WASLA – An Advocate for WA School Libraries and Teacher Librarians

The Western Australian School Library Association, as the peak body for teacher librarians and other school library professionals in W.A., actively encourages the wider community to support out members in their endeavours to ensure that all Western Australian school students enjoy the benefits that can flow from having ready access to a well resourced school library staffed by fully qualified teacher librarians.

School Libraries Coalition

WASLA is a member of the School Library Coalition,  a cooperative working group of the school library associations in Australia including two national library organisations and five state library organisations. WASLA supports the Students need School Libraries Campaign and additional information regarding this campaign can be found at

The Students Need School Libraries Campaign website includes a comprehensive resources and toolkit section which can assist your school library. The resources can be found at

Letters, Lobbying and Announcements

March 2015

Fellow school library associations, we would like to invite you to become partners in the FAIR campaign

We launched in February and we already have nearly 800 subscribers. Yesterday we put out our first call to action concerning cuts to the State Library of WA, which resulted in another ABCTV news piece last night and more than 150 emails to the WA Arts Minister in less than 24 hours.

We have kept the branding on the FAIR website deliberately neutral so that it can be shared with other organisations and we’re now able to include partners’ names, logos and a statement of their advocacy concerns.

If you would like to be part of FAIR, please just send us through this information and we will put you up on the website. The only commitment is to help us promote FAIR campaigns, where they align with your thinking.

Best wishes,

Sue McKerracher | CEO | ALIA


August 2013

CMIS ministers letter 26 August 2013

Letter to Parents Regarding the CMIS Demise 

Petition in Relation to Staffing and Funding Cuts to Education


May 2012

Albany Advertiser – Schools Unite for Write Reason 8 May 2012


November 2011

Letter to Kolbe Catholic College

Newton Moore article in The West Australian 16/11/11

Letter to Newton Moore Nov 2011

August 2011

Department of Education response to open letter 2011

Letter to politicians Aug 2011

Why a qualified Information Specialist (TL) is needed in all schools


November 2010

TL Inquiry media release

August 2010

ALIA Election Campaign Kit

May 2010

WASLA response to draft National Curriculum

TL Australian Federal Inquiry

February 2010

ACARA Second letter re release of draft curriculum


May  2009

Media Release – May 11, 2009

New research reveals school libraries hovering on the poverty line

Read the new ASLA policy on Guided Inquiry and the Curriculum

Statement on guided inquiry and the curriculum


March 2008

Letters were forwarded to then Premier of Western Australia, Alan Carpenter and the Minister for Education. A copy of these letters and the replies received from Education Minister McGowan and the Chief of Staff, Department of Training and Education (WA) can be viewed:

Letter to the Premier of Western Australia
Letter to the Minister of Education for Western Australia
Reply from the Minister of Education for Western Australia
Reply from the Chief of Staff, Training and Education (WA)

September  2008

Prior to the 2008 state elections, letters were sent to all Members of Parliament and to all Opposition members. These letters can be viewed:

Letter to Colin Barnett
Letter to Alan Carpenter

October  2008

A letter was forwarded to every Principal in Western Australia together with a copy of the “Standards of Excellence for Teacher Librarians” document. This letter and attachment can be viewed:

Letter to Principals

November  2008

Our postcards – one designed for educators and the other for parents – were designed and launched at the WASLA AGM, 25 November, 2008. A copy of each of these postcards will be sent with our Term 1 newsletter to all members. The postcards can be viewed: