Syba Speakers Newtork

Information for Authors and Illustrators

We invite you to become a part of the ‘Syba Academy Speakers Network’ which has been extended to include a range of Australian authors and illustrators. This network aims to make local, national and international speakers more accessible to Australian, New Zealand and Asia Pacific schools, libraries, network groups and organisations.

Syba Academy is the professional learning arm of Syba Signs which is Australia’s leading provider of educational signage to school libraries. Since 1998, Syba Signs products and services have enhanced school learning environments with signage that is both educationally sound and attractive. In particular Syba Signs range of fiction, genre and motivational reading products are a popular way to encourage reading in libraries.

Through the development of a series of posters titled ‘Meeting our Authors’ , Syba Signs was able to develop positive working relationships with Australian authors and Illustrators. These posters are designed to introduce students to a range of authors and illustrators, provide them with some interesting facts and popular book cover graphics. They also link students to the author and illustrator websites where they can find more information and resources.



As well as enhancing school libraries with our signage and resources, Syba Signs (through Syba Academy) provides a comprehensive professional development program for teacher librarians and other educational professionals. As a result, Syba Academy has had the pleasure of working and building professional relationships with a range of leading national and international keynote speakers. We often get requests from teachers and teacher librarians to organize in school visits from our growing network of speakers. Over the past 4 years the Syba Academy Speakers Network has connected over 30 schools, network groups and organisations with national and international speakers such as Dr Ross Todd, Lyn Hay and Chris Smith.

In 2013, Syba Academy extended its speakers network to include a range authors and illustrators. We feel this new service will be of benefit to our customers which are primarily teacher librarians. As a member of this network you will enjoy the benefits of increased advertising to schools via the Syba Signs & Syba Academy websites, social media, email and print catalogue. In addition, Syba Academy will coordinate every step for you making your next school visit as relaxing and smooth as possible.

As a member of the Speakers Network, Syba Academy will:

  • Source potential clients and visits through our existing advertising channels.
  • Liaise with the school, coordinate your visit and be your main point of contact.
  • Ensure the school or venue has the necessary infrastructure and technology to support your visit.
  • Arrange all domestic travel including transfers and accommodation (if required).
  • Provide a travel schedule detailing all speaking arrangements, including flights, transfers and accommodation for your reference and peace of mind.
  • Make payment of your speaker fees and travel in your local currency or currency of choice.

Becoming a part of the Syba Academy Speakers Network does not prevent you from sourcing and organising your own speaking engagements and travel within Australia, New Zealand or the Asia Pacific region. It does however give us the opportunity to advertise your availability and connect you with interested clients and schools. Alternatively, Syba Academy is more than happy to manage all your speaking engagements enabling us to coordinate all administrative aspects of your visits.

If you are interested in joining our Speakers Network please contact us for a registration form. Information collected will be used to advertise your availability to potential schools and organistations on our website, social media catalogue and email marketing.

We would be thrilled for you to join our Speakers Network and would be happy to discuss this further with you at any time.