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Teacher Librarians

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’
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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

Northern Territory

Queensland

  • School Library Support
    Home page for information about school libraries and librarians. Linked pages include :

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South Australia

  • Careers
    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.

Tasmania

Victoria

Western Australia

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Other Information

Associations and Groups

Courses

Journals

For all educational journals, see the Education Journals page.

  • Connections
    ‘A quarterly newsletter produced by the Schools Catalogue Information Service’
  • School Library Journal®
    USA. Reviews, articles, technology information, links to blogs, newsletters, supplements, more.

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Other Information

Blogs

  • 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’.
  • Linking for Learning
    ‘School library & elearning from an Australian perspective’. This now includes the previous Edubeacon material.
  • 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’.
  • Flicking on the Book
    ‘A blog which focuses on children’s books that can be linked to the sustainability strand in the Australia curriculum. With each blog post I link in activities for teachers and parent’.
  • 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’.

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Reports and Research

Australian

  • 2015 Softlink Australian [and New Zealand] School Library Survey
    2015; Softlink. ‘Findings from Softlink’s 201 Australian and New Zealand’s School Library Survey into school library budgets, staffing and literacy levels in Australian school libraries’.
  • Future Learning and School Libraries
    2013; Australian School Library Association Inc. ‘Teacher librarians and school libraries have a pivotal role to play in 21st century education and this paper presents an overview’ covering several major areas.
  • Library Makerspaces : Revolution or Evolution ?
    2016; Harte, Chris. ‘The makerspace movement is gaining momentum in the world of libraries, although it is not an entirely new concept. One of the first makerspaces built specifically to invigorate the hearts, hands, and minds of young inventors opened in 1876’.
  • School Libraries : The Heart of 21st Century Learning
    2016; Education Directorate, ACT. ‘Teacher librarians combine a command of 21st century pedagogies and curricula with expertise in information science: the analysis, collection, classification, manipulation, storage, retrieval, movement, dissemination, and protection of information. Working with a teacher librarian strengthens the skills of classroom teachers and student’.
  • Staff in Australia’s Schools Report
    2016; Paul R Weldon, ACER. ‘What the Staff in Australia’s Schools surveys tell us about teachers working in school libraries’.
  • Teacher Librarians and the Networked School Community : the Opportunities
    2011; Lee, Mal and Hay, Lyn. ‘The opportunities being opened daily for the astute, proactive information professional prepared to embrace and lead ongoing change are immense’.
  • The Importance of School Libraries in the Google Age
    2016; Oddone, Kay. ‘With such widespread access to information comes the commonly asked question : now that we have Google, do we still require libraries and librarians ? This question is particularly being pressed in schools’.

International

  • Action Research Empowers School Librarians
    2015; Robins, Jennifer. ‘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.
  • Beyond the Stacks : How Librarians Support Students and Schools
    2014; Freeman, Joanna. ‘School library positions have evolved over the past few decades, primarily as a result of technological advances, but the main focus has not changed. The author shares her experience in being a school librarian’. USA.
  • Creating 21st Century Learners
    2012; Pennsylvania School Library Project. ‘The PA School Library Project examines the connection between school library infrastructure and student achievement in Pennsylvania and demonstrating the impact of the 21st-century school library and librarian on student achievement’ USA..
  • Pre-Service Toolkit for Principals and Teachers
    2016; American Association of School Librarians. ‘The resources listed in the toolkit can help to educate future principals and teachers about the significant role that quality library programs can play in student learning. The resources can also be shared with practicing principals and teachers, who would benefit from learning more about the impact that a quality school library program can have on their schools’. USA.
  • School Libraries : A Plan for Improvement
    2015; Douglas, Jonathan and Wilkinson, Sue. ‘In its call for evidence the Commission asked the question “Is there any other service or partnership which can deliver the outcomes of a school library ?” In neither the evidence supplied nor the research examined could the Commissioners find any evidence that the school libraries role could be delivered in another way’. UK.
  • School Libraries : What’s now, What’s next, What’s yet to come
    2011; Fontichiaro, Kristin and Hamilton, Buffy. ‘School librarians have more research supporting their effect than any other library type out there. In this book you will read others views on the future and what concerns school librarians’. Free to download. USA.
  • School Libraries Work
    2016; Scholastic. ‘A compendium of research supporting the effectiveness of School Libraries’. USA.
  • The New Librarian : Leaders in The Digital Age
    2016; Digital Promise. ‘Although libraries remain open, they lack trained educators to support students, despite a technological landscape that makes information literacy more important than ever. Vancouver Public Schools in Vancouver, Washington, has been investing in its librarians while others are cutting back’. USA.

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Reference

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.

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