The School Library Association of South Australia (SLASA) represents and supports the interests of school library personnel across all education sectors in South Australia through advocacy, professional development and communication.

Vale Joan Brewer AM 1923-2017
Inaugural Patron of SLASA

Lesley Brideson and Joan Brewer, 2012
Lesley Brideson and Joan Brewer, 2012

Joan Brewer was born in Adelaide and completed her initial teacher training at Adelaide Teacher's College and The University of Adelaide. After teaching at Naracoorte High School, she became a Librarian, firstly with the Barr Smith Library at The University of Adelaide, and later in London. In 1957 Joan returned to Adelaide and to the newly established Wattle Park Teacher's College, as Lecturer Librarian. In 1964, with her dual qualifications, Joan established the first full time course for Teachers to become Teacher Librarians at the newly established Western Teacher's College. 1970 saw Joan appointed as Senior Lecturer Librarian of the Department of School Librarianship at Adelaide College of Advanced Education. Joan retired from her position as Principal Lecturer in 1984 and was awarded an AM in January 1985.

The SLASA Joan Brewer Award was named in her honour and is awarded for outstanding service to teacher librarianship and/or school libraries in SA.

Joan inspired, influenced and impacted on the careers of teacher librarians over many years and was a passionate advocate for the profession.


  • to advocate the critical role of school libraries and teacher librarians in reading, teaching and learning in South Australia
  • to improve the professional standing, working conditions and qualifications for all staff involved with school libraries

Professional Development

To promote and strengthen the professional standing, working conditions and qualifications of teacher librarians via:

  • the organisation of conferences, seminars and other PD activities
  • providing a forum for professional discussion and growth
  • liaison with tertiary institutions and the encouragement of research in the field of teacher librarianship


  • to make public comment on matters relating to school libraries/resource centres and resources
  • to publish material that promotes the development of school library and information services and teacher librarianship
  • to promote cooperation between, and undertake liaison with, other institutions and bodies with similar aims and interests

Information Brochure

SLASA information brochure PDF (252 KB)

Contact Information

Postal address: C/- CEASA  4 Milner Street  Hindmarsh  SA  5007
Email: slasa@slasa.asn.au
Website: www.slasa.asn.au
ABN 64 533 542 210