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May ENewsletter - 2020

Dear Members,  

As Term 2 begins, ASLA continues to support everyone who is working hard to ensure that all students can continue learning through the school library. The ASLA Board would like to encourage members to remain connected in these challenging times.

ASLA Resources

Our ASLA webpage continues to be updated with key resources such as copyright guidelines, ways of taking care of yourself and support for your teaching.

Author messages:

The generosity of Australian authors has been unprecedented. We are regularly uploading new author messages. Log in to enjoy the updated ASLA Member's Lounge and latest messages from Sue Whiting and Tracey Hawkins!

Parent Resources:

Free recommended resources for parents are on our Resource Library.

You might also like to direct parents to the series of free webinars by the ESafety commissioner ESafety parent webinars

FREE webinar recording for members:

The recording of our excellent recent webinar ‘Libraries, Learning and Lockdown’ is free for members. Log In to our Members' Lounge - Webinar Series. It is also available for purchase on the Online store for Non-Members.

Copyright information

Smartcopying can provide further copyright information

ASLA AGM - 2pm, 16 May, 2020

Our AGM will be live-streamed for all members. 

Come and hear what’s happening at ASLA. Following the brief business of the meeting our Patron, Dr Margaret Merga will take the opportunity to  inform us of her recent research initiatives.


ASLA is proud to announce the 2021 National Conference

11-13 April, 2021
'Keys to Learning'
Adelaide, South Australia

This will be an opportunity to join together again, encourage each other and move forward with renewed spirit, commitment and fresh ideas for the future.

Sanitising collections

While this has been topic of much discussion, each school will need to make their own decision regarding sanitising of library materials, guided by health authorities. Here is one viewpoint to consider.

Author Sophie Masson has a wealth of free resources on her blog and webpage, especially  to support her book  Fox and Chook

Be Reassured

In a recent Guardian article Alan Gibbons said of the school library….

‘Most of all, it is the place where relationships are formed, recommendations are made and a reading culture is created.’  

Got a story to share? You’re invited to put your writing skills to the test! Jacaranda’s writing competition is now open to current English teachers and their Years 7-12 students until June 26th, 2020.

For the first time, Jacaranda will be publishing winning stories in our new English titles, making this a truly once in a lifetime opportunity to have your work published while helping teach future students the art of writing. We have a broad range of categories to suit all writers (short story, essay, poetry, flash fiction or micro-fiction) and plenty of prizes to be won.

What are you waiting for? Submit your entry today! Learn more

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Upcoming Events

6 May, 2020


Judith Wakeman

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11 May, 2020

Australian Libraries Copyright Council

Free webinar

Copyright and Remote Supply for Australian Libraries and Archives

For Librarians and archivists. Staff members of the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee will answer some of the most common questions about copyright law for Australian cultural institutions seeking to provide access to material in their collections remotely.


26 June, 2020

Jacaranda's writing competition

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2pm 16 May, 2020

Our AGM will be live-streamed for all members to attend.

Register for AGM live

7 November

Western Australia

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14 November

South Australia

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21 November

New South Wales

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28 November


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