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The School Library Association of Victoria offers dynamic and inspiring opportunities for teacher-librarians and library teams to build their essential role in engaging and developing lifelong learners.

  • Leadership: Enhancing awareness of global educational research, innovation and best practice in school libraries.
  • Advocacy: Articulating the role of the school library as a partner in the learning and teaching process.
  • Collegiality: Connecting members through a local and a state-wide network and community. We have 20 regional branches and all members have a voice through these branches and their regular meetings on SLAV council.

(As defined in the 2013 SLAV Rules for an Incorporated Association Adopted by SLAV Council 20 July 2013)

Our Statement on School Libraries can be downloaded here.

Statement on School Libraries

School libraries are central to the school’s community of learning.

They reflect and contribute to the achievement of the school’s mission by:
  • Providing an engaging and welcoming physical and virtual cultural space that is challenging, inspiring and secure,
  • Unlocking the potential for learning through the support of independent and collaborative learning opportunities that encourage critical and creative thinking and enrich student outcomes,
  • Managing and curating equitable, inclusive and diverse physical and digital collections that reflect both a local and global perspective,
  • Initiating programs that develop literacy, information literacy, a reading culture and essential lifelong learning skills,
  • Guiding the school community to become digital citizens, competent in the safe and ethical use of information.  

Qualified school library professionals have the knowledge and skills to collaborate with teachers to achieve curriculum outcomes.

Ratified SLAV Council 1st December 2018

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Affiliations and Partners

State Library of Victoria – Learning Services Division 

School Library Association of NSW (SLANSW)

School Library Association of Queensland (SLAQ) 

Western Australia School Library Association (WASLA) 

School Library Coalition

Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) 


International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) 

Council of Professional Teaching Associations of Victoria (CPTAV) 


The SLAV John Ward Award

The recipient of the John Ward Award will be required to demonstrate an outstanding contribution to learning and teaching at their school and a raising of the profile of their profession through their role as teacher-librarian. A professional development grant of $2000 is awarded.

John Ward was a founding member of SLAV, a founding member of the Australian School Library Association, and a founding member of the International Association of School Librarianship. He held the positions of Secretary and President of SLAV for many years and was the Secretary of ASLA during the 1970s, a period of rapid library expansion.

To be considered for the Award download and complete the following John Ward Award form 2018

The SLAV Research Fellowship

Supporting action research and evidence-based practice, the SLAV Research Fellowship will take the form of a $1000 grant to provide practical support to a teacher-librarian to implement a local research project.

To be considered for the Award download and complete the following

  Research Award form 2018

The SLAV School Leaders Award

The SLAV School Leaders Award is made to a school leader who demonstrates outstanding support of the school library and the work of the school library team. School personnel who are members of the school leadership team are eligible to be nominated by a teacher-librarian or the school library team. The award winners are announced at the SLAV Conference in November each year.

Research has indicated that principal or school leader support of the library program is critical in encouraging teacher/teacher-librarian collaboration and in making the library program an integral part of the learning and teaching of the school. (Colorado Study, 1999)

To be considered for the Award download and complete the following

School Leaders Award form 2018

SLAV Innovators Award

The SLAV Innovators Award supports the development and/or recognition of new and innovative practice in school libraries. Teams are encouraged to nominate themselves and SLAV branches are also called upon to nominate teams. The award consists of SLAV Personal Membership for 2018 and attendance at the SLAV Premier Conference in 2019.

To be considered for the Award, download and complete the following

Innovators Award form 2018

The Penny Geoghegan Award

The Penny Geoghegan Award, named in honour of our colleague and long-time member who passed away prematurely in 2016. Penny embodied the ideals of the association as articulated in its Mission Statement, particularly that of ‘Collegiality – connecting members through a statewide network and community’. Her contribution to the association as Vice-President and Branch Representative over many years as well as her concern for her friends and colleagues within the association was a model for us all.

This award recognises an active member of the association who has contributed significantly to the governance, collegiality, network and learning community of the association. The SLAV Committee of Management will take responsibility for deciding upon the recipient of the award on an annual basis. A framed certificate and citation will be awarded at the November conference.

SLAV Primary School Leaders Award

The SLAV Primary School Leaders Award is made to a school leader who demonstrates outstanding support of the primary school library and the work of the school library team. School personnel who are members of the school leadership team are eligible to be nominated by a teacher-librarian or the school library team. The award winners are announced at the SLAV Primary School Libraries Conference.

The effectiveness of library media programs depends a great deal on the administrative support they receive . . . Support for the role of school libraries and librarians can take many shapes, some with low or no cost that can be started immediately, and others that might require longer-term strategic planning and funding (School Libraries Work! Scholastic, 2016).

Award Recipients

The John Ward Award

2019: Barbara Roach, Caroline Chisholm Catholic College

2018: Rob Castles, University High School

2017: Margaret Sinnott, Emmanuel College Warrnambool

2016: Miffy Farquharson, Mentone Grammar School

2015: Fay Pattison, Sacred Heart Girls’ College

2014: Leonie Dyason, Mooroopna Secondary College

2013: Suzette Boyd, Scotch College

2012: Rhonda Powling, Whitefriars College

2011: Joy Whiteside, Overnewton Anglican Community College

2010: Susan La Marca, Genazzano FCJ College

2009: Jenny Luca, Toorak College

2008: Jane Viner, Methodist Ladies College

2007: Judith Way, Mill Park Secondary College

2006: Jennifer Hall, Bendigo Senior Secondary College

2005: Bronwen Parsons, Belmont High School

2004: Camilla Elliot, (profiled in FYI 7 (4), 2003)

2003: Marianne Punshon (profiled in FYI 8 (1), 2004)

2002: Lesley Burgess & Shirley Melissas, (both profiled in FYI 7(1), 2003)

2001: Di Ruffles, (profiled in FYI 6 (1), 2002)

2000: Trish Cotter, (profiled in FYI 5 (1),2001) & Rosalind Kentwell (profiled in FYI 5 (2), 2001)

1999: Denise Boyko & Sandy Davey , (both profiled in FYI 4 (1), 2000)

1998: Di Wilson (profiled in FYI 3 (1), 1999) & Grace Kinch (profiled in FYI 3(2), 2001)

The SLAV Innovators Award

2018: Joy Whiteside, St Joseph's College, Geelong

2017: Sue Dracoulas, Nazareth College & Michelle Nye, Hillcrest Christian College

2016: Anne Whisken, Carey Grammar School

2014: Julie Purcell, Ruyton Girls’ School, and David Feighan, Mentone Girls Grammar

2012: Miffy Farquharson and the Library Team – Mentone Grammar School

2011: Sally Sutherland

2010: Tania Sheko

2009 Judith Way

2008: Laraine Stephens, Juliet Hayday, Adrienne Dore & Rosemary Bellairs

2007: Faye Matters

2006: Helen Zizys, Anna Ferguson & Lorraine Hudson

2005: Karen Russo

2004: Linda Twitchett

The SLAV School Leaders Award

2018: Meg Hansen, Westbourne Grammar School

2017: Philip Grutzner, Leanne Guillon & David Dannock, Carey Baptist Grammar School

2016: Ms Fran Reddan, Mentone Girls’ Grammar School

2015: Ms Rita Grima and Mr Ray Pisani, Co-Principals, Marian College

2014: Mr Marco DiCesare, Caroline Chisholm College

2013: Mal Cater, Mentone Grammar

2012: Patricia Cowling, Genazzano FCJ College

2011: Julie Ryan, Our Lady of Mercy College

2010: Joint winners: Martin Culkin, Principal, Dandenong High School and Joseph Gerassi, Principal, Bialik College

2009: Angela Pollard, McClelland College, Frankston

2008: Cheryl Judd & Janine Laurence, Preston Girls’ Secondary College

2007: Jennifer Davies, Drouin Secondary College

2006: Tony O’Byrne, Aquinas College, Ringwood

The SLAV Research Fellowship

2018: Sue Osborne, Haileybury College

2017: Karys McEwen, Glen Eira College

2016: Julia Petricevic, Genazzano FCJ College, Kew

2014: Amanda Baker, Viewbank Secondary College

2013: Margaret Sinnott, Emmanuel College Warrnambool

2012: Anne Whisken & Brad Webb, Carey Baptist Grammar

2011: Pam Nieumann

2010: Camilla Elliott, Mazenod College

2009: Wilma Kurvink, Marie Turnbull, Margaret Pajak, Bart Rutherford, Cameron McIntosh & Meg Moores, Wesley College

2008: Cairistiona Tait & Jenny Mansfield, John Paul College

2007: Jacqueline Griffeth & Lee King, Mount Waverley Primary School

2006: Jan Schmidt-Loeliger, Horsham West Primary School

2005: Christine Wilson, Braemar College

2004: Jennifer Hall, Bendigo Senior Secondary College

The Penny Geoghegan Award

2018: Louise Monotti

2017: Reina Phung

The SLAV Primary School Leaders Award

2019: Mr Geoff Grace, Executive Principal, Crest Education & Dr Gregg Weaver, Head of College, both from Hillcrest Christian College.

2018: James Penson, Kew Primary School

2017: Danielle Stella, Trudy Smith & Tania Egan, Taylors Hill Primary School


This committee works directly with Councillors. The Committee of Management comprises the Executive of the Association, plus co-opted members. The Committee of Management meets on a regular basis throughout the year and acts as the executive decision making body of the Associations between Council meetings.

President: Di Ruffles
Vice President: Camilla Elliott
Secretary: Rhonda Powling
Treasurer: Karys McEwen
Extraordinary Member: Sue Osborne
Professional Learning Chair: Camilla Elliott
SLAV Executive Officer: Susan La Marca – slav@slav.org.au

The SLAV council is the major policy and decision making forum of the Association and is made up of the Committee of Management, one representative from each branch plus co-opted members.

The SLAV Council is comprised of the Committee of Management, Professional Learning Chair, Editors of Synergy, FYI , Website, SLAVConnects and a representative from each Branch.

SLAV council meets on a regular basis, at least 5 times a year, and branches are encouraged to ensure that they are represented at council meetings.

Each Branch Councillor attends and takes part in the vote at any Council meeting that he/she attends. By convention, the Councillors represent the view of their Branch they represent, although they may vote differently from their Branch advice if new information is made available during the discussion at the Council meeting.

Chair: Camilla Elliott

Editor: Dr Susan La Marca
Dr Rosemary Abbott
Camilla Elliott
Associate Professor Philip Hider
Christine Lean
Mary Manning
Pru Mitchell
Julia Petrov
Dianne Ruffles
Associate Professor Ross Todd
Dr Robin Zeidler

FYI, in line with the Association mission statement, will inform members, inspire them, and serve as a record of the Association and its activities.

The committee is a dynamic group attempting to represent the breadth of the Association, who work with, and support, the editor in the production of FYI. Guest members are occasionally invited to join the committee and the group is open to input from all possible sources.

FYI Editor – Fay Pattison – fyi@slav.org.au

Editorial Committee
Alexia Gibbons
Andrea Hines
Julia Pagliaro
Reina Phung
Cairistiona Tait
Christine Wilson

SLAV Rules of Association – Endorsed 2013


Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012


For an




Associations Incorporation Reform Regulations 2012

Part 3

table of provisions

 Rules for an Incorporated Association

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FYI: the journal for the information professional. FYI is the quarterly print publication from the School Library Association of Victoria.
Synergy (ISSN 1448-5716) is published twice annually (May and October) by the School Library Association of Victoria (SLAV).

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