Professional development

We invite you to register for courses in our 2014 Professional Learning and Development (PLD) programme.

Digital tools and e-resources feature strongly throughout our PLD programme.

  • Does your school need to transform its library services so its focus is on supporting the learning needs of your students?
  • Are your teachers looking for inspirational ways that your library can support literacy and ignite enthusiasm for reading?
  • Is your library working closely with teachers to serve the needs of your priority learners effectively?
  • How is your staff addressing digital citizenship issues?

 e-Learning with the National Library: your time, your place

For those of us who struggle to get away from our jobs in order to train, an online option is fantastic and opens up new skills to a much wider audience.  - Library manager, urban secondary

Whether you’re in the Far North or the Deep South or a point in between, we invite you to join with other teachers and school librarians over a period of five or six weeks in a supportive online learning environment.

  •  Delivery is via the VLN Moodle platform. You will need access to a computer with a fast broadband Internet connection - at home or at school.
  • The required time commitment is around five hours per week.
  • We offer a maximum of 20 places on each online course.
  • A trained e-facilitator will support you throughout the course.
  • Following the course, we'll invite you back to a follow-up forum on the course site, over two week-long periods: 4-5 weeks and 8-10 weeks after the conclusion of your course. This will enable you to share your successes and any barriers you've encountered, with others in your course cohort, in a safe facilitated non-public environment.
  • We offer our online courses to New Zealand residents only.

School libraries online: engaging your learners 24/7 (five weeks)

Congratulations on this inspirational, uplifting online course. I like how I could complete either at school or at home. – Library manager, urban secondary school

Through this course you’ll explore features of an effective, integrated school library online environment. You’ll then move on to develop or improve a fully integrated online school library environment in collaboration with others in your school, with the learning needs of your students in mind.

Two intakes: 10 March - 11 April, and 12 May - 13 June 2014
Please note, registrations are now closed. The second intake is FULL.

Curating content for digital learners: helping students manage information overload (five weeks)

Content curation minimises the risk of digital distraction. If the students are presented with quality, relevant resources, which are curated and which are accessible 24/7, they are likely to be engaged and stay on track.- Secondary librarian

After exploring a range of tools and looking at some great examples of content curation, you’ll work on a curation of your own, relevant to your students, in consultation with teaching colleagues in your school, using an Action Learning planning template.  Further details here.

Two intakes: 26 May - 27 June, and 4 August - 5 September 2014
Places are available for both intakes of this course.

Connecting readers: creating a reading social network (six weeks)

Thanks for giving me six weeks of some serious thinking! I enjoyed it! Now to do it all! I loved the readings too - and I think this course has made me reflect more than I have done before on not just the what I do – but on what benefits we [and our students] get from what we do! - Library manager, high decile urban secondary school

You’ll build a deeper knowledge and understanding of how various social media can be used to develop, support and promote reading and reading communities.You’ll investigate and experiment with different social media in a supportive and constructive online environment.

Please note, we highly recommend you have some prior experience in using social media, or participate in the School libraries online course, before taking part in this course. Further details here.

Both intakes are now FULL: 28 July – 5 September, and 11 August - 19 September.

Face-to-face courses

Commemorating the First World War: supporting your students' research

New for Term 2, 2014: Commemorating the First World War: supporting your students’ research, a one-day largely hands-on course.

The National Library is uniquely positioned to provide schools with access to a huge range of online First World War resources. Whether you're a secondary school History, Social Studies, or English teacher, a primary school teacher or a school librarian, this course will enable you to have hands-on access to a selection of resources that illustrate a variety of First World War perspectives and impacts, including:

  • conflict
  • citizenship, identity and culture
  • rights and responsibilities
  • peace and reconcilitation
  • place and environment

You'll be able to explore a range of First World War Centernary curriculum support project tools and resources to develop teaching and learning programmes, and select (or design your own) First World War commemorative activities and events in which to engage your school. You'll be able to take a selection of practical ideas and activities back to your school to use with your students.

We strongly recommend a team from your school come to this course, comprising a mix of library and teaching staff.

Introduction to digital citizenship

Also new for Term 2, 2014: Introduction to Digital Citizenship.  This one-day course is an introduction to selected aspects of the huge topic, Digital citizenship.  As the content applies right across the education sector, and to teaching at all school levels as much as to libraries, we recommend a team register from your school.  A school-wide approach to digital citizenship is essential, to enable a consistent approach to policy and practice across your school.

School libraries supporting learning (x 3 days)

For new school library staff, we offer a completely redesigned three-day School libraries supporting learning (SLSL) course. Over the three course days, most being a term apart, we've adopted an action learning approach. Using a mix of scenarios and activities, the course focuses on what a new member of the school library team needs to be able to do, rather than what they need to know.

We're offering the three-day package at a heavily discounted price this year. For new library staff appointed mid-year, you'll now be able to register for SLSL from Day 2 or Day 3, with the option of registering the following year for whichever day/s you have missed. These separate days are charged at the normal rate for a one-day course.

Other one-day courses in 2014:

  • Extending horizons: For more experienced library staff keen to have a refresher, Extending horizons is the new title for the course formerly entitled: Redefining the role of the school library. School libraries supporting learning: a refresher for school leaders & experienced library teams.
  • The role of the school library in lifting the achievement of priority learners: Schools are focusing on the learning needs of priority learners. Given the part school libraries have in supporting their learning we’re offering a course with this as the focus.
  • Enriching inquiry learning: effective library & classroom collaborations is being offered widely, in response to demand.
  • Free short workshops we're offering in 2014 include Poetry power (Whangarei), E-books: issues and options (Auckland) and the series of Summer Reading workshops which will be advertised later.

For further details and delivery locations for each course, see the 2014 Course catalogue.

Earlybird discount: 20 percent

The Earlybird discount applies to all registrations (including for online courses) received by the stated Earlybird close-off date, four weeks prior to course date, after which the full course fee applies.


Registrations close one week prior to each course, including online courses. Select your location on the right-hand sidebar, select your desired course, and you can then access the online registration form. 

Terms & conditions

The terms and conditions outline our policy on all aspects of course delivery, registration, course cancellation, Copyright and privacy.

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