ASLA August 2022 E-Newsletter

Dear Members,

The most exciting term of the school year for school libraries has arrived. We will soon be celebrating Book Week. What are your plans for this year's celebrations? We would love you to send us your photos and stories so we can share the celebration far and wide. This year we have an additional celebration with the inaugural Australian School Library Day on Wednesday 24 August. Enjoy celebrating with your school community.

Our August webinar was a part of the Foundation for Learning and Literacy Symposia. Our presentation featured Paul Macdonald of The Children's Bookshop talking about using quality literature in education. The free, recorded session has been widely viewed to date and is still available for you. As ASLA members, you have access to all webinars presented as a part of this series. Details and registration here.

Our September webinar will feature our very own Board Director, Belinda Cameron, delivering on a topic she has presented at both National Education Summits this year: The Power of Teacher Librarians and Connected Communities, The registration link is under Upcoming Events in this newsletter. We have also opened registrations for our October and November webinars - click the links for information.

The ASLA board have begun planning for our biennial conference to be held early in 2023. We can't wait to announce the exciting location for the conference so you can start planning to attend. Stay tuned for more details.

As I write this newsletter I am finalising details to attend EduTech in Melbourne. I am looking forward to meeting any of our members who are attending. Please come and visit Judy and myself at the ASLA stand. We'd love to hear your ideas and any feedback you have for the ASLA board. I will also be hosting the Future Forward School Libraries Forum on Day 2 of the conference - please join me there to hear from a panel of expert practitioners.

Last Friday I joined Holly Godfree (SNSL campaign), Rebeca Murray (WASLA), Claudine Crabtree (SLANZA) and Kasey Garrison (CSU) to record a radio podcast. The theme was 'Advocacy for School Libraries'. We shared why we feel advocacy for school libraries is so important, and how community members can support their local school library. I will share the link with you when it is aired.

I recently received an email from a very talented young man who has inspired me. Ned is a young person on a mission - a mission to make change in the world. I wanted to share his story with you because one of the people who has made a difference in his life was his school librarian. This is why we do what we do. I wonder how many Ned's there are in schools all across Australia?

Kind Regards

Natalie Otten

ASLA President

Ned Heaton is a kid on a mission to reduce ocean plastics. At the age of 11 he started his own business, The Turtle Tribe, which in 4 years has become one of the largest bamboo toothbrush suppliers in Australia, partnering with dentists, resorts, wholesalers and national aged care providers. His latest project, the rhyming children’s book ’Say NO to Plastic!’, which he co-authored with his Dad Shane, is intended to educate and empower other young children to follow in his footsteps and use their voices to make a positive difference in the world.

WINNER, 7News/UQ Young Achievers Awards (Queensland) – Create Change, 2022
WINNER, ‘Best Litter Prevention Program by an individual (5-17yrs)’, Brisbane City Council/CitySmart Cleaner Suburbs Awards. Presented by Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner, 2019
WINNER, ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in Youth in Business Program – winning a record number of business challenges against other young entrepreneurs Australia-wide, 2019
WINNER, ‘Changemaker of the Year’ at the global ‘Be the Change’ awards - announced as the winner out of five global finalists at a gala ceremony in London, 2019
WINNER, Best Film & Best Ocean Theme U13, Cicada Film Festival, Brisbane, 2019

CO-AUTHOR, Say NO to Plastic!, a rhyming children’s picture book for prep-3, 2022

Guest Speaker, UQ Marine Research Station alumni event, 2022
Guest Speaker, Brisbane City Council Green Heart Fair, 2022/2021
Guest Speaker, Sea Shepherd Ship-X event, Brisbane, 2020
Guest Speaker, Queensland Government/City Smart Climate Week Speakers Series, 2019
Guest Speaker, gala launch of The Moreton Bay Foundation, 2019
Guest Exhibitor, National Sustainability Conference, 2019 - Connecting with, inspiring, educating and facilitating change with corporate sustainability managers

LOTS of media! Discovery Channel (US), The Today Show (Ch9), 9News, 7News, ABC Radio Brisbane, Hot Tomato FM, etc

Find out more: The turtle tribe

ASLA Membership Bundle FAQs 

Q: What is a bundle? 

A: A bundle is a collection of members who are linked together and managed by one of their members – the bundle administrator.  

Bundle members share the same renewal date, status, and membership level. The entire bundle is charged a single membership fee, which is paid by the bundle administrator.  

At ASLA, we have two bundle options: 

Small school (1-3 library staff) 

Large school (4-6 library staff) 

Q: How do I set up a bundle for my school? 

A: you can do this when you apply for membership, or ASLA can help you via email or phone. 

Q: How do I add members to a bundle? 

A: the bundle administrator can view and manage bundle members from within the bundle administrator's profile when they log in to the ASLA website. 

Bundle administrators can add to their bundle any non-member contact whose email address is not already in the ASLA database. 

To add a new member to the bundle, the bundle administrator clicks the Add member button. 

Alternatively, bundle administrators can email or phone ASLA to request updates and additions to bundles. 

Q: Who do I contact for any questions or problems? 

A: Contact ASLA for all questions and problems via:  

Email: asla@asla.org.au  

Phone: 0439 358 607 (within Australia) or +61 439 358 607 (international) 

Website: http://www.asla.org.au/ 

Social media: Twitterhttps://twitter.com/aslanational



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EduTech - Melbourne

August 10-11 2022

Future Forward School Libraries forum

We wil be hosting the Future Forward School Libraries Forum at EduTech. We are thrilled to offer 20 complimentary passes as well as a 50% member discount (code ASLA50).

We still have a few complimentary passes to give away - please email asla@asla.org.au ASAP.


Attention Tasmanian Members:

Information and Registration here

20% discount on Dr Margaret Merga's new book. See the attached flyer for details on how to receive this generous offer. 

Margaret Merga.pdf

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