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Presidents Report 2006

PresidentIt has now been two years since I was voted in as President of ISLA. We have achieved a lot in that time, but there are still adjustments to be made. We have concentrated heavily on the Professional Development side of teacher librarianship in the Illawarra, but we have not really done much to promote the networking and social side of the Association.

In Term 1 we ran an informal afternoon gathering at both Shellharbour PS and Bellambi PS to support new and not so new teacher librarians in the district who had expressed a desire for more relaxed networking opportunities.

We have again been able to offer two whole-day professional development opportunities to teacher librarians and their clerical assistants. A team of library assistants led by Judy Brooks, were inspired to take on the role of organising the professional activities for library clericals after a meeting with Jennifer Dyer at Woonona HS.

Our first Professional Development Day was held on June 8 at Woonona High School. Our speakers included Tom March, Joy Lawn and Steven Herrick. One hundred and eleven teacher librarians and library assistants attended this most successful day.

imgp2293.jpg Our second Professional development Day was held on November 9 at Cringila Public School. Our focus for the day was the role of the teacher librarian. Our speakers included Amanda Smithers, Sue Lacey and the author-illustrator team of Lisa Shanahan and Emma Quay. We had an attendance of approximately ninety on this day. Once again, those who attended gave positive feedback and helpful suggestions for the future.

We did not have a Book Week Dinner this year, but did have a Christmas Dinner in November, with local author Kerrie O’Connor as our special guest. It was good to see many of the non-school based members attend the Christmas Dinner.

Future Directions
I think we still have some fine tuning to do to make our association better. In addition to continuing with Professional Development Opportunities, I would like to see some informal afternoon meetings. I would also like to see improvements in electronic communication to schools and their members, through a website especially designed to keep members informed and to publish photos and news from ISLA activities. We have attempted to start on these matters in 2006 but will need to work harder this year if we hope to achieve them.

Margaret Cooper
President 2006


April 6, 2007 at 1:39 pm

New ISLA Website

Welcome to the new ISLA site.

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April 3, 2007 at 6:16 am

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