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**NEW** 2 November 2021:

Announcing new AWARDS coming in 2022! Further details to be available in December 2021.

**NEW**  1 November 2021:


ASLA is excited to announce our new partnership with the Foundation for Learning and Literacy (FFLL). The partnership will focus on our shared interests in and advocay for literacy education and literacy teaching in Australia. We look forward to being able to announce collaborating on an online literature event in 2022, and involvement with ASLA's Literacy Special Interest Group. More news to come!

5 October 2021:

October is International School Library Month - an annual celebration of school libraries worldwide! Find ideas about how to celebrate here: 

ASLA members are also IASL members - see the partnership details here: Partnerships IASL

Share ways you are celebrating #islm2021 with us via our social media channels, and with the world (see


28 September 2021: 

Joint Statement on School Libraries - Australian Education Union, Australian School Library Association & ALIA Schools

The Joint Statement on School Libraries has been published on the AEU website.
It is always the right time to call for governments to ensure equitable access to appropriately funded and well-resourced school libraries, enhanced by the services of fully qualified teacher librarians and other library professionals.

8 September 2021:

ASLA is excited to promote and support the release of the Proposed National Early Language and Literacy Strategy announced yesterday by the National Early Language and Literacy Coalition (NELLC). 

Nearly one in five children may not develop the skills they need later in life; schools see the results of this every day in students in all years who struggle with learning. Teacher librarians play a vital role in supporting students at every stage of literacy.

12 August 2021:

NEWS UPDATE ! : The Australian Publishers Association (APA), the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) and the National Copyright Unit (NCU) have announced the Revival of Storytime Agreement 

23 July 2021:

**UPDATE : click here for the link to this newly published research!!**

ASLA is proud to announce...

Dr Margaret Merga, in partnership with ASLA has been successful in obtaining funding from BUPA to undergo a ground-breaking research project entitled:  School libraries promoting wellbeing in Australian primary and secondary schools: An exploratory study. 

This study will provide research-based evidence for the important role that school libraries and school library staff play in promoting positive mental health in schools across Australia. ASLA thanks Dr Merga for this initiative and looks forward to working together on this very worthwhile research project.

This two-phase exploratory project explores how school libraries may operate as safe spaces for young people; promote and resource mental health and wellbeing initiatives in schools and their communities; and foster reading as a practice associated with enhanced wellbeing in young people. Phase One will collect interview data from library managers and students in relation to these focus areas, also collecting data on resourcing and finding educational gaps that can be addressed to enhance the capacity of school librarians and their library spaces to promote mental health and wellbeing.  A library space rubric will be developed to collect observation notes. 

Phase Two will use a survey of library managers across the nation to determine if Phase One findings are common across a broader range of Australian schools.

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