September has arrived with many of you still experiencing lock down. The ASLA board are keenly aware of the work that you are doing in your schools to support teaching staff while preparing lessons and providing resources for online learning. Please continue to reach out to the board for support. I recently presented on a panel of a Raeco webinar focusing on the impact of COVID19 on libraries. My contribution focused on the anecdotal evidence that ASLA has collected over the past 2 years from members. It was a productive discussion and the keynote prior to the panel was very interesting. I encourage you to watch the recording if you are able. The link is below.
The newly formed special interest groups have begun meeting over the past month.
The Literacy SIG will have their first meeting on Wednesday 8 from 7-8pm. If you are interested in attending this meeting please contact the ASLA Vice President via email email@example.com.
The first meeting of the ASLA Research SIG is occurring by GoToMeeting on Monday 6 September at 5.30-6.30pm. All participants who expressed an interest in joining this SIG have received an invitation letter and a one-page synopsis of Dr Margaret Merga’s recent research.
Behind the scenes, Kerry Pope and Robin Zeidler have met online to discuss the format and structure of the evening meeting. This will include an opening and introduction of participants, their interest in joining the Research SIG and an outline of the BUPA research findings into School Libraries and Student Wellbeing. How does research in school librarianship and student literacy evolve?
The remainder of the meeting will focus on discussion of the Term 4 meeting with the thought that participants may highlight an area of research which each person has an interest in sharing with the group. The idea is to develop a small repository of research titles which could be advertised and viewed by ASLA members. Kerry will discuss one of Dr Merga’s articles at the end of Monday’s session.
ASLA members who have not registered for the first meeting, are very welcome to join the Term 4 Research SIG meeting. We’ll be discussing possible initiatives and projects for the group and introductions etc.
The Advocacy SIG met on 10 August with discussion focused on ASLA's role as the national representative for School Libraries. The importance of gathering data that is relevant to the advocacy work was discussed with some ideas to be developed in the coming months. This work is ongoing and members are always welcome to join and contribute.
The ASLA September webinar Strategies to engage reluctant readers presented by Libby Baker. Libby shared research based strategies for engaging reluctant readers. This webinar was attended by more than 130 attendees and feedback from this event identified how relevant this webinar was to the work of Teacher Librarians and library staff across Australia. If you missed this webinar, you can purchase it on the ASLA website. If you require teacher identified hours for registration, we encourage you to view the webinars for sale on our website.
Our upcoming webinar on 6 October will be presented by Judith Barker. Judith will present 'How to support literacy with phonemic awareness'. Judith's book 'The OO in Uluru' won The Speech Pathology (Australia) children's book of the year in 2019. With learners of all ages struggling with literacy including our EAL/D learners, this webinar is not just for the early years.
You can register using the link in this newsletter.
Each month I would like to introduce you to one of the board members who work tirelessly behind the scenes for our members. Please reach out to the board member in your state our territory. We are more than willing to chat or support you in any way we can. This month is my turn. I am the board member in the ACT and have the privilege of working in a network of highly skilled and dedicated teacher librarians and library staff.