Moving Forward With Libraries – ISLA Conference 2023

The conference was held on 19th October 2023 at The Grange, Kembla Grange. The following poster shows the wonderful speakers who made presentions:

Following is a selection of photos from the conference (thank you Lourdes for the photographs):

The ISLA Committee are proud to announce the 2023 Conference: Moving Forward with Libraries. Ticket sales close on Wednesday 11th October 2023! 🤩😁🎉

25th May 2023 ISLA Conference Planning Meeting

Dear ISLA Members,

ISLA will be holding a meeting on Thursday 25th May at 4 p.m. at the Novotel: 2/14 Cliff Road, North Wollongong; to organise the 2023 ISLA Conference and other items.

Email if you have any items you would like to add to the Agenda. 

Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting. It is a great opportunity to liaise with other library staff and to have some input into what the 2023 conference will look like. 

Please RSVP to by Thursday 25th May by 3 p.m. 

Kind regards,

Kylie Dufty


Edit: The minutes from this meeting can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

2023 AGM Minutes, President’s Report, & Committee Meeting 11/05/23

Please see the following links:

2023 AGM Minutes:

2023 ISLA President’s Report:

2023 T2 ISLA Committee Meeting 11th May:

Note: In the President’s report it was noted that Daniel Jones set up the ISLA Facebook Group, whilst Daniel does co-administer the group, the group was set up previously by members of the ISLA Committee.

You are invited to join us on Thursday 11th May at 4.00pm for the Illawara School Library Association Annual General Meeting for 2023.

Location: NOVOTEL WOLLONGONG NORTHBEACH (Room: TBA), 14 Cliff Rd, North Wollongong NSW 2500.

All members and prospective members are invited to attend as we hold an election for office bearers for 2023 for the positions of: President, Treasurer, Secretary, Primary Rep, Secondary Rep, Non-Government School Rep, Library Assistants Rep, and Technology/ Social Media Co-Ordinator. There will be an opportunity to find out about ISLA’s operations and finances, ask questions, plan for the rest of the year and vote on any resolutions proposed.

We are a very friendly and enthusiastic group of people and welcome any members or prospective members to join us for this meeting. In addition to our regular network meetings, the ISLA committee meet to plan and organise ISLA events. As well as the individuals in elected positions, the committee is made up of general ISLA members. If you are interested in joining or learning more about the committee, you are welcome to attend our committee meetings and participate as much or as little as you like. This is an excellent way to connect with other school library people and potentially contribute to the school library community by helping us plan and organise our ISLA activities. If you are interested in coming along to committee meetings, let us know at the AGM or email

Now is also a great time to join ISLA for 2023 if you have not already. Many of us find ISLA membership to be a great opportunity to get to know like-minded library lovers who share the passions of literature, literacy and all things library. Being a member of ISLA gives you the opportunity to ‘give something back’ to the profession and our local community of school library and information specialists. Click the following link to join:

ISLA is very much open to all school library staff including Teacher Librarians, Librarians, Teachers in the Library, and all Library Support Staff.

We hope to see you at the AGM and future ISLA events!

More manga help from Gabby Cundy

During the conference, Gabby mentioned two additional resources that might help in identifying suitable manga titles for school library collections. Here they are:

No Flying No Tights (website) They have a great list of reviews of manga titles and some articles that can give people some more confidence. They also have filters to search titles by age groups click there for No Flying No Tights.

What Are the Age Ratings in Manga? (article) This article looks at publishers’ rating labels for manga & graphic novels. In this article click on the highlighted yellow text to go to further articles with examples of specific age-recommended titles. Click here for What Are the Age Ratings in Manga?

Thank you for sharing For All Readers School Library Conference!

Thank you to all of our conference attendees who travelled from near and far. Thank you also to all of our special guest presenters. It was brilliant to see you all and share the experience. Feedback from conference evaluations was overwhelmingly positive with a variety of highlights identified by our attendees.

Discussions have already begun about our ISLA conference for 2023. With the help of your feedback and our own reflections, we hope to make our 2023 conference even better!

We would especially like to thank everyone who attended and made our networking sessions such a warm and positive experience. It was lovely to hear so many conversations and connections being made. Those interactions are very much one of our goals for the event and after years of pandemic restrictions, it was lovely to see and participate in such warm and helpful networking.

Below you will see some photos from the day:

For All Readers School Library Conference 16th September 2022

Let’s get together -Ticket Sales Now Open!

For All Readers – School Library Conference will be a day of inspiration and insight with great guest speakers, book shops and networking.

At heart, we are all readers, and equally, we are all connected by our passion for supporting reading in our schools. ISLA brings you a program of presenters to inspire and empower you. We are thrilled with our line-up of speakers! This is very much a conference that will cater to both primary and high school library workers. Tickets are $90.

Click here to purchase your tickets through Eventbrite. Or copy and paste the following URL into your web browser:

The conference location is easily accessible from Sydney, the Illawarra, the Southern Highlands, and the Shoalhaven.

Register soon because space is limited. Ticket sales close on 9 September 2022 at midday.

We hope you’re able to join us!

Save the Date 16 Sept 22: “For All Readers – School Library Conference” at Stanwell Tops

2022 June 30: Minutes for Committee Meeting

2022 June 30 Committee Minutes can all be found by clicking here for access via a Google Drive Folder.

2022 Term 3 Wk 2 Network Meeting

Dear ISLA Members,

There will be a network meeting on Thursday 28th July @ 4 p.m. at Balgownie Public School.

220 Balgownie Road, Balgownie.

Primary Topic: 2022 Book Week ideas sharing session.

Secondary Topic: Information Fluency Framework.

We would like to also invite people who are not current members of ISLA to come along. This is a great chance to meet with other teacher librarians and library staff to network and share ideas; if you find it useful and would like to continue attending ISLA meetings you can then consider joining ISLA with easy online payment:

Please note: If you paid your membership fee in 2021, this payment also covered the 2022 annual fee. This was a one-off action made by the committee as we felt we were unable in 2021 to run normal ISLA activities due to the pandemic.

An ISLA committee meeting will be held after the Network meeting.

Please RVSP by Wednesday 27th July to

2022 Semester 1 Committee Minutes for Meetings / AGM Minutes / Presidents Report for 2021

2022 Semester 1 Committee Minutes for Meetings / AGM Minutes / Presidents Report for 2021 can all be found by clicking here for access via a Google Drive Folder.

Upcoming Dates for 2022

Term 2 2022

Our next ISLA committee meeting is Thursday 30th June at 4 p.m. at the Novotel, Wollongong, it will be in the North Bar (formerly Lobby Bar). This meeting is open to the ISLA committee members, any members who are interested in seeing what we do, and any person interested in joining in and potentially contributing to co-organising the events that ISLA provides.

Things on our agenda include:

  1. An update on the new ISLA website that has been in development.
  2. Membership update.
  3. ISLA conference for 2022.
  4. A dinner for recently retired members of ISLA
  5. Planning a Book Week meeting for ISLA members.
  6. General Business.

We try to keep these meetings to 1 hour maximum.

Please feel welcome to join us.

Term 2 2021

  • Week 7: ISLA Conference Committee Meeting. We will be organising details of the 2021 conference.
    • Meeting: Thursday 3rd June at 4 p.m. at the Novotel (Pepe’s)
  • Week 8: ISLA Network Brains Trust Meeting. This is a meeting to share ideas and have discussions. This is a great one for getting together and chatting about what is working well for you in your library, does anyone need help, does anyone have new books your readers are loving? All are welcome!
    • Day, date and venue to be advised.

Term 3 2021

  • Week 4 ISLA Network Book Week Meeting. This is a favourite network meeting for many as we get together and share ideas and resources for Book Week. CBCA BOOK WEEK for 2021 has the theme of “Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds”. The dates are Term 3: August 21-27.
    • Day, date, and venue to be advised.
  • Additional regular ISLA Committee Conference Meetings will occur during Term 3; dates TBA.

Term 4 2021

Week 7 ISLA Committee Meeting via Zoom.

End of year celebration at  Murphy’s Bar and Grill in Unanderra on Wednesday 15th December 2021 at 6.30 p.m. -please see the email from the President.

Term 1 2022

Annual General Meeting (Date TBA)