About Us

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

Vision Statement

SLASA continues to: 

  • be a strong advocate for school libraries and their importance to contemporary  learning, and;
  • provide a dynamic professional community for school library staff including access to high quality professional learning, resources and informed research.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to support and advocate for school libraries and school library staff. To ensure every school learner has access to a well-resourced library with qualified staff. 

History of SLASA

In 1989 three groups that represented school libraries and their staff began to work very closely together. Meetings were held on the same day and time at the same venue. The associations met first, followed by a meeting of representatives from the three groups. This combined group became known as the Council of School Library Associations (CoSLA).  

On Monday 25 November 2001, a group of SASLA and CoSLA (RCTA, SASLA and ALIA Schools Section) representatives met to discuss the amalgamation of the associations to then make one professional association to represent Teacher Librarians in South Australia. The ‘new’ association would be called the School Library Association of South Australia – SLASA. On 29 November 2001, the motion passed at the SASLA and CoSLA meetings.  

SLASA was launched on Tuesday 26 November 2002 and members were informed that  “SLASA is not a new association; it is the result of the merger between the member  associations who were previously CoSLA (ie: SASLA, RCTA and ALIA Schools Section). As one strong association we believe we will be better able to represent and support Teacher Librarians in SA through T&PD, lobbying and other services”.  

In 2021, SLASA continues to represent and support the interests of school library personnel across all education sectors in South Australia through advocacy, professional development and communication and remains an association member of ASLA. 

More details of our history can be found in the SLASA Committee Handbook.

Constitution

SLASA has represented and supported the interests of school library personnel and school libraries across all education sectors in SA through advocacy, professional development and communication for over 50 years.

The work of SLASA is underpinned by the Constitution of the School Library Association of South Australia Incorporated (SLASA).

The current version (February 2021) can be found here.

SLASA Committee 2022

All committee members work cooperatively to ensure that SLASA implements its mission statement and strategic plan for the benefit of its members.

Executive:

 

President - Wendy Rutten

  Cabra Dominican College

Vice President - Hajnalka Molloy

  Concordia College

Vice President - Sonja Brownridge  Sacred Heart College

Secretary - Mhairi Alcorn

  St Paul's College

Treasurer - Annette Mesecke

  St Peter's Woodlands 


  

  

Committee members:

 

Alicia Buxton

  Emmaus Christian College

Jason Coleman 

  Prince Alfred College

Catherine Davies

  Cabra Dominican College

Linda Guthrie

  Thebarton Senior College

Di Scott

  Playford Primary School

Kate Moore

  

Jane Moore

  Ardtornish Primary School

Vasi Gelasakis  Immanuel College

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Phone: (08) 83322845  (Option 4)  
Free phone: 1800 248379 (Option 4)
PO BOX 3203, Norwood SA 5067

www.slasa.asn.au

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