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Congratulations ISLA

The Illawarra School Librarians Association has this year celebrated 35 years of continuing support for Staff and Students of the Illawarra, helping to enhance learning and promoting the enjoyment of literature.

ISLA is an organisation where local Teacher Librarians have benefited from mentoring and sharing theory and practice with experienced and generous members of their profession.

The activities of the organisation have included the provision of professional development opportunities for Teacher Librarians in the Illawarra region through the running of conferences, workshops and computer training meetings.

ISLA has been instrumental in fighting for the rights of students and teachers.  Commitment to maintaining the support services available to Teacher Librarians have been integral to its aims. An important milestone was the support given to the introduction of the NSW Information Skills Policy in 1987, which was the true introduction to the “new” Teacher Librarian role and enables students to discover and learn for themselves, from whatever format information is presented to them.

ISLA has encouraged and mentored its members in the use of computers for Library management systems and to enhance student learning. Literature has been fostered through the many visits from Children’s authors and illustrators who have entertained and enriched our students.

A group of past and present members of ISLA met together at Centro restaurant to celebrate these achievements and to formally present Life Memberships to Kath Kennedy, now retired from Woonona High School, and Kerrie Bennet, now retired from Bulli High School.

Kath and Kerrie were original members of ISLA and both have worked tirelessly in various roles on the Committee for many years.  They have been responsible for organising or assisting with the many author visits, literary events, workshops and conferences that ISLA has pioneered. ISLA members have displayed a deep commitment to quality school libraries throughout the past 35 years and we hope the future members can continue to promote information skills and the love of literature with Illawarra students.

A  group of ISLA members present at the dinner on Tuesday, 1st December, 2010.

Deirdre Bowman


December 6, 2010 at 8:24 pm Leave a comment

Celebrating 35yrs of ISLA

What a lovely celebration of 35 years of ISLA and the contribution of two long-time members in particular.
Congratulations Kath and Kerrie on your awards and thank you from Illawarra TLs.
Photos are now up at

December 2, 2010 at 7:21 pm Leave a comment

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