From the President
Access, Vol. 33, issue 3, 2019, p.2.
President, Margo Pickworth
As ASLA continues to celebrate its 50th year, our organisation advocates and supports school libraries across Australia and all who work in them. Our ASLA board members, from each state in Australia, are contributing to a truly national view of school libraries across Australia.
ASLA’s professional learning team continues to provide a diverse and busy program for members. An upcoming conference in Darwin is planned to support those that work in school libraries in the Northern Territory and a literary event in the ACT with author AJ Betts.
Our online webinars continue to be popular, with the most recent webinar celebrating the Year of Indigenous Languages. It has been wonderful to see that many new members have taken up the offer to join in our free webinars and half-price membership deals to celebrate our 50th year. Next year, plans for further professional learning and support for school libraries are already well and truly under way — watch this space!
Celebrating special events is a way of showcasing our school libraries. Book Week has been another great opportunity to celebrate the wonderful depth of Australian children’s literature. I hope that your school enjoyed this year’s theme: ‘Reading is My Secret Power’. October is International School Library Month, as highlighted in the article by Breege O’Brien, Chairman of the ISLM. Joining with the IASL (the International Association of School Libraries) is a worthwhile opportunity to interact, understand and respect our profession globally.
It is a pleasure to again bring a high-quality, professional publication that I hope will challenge and inspire you to continue the great work that happens in school libraries across Australia.