What the committee wants to know28 04 2010
After speaking at the Sydney hearing and listening to Melbourne today, can I say that the committee is informed and looking for answers to their questions. If you can give any concrete answers to the following, I think they would be pleased.
The questions being asked, some of them repeatedly:
Where are the career paths, why would teachers go into this profession? What is being done to combat the negative perception?
Why isn’t the professional association and the AEU doing more to inform principals and the public?
How varied is the situation across Australia? AEU wouldn’t/couldn’t? answer!!
What is the difference between private and public school library services? (Are we afraid of telling them the truth? )
What databases can be negotiatied thru ERA for a better school rate? (NB: Like The Source free to all Qld schools.)
Why don’t principals see TLs as vital to obvious Literacy and Digital Literacy emphasis?
Do you have stats? Why are stats no longer collected?
To AEU: Should TLs issues have been given greater priority? Answer: well, no more than anyone else.
What is the primary purpose of a school library?
Can you give examples of successful IL programs? Where TLs are making a difference to better use of technology, for example.
What sort of funding will make a difference?
Your dialogue might begin in response to a comment on another Hub page in which the writer wonders why we really need TEACHER librarians when librarians can do it all. What do you think?