November Newsletter

Hello Reader,

We are almost at the end of another big year! For a lot of us a break is just around the corner but that corner may be obscured by the end of year workload! Don't forget ASLA can help, particularly if you are new to your role. We can provide resources, advice and answer questions, please visit our website or just ask at

For now stay strong, keep going, and take a break for a minute to catch up on what's been happening in November.

Madison's Library

Talking of end of year workloads, have you checked out Madison's Library? Madison Dearnaley has curated a wonderful resource, including PL, book reviews and special events calendars. Of particular interest at this time of year is her post about Annual Reports.

Have a look here

Creating a Reading Culture in Primary and Secondary Schools

Margaret Merga's new book, Creating a Reading Culture in Primary and Secondary Schools is out and we are thrilled to receive an acknowledgement! As ASLA's patron, Margaret is very generous in sharing her research (oftentimes a sneak peek before it's published) and experience with us, Look out for some more opportunities for PL with Margaret in 2024 and grab a copy of the book!

DANZ Awards Update - diversity is not a label

The DANZ Awards Longlist is almost complete.

The book nomination committee have worked hard to identify books that are sensitively and authentically written without using offensive, inaccurate, harmful and insensitive tropes and representation. We have looked for something new, for inclusivity, and mostly for the celebration of minority people and voices.

Thank you to the committee for their hard work:

Linsay Knight
Shirley Marr
Kristina Schulz 
Bethany Nevile 
Kris Darrell
Dee White
Laura Pettenuzzo
Kate Foster
And I was there too...

ASLA Intern

We are always keen to help out students with research, questions, resources, and next year, we would like to offer student internships with ASLA. If you are a student and interested in finding out more, please contact me at or Sonja Brownridge at

And if you have a spare 5 minutes please consider helping out a research student with her PhD project:

Sophia is a PhD researcher with the University of South Australia, who is interested in gathering the perspectives of professionals within the Australian collections sector (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums) on educational games. 

Her work revolves around creating an introductory ‘how-to’ guide for educational game development for and by Australian collections institutions, with a strong industry-facing focus. This guide will incorporate considerations of time, technical ability, and cost, and seeks to promote the development of more games for learning within the Australian sector. 

She is currently recruiting participants for a study into professional perspectives on games and their use as educational tools in collections, as well as gathering input on what would be useful to include into the ‘introductory’ guide. You can find her survey here:

If you would like to know more about Sophia's research or how your collection could be involved, please contact her through her project website or LinkedIn

IASL Call for Papers

The International Association of School Librarianship is hosting its annual conference in a virtual format in 2024.  The event will be held on October 26-29 with the theme of 'Stronger Together: School Libraries in Community.'

IASL are currently calling for papers, information on the timelines as well as overall submission guidelines can be found at


There is no webinar in December but look out for a great new free* series in 2024.

ASLA Awards 2024

See you for one last 2023 newsletter next month where I will be announcing the opening of nominations for ASLA Awards 2024!

Warm Regards,

Martha Itzcovitz
ASLA President

*2024 webinars are free to active ASLA Members


Around the grounds

Martha and Deborah at the CBCA NSW Aspire Luncheon
Celebrating Spook-tober at Brisbane Boys' College
Replica window from Netflix's Wednesday created by library technician Karen Flynn

Membership information here!


Did you know that Bloomsbury offers a range of digital resources to support various subjects? And with JCS Online Resources, schools like yours across Australia can benefit from subscriptions at highly competitive rates. 

See full catalogue here

Here’s a taste of what Bloomsbury Digital Resources via JCS can offer: 

Human Kinetics Library: The go-to resource for Sports and Physical Education departments. With 100s of market-leading e-books, supplementary practitioner materials, and 150+ videos, it covers everything from PE to advanced sports science.   

Screen Studies: Dedicated to Media and Film Studies, this resource covers history, academic theory and practice. It provides your students and teachers with a rich selection of critical books, renowned screenplays, in-depth articles, and essential learning tools. 

Bloomsbury History Theory and Method: A fully cross-searchable digital resource dedicated to historiography and the examination of historical theory and method. It brings together 100s of articles, academic books and reference works. 

You can see the full catalogue here. 

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