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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’.
  • 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


  • 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’.
  • New ! Educate.Empower.
    ‘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’. Previously listed as Flicking on the Book.
  • 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


  • New ! Current and Historical Perspectives on Australian Teenagers’ Reading Practices and Preferences
    2016; Jacqueline Manuel, Don Carter. ‘This paper reports on aspects of the findings of an Australian study of the reading habits of more than 2000 young people, aged 12 to 16 years. The research study sought to further explore the fabric of young people’s personal, socially-situated and school-based reading lives’.
  • New ! Digital Fiction : ‘Unruly object’ or literary artefact ?
    2017, Cherie Allan. ‘This paper briefly looks at the development and definitions of digital fiction, examines a number of current digital narrative formats, considers narratological analyses of two digital texts that accord with literary practice but also account for the affordances of the digital environment’.
  • New ! Future of the Library and Information Science Profession : School Libraries
    2014; Australian Library and Information Association. ‘Almost all schools have a library of some description, but they vary enormously in terms of staffing, facilities and resources. At the lower end, there are schools with a few shelves of books and a member of staff whose responsibility it is to look after them, as part of a much wider teaching or administration role. At the high end, there are flagship library and IT hubs, with more than a dozen members of staff. Several of the team will be qualified teacher librarians’.
  • New ! Literacy Matters ! Literacy, Advocacy and the Teacher-Librarian
    2016; Barbara Combes. ‘How do we advocate, not just for our libraries and our positions and status, but for our students who are being disenfranchised and disempowered before they have even left the school yard ?’.
  • New ! Relevance 2020
    2016; ‘The Relevance 2020 series of research events in 2016 was a joint initiative of the Australian Library and Information Association and Charles Sturt University. It came about as a result of discussions between our two organisations about gaps in library and information science knowledge and the need for further development of the LIS research infrastructure in Australia’.
  • New ! School libraries, teacher-librarians and literacy at Gold Coast schools ...
    Research findings. 2013; Hilary Hughes, Toni Leigh, Marj Osborne, Sally Fraser, Chris Kahl, Helen Reynolds. ‘This research provides evidence of the contribution that school libraries and teacher-librarians make to literacy development at 27 schools in the Gold Coast area of Australia’.
  • New ! Successful Library Design Attitudes
    2016; Anne Whisken. ‘To ensure they are included in the design process, library staff must be adaptable in their views. How can they do this while providing traditional services ? How can they ensure that others’ great ideas about how the building should look do not compromise the learning that needs to take place ?’
  • New ! Teacher Librarian Practice for the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
    2014. ‘The document, Teacher Librarian Practice for the Australian Professional Standards has been developed to assist principals, teacher librarians and school communities’.
  • New ! 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’.


  • New ! Beyond the Stacks : How Librarians Support Students and Schools
    2015; Joanna Freeman. ‘The author shares her experience in being a school librarian’. USA.
  • New ! Engaging Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in the School Library : ...
    2012; Nadene Eisner. ‘This paper offers practical suggestions and recommendations to help teacher librarians teach within the concept of Universal Design for Learning to make learning accessible for all students, but specifically for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. A list of Web sites, publishing houses, and journals is appended’. USA.
  • New ! Public Librarians as Partners in Problem-Based Learning in Secondary Schools : ...
    A Case Study in Finland. 2017; Virpi Pietik√§inen, Terttu Kortelainen, Pirkko Siklander. ‘The study reveals that collaboration between teachers and librarians was rewarding, especially in joint teaching situations. Challenges were related to lack of planning time, students' diverse skill levels and, to some degree, to the unclear roles of teachers and librarians. The study resulted in a model for integrating information literacy with problem-based learning’. Finland.
  • New ! The Beating Heart of the School
    2014; The Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group. ‘Improving educational attainment through school libraries and librarians’. UK.
  • New ! The Washington State School Library Impact Study
    ‘The goals of the present study were to describe the current conditions of school libraries in Washington State schools and to evaluate the relationship between quality school library programs staffed by certified teacher-librarians and student achievement’. USA.
  • New ! Window on the World of School Librarianship
    2016; Elizabeth Greef. ‘This global project of the International Association of School Librarianship, first completed in 2016 after three years’ work, offers profiles of 230 countries with information of relevance in building a global perspective on school libraries. These profiles are focused around the school library situation in each country’.

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

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