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ASLA- 50 years Celebration Conference 2019

27th Biennial Conference

National Library, Canberra
14-16th April, 2019

A Celebration of 50 years of ASLA and the vital role teacher librarians play in leading learning within our schools and beyond.


Conference Program Outline

( detailEd program and workshop/discovery tour SELECTION will be Available Later for ticket holders)

This Conference is a registered 10 HOUR accedited course for NESA and TQI teachers!

14th April- Pre-Conference fun

  • 10-3pm Literary Discovery tour- Lunch and tour @ Jackie French's property
    Jackie French
           Jackie French
    • Limited to 50 conference attendees- BOOK 'DISCOVERY PLUS' ticket ASAP!
    • Mini bus ride from National Library (approx 1hr 15 min).
    • NB: this includes  walking and steep/rocky stairs and platforms/uneven surfaces- not suitable for walking sticks/wheelchairs & limited mobility etc.
    • If it has been raining, it will be a longer walk into Jackie's place as the buses won't be able to go as close along the dirt road.
    • Attendees will be transported directly to the Welcome cocktail evening
  • 4-6pm Welcome cocktail evening @ a local school library location


15th April- Conference Day 1

Tracey Ezzard
           Tracey Ezard
  • 8.00am-8.30am- REGISTRATION
  • 8.30am-9am- CONFERENCE WELCOME
  • 9.00am-10.30am -KEYNOTE ADDRESS : Tracey Ezard- Leading ‘The Buzz’ in Your School
  • 10.30-11.00am- MORNING TEA
  • 11am-11.45am- BREAKOUT SESSION 1 ( choose ONE)
  • 12 noon-12.45pm- BREAKOUT SESSION 2 ( choose ONE)
  • 12.45pm – 1.30pm- LUNCH
  • 1.30pm-2.00pm- Move to discovery tours
  • 2.00pm-4.00pm- DISCOVERY TOURS: Select from 7 of Canberra’s iconic educational venues. They will be providing guided educational experiences catering for the professional needs of teacher librarians: ( choose ONE).


15th April- 50 Years Birthday Celebration Dinner @ National Museum of Australia

Morris Gleitzman
       Morris Gleitzman
  • 6.00pm-10pm- DINNER: drink & canapes on arrival, 2 course meal, cash bar
  • Socialise & celebrate with other TLs and library staff as well as the authors and presenters in the AMAZING venue
  • ASLA 50th Birthday Celebration Special Guest- Morris Gleitzman- Australian Children's Laureate
  • Reflections by Jackie French- 'Imitate the actions of a wombat: how to face the school library crises with marsupial tenacity'
  • Teacher Librarian of the Year award presentation



 16th April- Conference Day 2  

Dr Margaret Kristen Merga
  • 8.00am- 8.30am- REGISTRATION
  • 8.30am- 9.15am Special ASLA 50th birthday presentation
  • 9.00-10.00am- KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Dr Margaret Kristen Merga- Teacher Librarians as literacy educators: what do they actually do?
  • 10.15am-11.00am- AUTHOR PERSPECTIVES- ​​​​​​​Jack Heath-Leading new trends in reading for enjoyment. Including Bruce Pickworth & Shelley Unwin
  • 11.00-11.30am- MORNING TEA
  • 11.30am-12.30pm- KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Tamara Sullivan- Next Level Learning…Think like an Entrepreneur!
  • 12.30pm-1.15pm- LUNCH
  • 1.15pm-2.00pm- BREAKOUT 3 (choose ONE)
  • 2.15pm-3.00pm- BREAKOUT 4 (choose ONE)
  • 3.00pm- 4.00pm- KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Judy O'Connell: ASLA Conference 2019 Wrap Up
  • 4.00pm- AFTERNOON TEA


     Judy O'Connell
   Jack Heath
Morris Gleitzman
   Tamara Sullivan


PAY NOW to secure the conference package you wish before they sell out!

Invoice requests are only available until 2 March 2019

(If you need an invoice for payment of your conference package, please contact us at asla@asla.org.au to arrange this. This payment method will delay your ticket purchase therefore not guaranteeing your prefered conference package if that catergory has sold out.)



National Library
Parkes Place, Canberra, ACT 2600

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