Using the Media

Here are examples of using the media to highlight our concerns leading up to the Inquiry. See also our pages on the media coverage of The Inquiry into School Libraries and Teacher Librarians and articles published by Hubbers.

2 March 2010 2 Page feature on teacher librarians and the Hub in the Illawarra Mercury

9 February Adelaide NowShortage of school librarians looms by Martina Simos

18 November 2009 Maralyn Parker in the Daily Telegraph, “Writing on the Wall

17 November 2009 Letter in the Age from Leonie Paatsch

October 2009 Teacher Librarians, A dying breed? by Carol Keeble, NSW CBC president, in News and Views, quarterly newsletter of the NSW CBC, Vol. 2 2009.

7 September 2009  Letter to NSW Teachers Federation newsletter about the dangers of flexible staffing.

3 September 2009  Letter to the Editor, Indigenous Literacy and TLs in the NT.

22 July 2009  Mary Manning from the School Library Association of Victoria is interviewed by Life Matters’ Richard Eady on the decline of school library funding and staffing, especially in Victoria.

7 July 2009 ALIA President, Jan Richards, begins a dialogue in the Sydney Morning Herald‘s letters to the editor pages.

May 2009 On Borrowed Time? article in the Australian Education Union News AEU May 09Library_Feature

17 February 2009  Bronwen Bennett announces the newly formed Australian Children’s Literature Alliance in the AustralianThe Australian 17 Feb 2009

26 November 2008 Ex-Hubber, Liza Moss, gets her letter to the SMH editor published. Good one, Liza!

Left on the shelf

May I offer a suggestion to address Australia’s fall in reading literacy (Letters, November 25)? If funding for public schools was increased, results would probably improve, but if money was earmarked for school libraries, they definitely would.

Research shows that the size and quality of a library, and the qualifications of its staff, affect student results regardless of socio-economic background or other variables.

Private school libraries are winning architectural awards and often enjoy high staffing levels. In contrast, public school libraries are being starved of funds and work with increasingly poor staffing ratios.

Libraries have an important role to play in literacy, but are overlooked in favour of expensive computers in an education revolution that is failing to deliver any meaningful benefit.

Liza Moss, Cardiff

15 September 2008 Hubber Sharon McGuinness writes a feature for the NSW Teachers Federation Journal, Focus on School Libraries, linked to IASL’s School Library Day.

31 August 2008 Is Fiji’s Ministry of Education ahead of ours?? Their deputy secretary says there is no better place to learn than school libraries. See Fiji Times online.

26 August 2008   in response to Vic Minister of Ed on improving underperforming schools.

22 August 2008 , Book Week, praising work of TLs and asking parents to evaluate their school’s library

16 August 2008  Bronwen Bennett, Children’s Book Council President, advocates for TLs at Book Week Awards Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum

19 July 2008  Kerry Neary’s Letter to the Editor published by the Brisbane Courier Mail.

15  July 2008  Sharon McGuinness speaks on Radio National’s Perspectives about the role of a primary teacher librarian today.

23 May 2008, (31, 4). Queensland Teachers’ Journal edited version of previous article by Kerry Neary.

3rd February 2008 Peter Macinnis talks about TLs on ABC National program ‘Ockham Razor’

3rd December 2007 Letter about TLs published in Sydney Morning Herald

6th November 2007 Illawarra Mercury Cover Story for International School Libraries Day Mercury6_11_8mercislday2.jpg

September 2007 The Queensland Principal: the Journal of the Association of State School Principals Inc., Vol. 3, No. 3 [Original article by Kerry Neary with some minor changes to accommodate a wider audience.)

11th August: Four letters to the Editor of The Age in response to this Agnes Nieuwenhuizen article

8th August: A Letter to the Editor in Wollongong, NSW, in response to the teachers union announcement of a campaign for more teacher relief planning time.letter2mercsml.jpg

4th August: Advocate Sharon has emailed the editor of the ‘My Career’ supp in SMH, requesting a feature on TLs and school libraries to coincide with ISL Day and to encourage new recruits to the profession!!

2nd August: An emailed response to Yahoo7Sunrise.

1st August: A recent media release from Advocate Leonie.

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