From the President
Access, Vol. 33, issue 2, 2019, p.2.
President, Margo Pickworth
It is a great honour to be elected President of the Australian School Library Association (ASLA) at our recent annual general meeting held on 3 May 2019. It is especially exciting as we celebrate 50 years of our organisation.
ASLA has begun its 50th year strongly. Our membership has increased, we are an endorsed provider of high-quality professional development and we are riding high on the waves of euphoria following an amazing conference in April at the National Library of Australia, in Canberra. The conference was well organised by a highly professional team; it included speakers and authors who are at the forefront of our profession and was attended by teacher librarians from all states across Australia. ASLA has clearly demonstrated that, as a professional organisation in its 50th year, we are ‘leading learning’ — in our school libraries, within our schools and in the teacher librarianship profession across Australia.
Now it is time to look to the future. We have a strong Board of Directors with representatives from every state in Australia. Our Board has an exciting mix of experience, enthusiasm, initiative and professional commitment. It has a wealth of new talent and fresh ideas, as well as voices of experience that will work together so that ASLA can provide one strong voice that brings together teacher librarians across the country so that we can support each other — one voice, one message for teacher librarians across Australia.
So, it is with humility and a great deal of honour that I face the challenges of leading ASLA into a new and exciting future.