The Queensland School Library Association Inc. (QSLA) is committed to advocating for school libraries and emphasising their critical role within education. The work of the library staff goes far beyond just books. Library staff are vital to the development of students as lifelong learners.

Through the objectives of advocacy, communication, professional development and partnerships, QSLA aims to enhance and develop professional knowledge and skills amongst Queensland library staff and advocate the critical role these professionals play within the education sector.


QSLA supports school libraries all across Queensland – providing advocacy, communication and information to our members.

In 2018, we are introducing a ‘Queensland School Library Week’ to focus on the work accomplished by qualified teacher-librarians and library staff in improving literacy and research skills in print and digital formats in ALL school libraries, not only those who are members of QSLA. The 2018 theme ‘School Libraries IN FOCUS’ reflects the aim of this celebratory week. 


QSLA Membership 2018

Click here for the Queensland School Library Association membership renewal form for 2018.

  • QSLA membership runs from January to December.
  • Membership can be paid anytime between now and 28 February 2018.  
  • If your school requires an invoice to generate payment, the Secretariat can send an invoice upon receipt of the completed 2018 membership renewal form (send all forms to Secretariat email). 
  • For members completing the membership form including the credit card details, the Secretariat will send a ‘paid’ invoice after processing the payment. 


Queensland School Library Week 5-9 March 2018

QSLA supports school libraries all across Queensland – providing advocacy, communication and information to our members.

In 2018, we are introducing a ‘Queensland School Library Week’ to focus on the work accomplished by qualified teacher-librarians and library staff in improving literacy and research skills in print and digital formats in ALL school libraries, not only those who are members of QSLA. The 2018 theme ‘School Libraries IN FOCUS’ reflects the aim of this celebratory week. 

Click here for more information. 
 

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School Libraries Matter!

In the face of Australia’s falling ranking in educational outcomes among OECD countries and rapidly changing expectations for the future workforce, a coalition of Australian school library associations has formed to advocate nationally for the reinvigoration of school libraries.  We believe that all children need excellent school library services delivered by qualified staff to get the digital and information literacy skills required to succeed in the 21st century. 

The Queensland School Library Association (QSLA) is partnering with other Australian school library associations to advocate for school libraries. The associations are working on the School Libraries Matter! campaign to engage parents with the goal of informing them about school libraries and sparking them into action to advocate at their child’s school. We plan to launch a national campaign in March 2018.

Click here to read more information about how you can help. 


Romancing the Stars - Sunshine Coast

Romancing the Stars on the Sunshine Coast will be held Friday, February 23, 6:00pm – 9:30pm at Immanuel Lutheran College, 126-142 Wises Rd, Buderim QLD 4556 (in library). 
Speed date 16 authors and illustrators, see their latest releases, buy books and rub shoulders with the Stars over food and drinks.  
Find out who our Stars are. Book now at https://booklinks.org.au/romancing-the-stars-sunshine-coast/ $25 member/$35 non-members
 


CBCA News

Exciting news! Both the CBCA Book of the Year Awards Short List and the Awards announcements are coming to Brisbane in 2018!
These two flagship events will be open to the public through a ticketing process. Tickets to both events are limited, so mark these dates in your diary now and stay tuned for details on how to book.
Short List announcement - Tuesday 27 March, 10.30am at The Ithaca Room, City Hall, King George Square, Brisbane – bookings open 9am Tuesday 27 February.
Awards announcement – Friday 17 August, 11.30am in Auditorium 1, State Library of Queensland – bookings open 9am Tuesday 17 July.
Booking links: http://cbca.org.au/, and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/theCBCA/
 


Kids' Lit Quiz Australia (KLQA) 

For young readers aged 10-13 Kids' Lit Quiz Australia (KLQA) is Not-For-Profit and is run by a small team of volunteers. They're looking for those interested in being part of a Greater International 'Reading' Family. 
KLQA is encouraging more schools to take part in the 2018 competition.
Please contact the National Coordinator, Nicole at kidslitquizaustralia@gmail.com for an information package to enter, to get involved, help out with KLQA or bring it to your community.
Information is also available at www.kidslitquiz.com and includes the dates and locations for the Australian heats as well as lots of sample questions.
 


Join in the fun of the World Science Expo

Have you always loved writing? Do enjoy inventing exciting characters and plots? Do you have a great love of nature? Join Samantha Wheeler, author of Turtle Trackers, as she takes you through a series of fun activities to help you become a better writer. You will explore the writing process from developing ideas, to planning outlines and, most importantly, creating characters and plots readers will love.  Find out how Turtle Trackers was written and get your complimentary copy autographed.   10:00-11:30 $25 members, $30 non-members. For young writers aged 9-13. Book here: https://www.trybooking.com/UFGB

Romancing the Stars Brisbane

Romancing the Stars in Brisbane will be held Thursday, March 1, 6:00pm – 9:30pm at Ambrose Treacy College, Twigg St, Indooroopilly QLD 4068. 
Speed date 20 authors and illustrators, see their latest releases, buy books and rub shoulders with the Stars over food and drinks.  
Find out who our Stars are. Book now at https://booklinks.org.au/romancing-the-stars-brisbane/ $25 member/$35 non-members
 


CBCA Book Slam – Notables 2018

Hear about the best new Australian children’s literature when we unveil the CBCA Notables List 2018 at the Book Slam. What is Book Slam, I hear you say? 
 It’s short sharp book talks about our favourite books of the last year.  Copies of the full Notables List will be on display for your perusing pleasure - and we’ll even give you free wine and cheese!  
6:00 pm for 6:30 start.book here: https://www.trybooking.com/UFEZ
 


CBCA Qld Readers Cup Registration

CBCA Qld Readers Cup registration dates and the process
Readers Cup is organised by the Qld Branch of the Children's Book Council of Australia. It is a State wide competition for young readers. Teams of four students together read five (5) books, and then compete with other school or public library teams to answer quiz questions from those books. It is for students in Years 5-8.

Registration will not be turned on in 2018 until 1 March and will close 31 March. 
In the meantime here is some important information.
Beginning 2018, we have updated our user account management system.
Your old password from last year will no longer work.
Please go to the website https://www.readerscup.org.au/ and click regsiter and follow the instructions.