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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

  • 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’.
    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 :

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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.



Western Australia

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Other Information

Associations and Groups



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


  • 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’.

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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’.
  • Future 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 Librarians
    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 Picture
    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.

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1. “ASLA - What is a teacher librarian ?” ASLA - Australian School Library Association. Web. 25 July 2014.

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