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ASLA May 2022 E-Newsletter


Dear Members,

May is a bumper month for ASLA. We began on Wednesday 4 May with a webinar presented by Fabian Amuso titled 'Creating Internal Wide Reading Challenges.' Fabian's presentation began with identifying the goals and objectives for creating an internal wide reading challenge and then gave practical examples that could be easily applied in any school setting. If you missed the webinar you can purchase a copy of the presentation in the ASLA shop. Our AGM was held on Saturday 7 May and included voting for a special resolution to accept proposed changes to the ASLA constitution. The special resolution was passed with 95% yes votes. Thank you to those who worked on the document and contributed to the consultation period. 

The National School Library Advocacy Summit will be held on 14 May at Evelyn Scott School in Canberra. It is a hybrid summit so we welcome colleagues from around Australia joining us online. Registrations for participating live in Canberra have now closed, however you may still register for the online link up until Friday 13 May. We would love you to join us. Dr Margaret Merga will present a keynote Leading literacy policy from the library. This keynote will look at how libraries can lead whole-school literacy policies in Australia. You will learn how to position yourselves as key change agents and how to develop a whole school literacy policy that works in your context. 

This keynote is based on recent research that is covered in Dr Margaret Merga's new book. My copy of the book arrived yesterday and I am looking forward to reading it and also listening to Margaret's presentation. 

Message from Dr Margaret Merga (ASLA Patron)


Claire Madden will present her keynote Engaging the Emerging Generations in Learning and Libraries

For Generation Z and Generation Alpha (born since 1995), a world of Wi-Fi is the only one they have ever known. Digital is their default, Siri is their personal assistant and with over 6 billion Google searches every day, access to any piece of information is only ever seconds away. Whilst previous generations memorised content ‘just in case’ they needed to know it, for these emerging generations it is about accessing content ‘just in time’.  Libraries continue to adapt to the changing ways that content is accessed, in many cases becoming ‘virtual libraries’ that create spaces for collaboration between students.  It is essential that students have access to spaces which facilitate effective learning in this digital era and that promote engagement with deeper learning in this fast moving, information saturated society. In this session, Claire will unpack these key trends and the implications and opportunities for teacher librarians.

Message from Claire Madden

We are pleased to have a number of school principals and school leaders attending the summit. Conversations with leadership are pivotal to our advocacy as teacher librarians. The panel in the afternoon will answer your questions. If you have a question you would like asked during the panel, please forward it to our Executive Officer at asla@asla.org.au. As part of the summit proceedings, we are inviting attendees to contribute to The Australian School Library Association Advocacy document. This document is a revision and updating of the current document on the ASLA website. 

Advocacy Summit Registration Link


Welcome to our new board members.


Kind Regards

Natalie Otten

ASLA President


Congratulations to the award winners that were announced at our AGM on Saturday 7 May. There was a high calibre of nominations from around Australia. Thank you to the judging panel for your time and professionalism in selecting the winners. 

The winner of the ASLA Early Career Teacher Librarian Award is Noni Harrison (Qld). 

The winner of the ASLA Library Advocate Award sponsored by Britannica is Lana Di Stefano. Thank you to ASLA board secretary Wendy Rutten for presenting Lana with her certificate.  

We want to thank Britannica for their sponsorship of this inaugural award. 

More information about the winners will be included in our upcoming ACCESS magazine. 

ASLA Board Nominations

At the AGM on Saturday 7 May we farewelled outgoing board members Dr Robin Zeidler, Claire Elliott, Michelle Turner and Sandy von Allmen. We thank them for their service and commitment to ASLA. We welcomed the new board members and are pleased to continue our strong representation of board members from around Australia. This enables strong representation for teacher librarians in each state and territory. I am pleased to be continuing in my role of President of ASLA. Advocacy continues to be a strong focus for ASLA. 

The Museum of Chinese Australian History’s Free Virtual Incursion Program must close on 8th June 2022. There are 20 free sessions remaining. The Digital Cultural Adventures education programs bring the Museum’s collection of objects, images, and stories to your classroom. Students can discover how Chinese-Australians have contributed to Australia's society and culture for more than 200 years. The programs are aligned with the year level content of the Australian Curriculum F-10. All schools in NSW, ACT, QLD, SA, WA, NT and TAS are eligible for this FREE program. Hurry, 20 spaces remain! To find out more and book your virtual visit, go to chinesemuseum.com.au OR email: edubookings@chinesemuseum.com.au. This is an Australian Government initiative. 

Please have article and image click through to this link:

FREE Digital Cultural Adventures (DCA) available to all schools outside of Victoria | Museum of Chinese Australian History (chinesemuseum.com.au)


National Education Summit - Melbourne DISCOUNT code

ASLA members can register for the National Education Summit in Melbourne using the code below. We look forward to seeing you there. 


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. 

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