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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

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

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

By Karys McEwen

Issue 107, Term 4 2018

n fail to focus enough on the wide and vital roles of other staff and, in particular, the loss of qualified library staff in schools. ‘School library advocacy groups are mostly represented by teacher librarians and schools from the independent and Catholic sectors. I absolutely applaud the work they

Making the library the true heart of the school

By Caroline Roche

Issue 105, Term 2 2018

That the library is the ‘heart of the school’ is a commonly accepted phrase nowadays, certainly in the United Kingdom. You see it in ads for a new librarian, you see it in tweets, you see it in newspaper articles, and it is even the title of the All Party Parliamentary Group white paper on school li

School libraries: miracles and madness

By Jackie French

Issue 104, Term 1 2018

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 lottery to read one of the two or three new books donated each year: The Magic Pudding. Three weeks later, it was mi

Do we need library lessons?

By Barbara Band

Issue 104, Term 1 2018

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 and information within a unique space. That’s the theory. The reality, however, is likely to be library staff const

Ten ways to advocate for your role as a teacher librarian

By Jenny Kemp

Issue 103, Term 4 2017

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 days?’ and ‘What?! You went to university to get a library qualification? Isn’t it just abou

Celebrating the school library officer

By Madeleine Galbraith

Issue 103, Term 4 2017

If you were listening carefully when Leigh Hobbs began his term as the Australian Children’s Laureate, you might have heard a collective cheer coming from a westerly direction. It arose when he announced that the aim of his tenure was ‘to champion creative opportunities for children, and to highligh

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:

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, http://www.asla.org.au/advocacy/what-is-a-teacher-librarian.aspx Earls, N 2015, ‘It’s not about shelving the books and keeping kids quiet’, web blog post, viewed 7 February

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

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

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

Morris Gleitzman on the uniquely contributive role of school libraries

By Morris Gleitzman

Issue 109, Term 2 2019

During my time as Australian Children’s Laureate, I have continued to visit many schools — something I have been doing for about 30 years. I speak to lots of school library staff, because of my long-held interest in the health of school libraries. Over the last 18 months, this has been particularly

Guerrilla book fair: getting staff involved in your school library

By Lucas Maxwell

Issue 100, Term 1 2017

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 several ways to get staff excited about library programs, which in turn helps to make your library the thrumming hear

Working together to ensure student access to high-quality school library services

By Holly Godfree

Issue 113, Term 2 2020

reat ideas. Janice is at the top of her game. I’m going to try some of these things at my school.’ Later in the session, talk turns to school library advocacy: the lack of positions being advertised, qualified staff retiring and not being replaced. What can we do? The next thing you know, Janice is

School libraries and sustainability

By Katalin Mindum

Issue 113, Term 2 2020

With the current focus on climate change and the impact we are having on the environment, many of us are wondering how we can make a real difference. Libraries are quite naturally places that people turn to for ideas as well as answers. They tend to be positive, proactive and full of amazing, commun

School library spotlight: Yarra Valley Grammar

By Dr Mark Merry, Miriam Meehan

Issue 112, Term 1 2020

Dr Mark Merry Please tell us about the new YarraValley Grammar Research Centre andwhy the school has invested in it? There was a reasonably shallow view at one stage that libraries were going to go out of fashion because everyone could sit at home and do their research online. That misses the point.

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

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

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