IASL 2012 Conference, 11 to 15 November 2012
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, 12th July 2001. The first conference to be held in New Zealand specifically for those involved in supporting children's learning through the provision of information services reached its conclusion today. Several organisations have collaborated in hosting the 30th Annual Conference of the International Association of School Librarianship at Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre and have set the scene for future collaboration. The conference theme was Inspiring connections: Learning, libraries and literacies.
Keynote speakers included Dr. Ken Haycock (University of British Columbia), Dr. Carol Kuhlthau and Dr Ross Todd (Rutgers University), Dr. Russell Bishop (University of Waikato), Dr Gwen Gawith (consultant) and Dr Penny Moore (consultant).
Nearly 90 presentations were offered by practitioners and researchers, covering topics ranging from children's literature, censorship and Internet use, to information seeking, story telling and professional development for teachers and librarians.
The conference included the 5th International Forum on Research in School Librarianship, the proceedings of which have already been published.
The conference ran from 9 to 12 July and proved to be of high interest, in fact registrations exceeded expectations to the point that a waiting list of would-be delegates had to be created. More than 400 delegates from 21 countries took part in a lively conference, with a further undisclosed number taking part in a parallel virtual conference based on Dr Ross Todd's keynote address. Highlights of the virtual and face to face conference can be accessed through http://www.iasl-slo.org
A key purpose of the conference was to support the formation of the School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (SLANZA) and it was apparent that local delegates appreciated the opportunity to meet each other, as well as those from overseas. The success of this conference has prompted SLANZA to begin planning its first stand alone conference. Those presenting papers were evenly divided between New Zealand and International delegates.
The International Association of School Librarianship comprises personal and association members from over 80 countries committed to enabling young people to develop literary and cultural appreciation and to use information effectively through the improvement of school libraries and school library programs as a vital component of education. A key objective of the organisation is to promote the development of school library associations around the world.
Information about membership and the awards program is available from the IASL Secretariat.
CONTACT: Dr. Penny Moore (Executive Director)
Delegates attended from around the world. Countries represented at the conference included:
Papua New Guinea
The IASL Awards for 2001: This year IASL received thirty applications for its award programme, most being for the UNESCO book project and the Jean Lowrie and Ken Haycock Leadership development awards. The award panels did not have an easy task making their independent selections, but were unanimous in their decisions. They are sincerely thanked for their efforts. Congratulations go to the following IASL Award winners for 2001:
The 2002 IASL Conference will be held from 5-9 August, in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. The theme will be School Libraries for a Knowledge Society.
The Malaysian delegation welcome everyone to the 2002 IASL conference in Malaysia.
Photographs courtesy of the Centre for Studies in Teacher Librarianship, Charles Sturt University
from Peter Genco, Karen Bonanno, Lyn Hay and Gene Cady are also available!
Last Updated 9 April 2003 (LAC)