ALIA is the professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector. It seeks to empower the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services to the nation, through leadership, advocacy and mutual support.
Sharing the future - ALIA and ASLA working together.
[Isobel Williams (ASLA), Anette Ainsworth (ASLA) and Roxanne Missingham (ALIA) - 4 October 2007 signing of the renewal of agreement between ALIA and ASLA]
The governing bodies of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and the Australian School Library Association (ASLA) acknowledge the importance of working together, now and in the future - to better meet the professional and representational needs of those within, or interested in, the school library and information sector.
To achieve this the two governing bodies have agreed to co-operate and collaborate on the initiatives outlined and to pursue further opportunities as they arise. In general, collaboration and co-operation will focus on areas:
- being of mutual benefit to each organisation and its membership, and representing equity of membership;
- having a current and future practice focus;
- emphasising library and information services within the school community.
[Rob Moore (ASLA) and Jan Richards (ALIA)
1 October 2009 signing the revised terms of reference for the ALIA/ASLA Policy Advisory Group]
Terms of Reference -- The ALIA/ASLA Policy Advisory Group is to advise the ALIA Board of Directors and the ASLA National Council on:
- submissions to governments and other bodies on matters relating to library and information practice within the school community. Submissions may be in response to a call for submissions or at the instigation of the ALIA/ASLA for lobbying or advocacy purposes;
- the development and review of policy statements or documents relating to library and information practice within the school community;
- policy and practice matters of interest and concern for members. Such matters may be referred from or to the ASLA/ALIA governing bodies;
- representation on appropriate bodies;
- other matters as determined by the ALIA Board of Directors and the ASLA National Council;
- mechanisms for collecting statistical data and research information on the sector;
- articulating and promoting the role of library and information services and staff within the school community;
- Adhere to the relevant ALIA and ASLA guidelines.
ACARA is responsible for a national curriculum, a national assessment program and a national data collection and reporting program.
AITSL has responsibility for:
- rigorous national professional standards
- fostering and driving high quality professional development for teachers and school leaders
- working collaboratively across jurisdictions and engaging with key professional bodies
The mission of the International Association of School Librarianship is to provide an international forum for those people interested in promoting effective school library media programs as viable instruments in the educational process.
Special Interest Groups (IASL)
The Special Interest Groups were established by IASL to give members with similar and particular professional interests in school librarianship the opportunity to exchange ideas and be informed about current developments in an area of topical interest. The Special Interest Groups are advocacy, literacy, information and communication technologies, school library education, international development, children's and young adult literature, information literacy, international schools and school library research.
An Australian Teacher Librarians' Net-work. OZTL_NET is a listserv for the Australian Teacher Librarian community. It is an electronic service uniquely designed to meet the professional information needs of Australian Teacher Librarians.
SLANZA aims to strengthen and promote the role of school libraries, to enable all school communities to become information literate.