Statement on school libraries in Australia

Australian School Library Association (ASLA)

The school library is a vital teaching and learning environment in the school community.  The school library and its staff are integral to empowering students to become independent lifelong learners.  Student learning outcomes are enhanced through the teacher librarian’s acquisition and organisation of information resources, the dissemination and circulation of learning materials and collaboratively planned programs to integrate information and digital literacy.

Having access to a well resourced school library and the services of a fully trained and qualified teacher librarian is the right of every student in an Australian school.  The provision of the school library facility and the employment of a highly qualified teacher librarian in every school is the responsibility of the federal and state governments of Australia.

Students’ success in today’s society depends on their ability to use information and communication technologies to access, evaluate, synthesise and present information to develop an understanding of the world in which they live and ultimately work.  A teacher librarian is a significant contributor to the development and delivery of the school’s teaching and learning program through the distinct and overlapping roles of curriculum leader, information specialist and information services manager. 

A teacher librarian implements the vision of the school community through advocating and building effective library and information services and programs that address the curriculum needs of the school and support the literacy development of every student.

Related documents
Australian School Library Association and Australian Library and Information Association 2001, Learning for the future: developing information services in schools, 2nd ed., Curriculum Corporation, Carlton South.

Standards of professional excellence for teacher librarians

Statement on library and information services in schools

Statement on teacher librarian qualifications

Statement on teacher librarians in Australia

Adopted: February 2009

Last updated: 9/5/2016 9:12:15 AM