From the President
Access, Vol. 34, !ssue 2, 2020, p.2.
President, Margo Pickworth
Since our last edition of ACCESS much has changed. Many schools in Australia began the year shrouded in smoke from bushfires, resulting in generous offers to re-stock our school libraries. Then, seemingly out of nowhere came the coronavirus that has totally disrupted the personal and professional lives of all Australians. It has been a challenging and frustrating time; however, I trust that there have been opportunities for you to continue to promote the valuable learning that occurs in your school library. Although you may not have had the opportunity to be in front of your students, your role in supporting teachers and students continues to be critical. I am confident that many of you have developed creative and innovative ways to deliver learning opportunities to the students that we value so much. ASLA has continued to support members through this difficult time with extra website resources and professional learning opportunities. We invite you to register for our re-scheduled ASLA Literacy Research Summits in November and to save the date for our ASLA National Conference 11–13 April 2021, in Adelaide. It is important that we continue to share, support and learn from each other. May has been AGM month and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our very hard-working ASLA Directors who work tirelessly in their own time to continue the valuable work of ASLA. We farewelled Kate Reid and welcomed Sandy von Allmen from Tasmania to the Board. Kate has been a strong supporter of ASLA for many years and we wish her well in her future endeavours. My thanks also to our ACCESS team for the delivery of this high-quality publication and I trust that you will find within these pages further inspiration to continue the wonderful work that you are already doing in our school libraries. Best wishes, Margo