IBSC Ideas Lab

Professional Conversations for School Librarians in Boys' Schools

IBSC Ideas LabStarting September 7, 2023


IBSC Ideas Lab invites school librarians in member schools to connect virtually using Zoom. Limited to 14 participants plus the facilitator, this IBSC Ideas Lab includes three one-hour sessions for participants to discuss relevant topics.

Designed as an interactive exchange among colleagues, IBSC Ideas Lab engages dedicated educators who learn and grow together. Before each session, participants engage with relevant resources to provide a foundation for discussions. Together we surface fresh ideas and build mutual support structures and enduring professional friendships.

Available exclusively to IBSC member schools, first-time participants who can commit to joining all three sessions get preference in registration to support the success of each small group. No more than two participants from one school may register for an Ideas Lab.

Who Should Attend?

School librarians in IBSC member schools


IBSC Ideas Lab attendees participate in three scheduled one-hour calls using Zoom. Pooja Mathur, teacher librarian at The King’s School (Australia), facilitates each session with thought-provoking input from guest presenters who contextualize each topic. 

Conversation Topics

Conversation 1
Growing Diverse Collections in School Libraries
Thursday, September 7, 5:00 PM EDT, 10:00 PM BST, 11:00 PM SAST

Friday, September 8, 7:00 AM AEDT, 9:00 AM NZDT
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Discuss the importance and methodology of balanced and aware collection development. In an era where representation and inclusivity are paramount, ensuring that libraries reflect diverse voices is not just a goal, but a necessity. Delve into preventative measures—strategies to protect your collection and yourself against bans and challenges. By taking a closer look at the "why and how" of collection development, we gain invaluable insights into curating a collection that truly speaks to all readers.

Conversation 2
Genrefication of Library Collections
Monday, September 11, 5:00 PM EDT, 10:00 PM BST, 11:00 PM SAST
Tuesday, September 12, 7:00 AM AEDT, 9:00 AM NZDT
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Dive deep into the debate surrounding the genrefication of library collections in this engaging session. Why is genrefication gaining traction and what does current research suggest about its impact? Unpack the pros and cons, shedding light on the complexities of this choice. Real-world case studies illustrate the discussion. Take this opportunity to share your personal stories and experiences. Join us as we explore every nuance of this contemporary library trend.

Conversation 3 
Developing a School-wide Reading Culture for Boys 
Thursday, September 21, 5:00 PM EDT, 10:00 PM BST, 11:00 PM SAST
Friday, September 22, 7:00 AM AEDT, 9:00 AM NZDT
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Building a passion for reading among boys is a challenge many educational institutions face. Delve into the planning and implementation of effective and efficient wide-reading programs tailored for boys across the school spectrum. From understanding unique motivators to fostering environments that nurture a love for books, take a deep dive into strategies that make a difference. We encourage you to share your success stories and challenges, fostering a collaborative atmosphere where we learn and grow together.


IBSC member rate: US $150

This IBSC Ideas Lab has reached capacity. Please contact Bruce Collins at collins@theibsc.org to add your name to the waitlist. Thank you.

Refund Policy

IBSC will refund 90% of registration fees if a written request is received two weeks prior to the class. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after this time. Schools seeking to register an alternate to replace a participant unable to attend should contact IBSC@theibsc.org.

Please note: Participants will receive detailed call information and meeting invitations after registration closes.



Pooja MathurPooja Mathur

Pooja Mathur is a teacher librarian at The King’s School (Australia) Senior Library and coordinator of the school’s Reading Club. Her extensive professional experience includes serving as vice president, operations of The School Library Association of New South Wales and as a member of the IBSC Action Research cohort for 2022-23, investigating Shattering Stereotypes: Helping Boys Cultivate Healthy Masculinity. She believes in the transformative, healing, informative, and educational power of good stories. She is passionate about advocating the essential role school libraries and qualified library staff play in boosting academic and well-being initiatives for all students. The Australian School Library Association presented her with the Early Career Teacher Librarian Award 2023 in April.