Igniting the Passion

Practical Ways to Engage and Inspire our Students to Learn through the School Library!


  • Kerry Pope William Clarke College




Celebrate, Collaborate, Communicate, Inspire


The school library is a place where students collaborate, inquire, learn and grow. This presentation will focus on four important areas that should to be addressed if students are to be engaged and inspired to learn through the school library.

  • Creating the right environment
  • Providing a local, state, national and international focus
  • Immersing students in a variety of text
  • Embedding literacy and inquiry into everyday life

Practical suggestions will be provided and participants will gather a range of helpful ideas they can take back to their own school libraries to engage and inspire their students and share with colleagues.

Author Biography

Kerry Pope, William Clarke College

Kerry Pope, Dip Teach, GradDipSci (Teacher Librarianship), AALIA(CP), Classroom Professional Excellence (ISTAA)
Teacher Librarian K-8
William Clarke College, Kellyville, NSW Australia
I have taught for many years in Australian schools as a Teacher and later as a Teacher Librarian. This has included experience in Primary (K-6) and Whole School (K-12) situations. Currently I am Teacher Librarian K-8 at William Clarke College in Kellyville, NSW. In 2007 I gained Accreditation at Classroom/Professional Excellence level in NSW and have maintained this since. I am actively involved in local, state and national associations in Australia and for the last 4 years have been President of the Independent Primary Schools Teacher Librarian Network NSW. This is my 7th IASL Conference. Teaching is my passion and I love working with students and staff. I am energized by exciting, new learning opportunities. I am keen to take every opportunity to raise the profile of our library and its important role in the school. I am excited when I see all students achieving, learning new skills and gaining deeper knowledge and understanding.