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School libraries and teacher librarians - infographic
Print Kay Oddone's poster and spread the word - we NEED school libraries and teacher-librarians.

How to make reading as fun as watching TV
With TV on demand, social media and so many other distractions, who's got time to read a book these days? We ask an education expert how parents can make reading a fun past-time for children. We also discuss the role of teacher librarians and the school library in engaging students. Amanda Smith interviews Margaret Merga, Senior Lecturer in Education at Curtin University, WA and Holly Godfrey, Teacher-librarian, Canberra.
ABC Radio: Life Matters with Amanda Smith 7 September, 2018

Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell on why we need libraries – an essay in pictures
Two great champions of reading for pleasure return to remind us that it really is an important thing to do – and that libraries create literate citizens

Love's Learning Hub earns librarian top award
What’s in a school library? For those picturing lonely rows of well-worn tomes in claustrophobic silence, it might be time to schedule another visit.

AASL National School Library Standards
The AASL Standards Framework reflects a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning by demonstrating the connection between learner, school librarian and school library standards. The recently released AASL Standards Framework for Learners introduces stakeholders to this student-focused segment at the heart of AASL’s standards. Harness for teacher collaboration and advocacy. It can be downloaded, along with other useful material, from the website.

The vital work of teacher librarians in the digital age
Advocating our work to the community, this article by Canberra teacher-librarian, Olivia Neilson was published in the Canberra Times, 18 May, 2018 School libraries enhancing student wellbeing

School libraries enhancing student wellbeing
Jackie Child believes school libraries foster student wellbeing, providing students with a place of refuge where creativity and mindfulness are valued.

The ‘teacher’ in ‘teacher librarian’
Teacher librarian Tania Sheko highlights the teaching aspect of teacher librarianship, and how she facilitates learning in her school. 

School libraries: miracles and madness
Jackie French writes about the need for qualified, experienced and compassionate teacher librarians in schools. 

Ten ways to advocate for your role as a teacher librarian
Jenny Kemp suggests ten ways you can show your school why they need their teacher librarian.

Save libraries!

Free posters to print.

Charnwood-Dunlop School community rallies to improve reading.
Reported in The Canberra Times, 19 March 2218

Why teacher-librarians deserve the spotlight in School Library Week.
Radio interview with Marie Miegel, President of the QSLA Darling Downs chapter, - 8 March 2018

In conversation with ASLA’s Teacher Librarian of the Year – SCIS Schools Catalogue Information Service
SCIS recently spoke to Jane Viner about what makes her library unique and what she finds most rewarding about her role and working in school libraries.

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.

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 - held in May each year. 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

Last updated: 12/4/2018 3:32:14 PM