‘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
- Children’s Book Council [ACT]
- Australian School Library Association [Australian Capital Territory]
Use this email link if wanting to contact ASLA ACT.
- Catholic Primary Teacher Librarians Association
New South Wales
- Association of Independent Schools, Teacher Librarians
- 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.
- 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]
Try their Professional Resources page.
- Ask a Librarian
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’.
- Australian School Library Association [Northern Territory]
This is done through the Victorian branch.
- 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 Management
Several sections of with these having embedded links to further information. Part of the section of the site.
- Functional Job
Requirements For the Position of Teacher Librarian
Clear statement of what a teacher librarian can expect to do per week.
- Join LibPOST
‘A subscription-based postal lending service for the provision of physical resources to band 5-7 and remote Queensland state schools’.
- Library Services
Department of Education, Training. ‘Library Services offers : eBooks, online journals, print resources [LibPOST], education history and education databases’.
- Queensland Teacher Librarians Listserv
‘Anyone interested in joining the list need to follow instructions on [this] Education Queensland webpage’.
- Role of the School Library
- Schools Catalogue Information Service [SCIS]
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.
- AEU Teacher Librarians and School Libraries Policy 
- Children’s Book Council [Tas]
- Australian School Library Association [Tasmania]
Done through the Victorian branch.
- Children’s Book Council [Vic]
- Destination Library
‘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 [DET]
Multiple sections include Supporting learning, Learning environments, Facilitating access and Resourcing the curriculum. Good 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’.
- 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 literature’.
- Council of Australian University Librarians
‘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.
‘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’.
- A Simple Book Repair
Online text. Select by chapter.
- New !
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’.
- New !
Joint statement on library and information
ALIA, ASLA. Last updated in 2016.
- New !
Joint statement on teacher librarians in
ALIA, ASLA. Last updated in 2016.
- 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’.
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 !
‘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
- 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
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
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’.
- 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
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.
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.