News archive


Members should be receiving the latest edition of iC3 now and it is a ‘brilliant and informative edition’ and one where we announce that Dr Margaret Merga is our inaugural patron!


If you missed the WASLA Term 1 PD with Megan Daley well you have a second chance to access the video and slides by completing the order form.


What a year it has been with so many things happening in the education field and outside with COVID forcing many changes. WASLA has managed the complex navigation of fulfilling our PD requirements with thoughtful and timely PD opportunities and we look forward to the complexities that 2022 will most certainly present.

A summary of the Acting President (now President’s report) as presented at the recent AGM is as follows:


  • School Library Coalition where representatives from each state association, ASLA, ALIA and ACER meet once a term (online for 2021) to discuss our current circumstances and the direction of our next campaign to advocate for school libraries across Australia. Currently the main vehicle for advocacy is the Students Need School Libraries campaign which provides many great advocacy opportunities for all library staff to use.
  • The WASLA owned, Literacy Matters website has been revamped in conjunction with our partner SLAV. The website will continue to evolve with the intention to remain a key source for all things related to Information Literacy.


  • A most heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the wonderful group of committed volunteers who form the WASLA Committee. Attending meetings, supporting and running various initiatives, writing reports, organising PD opportunities, catering for the various WASLA activities, publishing a biannual professional journal and so much more.

On behalf of the members and the committee, I wish you all a safe, relaxing and rejuvenating break and I look forward to working with and for you in 2022.

Rebecca Murray

President, WASLA


At the upcoming AGM our guest speakers will be introducing their work on a very important research project, significantly important to our profession. The researchers from Deakin University, will be introducing their Australian Research Council Funded Linkage Project, Cultural Pathways to Reading for Australian Teens. Phase 1, completed over the past year provided information about the current state of YA publishing in Australia. Phase 2 involves surveying secondary students in various states including Western Australia. Although delivered via Zoom I ask for your support in attending the AGM and registering your interest in participating in the survey due to commence early in 2022.

Register at:

by November 10, 2021

WA School Library Conference – Registration details

The conference committee are pleased to release the registration brochure for the upcoming conference. Please visit the Upcoming Conferences page for further details.

WA School Library Conference – Scholarship Opportunity

WASLA Members are welcome to apply for two scholarships to assist with attending the upcoming conference. Please visit the Upcoming Conferences page for further details.

25 Years of Service to School Libraries Award

During the upcoming WA School Library Conference the organising committee will be proud to present to eligible delegates a 25 years of service pin. Please visit the Upcoming Conferences page for further details on how to apply for this award.

SLC Sponsorship Opportunity 

The SLC conference committee are providing all interested companies with an opportunity to participate in the upcoming conference. Details can be be found by downloading the Sponsorship Opportunity document.

SLC Breakout Sessions – Expression of Interest

At the upcoming conference there will be breakout sessions! If you are interested in presenting at the conference then please fill download and complete the Breakout sessions invitation.

WASLA Term 2 2021 Award Ceremony

On Wednesday night at the Western Australian School Library Awards Ceremony the 2021 awardees were announced.

The Western Australian School Library Association has great pleasure in announcing the 2021 School Library Awardees:

Library Officer of the Year

Lisa Perriam

Scotch College

Library Technician of the Year

Sarah Sarmardin

Notre Dame Catholic Primary School

Teacher Librarian of the Year

Darryl Fernandez

Perth College

School Library of the Year

Lynwood Senior High School Library

Lynwood Senior High School

Congratulations to all of the awardees!

The Western Australian School Library Association (WASLA) recognises, through the presentation of Awards, the professional leadership, vision, innovation and collaboration of its members, and those whose work influences the development of libraries across the Western Australian education field.

This year we received several nominees in each category.  This is a great testament to the way that school libraries, and school library staff, stepped up to support their school communities during the incredibly difficult time we had in 2020. The WASLA Committee is very pleased to see library staff receiving recognition and appreciation from their schools for all their hard work.

The presentation can be viewed on the WASLA Youtube Channel at

WASLA Term 1 PD 2021

Kay Oddone – Beyond Fake News

If you would like to access the recording of this amazing PD opportunity please log into the Members Only section and then on the ‘videos’ section.

WASLA Awards 2021

Nominations are now open for the following WASLA Awards for 2021:

If you are submitting a nomination, please send an Expression of Interest to Felicia Harris by Friday 27 February.

Closing Date for Applications:  Monday 29 March 2021

WASLA on ABC Perth


Updated 24/11/2020

Click below to listen to our President, Natasha Georgiou, being interviewed on the ABC Perth Morning show by Nadia Mitsopoulos and Russell Woolf regarding the petition tabled in State Parliament on the 12 November 2020.

WASLA AGM Guest Speaker


Just a reminder that bookings are open for the 2020 WASLA AGM.

To book please go to .

The event is free for all WASLA / AISWA members.

The event is also free for up to 2 staff from WASLA and AISWA Institutional memberships, each additional staff member from a WASLA / AISWA Institutional membership will be $10.

All non WASLA / AISWA members will cost $10.

We have a fascinating Keynote Presentation prepared by Dr Margaret Merga that I cannot wait to hear:

Australian teacher librarians: What makes them worth their weight in gold? 

In this presentation, we will discuss Margaret’s 2020 research on differences between qualified library staff in Australia, the UK and the US, with particular attention to literacy and reading-related practices and dispositions. You will learn about the role scope of the Australian teacher librarian, gaining insight into why you feel so tired at the end of a working day! We will explore how the Australian teacher librarian promotes reading engagement according to their role description and examine how the Australian teacher librarian role differs from their UK counterparts. Finally, we will explore how the Australian teacher librarian role differs from the US library professional role in fostering reading for pleasure. There will be time at the end of the presentation to ask any questions you may have about this research or Margaret’s other projects.  

There is a yummy afternoon tea organised with Angelo from Serendipity Catering.

Make this a relaxing and enjoyable end of year catch-up before the craziness of the Christmas rush kicks in!

The WASLA Committee look forward to seeing you on the 25th November

WASLA 2020 Award Winners honoured at ceremony


The Western Australian School Library Association took great pride in presenting the WASLA 2020 Western Australian School Library Award recipients with their awards at Bob Hawke College, who kindly hosted the event.

Mr John Burke, Principal of Bob Hawke College, presented the Keynote address in the school’s new library and took all attendees on a tour of the newly opened school in Subiaco.

WASLA would like to congratulate the following award winners. Videos of their acceptance speeches can be found in the Members Only Section of the website under ‘Videos’.

  • – School Library of the Year:  Kennedy Baptist College Research and Study Centre
  • – Teacher Librarian of the Year: Jennifer Currie, Lynwood Senior High School
  • – Library Technician of the Year: Lesley Dorrington, Mercedes College
  • – Library Officer of the Year: Sarah Klass, Chisholm Catholic College

Short and Sweet PD – Webex Recording is now available

Webex Link: Here

Password:  wM3fsyd6

Share your COVID19 School Library Experience


COVID-19. It changed Term 1, 2020. It changed the way students and school staff approach Term 2, 2020. It changed the way we view education. It changed the world. What it didn’t change was the need for school libraries run by a qualified and passionate school library team.

The team at Students Need School Libraries want to know and share what school libraries or school library teams have been focusing on during this COVID crisis. It might look a little different from the usual, but it’s even more important during this time of change and upheaval.

Read more here and share your thoughts.

School libraries hit by the loss of a dying breed as teacher librarians enter ‘survival mode’

“After hearing stories about jobs disappearing, the WA School Library Association (WASLA) recently surveyed its members, hoping to gain a clearer picture of what was going on.”
Read more to see how WASLA played an instrumental role in the publishing of the following article (ABC News) by Rebecca Carmody



Notice: COVID-19 Advice


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, (; 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 (, the WASLA Facebook page, OZTL_net (, 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 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
  • 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

Update to WASLA Scholarship and Awards policies


Note: Due to COVID 19 the following updates to the WASLA Scholarship and Awards Policy will take effect  from January 2021

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

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]

Professional Development – “Bodies of Information”  


The Bodies of information Professional Development, held at the State Library, was a great success. Organised as a joint project by representatives from WASLA, ALIA Academic and Research Libraries (WA), ALIA Students and New Graduates, ALIAWest, RIMPA and Public Libraries of WA, this inspiring Professional Development explored what we have in common and how we could all positively influence our changing profession through effective marketing and inspirational leadership.

The day featured three inspiring keynote speakers. Curtin University’s Professor Julia Richardson talked about having an intelligent career and taking responsibility of your work and life. Jeremy Chetty, co-founder of Student Edge and entrepreneur in residence at Murdoch LaunchPad,  discussed service as a brand and Amy Kapernick, from Tech Outsiders, explored the art of failure.

Morris Gleitzman visits


Renowned author Morris Gleitzman visited Methodist Ladies College as part of a combined WASLA and AISWA Libraries Professional Learning session.  He talked about his role as 2019 Children’s Laureate and about the important role of school libraries. The session was attended by library staff across multiple sectors.

Birds of a Feather PD a great success


Sevenoaks Secondary College in Cannington was the venue for WASLA’s latest Birds of A Feather Professional Development. The morning was a great success with a variety of presentations and workshop workshops from a range of school library staff from various schools.


WASLA Award winners named for 2019


Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 WASLA Awards. The presentation of the awards was held at the Reid Library at the University of Western Australia.

The awards winners were:

  • School Library Team of the Year – Scotch College
  • Teacher Librarian of the Year  – Felicia Harris – School of Isolated and Distance Education
  • Library Officer of the Year – Yvonne Smillie