Miriam Tuohy joined the National Library of New Zealand’s Services to Schools as School Library Development Senior Specialist in 2016. Her involvement in the New Zealand education system spans early childhood education, primary and secondary school, and tertiary libraries. Miriam is a life member of the School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (SLANZA), serving on the National Executive from 2010-2016 including a year as President in 2015-16. As part of her current role, Miriam has contributed to the publication of Services to Schools framework for school library development, the 2018, 2019 and 2021 reports of the nationwide surveys of New Zealand school libraries. She is also involved in developing and delivering professional development for school library staff and teachers and is a regular contributor to the National Library of New Zealand’s Libraries & Learning blog.
Sasha Eastwood is the current president of the School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (2021-23). She has been the Librarian and Resource Manager at Manchester Street School in Feilding, Manawatū since 2009, becoming a SLANZA member and joining SLANZA’s Central region committee at the same time. Since 2018 Sasha has represented the Central region on SLANZA’s National Executive and she enjoys being an active member of such a dedicated and passionate group of school librarians, advocating and supporting the sector. During her time on National Executive, Sasha has been part of the School Libraries Transform campaign marketing team, and project lead for the New Zealand Libraries Partnership Programme-funded ‘A Bit Sus’ programme with Tohatoha Aotearoa Commons (formerly Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand).