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New story added 25 August 2021 
From Ann Blakey, Merici College, Canberra:

"This is the fun side of being in a library.

As the library is the safe place for so many, a central hub, I wanted to keep the library and Book Week Festivities going during lockdown. It’s only the second week of lockdown and I wanted to show a bit of fun and help lift the community spirits in a feel good way. So many in the community are not only in lockdown but also in quarantine, so that feeling of disconnect will start to show by students not engaging.

To kick off  Book Week I created the TikTok with each transition a dress up of the different theme, Old World, New World, Other World. Each morning a Book related Quiz has been sent to each Pastoral Care group so staff and students can work together to answer the questions. We’ve asked students to send in old Book Week Dress ups from their younger years, Pastoral Care groups have created favourite book collages, favourite characters or quotes. A cake decorating competition (Bake a Book) will be open for the week, students have been sending in photos. On Thursday we are continuing with our dress up day – encouraging everyone in our community to share a photo of their costume.

All of the photos from the activities, and results from quizzes are shared with the school community through our Book Week Teams Channel. Some through the school social media pages. Students and staff have been engaging with all these activities, whether it be a like, a love heart, or a laugh emoji. Everything we do brightens someone’s day and it is worth the effort."

New story added 28 June, 2021

Congratulations to the six inaugural recipients in the Round 1 Teacher Librarianship Scholarship Program from the ACT Education Directorate. This program will see up to 25 newly trained Teacher Librarians in ACT Directorate schools over the next 5 years. ASLA has made contact with the recipients to provide mentoring and support.

In the challenging times brought about by school closures during the COVID-19 period, all schools' staff are facing major changes. How are school libraries involved? ASLA invites you to share your good news story and tell us how your library is supporting teachers and parents. We will publish these stories here on our website and on the ASLA Facebook page.

We will also publish stories of how Teacher Librarians are advocation for our profession.

Send us your story. Include images if possible but please ensure appropriate permissions are in place for publication in these spaces.

Send your contributions to ASLA Board Member, Natalie Otten. Watch this space to the good oil.

Supporting teachers to become qualified teacher librarians

Natalie Otten, Teacher Librarian at Evelyn Scott School, Canberra, faced the media in Canberra on 1 February, 2021, proudly supporting the ACT initiative of awarding scholarships for the training of teacher librarians. Natalie was indeed a great ambassador for ASLA and the teacher librarian profession.

'It's a crucial role': Teacher librarians push to boost their numbers in schools

Kerry Pope, Head of Library Services at Toongabbie Christian College, NSW, is among the association of teacher librarians calling for higher staff numbers in schools. Kerry believes the heart of a school library - both a student wellbeing space and central information hub - is its teacher librarian.

This article was published in  The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 November, 2020

West Moreton Anglican College, Karrabin, Queensland.

Contributed by Tehani Croft, Knowledge and Learning Resource Manager

We started preparing early in our library. In our fortnight library classes from Year 3 to Year 9, we introduced or revisited  all our online services and how to access them from home or school.

St. Peter's College, Clyde North Campus | Cranbourne Campus, Victoria

Contributed by Joyce Sendecky, Head of Library, Digital Technologies Teacher

There and back again: ‘Flipping’ the Reading Program to remote mode
In 2019, St. Peter’s Catholic College embarked on an intensive reading program for our year 7 & 8 students to achieve one of the key college goals of achieving accelerated growth in literacy.

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