NOTICE: COVID-19 Advice

25/03/2000

In these uncertain COVID-19 times the way that we operate in school libraries will need to change. It is important that you discuss any changes that you want to make with your school leadership before implementing them. The following safety measures have been used in some public libraries before their enforced closure. WASLA believes that these actions are based on sound medical advice. They are:

 

  • all items returned to the library should be quarantined for at least 24 hours;
  • returned items should be handled by staff with disposable gloves or staff wash their hands immediately afterwards, as part of safe-handling practices;
  • shelves, chairs and furniture should be spaced further apart (if possible);
  • toys, games and soft items should be temporarily removed from student use;
  • visitor numbers should be captured and reviewed frequently to limit the number of people within the library to less than 100 OR to meet the social distancing requirements as required by the government, such as being 2m2 apart, (https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/coronavirus); and,
  • talk to your Manager of Corporate Services or Business Manager regarding the cleaning regime of the library and any resources that may be available to the library.

 

As schools prepare for possible closures, the school library can continue to provide services online for students and staff. To stay up-to-date with online resources and strategies, it is recommended that you join WASLAnet (http://www.wasla.asn.au/waslanet/), the WASLA Facebook page, OZTL_net (https://oztlnet.com/), and the school library pages on the Department of Educations’ Connect communities. There are currently plenty of resources and strategies that are being shared by school library staff across the country.

 

Keep safe and healthy,

WASLA

17/03/2000

WASLA Awards PD – Postponement due to COVID-19

In the light of the current situation with COVID-19, WASLA has made the decision that we are postponing the PD scheduled to be held at Bob Hawke College on April 1. Once we have been given the all clear that we can again hold non-essential activities by the Department of Education, we will let you all know the new date.
Please note the following:
  • If you require a refund for your ticket, please email wasla@wasla.asn.au.
  • For those of you who are willing to wait for the new date, you can keep your current ticket.
  • We will be advertising again for this PD once we are in the all-clear and have a new date.
  • WASLA Award nominees will be informed of the results in Term 1 and the winners will be announced in ic3. The winners will be presented with their trophy at the rescheduled Awards event.
We apologise for any inconvenience and will let you know the follow-up date in the near future.
Natasha Georgiou
WASLA President
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15/03/2020

UPDATE TO WASLA SCHOLARSHIP AND AWARDS POLICIES

For a full update regarding WASLA’s updated Scholarship and Awards policy, please download the following:

For additional information regarding WASLA’s Scholarship and Awards policy please click on this link:

to be directed to our Scholarships and Awards page

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11/03/2020

SURVEY  RESULTS OF  TEACHER LIBRARIANS IN DET WA SCHOOLS

The Western Australian School Library Association recently conducted a survey of all Department of Education personnel who have been identified by HRMIS (Human Resource Management Information System) as Teacher – Library Services. On the system 56 people were identified. The survey had a 100% response rate. Our findings are as follows:

  • Out of 812 public schools in WA there are only 29.6 FTE Teacher Librarians (TL) working in a school library role. None of them worked in primary schools. Three regional and remote schools had employed qualified teacher librarians.
  • There are only 33 schools who employ teachers in a library role. In those schools 38 employees have Teacher Librarian university qualifications. Of these two staff have TL qualifications but are employed as School Librarians.
  • 18 qualified Teacher Librarians work between 0.8 and 1.0 in a school library role. 20 work a fraction of 0.6 and 0.1 in the school library.
  • Five schools recently had recently moved their qualified TL out of the library and now have Library Officers or Teachers (without a Library qualification) managing their school libraries.

Download the PDF survey results here: Parliamentary Question TLS in DETWA [PDF]

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2020 WASLA AWARDS  –  DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 16th

UPDATE: Nominations for the 2020 WASLA School Library Awards have been extended to the 16th of March, 2020

Nominations for the 2020 WASLA Awards are closing on March 16th 2020. ‘

They are available for download here:

Forms:

Nominations to be submitted by email to vicepresident@wasla.asn.au.

Closing Date for Applications:      Monday 16th March 2020

Full details and guidelines regarding the process and requirements for nominations can be found within each of the four award nomination forms.

 

About the awards : 

School Library  of the Year

This award recognises and honours an exceptional school library team whose professional practice has a positive impact on student achievement and information literacy. The nominated school library must be a financial institutional member of WASLA. The Western Australian School Library of the Year will be announced at the first PD event of the Association and will receive a trophy, framed certificate and free WASLA institutional membership for the following year.

Teacher Librarian of the Year

This award recognises and honours an exceptional Teacher Librarian, in a school setting, whose professional practice has a positive impact on student achievement and information literacy.  The nominated individual must have been a qualified Teacher Librarian for 3 years, have a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a Teacher Librarian, and be a financial member (personal or institutional) of WASLA. The Western Australian Teacher Librarian of the Year will be announced at the annual conference of the association and will receive a framed certificate, a trophy and $250.00.

Library Technician of the Year 

This award recognises and honours an exceptional Library Technician, in a school setting, whose professional practice has a positive impact on the service provided by their school library. The nominated individual must have been a qualified Library Technician for 3 years, have a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a Library Technician, and be a financial member (personal or institutional) of the association. The Western Australian Library Technician of the Year will be announced at the annual conference of the association and will receive a framed certificate, a trophy and $250.00.

Library Officer of the Year 

This award recognises and honours an exceptional Library Officer in a school setting whose practice has a positive impact on the service provided by their school library. The nominated individual must have a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a Library Officer and be a financial member (personal or institutional) of WASLA. The Western Australian Library Officer of the Year will be announced at the annual conference of the association and will receive a framed certificate, a trophy and $250.00.

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WASLA AGM AND STATE LIBRARY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA TOUR

27/11/19 

WASLA held it’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on November 27th at the State Library of Western Australia. The highlight of the AGM was the outstanding tour

 

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UPDATE: NEW INSTITUTIONAL WASLA MEMBERSHIP OPTION AVAILABLE

Not only have WASLA memberships not increased in price over 10 years, we have introduced a new membership for primary schools and district high schools. The fee is $99 inclusive of GST. This institutional membership is taken out in your school’s name. It entitles any ONE staff member in your school to discount PD. Any other staff can attend PDs but at full rates.

The advantages of being an institutional member are:

  • *We advocate for you and your school library at a local, State and national level. Currently, we are working with the Department of Education to ensure that you are getting a fair deal and that Principals understand how to resource an appropriate school library service to meet their community’s needs. We are also meeting with State Education Ministers and media outlets.

  • *Professional learning opportunities with local, national and international presenters at discount rates. There will be sessions that are aimed at library officers.

  • *Networking opportunities. Most of you are working alone. This is a great way to learn from other school library staff.

  • *Three professional journals each year. These are great to get ideas about how to manage your library.

  • *Access to members only school library resources on the WASLA website.

  • *Access to the school library relief register.

Download the updated WASLA 2020 Membership Form by clicking on the following download links or on the screen cap below.

Download, print and complete the membership form and send via email  to barb.wasla@bigpond.com

 

(Final payment of WASLA membership fees due March 31st, 2020

The Association encourages all school library staff to take up this great opportunity.

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2020 WASLA AWARDS  – NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN AND AVAILABLE HERE

28/01/2020

Nominations for the 2020 WASLA Awards are now open and available for download:

Forms:

Nominations to be submitted by email to vicepresident@wasla.asn.au.

Closing Date for Applications:      Monday 9 March 2020

Full details and guidelines regarding the process and requirements for nominations can be found within each of the four award nomination forms.

 

About the awards : 

School Library  of the Year

This award recognises and honours an exceptional school library team whose professional practice has a positive impact on student achievement and information literacy. The nominated school library must be a financial institutional member of WASLA. The Western Australian School Library of the Year will be announced at the first PD event of the Association and will receive a trophy, framed certificate and free WASLA institutional membership for the following year.

Teacher Librarian of the Year

This award recognises and honours an exceptional Teacher Librarian, in a school setting, whose professional practice has a positive impact on student achievement and information literacy.  The nominated individual must have been a qualified Teacher Librarian for 3 years, have a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a Teacher Librarian, and be a financial member (personal or institutional) of WASLA. The Western Australian Teacher Librarian of the Year will be announced at the annual conference of the association and will receive a framed certificate, a trophy and $250.00.

Library Technician of the Year 

This award recognises and honours an exceptional Library Technician, in a school setting, whose professional practice has a positive impact on the service provided by their school library. The nominated individual must have been a qualified Library Technician for 3 years, have a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a Library Technician, and be a financial member (personal or institutional) of the association. The Western Australian Library Technician of the Year will be announced at the annual conference of the association and will receive a framed certificate, a trophy and $250.00.

Library Officer of the Year 

This award recognises and honours an exceptional Library Officer in a school setting whose practice has a positive impact on the service provided by their school library. The nominated individual must have a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a Library Officer and be a financial member (personal or institutional) of WASLA. The Western Australian Library Officer of the Year will be announced at the annual conference of the association and will receive a framed certificate, a trophy and $250.00.

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WASLA AGM AND STATE LIBRARY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA TOUR

27/11/19 

WASLA held it’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on November 27th at the State Library of Western Australia. The highlight of the AGM was the outstanding tour

of the State Library led  by Kate Akerman and her staff. Attendees were treated to a behind the scenes look at the State Library’s collections and the education

centre which has outstanding potential for school visits.

      

During the tour, attendees were able to observe historical objects and even the world’s smallest bible.

      

The AGM also marked the end of President Barbara Combes tenure as President (she will stay on as a committee member). WASLA also farewelled long time

committee member Val Baird, to whom WASL A owes an enormous debt of gratitude for her leadership and knowledge over many years. Other outgoing

committee members include Hanneke Van Noort (Treasurer) who is moving to Sydney and Phyllis Paioff. We wish these ladies the very best in the future

endeavours and thank them sincerely for their invaluable contribution to WASLA over many years.

      

      

In 2020 WASLA will have a new President, Natasha Georgiou and Vice President, Felicia Harris as well as new committee members Lorinda Gersbach, Bec Cain,

Pauline Schultz and Joanne Kagi.

 

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