November ENewsletter - 2019

ASLA 2020 Literacy Research Summits:

Registrations opening soon

ASLA is proud to announce that Dr Margaret Merga will be the keynote speaker for a series of Literacy Research Summits to be held nationally in May 2020  - SAVE THE DATES
  • Perth  May 2  State Library of WA
  • Adelaide  May 9 State Library of SA
  • Sydney  May 16  State Library of NSW
  • Melbourne May 23rd State Library of Victoria

Dr Merga will be supported by other research experts and experienced practitioners who will provide an opportunity to explore the application of her ideas and equip delegates with strategies to use in the workplace to advocate for the place of the school library. This will include guidance in developing a strong and research-based program designed to both support and raise literacy levels right across our schools.

    Dr Merga is an exceptional advocate for school libraries and recently appeared on Radio National – Click here to listen. She is a Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia and her research findings in literacy explore the role that librarians, teachers and parents can play in supporting young people to become life-long readers. ASLA is honoured that she will be leading our exciting Literacy Research Summits in 2020

    Schools Cataloguing Information Service 

    are the proud GOLD sponsor of the Summits 

    This will be a professional development opportunity that you will NOT want to miss!


    There have been two important surveys sent to Board members recently:

    Thank you for completing the survey regarding ASLA Board communication to our members.

    Please complete the ASLA/ALIA survey – the aim of this survey is to gain a clearer picture of the current situation in Australian School libraries with the view to updating the valuable publication ‘Learning for the Future’

    All details will be kept confidential. To access the survey just click here 

    Spotlight on the Board

    We are proud of our Vice President, Kerry Pope, from Toongabbie Christian School, who recently presented at the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL), in Dubrovnik in Croatia. 

    Her presentation entitled ‘Transforming your Library’ was one of our well-received webinars earlier in the year. We are proud that our Board has highly respected and international recognised teacher librarians working to support you.

    Continuing with the theme of our very gifted and experienced board members, we would like to congratulate our very own Natalie Otten. Natalie has been recognised as the Primary Teacher of the Year 2019 in the ACT Public Education Awards. Natalie's contributions to the Professional Learning team here at ASLA have provided inspiration for our members and the board. Well done and thank you. 

    Keep up to date with all our events on our website, especially through the Members' Lounge!

    Best wishes, 

    Margo Pickworth

    ASLA President

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    ASLA in the Media

    Recently ASLA and school libraries have been showcased in the media, including an interview on Community Radio BBBfm 89.1, the Canberra Times and the Sunraysia Daily. ASLA values every opportunity to support school libraries and school library staff

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