Victorians, send your letter to members now

24 10 2010

Follow up on promises made before the election. Ask elected members for their support now.

Martin Dixon, Victoria Shadow Minister for Education

Robert Hulls, Victorian Shadow Minister for Education

Find your local member here Victoria Parliamentary members

Dear Local Member,

Research has shown that only 13% of Victorian primary schools are staffed with qualified teacher librarians, one of the worst rates in the country. Many schools employ library technicians and librarians (not certified as teachers) to run school libraries. 12% of these are managed by someone with no formal qualifications of any kind, including volunteer parents

In NSW  volunteers have not been running school libraries since before the 1970 Commonwealth grants. In NSW all schools are officially staffed with teachers who are also trained as librarians

With declining budgets, schools in Victoria are often forced to go for cheaper options, even when they know that teacher librarians make a difference to student learning.

The Federal Inquiry into School Libraries and Teacher Librarians took evidence of over 60 studies internationally confirming this. Dual qualified teacher librarians make a difference to student literacy and learning. Reading scores rise. Students read more.  Their writing and spelling and vocabulary improve. Academic results improve regardless of socio-economic considerations.

Yet, the Victorian government seems unaware of the research. The Victorian government must take the initiative. If you truly care about literacy and student achievement, you must require and support the staffing of government school libraries with qualified teacher librarians.

We ask if you support our campaign for a qualified teacher librarian in every school.

Your reply will be posted for all Victorians to see.

Thank you,


Victorian voter  address






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