, Australia. July 2017 1 full day workshop, Planning with purpose, Evidence based Practice, Building capacity in oneself and others
Librarians Knowledge Sharing Workshop, UWC East campus, Singapore, February 2017 Keynote : Diversity in Libraries Half day pre conference workshop delivered twice - Diverse ways of learning
American Embassy School, New Delhi. India. October 2016 2x 1 hour workshops on Inquiry learning in the secondary school
NESA Fall Institute, Abu Dhabi, November 2016 2 day workshop, School Librarians in a Global Context, Planning and conducting Action research, Creating a culture of Academic Honesty
Korean Librarians Network, Chadwick International School, Songdo, Sth Korea October 2016 2 day workshop School Libraries in a global context Teaching through inquiry in the library and beyond Developing decent citizens in the virtual and physical world. Creating meaning from copyright confusion
School Library Connection conference, Prague, Czech Republic, September 2016 1/2 day workshop delivered twice, Understanding and working with Information Literacy skills in a library context.
Perth Teacher Librarians Network, Scotch College, Perth, WA, Australia. June 2016. 1 day workshop
Seoul Foreign School, Seoul, Sth Korea. March 2012 2 days of workshops, classroom teaching, consultation Understanding copyright, creative commons and fair use for teachers, librarians students and parents.
Wider School focus
Hunter Valley Grammar School, East Maitland, NSW, Australia. January 2018 2 day workshop, 66 faculty. Unit planning & assessment in the MYP Connecting the Approaches to learning & the ACARA standards Planning for Interdisciplinary Units
Christian Alliance International School, Kowloon City, HK . In school, Dec. 2016 3 hour workshop, Understanding Copyright, Fair Use, Public Domain and creative Commons.
Short workshops - Library
Eduwebinar - Teaching through Inquiry in the library context. October 2017
Shanghai School Librarians Network, China. Teaching with Primary Sources - Short 90 minute workshop October 2016
School Librarian Connection conference Policy development - the why's and how to 90 minute workshop - Prague September 2016
School Librarian Connection conference, Keystone Academy, BeijingConceptual Teaching & planning, 2 hour workshop April 2016
School Librarian Connection conference, Keystone Academy, Beijing Strategic planning is not just for corporations 90 minute workshop, April 2016
Shanghai Librarian's Network, Shanghai American International School, Puxi campus Inquiry teaching and learning. April 2016
EARCOS Librarians mini conference , Taipei American School, Social Media in School Libraries, November 2015
Elsa High School, Hong Kong. "Building capacity in the Personal Project supervisor" : 1/2 day. August 2015
Understanding Copyright, Creative Commons and Fair Use Shanghai Librarians Symposium, China, November 2011.
Personalising learning using Google Suite Research Relevance, Palo Alto, CA. USA. June 2015
Dovetailing Diigo with Easybib 21ClHK, Hong Kong December 2014
Using Goodreads to encourage a reading culture Social Media in Education, Hong Kong, April 2014
The school librarian ; Every IB Educators trusty sidekick" at IB Asia Pacific Annual Conference. Singapore, March 2014
Understanding Copyright, Creative Commons and Fair Use 21CLHK, HKIS, November 2012
Managing ebooks in the library 21CLHK, HKIS, November 2012.
How will the cloud change affect education" Panel discussion21CLHK, HKIS, November 2012
The challenges and rewards of being an overseas Teacher Librarian, (via Skype) Australia 2012
Curriculum mapping : a Stratagem for collaboration." ECIS Librarians Conference. Istanbul, Turkey.
Panelist with Joe Butler and Stephen Heppell on the "Challenges facing school libraries in the move toward digital resourcing." 21st Century Learning HK conference. HKIS February. 2011
Curriculum mapping : a Stratagem for collaboration. ECIS Librarians Conference. Istanbul, Turkey. May 2011
Creating your own PLN workshop: setting up Twitter, Diigo and Google reader to help with professional development. 21CLHK conference. November 2011
Curriculum mapping : a Stratagem for collaboration. ECIS Conference, Nice, France. November 2010
Do author visits make a difference? Screencast presentation for “Your school library” online conference, 2010
Panel member Virtual worlds in Education, and The 21st Century School Library. 21CLHK, 2009
Learn from the room -School Librarian Connection, Renaissance College, Hong Kong - 2 days November 2014
"IB and the School library" workshop for ALESS. 2008.
IASL Hong Kong 2005 - part of the organising committee.
Social Media presence
Founder & moderator of Int'l School Library Connection Facebook group with over 1600 members
Develop and manage the School Librarian Connection Facebook page - connecting it to Instagram and Twitter accounts.
Moderator of Digital Citizenship in School Facebook page with Judy O'Connell
Member of and contributor to the following professional facebook groups: ASEAN School Libraries, School Librarians workshop, Australian Context IB School Libraries, Teacher Librarianship @ CSU online, NSW School Library matters, International School Librarians, Future ready librarians, NESA Libraries group, SLATT - School Librarians are thinkers too, Global literature in libraries, Library and information professionals, Makerspaces and the participatory library, ISTE Librarians network, Culture of thinking, International Educators, (plus many other non library related groups)
Developed and managed Facebook pages (with appropriate policies) for Association of School Librarians, HK, Discovery College Library, Renaissance College Library, Golden Dragon Awards facebook page.
Listerves and forums
Member of OZTL_NET listerve since its inception
Member of SLN (School Libraries network - UK) Listerve.
Member of ECIS Listserve
Member of MYIB / IB central forum for School Librarians
Twitter (@dimac4 & @schlibcon)
A regular contributer to twitter chats - #mypchat, #tlchat and tweets from conferences I attend.