Advocacy

Neil Gaiman leads authors demanding action to halt decline of school libraries.
This open letter says falling provision risks consigning children to ‘a lifetime of low achievement’

School Librarians – Leadership, advocacy and hand wringing (2017)
It’s time to accept the challenge and show politicians, administrators and parents that eliminating school librarians comes with a high price not only to students but to the entire educational community. Leadership is no longer an option for you. It’s a job requirement.
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Nadine Bailey (2017)
Advocacy is not enough we need power

Australian Kids and Family Reading Report
This premiere landmark study shines a light on the independent reading behaviours and attitudes of Australian children aged 6–17 years, and their parents, plus parents of children 0–5 years.

Jackie Tang explores the changing nature of school libraries in Australia
What next for school libraries?

Morrison, Fleur (2017)
The Truth Worth of Libraries is Much Greater Than You Think

Why we need qualified teacher librarians for the digital future. 
Radio interview with Holly Godfrey Thursday 12 October 2017.

Are school libraries on the way out or up? 
Interview with Sandra Amoore, ASLA president.
Published in EducationHQ 9 October 2017.

'Always a place for pen and paper in schools' as school libraries go digital.
Published inThe Courier Mail’s QWeekend Magazine, (June 24-25, 2017)
This article advocates for school libraries with insightful comments from those working in and using them, including from ASLA President, Sandy Amoore.

National Library of New Zealand: Services to Schools (2016?)
Reading for pleasure : a door to success.

The Reading Agency (2015)
Literature Review: The impact of reading for pleasure and empowerment

Bridges, L. (2014).
An Educator's’ guide to the Joy and Power of Reading [Australia]? : Scholastic Inc.

School Library Journal (2013)
This article is published by the American Libraries Association in the School Library Journal about the difference between schools that do and don't have qualified school librarians.  

100 Things Kids Will Miss Poster

Dr Nancy Everhart has granted permission to the Australian School Library Association to provide access to the 100 Things Kids Will Miss poster.
Download here.

The content for this poster is taken from the Standards for the 21st Century Learner by the American Association of School Libraries (AASL), suggestions from members of the AASL an students in school libraries of the United States. This list was compiled as part of the Vision Tour of the AASL President (2010-2011), Dr Nancy Everhart and research results of Project Leadership-in-Action by Dr Nancy Everhart and Dr Marcia Mardis, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Studies.



 
Revisioning the library
Aedy, Richard 2011, Interview, ABC Radio National Life Matters, 8 April 2011.

Library specialists being shelved
Tarica, Elisabeth 2010, The Age, 6 August 2010.

The future for school librarians
Aedy, Richard 2010, Interview, ABC Radio National Life Matters, 3 June 2010.

Life Matters
Aedy, Richard, ABC Radio National 22 July 2009.
Teacher librarians are a dying breed in the education system. Richard Aedy interviews Mary Manning, Executive Officer, School Library Association of Victoria.

Future Learning and School Librarians
The Australian School Library Association (ASLA) is calling upon Australian educational decision makers to employ teacher librarians as part of the solution to improve national student learning and literacy.  The association's report, Future learning and school libraries, highlights the positive role teacher librarians have in supporting future learning within the school.

Parliamentary Inquiry
The Government response to the report, School libraries and teacher librarians in 21st century Australia, was tabled in the House of Representatives Chamber.

Report from the Inquiry tabled in Parliament - School libraries and teacher librarians in 21st century Australia.
ASLA analysis of School Library Inquiry Report - Prepared in response to the report tabled in Parliament.

The five interrelated domains that encompass the role of information service centres of the school as an information environment:

[As published in Learning in the future: Developing information services in schools, 2nd edition, 2001.]

Events and Activities

Library Lovers Day -- 14 February annually. This promotional campaign is a combined advocacy event organised by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).

National Simultaneous Storytime 2018 - 23 May 2018. Promoted by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).

The Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Children's Book Week Themes and Dates.

A teacher librarian advocate's guide to building information literate school communities -- ASLA Advocacy Kit 2006


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