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ASLA May 2021 E-Newsletter

ASLA May 2021 E-Newsletter

Dear Members,

At the beginning of this year I moved to a new school. This school only opened in February 2021. As part of the foundation staff I began the journey of creating the library space from the very beginning. Such an exciting and challenging role. Whether you are in an established school or brand new school environment, the challenge is how to best utilise the space to enhance learning opportunities for our students.

Dr Chin Ee Loh spoke recently at the ASLA/SLASA conference on 'Creating a sense of place'. Chin shared how the Design Thinking process was used across 3 secondary school settings to determine student and teacher needs. The aim of this project was to identify the key needs and desires of the learners to create a future focused learning space.  You can read more about Dr Chin on her website using the link below. If you attended the conference and missed her presentation, you can still access the recording. 

The May webinar 'Learning with your National Library' was presented by Ben Pratten. This webinar was very informative and highlighted the treasure trove of digital resources we can access from the NLA. If you missed this great webinar, it will soon be available for purchase in the ASLA online shop. 

Our next webinar will be presented by Paul Macdonald. Paul is the owner of The Children's Bookshop in Sydney and manages The Children's Bookshop Speaker's Agency. You will not want to miss this webinar as Paul will be discussing the CBCA shortlisted books and inspiring us as we prepare for CBCA Book Week. Last year this webinar was sold out so I encourage you to register as soon as possible. We look forward to you joining us on Wednesday June 2 at 7:30pm. 

Dr Loh Chin Ee website

Introducing the ASLA Executive Officer

Judy Thompson joined our team last month in the newly created role of Executive Officer. She will be supporting the Board with administrative tasks, managing memberships, social media and our website. She takes on roles previously performed by Sophie Partington and Chris XYZ whom we farewell with our immense gratitude for their work over the years. 

In addition to those roles, Judy will work on advocacy for the profession. She brings with her a wealth of experience as a Teacher Librarian, having worked for 16 years as Head of Information Services at Canberra Girls Grammar School. Before that, Judy managed a number of Commonwealth Government departmental libraries, over 15 years. 

Judy may be contacted via our email address: & mobile: 0439 358 607 

ASLA Patron - Dr Margaret Merga

Our ASLA patron Dr Margaret Merga recently shared a link to some research that will be of interest to many of our members. Merga, M.K. (2021).

How can Booktok on TikTok inform readers' advisory services for young people? Library and Information Science Research. 

This is very interesting and enlightening research that will support the work we do in our school libraries.

Researchgate link to research paper

Kind regards,

Natalie Otten

ASLA President

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ASLA is now proudly a Partner member of the International Association of School Libraries. All members of ASLA now become individual partner members of IASL, with access to;

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  • School Libraries Worldwide journal online
  • reduced fees for conferences and publications
  • participation in Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and committees 
  • access to the members-only area on the IASL website 
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What are the ASLA board directors reading in May?

Natalie is reading Heroes of the Underground by Susanne Gervay. "I love the aspect of time travel in the book and how the characters see history through a different perspective. Students will be able to identify with the children in the story. A great book from one of Australia's fabulous authors."

Claire has just finished The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst by Jaclyn Moriarty "It’s one of the CBCA Shortlisted books that I’m reading in preparation for book week. It was well done and although part of the Kingdom and Empires books it can be read as a stand-alone. I struggled with it as Fantasy is not my preferred genre but it will appeal to the students and was well written. It was good as the chapters are short and episodic which will give students a sense of achievement as they read. There were elements of drama and humour and in some parts was farcical which will engage younger readers. I’m now moving on to Sue Whiting’s The Book of Chance and is my last CBCA read."

Sandy is reading Night Street by Kristel Thornell.  "After recently visiting the wonderful exhibition of paintings by Clarice Beckett (1887-1935) at the Art Gallery of South Australia, I re-visited this beautiful novel. Thornell declares that this was not meant to be a 'biography', however her descriptions of paintings and of places around Melbourne are authentic. Clarice is depicted in the book as introverted, secluded and consumed by her painting. That may be based on truth as she cared for her frail parents and was only able to paint at dawn and dusk, creating misty renderings of the streets and coastlines of Melbourne. The prose describing the act of painting and the works themselves is really beautiful. Both the book and the exhibition are definitely worth a look."

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