ASLA March 2023 E-Newsletter

Dear Members,

The countdown is on as we put final preparations into place for the ASLA Biennial Conference in Tweed Heads/Coolangatta. The program has been released and those who have registered have received the link to the conference app. We encourage you to go onto the app and select the sessions you would like to attend. This will support us in ensuring that room allocations and resources for each session are accurate. It's not too late to register for the conference. 

Our AGM will be held as part of the conference proceedings and we would love to see as many members as possible attend this meeting. It is a great opportunity to see the work that has been happening behind the scenes by the volunteer board directors. Look out for additional information soon as we call for ASLA board directors to join us. If you would like to know more about what is involved in being a board director, please email the ASLA address and we'll get in touch. 

The ASLA awards will also be announced at the conference. These awards provide an opportunity to highlight the great work of your colleagues and advocate for school libraries. The 3 categories honour teacher librarians or school library staff at different career levels. We are proud to collaborate with SCIS and Britannica as sponsors for these awards. The awards deadline has been extended so please note the new end date for submissions is 10 March 2023.

Our March webinar was presented by author/illustrator Sami Bayly. In response to questions asked by participants, Sami shared the following information. “You can purchase my books from all good bookstores across Australia. But if you are after personalised copies, I sell them on my website: www.samibayly.com and there is a section you can add any personalised messages/details.I love doing commission pieces whenever I get the chance. But my mum is actually the pet portrait artist in the family, she is great at capturing their personalities. ”If you are interested, let asla@asla.org.au know and we will pass your details on to Sami. If you missed Sami's presentation, it is now available in our Online Shop.

Our April webinar will be presented by author Kate Foster. Kate presented for us as a part of our webinar series in 2022. Many of you requested to hear her again so we have asked her to present some new content this year. Kate is a strong advocate for inclusion and diversity. This year her webinar topic will focus on wellbeing in the library space and the implications for all learners, but especially those who are neurodiverse.

ASLA is partnering with EduTech again in 2023 and are looking for proposals for presentations as part of the school library stream. These are short presentations and are a great opportunity to advocate for school libraries. Please contact us at asla@asla.org.au for more details. The link to put in a proposal for EduTech is here. These are short presentations of around 20 minutes each, and a great way to advocate for school libraries. 

We are excited to have launched our new mentoring program for members. Invitations to join have been mailed out, with the deadline for nominations extended to Friday 17 March 2023. Applicants will receive an email with next steps including the information and dates for online training for all mentees/mentors.

Our Special Interest Group (SIG) program will be postponed for now as we are focussing on our Conference and on EduTech. Please stay tuned for more announcements about the work of these groups.

Kind Regards

Natalie Otten

ASLA President

Thanks to our conference sponsors for their generous support:

ASLA Membership Bundle FAQs 

Q: What is a bundle? 

A: A bundle is a collection of members who are linked together and managed by one of their members – the bundle administrator.  

Bundle members share the same renewal date, status, and membership level. The entire bundle is charged a single membership fee, which is paid by the bundle administrator.  

At ASLA, we have two bundle options: 

Small school (1-3 library staff) 

Large school (4-6 library staff) 

Q: How do I set up a bundle for my school? 

A: you can do this when you apply for membership, or ASLA can help you via email or phone. 

Q: How do I add members to a bundle? 

A: the bundle administrator can view and manage bundle members from within the bundle administrator's profile when they log in to the ASLA website. 

Bundle administrators can add to their bundle any non-member contact whose email address is not already in the ASLA database. 

To add a new member to the bundle, the bundle administrator clicks the Add member button. 

Alternatively, bundle administrators can email or phone ASLA to request updates and additions to bundles. 

Q: Who do I contact for any questions or problems? 

A: Contact ASLA for all questions and problems via:  

Email: asla@asla.org.au  

Phone: 0439 358 607 (within Australia) or +61 439 358 607 (international) 

Website: http://www.asla.org.au/ 

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ASLA 2023 Awards

Nominations are now open for the following 2023 ASLA awards:

  • ASLA Australian Teacher Librarian Award
  • ASLA Early Career Teacher Librarian Award
  • ASLA Library Advocate Award

Nominations close: Friday 10 March 2023

ASLA Awards 2023 nomination forms

Joint Statement on School Libraries

Check out the 2 new books published by one of our conference sponsors Hawker Brownlow Education.

The authors of both these books will be our keynote speakers for the conference. 

Don't miss your opportunity to meet the authors and have your book signed. They'd love to answer any questions you have. 

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