‘What is a teacher librarian ? A qualified teacher librarian is defined as a person
who holds recognised teaching qualifications and qualifications in librarianship, defined as eligibility for professional
membership for the Australian Library and Information Association.
Within the broad fields of education and librarianship, teacher librarians are uniquely qualified. This is valuable because curriculum knowledge and pedagogy are combined with library and information management knowledge and skills.
Teacher librarians support and implement the vision of their school communities through advocating and building effective library and information services and programs that contribute to the development of lifelong learners.
Teacher librarians have three major roles : Teacher librarians as curriculum leaders; Teacher Librarians as information specialists; Teacher librarians as information services managers’. 1
This page looks at the role of teacher librarians in all states and territories, research and reports, associations, resources and more.
To access further resources in addition to any listed, visit the School Library Association links provided and links in the Other Information section.
States & Territories
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
- Become a Teacher Librarians [DEC]
- NSW Teachers Federation, Information for All Teacher-Librarians
- School Libraries and Information Literacy
A site ‘for those interested in collaborative teaching and school libraries supporting digital age information literacy and reading’. DEC.
- ALIA NSW Library Technicians
‘Professional development activities, represents library technician interests and promotes and supports national library technician initiatives’.
- Books and Reading for Young People
Provides groups and associations as well. [This is the version supplied in Western Australia]
- Catholic Primary Teacher Librarians Association
- Children’s Book Council [NSW]
‘A site serving NSW teacher librarians with links to useful sites, documentation [internal means these links will only work when logged into the DEC network], industrial issues, and networking information’.
- School Library
Association [New South Wales]
- Your Library
‘On this page - Schools library policy, Copyright, Scan, School magazine, Getting help’. Education NSW.
Department of Arts and Museums. ‘Whether you are researching history, people, places or events, the Northern Territory Library staff can give you possible answers, research suggestions and relevant resources’.
You now need to be able to log in to access this site.
- Children’s Book Council [NT]
Curriculum Resources : Learning Links
Department of Education. ‘A comprehensive range of resources have been developed to support teachers. This support is available through Learning Links’.
You need to be able to log in to a NTSchools Account to access this site.
- School Library Support
Home page for information about school libraries and librarians. Linked pages include :
- Collection Development and
Several sections of with these having embedded links to further information. Part of the section of the site.
‘General copyright information with links to policy and procedures for departmental officers’.
Functional Job Requirements For the Position of Teacher Librarian
Clear statement of what a teacher librarian can expect to do per week.
- Library Services
Department of Education, Training. ‘Library Services offers : eBooks, online journals, print resources, education history and education databases’.
- Queensland Teacher Librarians
‘Anyone interested in joining the list need to follow instructions on [this] Education Queensland webpage’.
- Role of the School Library
- Schools Catalogue Information
Information on accessing this at the school level.
For Teacher Librarians, Teachers and Library staff. Includes courses and more.
- For Library Staff
Access multiple documents relating to School Libraries.
- Role Statement
‘When fulfilling all aspects of the role, the qualified teacher librarian is operating at a leadership level’. PDF and Word available.
- Children’s Book Council [Vic]
‘A resource for everyone considering a career in the library and information industry’.
- School Library Association of Victoria
‘Opportunities for teacher-librarians and library teams to build their essential role in engaging and developing lifelong learners’.
- Association of Independent Schools WA Libraries
- School Library Support
Multiple sections include Supporting learning, Learning environments, Facilitating access and Resourcing the curriculum.
You now need to be able to log in to access this site. It has links to :
- Children’s Book Council [WA]
- WASLA Relief Register of Teacher Librarians, Library Technicians and Library Officers
‘WASLA maintains a relief register of staff available to do relief work in both Government and Independent schools’.
- Western Australia School Library Association
Associations and Groups
- Australian Library and Information Association
‘The professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector’. There is also an ALIA Schools component.
- Australian School Library Association
Member bodies are listed above.
- Children’s Book Council of Australia
‘An organisation established in 1945 and comprised of branches of individual members who are passionate about children’s and young adult l iterature’.
- CILIP : The Library and Information Association
‘We are the independent voice that represents and champions all information professionals’. UK.
- Council of Australian University Librarians
- Updated !
‘Home of the Australian Teacher Librarian Network’. Through the School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University.
- School Library Association of New Zealand
‘Aims to strengthen and promote the role of school libraries, to enable all school communities to become information literate’.
- School Libraries Online
‘International Association of School Librarianship’. It has a range of Special Interest Groups from Information Literacy to School Library Research.
- Teachers Connecting with Teacher Librarians
Multiple sections for Teacher Educators, Principals, Teachers and Teacher Librarians. ‘The purpose of this site to highlight the role of the qualified teacher librarian in relation to [numerous] initiatives in schools’.
- ALIA - Accredited Courses
Lists those at university level. There is another listing of Courses for Teacher Librarianship Offered across Australia by ASLA.
For all educational journals, see the Education Journals page.
- Updated !
‘A quarterly newsletter produced by the Schools Catalogue Information Service’
- School Library Journal®
USA. Reviews, articles, technology information, links to blogs, newsletters, supplements, more.
‘This e-list is open to all library technicians and library workers’.
- Updated !
A Simple Book
Online text. Select by chapter.
- BiblioTECH Library System
‘BiblioTECH is a full featured Library Management System custom designed and developed in Victoria, Australia in response to Librarians’ requests for “an affordable Library Management System which was easy to use”. Bibliotech is used in over 450 schools in Victoria’.
- Joint statement on library and
ALIA, ASLA. Last updated in 2016.
- Joint statement on teacher librarians
ALIA, ASLA. Last updated in 2016.
- Australian School Library Association Blog
- Brave New World
Tania Sheko. ‘Reflection, sharing of ideas and information, and social networking’.
- Bright Ideas
‘Aim is to encourage teacher librarians and educators to actively engage with ICT, to share tools and experiences, to network on a global scale, and to embrace dynamic teaching and learning opportunities’.
- Fiction is like a box of chocolates …
‘My aim was to present information about fiction in an informal way, providing hyperlinks to further information, but without cramming it into a half-hour talk’.
- Linking for Learning
‘School library & elearning from an Australian perspective’. This now includes the previous Edubeacon material.
- Lucacept - Intercepting the Web
Jenny Luca. Concentrating on libraries and technology being used together.
- Rhondda’s Reflections - Wandering Around the Web
‘This site was set up for me to take the time to reflect on what I have learnt about the web and what I have learnt about what is working with students’.
- The Hub
‘Campaign for Quality School Libraries in Australia’.
Resources and advice relating to promotion, marketing and more.
- Librarian Chick
Vast collection of resources for librarians, grouped under topic headings from Books to Video Tutorials. All well annotated.
Good collection !
- Updated !
‘SCIS was created with the aim of providing schools with access to a database of consistent catalogue records created according to agreed national standards’.
- What is a Teacher Librarian ?
A collection of articles and ideas from Scoop.it.
- Your Professional Learning Network
Part of a sequence of pages for Teachers & Librarians. Others include School Libraries Today & the Future and Library Roles.
Reports and Research
ACCESS 2016 - Softlink Australian School Library Survey - A five year review
2016; ‘The Softlink Australian School Library Survey provides information on key trends and issues affecting Australian school libraries. This article presents a five-year review [2010–2014] of the trends and issues reflected in the survey responses. It includes additional findings from Softlink’s 2015 Australian and New Zealand School Library Survey Report’.
- Adding Value :
Principals’ Perceptions of the Role of the Teacher-Librarian
2016; Mandy Lupton. ‘This paper reports on a study into principals’ perceptions of the role of the teacher-librarian. Nine principals in Australia were interviewed about the role of the teacher-librarian and library in their schools. It also identified a number of personal qualities valued by principals’.
learning and School Libraries
2013; ASLA. ‘This paper is an information base to support decision making for future focused learning in Australian school libraries. It seeks to enhance understanding about the implications of international trends for Australian schooling, the need for rigorous evaluation and the contribution that school libraries and teacher librarians can make to student learning’.
School Libraries : The Heart of 21st Century Learning
ACT Government [Education]. ‘Thriving school libraries led by qualified teacher librarians develop 21st century citizens who can locate, evaluate and use information effectively. When teaching and learning is transformed by the digital revolution, teacher librarians enhance digital and information literacy, resource the curriculum and help students become critical, creative and collaborative thinke’.
- Teacher-librarians as Champions
of Digital Equity
2016; Carol A Gordon. ‘With the growing importance of digital and information literacy, digital equity is a priority that ensures that there is not only equality, whereby every child receives the same opportunities, instruction, and help, but that there is equity whereby each child receives as much as she or he needs to acquire information and digital competencies’.
The Impact of Great School Libraries Report 2016
2016; FAIR. ‘The campaign provided us with many different answers to the question “what do school libraries do”. This report complements those findings by explaining why school libraries are so important to students’ success and proposing steps for ensuring they continue to make a vital contribution’.
- The role of the Teacher Librarian :
Current and future pathways
2015; Stephanie P. ‘Ambiguity regarding the role (and value) of teacher librarians puts the profession’s future in jeopardy. However it doesn’t need to be this way – this article will review the role of teacher librarians as pivotal members of the school staff, challenges they face in fulfilling their role and what the future might look like’
- What the Staff in
Australia’s Schools surveys tell us ...
About teachers working in school libraries. 2016; Paul R Weldon. ‘The Staff in Australia’s Schools [SiAS] survey is a sample survey of primary and secondary teachers, and primary and secondary leaders, undertaken nationally in Australia. Commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Education [and its predecessors), SiAS has run three times to date, in 2007, 2010 and 2013’.
- Action Research Empowers School Librarians
2015; Jennifer Robins. ‘Successful school library programs occur through careful planning and reflection. This reflective process is improved when it is applied in a systematic way through action research. The action research described in this paper enabled school librarians to reflect based on evidence, using data they had collected’. USA.
From Teacher to School Librarian Leader and Instructional Partner : ...
A Proposed Transformation Framework for Educators of Preservice School Librarians. 2016; Sheila Baker. ‘This paper presents a framework for educators to prepare preservice school librarians to become transformational leaders and instructional partners. With leadership as its central focus, this conceptual framework includes the constructs of Tools, Training, Teams, Time, Targets, and Trust’. USA.
- NMC Horizon Report - 2017 Library Edition
2017; ‘Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six developments in technology profiled in this report are poised to impact library strategies, operations, and services with regards to learning, creative inquiry, research, and information management. The three sections of this report constitute a reference and technology planning guide for librarians, library leaders, library staff, policymakers, and technologists’. USA.
- Performance-Based Evaluation and School
2015; Audrey P Church. ‘This three-year study describes the implementation of performance-based evaluations for school librarians in Virginia. Findings indicate that the majority of participants were evaluated using teacher-performance standards and that the majority write teaching goals as opposed to program goals’. USA.
- School Libraries in the UK – A Mixed
2015; Tricia Adams, Carl Cross, Sally Dring, Racheal Hine, Karen Horsfield, Bev Humphrey. ‘School libraries have long been a recognised part of schools in the United Kingdom – even though they have no statutory basis. There are several sets of guidelines available to guide the running of school libraries. One of the most concerning trends in UK schools has been the fall in the number of library staff’. UK.
- School Libraries Work !
2016, Scholastic. ‘School Libraries Work! seeks to empower librarians, classroom teachers, school and district leaders, policy makers, parents, and communities by arming them with the most powerful research-based frameworks, recommendations, and support for school library programs. This compendium updates and builds upon the 2008 edition, reinforcing the most relevant themes from that report while highlighting recent research at both the national and state levels’. USA.
- Together We Can...
2015; Kaye B Dotson, Christine Clark. ‘Using technology in the classroom for learning is no longer new and innovative; it is expected and even demanded. This article describes one librarian’s experience of providing professional development at the school level, and the role partnerships with other professional librarians had in supporting her new endeavor as the school’s technology leader’. USA.
1. “ASLA - What is a teacher librarian ?” ASLA - Australian School Library Association. Web. 25 July 2014. http://www.asla.org.au/advocacy/what-is-a-teacher-librarian.aspx.