Sample Letters

Letter to local member Nov. 2011

Brief letter to federal member 2011

Letter to political representative 2011

Letter to the Melbourne Age from Leonie Paatsch, 6 April 2010

Letter to the Melbourne Age from Sheryl Gwyther, 3 April 2010

Letter to the Editor, Brisbane Courier Mail re the Inquiry, 1 April 2010

Children’s Book Council of Australia Open Letter to Julia Gillard, 23 March 2010

Letter to local federal MP requesting a national review of school libraries, 28 November 2009

Letter to Julia Gillard requesting a national review of school libraries, 16 Nov. 2009

Letter to MPs – A downloadable Word document November 2007

Letter to Politician from parent or citizen

Letter from teacher or teacher librarian to politician or candidate

Letters to a newspaper editors

Post-election letter

Letter to new Labor Education Minister re literacy and TLs: reading.doc

Letter from a primary TL

Who teaches the information skills, Ms Gillard?

To Ms Gillard re holiday reading programs

Response from ACT politicians re school libraries

Letter to Minister of Education and reply  Dec 2007 and 2008

Letters to and from Shadow Minister of Education  June 2009

Write to a Senator today

Letter written to Julia Gillard from national president of the Children’s Book Council of Australia

2 responses

15 10 2007
Barbara Braxton

I have just sent the following to Bishop, Smith, and my local candidates – well the one that has put his hand up so far!!!

Dear Ms Bishop
The Adelaide Declaration on National Goals for Schooling in the Twenty-first Century 1999 states that students must have “the capacity for, and skills in, analysis and problem solving and the
ability to communicate ideas and information, to plan and organise activities and to collaborate with others”.

In other words, our students need to be information literate.

If you are information literate then you are able to
*know when you have a need for information
*find the information you need from the most appropriate resource
*interpret and evaluate what you find and use it effectively and efficiently to meet your needs.

A leading international educator has stated “Information is like crude oil. Crude oil contains potential value, but it needs to be refined to be of real value and the more refined it is the more valuable it is.

The process of refining is expensive but the end product is valuable enough to pay for the refining.

The process of refining information is much more complex than the refining of oil, which also means that the process of information refining is extremely valuable for each individual.”

Another fears that elections will be won by those who have the best PR teams producing the slickest media campaigns rather than the best policies for the nation.

Why then, are teacher-librarians, the information specialists in schools, becoming such an endangered species in this, the Information Age?

More and more schools are choosing to spend their staffing and resource budgets in other ways because of the lack of understanding by, and lack of direction from, state and federal education
authorities of the need for a qualified information management professional in every school at all levels.

This is particularly curious when there is so much research, including an Australian study, which shows the correlation between well-staffed and well-resourced school libraries and student achievement.

Therefore, what provision has been made, or will be made, in your education policy to support the development of state school library educational programs so that all students have the opportunity
to achieve the outcomes stated in the National Goals?

I await your response.

Barbara Braxton
Teacher Librarian

“Together we learn from each other.”

5 04 2010
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