A History of SLANSW
The Association was formed in April, 1964 as the School Library Association of New South Wales (SLANSW) with founding President John Hirst. The focus of the Association was to provide a professional organisation for all people engaged or interested in school libraries. The Association changed its name to the Australian School Library Association (New South Wales) Inc. in 1995. Its vision was to promote, maintain, and sustain the central role of school libraries and its professional staff in improving student achievement. Its mission promotes the learning and teaching of young people through inquiry-based constructivist strategies that integrate digital and traditional learning resources.
In November 2011, in an effort to focus attention on the association as a state-wide independent professional body, the association changed its name to School Library Association of New South Wales (SLANSW) Incorporated.
1964: John Hirst
A Life Membership is bestowed on those members who have demonstrated sustained commitment to improving the Association and its mission through their voluntary work for the association.