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 Membership

Don't forget to renew your membership. If you require an invoice to generate payment, or if you are unsure of your membership status, please contact our Secretariat, Angie, via email.
Please kindly note that the password for the members section of our website will be changed this month prior to the 2017 AGM. 


BILBY - Children's Choice Awards
VOTING is now open - Invite children to vote for the "Books I Love Best yearly"

The CBCA QLD Branch are again offering children the chance to have their say about what is the best book to read in 2017. Involving a child in their own award is one of the best ways to encourage them to read. Voting is open until September 15 2017.  Click here for voting information.

QSLA has negotiated a 10% EduTECH discount on any of the EduTECH congress sessions or masterclasses!

Use discount code ‘QSLA10’ to save on your EduTECH tickets.

EduTECH offers a dedicated congress for ALL librarians.  Find out who’s speaking and see the full agenda here

The Narelle Oliver Lecture: ‘Books: The Possibilities for Change'

What happens when we read? What can books do for us? Libby Gleeson will look at what is happening to your brain as you read. The neurological sciences are discovering new understandings of the fascinating process that goes on as we take a story from the page. And what of the process for the writer?

Date and time:  Thursday 15 June, 6:30-8:30 pm
Venue:  St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School, Corinda
Cost: $25 for members of Book Links/QWC/CBCA, $30 for non-members
Bookings online:

Narelle Oliver Memorial Library - Bhutan

To find out more information about this great cause, click here.


Readers Cup Competitions throughout Term 3

Creating Future Libraries Conference - Friday 13 October 2017. More information available soon.

Symposium on Writing and Literature Centres for Young People

Date & Time: Saturday 17 June 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Venue:  State Library of Qld, Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Brisbane Qld 4101
Cost: $35 members of Book Links, CBCA Qld, QWC, USQ staff and students, Others $45

The Symposium on Writing and Literature Centres for Young People will explore Australian models. Find out how these centres operate and how similar programs could be set up in Queensland.  Take away some great ideas on these success stories on working with children. Speakers: Libby Gleeson (Westwords, Sydney), Matt Roden (Sydney Story Factory), Lachlann Carter (100 Story Building, Melbourne) and Lesley Reece (The Literature Centre, Fremantle)
Bookings online:

Proudly supported by CBCA Qld and University of Southern Queensland

Queensland Writers Centre

Date & Time: Sunday 25 June  3:00-4:30 pm
Venue:  State Library of Qld, Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Brisbane Qld 4101
Cost: $20 members, $14 for concession members and $25 for the public. 

Bookings online:

Meet Aime Kaufamn, New York Times and internationally bestselling young adult author whose award-winning books have been published in 24 countries. Her popular YA novel Illuminae (co-authored with Jay Kristoff) is in development with Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment. This will be a Q&A panel and book signing.

CBCA Qld Judge's talk

Date and time:  Monday 3 July 1:00-4:00 pm
Venue:  Chermside Library
Cost: Entries by donation
Bookings online:

Meet three of the CBCA Book of the Year award judges and hear their thoughts on the shortlisted books from Older Readers, Younger Readers and Eve Pownall award for Information Books. View other judges from other states talking about the Early Childhood and Picture Book Categories. Nette Hilton (NSW), Michelle Worthington and Kerry Neary (QLD). An exhibition of illustration will also be on display prior to the event.

StoryArts Festival Ipswich

One of the highlights of this year’s festival will be the Narelle Oliver Exhibition during the month of September.

The Festival will re-create Narelle's studio within the Ipswich Community Gallery for visitors to experience with artefacts, objects and art materials carefully selected from her studio to be on display. Augmented Reality elements will be used to ensure a fully immersive Arts experience. Large, to-scale images will be used as backdrops to recreate every aspect of Narelle’s studio as it was when creating her last book, I Want to be in a Book due out this year. 

Student Workshops were conducted in February to explore the printmaking techniques used by Narelle to create a series of art works. The children’s art is being transformed into a moving image projection and shown each night for two weeks of the exhibition on nearby exterior buildings.

We need your help to make this a reality and honour Narelle Oliver’s lifetime of work and dedication to the Arts. Help support the recreation of Narelle Oliver’s art studio, AR technology inclusion, materials and equipment for the moving image projection and materials and fees for workshop artists. We already have a RADF grant but need more funding, so have set up an Australia Cultural Fund campaign that will be listed on their website here: under Festivals, Events and Exhibitions.

All donations are tax-deductible.