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ASLA August 2020 ENewsletter

Dear Members, 

As the very difficult COVID-19 health situation continues across Australia, the ASLA Board would like to send our very best wishes to those who are working in school libraries under very demanding and trying circumstances. We particularly think of our Victorian colleagues and schools in other states and territories that have needed to close. It is a very difficult process to work remotely and continue in the role of supporting student learning. We extend a message of good health and positive encouragement for all our ASLA members.  

Margo Pickworth
ASLA President

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ASLA National Literacy Summit

Planning for the ASLA National Literacy Research Summit is well underway. Partnering with the IT platform Delegate Connect, the Summit will now be held virtually on 21st November with sessions available on-demand following that date.

Registrations have remained at $150 for members. This represents great value for a day of high-quality professional development including keynotes from Dr Margaret Merga, ASLA’s patron, presenting her very latest research in fostering literacy in schools. 

This will be followed by practical implementation strategies through presentations from expert school practitioners, school leaders and literacy experts from across Australia. Facilitated discussion and Q and A sessions will enable active online interaction with other participants from across Australia as well as with the presenters 

If you have already registered for your state summit you do not need to register again.

The Summit will provide you with:

  • Current research on student literacy
  • Successful strategies to use in your school
  • Strong research-based literacy programs
  • Guidance on how to raise school literacy levels
  • Advocacy ideas for your School Library

As a Summit delegate you will receive:

  • A new and exciting high-quality virtual professional learning experience
  • Keynote and Concurrent ‘live’ streamed presentations, Q & A sessions and chat room discussions
  • A wonderful opportunity to form a strong professional network of supportive colleagues from your state or territory and from right across Australia
  • Valuable information from our Sponsors
  • Further registrations will open soon.

This is one online professional learning opportunity that you will not want to miss.



Library challenges – Creating solutions!

Claremont College, Hobart

Keynote Speaker – Emily Conolan – author, activist and writer of The Freedom Finders Series.

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CSU Students

ASLA has recently hosted two Charles Sturt University, Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship)  students through their virtual placement. 

We are very grateful for their participation in contributing to the resources that ASLA can provide for its members.

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Upcoming Events

2 September 2020

ASLA Webinar Series

The CBCA Shortlist Plus More

- Paul Macdonald -

2 September 2020

ASLA Webinar Series

The CBCA Shortlist Plus More
- Paul Macdonald

Registrations coming soon.

12 September

School Library Conference

Library Challenges - Creating Solutions

Claremont College, Hobart

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21 November

NEW Virtual Summit Date

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11-13 April, 2021


'Keys to Learning'
2 Day Online Conference

More info coming soon.

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