A sample media response

Leonie sent this alert

“Tara Moss is on Sunrise talking about how wonderful it was to see people queuing for Harry Potter, and that there are enough good books out to cause that sort of buzz every month. She is concerned that young people are not reading, and suggested ways to find other good reads. Book clubs, talking to friends, blah blah blah, no mention of libraries or librarians, let alone TL’s and school libraries.

“Earlier in the show, Kochie was saying how he finished HP last night and was sad it was the end.”

Cathy C responded to the call, by sending this message to Sunrise:

“Kochie and Tara, Teacher Librarians have dual qualifications and their role is complex, demanding, multi-skilled and expert in the fields of information literacy and literature for all ages.

“Librarians in our Public Libraries can also suggest good reads. So ask a TL or a librarian for suggestions to fill the gap now that HP is finished! Teacher Librarianship and Librarianship are just so underestimated. Rediscover your school libraries and public libraries!”

Cathy also added on the Ros Wall:
“Teacher Librarians have dual qualifications and their role is complex, demanding, multi-skilled and expert in the fields of information literacy and literature for all ages. Why is it that their presence in Australian schools – particularly in primary schools, is diminishing at an alarming rate?”

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2 responses

26 02 2008
School Library Advocacy in the Media « The Hub

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29 03 2010
belinda.j.doyle

It is with alarm that I have learned that the role of teacher/librarians is under “review” in state schools. I have been working as a trained high school teacher/librarian for 5 years and prior to this position I had 25 years experience as a classroom teacher in the HSIE faculty. I have brought this experince as a classroom teacher to my role and I certainly think that it has enhanced my ability to help staff and students select appropriate resources. Beside the many functions or roles a T/L has I am intrigued about how a High School Principal would provide supervision in the library if we were to be replaced by non-teaching staff. I am on duty as soon as I enter the library. Who is going to supervise students: throughout the day, before school starts, recess, lunch and in homework centre time? What about the students who are sent in class time to complete assignments, the senior strudents who are using the computers when they are not being used by a class, senior classes who have not been covered but are sent to the library to work, students who are sent to the library as a “safe’ haven from the classroom ? Of course there are many, many other specialised jobs that a T/L performs. Who is going to perform these roles? What about the library budget and allocation and selection of resources? More work for the already overowrked classroom teachers and executive ? What about the teaching and the promotion of PRC and other programs to promote reading?

Belinda Doyle T/L Erskine PArk High

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