Fifteen years ago, SLANZA was established as an independent national body, representing school library staff throughout the country. Since the beginning, our goal has been “to strengthen and promote the role of school libraries, to enable all school communities to become information literate”.
The National Executive work to develop relationships and a wide range of resources that will help us achieve this. Regional committees in turn provide grass-roots support to the National Executive, volunteering their time and other resources to support the work we do, by offering networking and professional development opportunities for members.
The National Executive’s ongoing programme of work is made possible by your payment of SLANZA’s annual membership fee, and a huge amount of primarily volunteer input. Currently, this allows the National Executive to:
Your membership fee also enables SLANZA to provide financial support to members each year in the form of study grants, and in alternate years through conference grants.
We have plans to provide further resources and professional development opportunities that will support our members to provide excellent library services and programmes for their school communities.
In the past year, the National Executive has been able to reduce its costs by replacing face-to-face meetings with online meetings, but this is not sustainable in the long run. In order to be able to continue to provide this range of services and resources, it is necessary for SLANZA to make a small increase in its annual membership fee - the first in 7 years - from $50 to $60 effective 1 January 2016. This will enable us to be more responsive to members’ needs, sourcing more professional development speakers, creating new resources, making better use of the affordances that changing technology allows, and appropriately managing the workload involved with all of these things.
At the same time, the National Executive will be investigating a range of funding options which we hope will help to provide a sustainable income stream for our organisation, alongside that generated by membership fees. We must also acknowledge the support of Book Protection Products, who have very generously sponsored SLANZA’s professional development for many years.
We consider that the $60 annual fee represents real value for our members. We appreciate your continued support of the work we do to advocate for the role of the school library and the professional standing of library staff, and to provide resources that support your work and continuing professional development.
If you wish to raise any questions or comments regarding this change, please address them to either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com