Strategic National Partnerships

Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)

ALIA is the professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector.  It seeks to empower the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services to the nation, through leadership, advocacy and mutual support.

Sharing the future - ALIA and ASLA working together.

On 4 October, 2007 the renewal of agreement between ALIA and ASLA  was signed by Isobel Williams (ASLA), Anette Ainsworth (ASLA) and Roxanne Missingham (ALIA) 

The governing bodies of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and the Australian School Library Association (ASLA) acknowledge the importance of working together, now and in the future - to better meet the professional and representational needs of those within, or interested in, the school library and information sector.

To achieve this the two governing bodies have agreed to co-operate and collaborate on the initiatives outlined and to pursue further opportunities as they arise. In general, collaboration and co-operation will focus on areas:

  • being of mutual benefit to each organisation and its membership, and representing equality of membership;
  • having a current and future practice focus;
  • emphasising library and information services within the school community

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)

ACARA is responsible for a national curriculum, a national assessment program and a national data collection and reporting program.

The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)

AITSL has responsibility for:

  • rigorous national professional standards
  • fostering and driving high quality professional development for teachers and school leaders
  • working collaboratively across jurisdictions and engaging with key professional bodies.

Charles Sturt University (CSU)

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Charles Sturt University (CSU) with the Australian School Library Association (ASLA) recognise the importance of creating professional learning communities by focusing on continually improving teacher-librarian practice.

To strengthen expertise QUT, CSU and ASLA are exchanging professional learning opportunities to challenge and mentor teacher-librarian students and graduates.

In recognition of the collaborative links between QUT, CSU and ASLA this partnership facilitates sharing and integrating teaching practices across the teacher-librarian profession.

Strategic International Partnerships

Partner Member Association with IASL

Through this partnership all members of ASLA 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. An access link for ASLA members is provided here.

International Association of School Libraries (IASL)

The mission of the International Association of School Librarianship is to provide an international forum for those people interested in promoting effective school library media programs as viable instruments in the educational process.

Special Interest Groups (IASL)

The Special Interest Groups were established by IASL to give members with similar and particular professional interests in school librarianship the opportunity to exchange ideas and be informed about current developments in an area of topical interest. The Special Interest Groups are advocacy, literacy, information and communication technologies, school library education, international development, children's  and young adult literature, information literacy, international schools and school library research.

School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa - affiliated with ASLA since 2003

SLANZA aims to strengthen and promote the role of school libraries, to enable all school communities to become information literate.

Canadian School Libraries (CSL)

Canadian School Libraries (CSL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to professional research and development in the field of the school library learning commons in Canada. CSL connects school library practitioners and educators across Canada in the collaborative pursuit of delivering exemplary practices reflective of current professional school library learning commons standards.

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