A great interview. Pass on to all Australian parents and teachers and principals

20 10 2017

Why we need qualified teacher librarians for the digital future, interview with Holly Godfree, T/L, and Kinderling Kids Radio host, Shevonne Hunt.

 

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Children’s Laureate continues campaign for teacher librarians

26 09 2017

ABC news “We need TLs more than ever”





Australian Children’s Laureate stands up for teacher librarians

4 05 2017

Leigh Hobbs knows the value of teacher librarians to literacy and learning.  As Australian Children’s Laureate this year, he intends to convey this message to parents and principals and the press at every opportunity.  Support his passion.

See more on his facebook page.

 





What’s Happening with School Libraries?

20 04 2017

Rick Susman, Managing Director of the Booklegger and founder of the Book Bank Initiative, is interviewed by Jon Faine and Sally Warhaft. (Broadcast Wednesday, 26 April on ABC Melbourne 774 Morning show.)  Catch up online.





ALIA poster and handout support school libraries

6 04 2017

Download this new A3 poster and A4 handout produced by ALIA to inform your school communities how your library powers high performance schools. Keep up the campaign for professionally trained teacher librarians in every school.





Children prefer to read books on paper

15 03 2017

“…the myth” that children are all digital natives and prefer e-reading, “has already had an impact on book resourcing decisions at school and public libraries, both in Australia and in the US, with some libraries choosing to remove all paper books in response to a perceived greater preference for eBooks.

But by doing this, libraries are actually limiting young people’s access to their preferred reading mode, which in turn could have a detrimental impact on how often they choose to read.”

https://theconversation.com/children-prefer-to-read-books-on-paper-rather-than-screens-74171

“Data from the 997 children who participated in the 2016 Western Australian Study in Children’s Book Reading were analysed to determine children’s level of access to devices with eReading capability, and their frequency of use of these devices in relation to their recreational book reading frequency. Respondents were found to generally underutilise devices for reading purposes, even when they were daily book readers. In addition, access to mobile phones was associated with reading infrequency. It was also found that reading frequency was less when children had access to a greater range of these devices.”

From abstract of “The influence of access to eReaders, computers and mobile phones on children’s book reading frequency” by Margaret Merga and Saiyidi Mat Roni

 





So where have all our teacher-librarians gone? 

6 01 2017

An excellent article in Kids Spot by Kylie Matthews. Parents unite! Our kids need to increase their declining literacy and it’s teacher librarians, other children’s book experts and parents who lead the way.

http://www.kidspot.com.au/school/primary/real-life/so-where-have-all-our-school-teacher-librarians-gone