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Leadership is not optional – it's a job requirement

By Hilda Weisburg

Issue 101, Term 2 2017

William Shakespeare in Twelfth Night had Malvolio say ‘Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ‘em’. Change ‘great’ to ‘leaders’ and ‘greatness’ to ‘leadership’ and you have a message for all school librarians. I am well aware our profession has experienced d

The importance of school libraries in the Google Age

By Kay Oddone

Issue 98, Term 3 2016

ool Library Association 2014, ‘What is a teacher librarian?’, Australian School Library Association, viewed 11 February, 2016, Earls, N 2015, ‘It’s not about shelving the books and keeping kids quiet’, web blog post, viewed 7 February

Bring the teachers in: enticing teachers into the library

By Brett Moodie

Issue 90, Term 3 2014

The primary focus of the school library has always been to support the information and learning needs of staff and students. However in most schools the focus invariably falls on providing for the needs of students, whilst supporting staff professional development is an auxiliary function. Backgroun

Positive promotion of the school library

By Jae Rolt

Issue 93, Term 2 2015

After I was named Australia's Favourite Librarian people began asking what it is that makes me so popular with my students, families, colleagues, and community.Whilst the ideas here work for me, they may not work for everyone. Sometimes you need to try other ways to find what works for you and your

It’s time: let’s improve schools' perceptions of teacher librarians

By Bev Novak

Issue 99, Term 4 2016

I recently noticed that a work colleague shared a link to Sally Dring’s fabulous article published in 2014, ‘Don’t overlook your school librarian, they’re the unsung heroes of literacy’. When I read this article a couple of years ago, I shared it on Twitter, and was delighted to read Sally’s reply:

Ten ways to advocate for your role as a teacher librarian

By Jenny Kemp

Issue 103, Term 4 2017

Jenny Kemp suggests ten ways you can show your school why they need their teacher librarian. One of the challenges faced by teacher librarians is that it isn’t always easy for the rest of the school to understand why we are important. In my experience, comments like ‘Surely everything’s online these

Celebrating the school library officer

By Madeleine Galbraith

Issue 103, Term 4 2017

Madeleine Galbraith speaks to various library officers in Western Australia about their roles, their libraries, and how they contribute to their school communities. If you were listening carefully when Leigh Hobbs began his term as the Australian Children’s Laureate, you might have heard a collectiv

School libraries: miracles and madness

By Jackie French

Issue 104, Term 1 2018

Jackie French writes about the need for qualified, experienced and compassionate teacher librarians in schools.  The first school I went to burnt down. This was not my fault. The library didn’t burn down, because there wasn’t one — just a classroom with a shelf of books. I won third place in the lot

Do we need library lessons?

By Barbara Band

Issue 104, Term 1 2018

Barbara Band looks at the many benefits of regular library lessons, and speculates what would be lost without them. A school library is (or should be) a whole-school facility, enabling the learning needs of all students, supporting staff to deliver the curriculum, and providing resources for reading

Making the library the true heart of the school

By Caroline Roche

Issue 105, Term 2 2018

Caroline Roche, founder of the Heart of the School website, writes about the need to advocate for and share stories from school libraries — and what makes them the heart of the school. That the library is the ‘heart of the school’ is a commonly accepted phrase nowadays, certainly in the United Kingd

All together now: recognising the work of all school library staff

By Karys McEwen

Issue 107, Term 4 2018

Karys McEwen writes about the importance of being inclusive in our advocacy for school libraries. There’s no doubt that school libraries in Australia are facing challenges. You only have to pick up a professional publication or attend a conference to hear the widespread discussion about how shrinkin

Making connections online

By Clare Forrest

Issue 111, Term 4 2019

real. It satisfies our need to experience our colleagues’ joy in what they do — not to mention giving us an opportunity to steal some of their ideas! Advocacy toolkit School librarians in Aotearoa, even those well qualified and experienced, are often not remunerated well. We ran a discussion to coll

Guerrilla book fair: getting staff involved in your school library

By Lucas Maxwell

Issue 100, Term 1 2017

UK-based school librarian Lucas Maxwell recommends ways to encourage teachers to make use of school libraries. Getting staff members involved in your school library can be tough. They are busy people, and any free time they do have is precious to them. Over the past few years, I’ve identified severa

Morris Gleitzman on the uniquely contributive role of school libraries

By Morris Gleitzman

Issue 109, Term 2 2019

Australian Children's Laureate Morris Gleitzman discusses the uniquely contributive role of school libraries, and how parents and supporters can work together to ensure students have access to strong school library services.  During my time as Australian Children’s Laureate, I have continued to visi

Improving literacy levels in remote Indigenous communities

By Karen Williams

Issue 111, Term 4 2019

We are all about exciting, engaging, and connecting kids to the wonderful magic of books. We’re about opening a door — for young minds and imaginations — to a world without limits. The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) is an Australian organisation that works to reduce low literacy rates among Ab

Navigating the information landscape through collaboration

By Elizabeth Hutchinson

Issue 101, Term 2 2017

at the heart of learning. School librarians need to be aware of current research, the importance of their professionalism, and the power of their own advocacy. It is essential to talk to senior leaders, discussing with them the importance of embedding information literacy into the curriculum and pro

Students need great school libraries

By Nicole Richardson

Issue 109, Term 2 2019

line is it’s an amazing job and we can have an incredible impact on young people’s lives,’ says Barbara. ‘You can’t put a value on that.’ To keep the advocacy campaigns going, Holly, Barbara and Morris ask for the support of the wider school library community. ‘We’re trying to achieve something real

School library spotlight: Yarra Valley Grammar

By Dr Mark Merry, Miriam Meehan

Issue 112, Term 1 2020

SCIS speaks to Yarra Valley Grammar Principal, Dr Mark Merry, and Head of Libraries, Miriam Meehan, about the development of the innovative new Research Centre with the John Pascoe Resource Centre at its heart. Dr Mark Merry Please tell us about the new YarraValley Grammar Research Centre andwhy the

Supporting Australian book creators

By Alison Lester

Issue 110, Term 3 2019

Alison Lester, the award-winning author whose work mixes imaginary worlds with everyday life, reflects on her love of school libraries. I love school libraries and it makes me feel sad and angry when I hear about schools closing their libraries. The library should be the engine room of every school,

Supporting Australian book creators

By Ruilin Shi (with thanks to Jeannie Baker)

Issue 111, Term 4 2019

Australian book creators, including Jeannie Baker, lose income through the free multiple use of their work in Australian public and educational lending libraries. That is why the two Australian Lending Right Schemes (ELR and PLR) are so important to all of them. The Educational Lending Right (ELR) s

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