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Welcome to the School Library Association

The School Library Association is committed to supporting everyone involved with school libraries, promoting high quality reading and learning opportunities for all.

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Introduction to the SLA in Dutch

De School Library Association (SLA) is gevestigd in het Verenigd Koninkrijk maar heeft leden in geheel Europa en de rest van de wereld. Iedereen die zich inzet voor de ontwikkeling van onderwijsbibliotheken en mediatheken wordt uitgenodigd om zich bij de SLA aan te sluiten. De voertaal van SLA is Engels.

SLA adviseert en traint haar leden en publiceert het vaktijdschrift ‘The School Librarian’. SLA heeft regionale en lokale afdelingen in Engeland en Wales en nationale afdelingen in Schotland, Noord Ierland en de Ierse Republiek. Het beleid is gericht op de ontwikkeling en professionalisering van onderwijsbibliotheken / mediatheken en onderwijsbibliothecarissen en mediathecarissen. In 2004 is de ‘SLA Schoolbibliothecaris Van Het Jaar prijs’ ingesteld, ter onderstreping van het vele goede werk dat in mediatheken wordt verricht. SLA bevordert tevens de ontwikkeling van onderwijsbibliotheken / mediatheken door jaarlijks mee te doen aan ‘International School Library Day’ (ISLD) op de eerste maandag van oktober.

De missie van SLA

  • We geloven dat elke leerling recht heeft op een professionele mediatheek. De SLA ondersteunt iedereen die op enigerlei wijze is betrokken bij mediatheken en de promotie van effectieve en kwalitatief hoogstaande leesbevordering- en mediatheekprogramma’s.

SLA beantwoordt graag alle in de Engelse taal gestelde vragen over onderwijsbibliotheken en mediatheken in het Verenigd Koninkrijk.

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Aston Logo 2019 WebThis year's joint SLA and CILIP YLG weekend course - "Building Identity, Building Readers" took place 21 to 23 June 2019 at the Aston Conference Centre, Aston University, Birmingham.

It proved a great success. For more information please see the 2019 Weekend Course page. 

Thank you so much to our sponsors, all the authors, illustrators, publishers, speakers, workshop leaders and everyone on both the SLA and YLG committees (as well as SLA staff) and not forgetting the wonderful delegates for contributing to this success.

As soon as we have permissions for the presentations to be loaded, they will be made available via this website.

Next year's conference takes place at the International Hotel, Ashford, Kent over 19 - 21 June 2020.



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