January ENewsletter - 2020

A warm welcome to our first 2020 ASLA Newsletter.

Although it has been a very traumatic start to the year for many of our members and supporters, we trust that your school library has been safe and is able to provide a hub of emotional and physical stability for your students throughout 2020.

ASLA Response to Bushfire Crisis: ASLA has been advised by Blue Shield, an organisation that seeks to protect cultural institutions during natural disasters and war to initially seek information from school libraries that have been affected to decide how we are able to assist. Although book donations seem helpful, we have been advised that in the past they have caused logistic issues. If members are seeking to assist, they would be advised to donate, in the first instance to reputable charity organisations.

If your school library or nearby school library has been bushfire-affected please get in touch with President Margo Pickworth.

New Patron of ASLA

ASLA is proud to announce that Dr Margaret Merga has accepted the position of inaugural Patron of ASLA. Dr Merga has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of the valuabe role of school libraries in promoting literacy in schools and is the keynote speaker for our ASLA 2020 Literacy Research Summits.

Registrations are now open!

Full program on our website soon

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

Register for your state summit.

Summit Registrations Here

Gold Sponsors

Partnership with IASL

ASLA has now become a Partner Member Association with the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL).  All members of ASLA now become individual partner members of IASL, with access to the IASL listserv, IASL Newsletter online, School Libraries Worldwide journal online, reduced fees for conferences and publications, participation in Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and committees, and access to the members-only area on the IASL website including all resources. A link will be provided on the ASLA Members section of our website.We are thrilled to form this partnership with IASL and appreciate the added benefits for our members.

Next IASL Conference will be held in Denton, North Texas from 8 – 12 June 2020. The Conference theme is ‘A Rich Tapestry of Practice and Research around the World’. We would like to encourage our members to attend and even consider submitting a proposal to present a professional paper. Deadline for Proposals is 1 February 2020.

Proposal Submission Info

Renew your membership here

Upcoming Events

Watch this space for our up coming webinars!

14 February, 2020

Sign up!


2pm 16 May, 2020

NSW State Library

Not able to attend live?
It will be live streamed.

Register for live stream

Get Involved

Have you considered being on the
ASLA Board?

Information and Nomination forms here.

Board Information here.

Reading Robot

Have you seen the Reading Robot at the NSW State Library?

The inventor Meena Tharmarjah is looking for assistance with her research. Contact her to offer your assistance.


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