From the President
Access, Vol. 34, issue 1, 2020, p.2.
President, Margo Pickworth
It is with great pleasure that I welcome readers to the first edition of ACCESS for 2020. It has been a horrendous summer with drought and bushfires ravaging our beautiful country. As our young people return to school, our thoughts are with those whose lives have been traumatised. It is reassuring that our role of working in school libraries can play a valuable part in providing a place of both physical and emotional stability for students. It will be a challenging time for many of our students and ASLA members. At the end of 2019, the ASLA Board farewelled June Wall who has made a long-standing contribution to ASLA. Her wisdom, knowledge and experience will be greatly missed. We also farewelled Anne Lockwood who has also devoted many years of service to ASLA and has been acknowledged with Honorary Membership. As ASLA enters its 51st year, I am proud to lead a dynamic, energetic and forward-thinking organisation into the future. In 2020 I invite you to participate in all opportunities that ASLA offers being part of a professional and dynamic organisation, including newsletters, ACCESS journals and webinars. The highlight of 2020 will be our Literacy Research Summits, led by Dr Margaret Merga. Further details are contained within and I urge you to register as soon as possible, since places are filling fast! I trust that 2020 will be a fulfilling and professionally rewarding year to all ASLA members who continue to make a valuable contribution to school libraries across Australia.