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 https://studentsneedschoollibraries.org.au/
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 https://studentsneedschoollibraries.org.au/resources/
Letters, Lobbying and Announcements
Fellow school library associations, we would like to invite you to become partners in the FAIR campaign https://fair.alia.org.au.
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.
Sue McKerracher | CEO | ALIA
ACARA Second letter re release of draft curriculum
Media Release – May 11, 2009
Read the new ASLA policy on Guided Inquiry and the Curriculum
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)
Prior to the 2008 state elections, letters were sent to all Members of Parliament and to all Opposition members. These letters can be viewed:
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:
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: