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ASLA welcomes new President and Executive Officer

The Australian School Library Association is pleased to announce the election of new President Natalie Otten and Judy Thompson in the newly created role of Executive Officer, at its Annual General Meeting last month.

Natalie has been a member of the ASLA Board for 3 years. She began her career as a teacher librarian in 1995 in the ACT. She has continued to work in the ACT Education Directorate since that time in a variety of roles. Most recently she joined the foundation team at Canberra’s newest school as teacher librarian. Natalie was awarded ACT Education Directorate teacher of the year in 2019. She is a passionate educator and advocate for the role of teacher librarians and school libraries.

Natalie said, “As President of ASLA I aim to continue to build the association as a national association dedicated to supporting our members and the role of Teacher Librarians and School library staff. This will include strong advocacy and providing relevant and engaging professional learning for our members. I am proud to be a part of this amazing association and want to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of outgoing board members and ASLA staff.”

The ASLA Board’s newly-confirmed directors are:

President - Natalie Otten (ACT)
Vice President - Claire Elliott (NSW)
Secretary - Wendy Rutten (SA)
Treasurer - Robin Zeidler (VIC)
Vanessa Bright - WA
Michelle Turner – NT
Sandy von Allmen – TAS
Cathy Oxley – QLD

Outgoing President Margo Pickworth stepped down at the AGM having served as President for 2 years. 

Judy Thompson will be supporting the Board with administrative tasks, managing memberships, social media and our website. She takes on roles previously performed by Sophie Partington and Chris XYZ whom we farewell with our immense gratitude for their work over the years.

In addition to those roles, Judy will work on advocacy for the profession. She brings with her a wealth of experience as a Teacher Librarian, having worked for 16 years as Head of Information Services at Canberra Girls Grammar School. Before that, Judy managed a number of Commonwealth Government departmental libraries, over 15 years.

Taken from ASLA media release. 

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