From the President
Access, Vol. 33, issue 4, 2019, p.2.
President, Margo Pickworth
It is with pleasure that we bring together our final ACCESS issue for 2019 in what has been a spectacular 50th year for ASLA.
Our new board, elected in May and representing all states and territories, has worked tirelessly. There have been significant changes throughout the year, including an overhaul of our membership database and website platform, a celebratory conference held at the National Library of Australia in Canberra, the delivery of many high-quality professional webinars, remote area author visits with a grant from the Copyright Cultural Agency, a mini-conference in the Northern Territory, and many other significant events as we followed our theme of Leading Learning throughout 2019.
ASLA has continued to advocate for school libraries across Australia, with recent contributions to the review of the Melbourne Declaration and increasing representation in local newspapers and radio. As ASLA’s 50th year celebrations come to an end, it is pleasing that our membership numbers have grown throughout the year and already the ASLA board is working hard to plan events for 2020. ASLA is proud to announce that Dr Margaret Merga has agreed to lead a series of Literacy Research Summits in 2020 across Australia. Please find further details contained on page 12.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our board members for their hard work and dedication to ASLA, in particular my Vice-President, Kerry Pope, who is an inspiration for her commitment and dedication to school libraries. We also thank our part-time staff, including Anne Lockwood (Treasurer’s Assistant), Sophie Partington (Admin Assistant) and Chris Skrzeczynski (Web Manager), and Rachel Hoare (Editor), for her continued commitment to providing a high-quality publication.
We are looking forward to a bright and productive year in 2020.