With this, the first edition of Synergy for 2016, we have a few welcomes to make. First, the Board would like to welcome Dr Barbara Combes to the role of guest writer of the Reflections and Actions Section for 2016. Barbara will be known to the teacher-librarianship community through her many advocacy roles with WASLA, IASL and IFLA over many years.  She will also be known to many through her teaching role in the tertiary sector and, in particular, her current role as lecturer at Charles Sturt University in the School of Information Studies. We know that Barbara’s contributions to the journal in 2016 will be useful and informative.