ALIA Schools Section and its partners have undertaken a promising new campaign to raise awareness with principals, politicians and parents of what an excellent school library looks like. And it is no surprise that the number one criteria is having a professionally qualified teacher librarian.
Go to the FAIR Great School Libraries home page to see
- the Honours List of 213 great Australian school libraries
- their new report on the impact of teacher librarians on student outcomes 2016
- Staff in Australia’s Schools survey from the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER)
- special report in Education HQ on the campaign
- and more
“FAIR’s sign off to its new report on the impact of school libraries and teacher librarians is a call for the Australian Government to endorse the goal of a teacher librarian for every school.
The report states, ‘Federal, State and Territory Governments’ acknowledgement of the vital role of school libraries in supporting reading, digital literacy, critical thinking and research skills, together with a strong recommendation from Education Ministers about the employment of teacher librarians and qualified library staff in schools within their jurisdiction, would be a significant step forward. Further, it would be of benefit to look for innovative ways of providing access to teacher librarians where there is not the critical mass to support a full-time appointment and to incentivise principals to employ teacher librarians where there is a large student body.’
FAIR and its library association partners will be pursuing this conversation with the Federal Government in the coming months.”
We commend ALIA Schools Section and its partners for this much needed effort and look forward to further steps in the campaign.