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Returning to School

ASLA provides advice for School Libraries reopening to all students.

Our message contains key resources. Please read on...


Copyright during the period of COVID-19

ASLA has provided guidelines on the use of copyright content in online lessons.

Includes details from specific publishers.

***UPDATED 9 April, 2020***


ASLA Australian Teacher Librarian Award 2020

Call for nominations

This prestigious National Award is sponsored by Schools Catalogue Information Service (SCIS).

Closing date for nominations: has been extended indefinitely.
Please continue to nominate.

ASLA Literacy Research Summits

Postponed from May to November 2020:
7th Perth | 14th Adelaide | 21st Sydney | 28th Melbourne

Announcing: Registrations transferred to the new dates.


Australian School Library Association


As Australian students return to school and our school libraries reopen to all students, we would like to wish you, our amazing, hardworking, highly committed Teacher Librarians and School Library Staff across Australia, all the very best. We will be thinking of you especially as you welcome back your students, smile at them warmly, encourage and acknowledge them in person and implement new measures to help keep everyone safe.

Find Advice from ASLA for School Libraries Reopening to all Students here.

Includes: Protecting Library Staff and School Library Safety Measures to consider for your Library

Key resources: Checklist for reopening libraries – ALIA | The Coronavirus Explained and What you should do | Key Resources for Libraries in responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic – IFLA I Digital Book on Coronavirus for Primary Students | Coronavirus Explained for Secondary Students | ASLA Guidelines for Online Story Reading - Current copyright Information | Taking Care of Yourself Toolkit – Lifeline | Australian Department of Health

New story added 10 June, 2020!I

In the challenging times brought about by school closures during the COVID-19 period, all schools' staff are facing major changes. How are school libraries involved? ASLA invites you to share your good news story and tell us how your library is supporting teachers and parents during this crisis. We will publish these stories on our website and on our Facebook page.

2019 School Library Survey Report
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Partner Member Association with IASL

We are excited to announce that we have now become a Partner Member Association with the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL). Learn the benefits...

Please Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IASL Conference be held in Denton, North Texas from 8 – 12 June 2020 has been postponed until 12-16 July, 2021. 
Conference information

ASLA has launched its

Online Store

The *NEW*ASLA Calendar for 2020 is now available in the Store. Stay tuned for more exciting products with special member prices.

Subscribe to the ASLA eNewsletter

This monthly online publication is free and open to all. It provides a snapshot of current events, information, professional learning and more.

Australian Curriculum Resources

ASLA has a partnership with Booktopia through which ASLA benefits from your purchase of resources. 


ASLA is proud to present the inaugural

National Literacy Research Summit

as one exciting virtual event on Saturday 21st November 2020.

Teacher Librarians, School Library Staff, Teachers and School Literacy Leaders…

this is the online professional learning experience you will not want to miss in 2020!

The Summit will highlight Dr Margaret Merga as our Keynote Speaker and Patron and the latest research into literacy in schools, and bring together experienced School Library Practitioners, School Leaders and Literary Experts from across Australia. 

GOLD Sponsor of the Summit

    Students Need School Libraries

    ASLA is a partner in the campaign Students Need School Libraries. This aims to engage parents and inform them about school libraries, sparking them into action to advocate at their child’s school.  

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