The sixth annual survey of Australian school libraries has expanded to include New Zealand Schools. The first survey was done to inform Softlink’s submission to the federal Inquiry into School Libraries and Teacher Librarians in Australian Schools. Survey results are an invaluable source of information on school library staffing and budgets, to inform advocacy.
Of the 9404 schools in Australia (ABS, 2015) and 2538 schools in New Zealand, 994 responded to the survey. While a low percentage of respondents, no other such statistics are collected by an Australian body. These statistics provide a much needed snapshot over time, and reinforce findings of other studies internationally.
- There was a positive correlation between annual Australian school library budgets and NAPLAN Reading Literacy results.
- There was a positive correlation between the number of school librarians employed in Australian school libraries and NAPLAN Reading Literacy results.
Further findings, including information on mobile device uptake and e-books, can be found in the report available at http://www.softlinkint.com/2015-softlink-australian-and-new-zealand-school-library-survey-report
Congratulations, Softlink, for your on-going support for teacher-librarians.