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Ten easy tips to be a library rockstar

By Gwyneth Jones

Issue 109, Term 2 2019

The first thing I need to say is that I don’t know that I really love the term ‘library rockstar’, because I think all librarians and library professionals are rockstars or have an inner rockstar just waiting to come out. I also think it sounds a wee bit elitist. But who doesn’t want to rock at thei

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

By Karys McEwen

Issue 107, Term 4 2018

end a conference to hear the widespread discussion about how shrinking budgets and staffing cuts are affecting the industry. But amid all the debate, school library staff are working hard to show how valuable they are to the communities they service. There are countless ways in which we are proving

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

The writing (and revising) of The innovative school librarian

By Elizabeth Bentley

Issue 111, Term 4 2019

I was one of a group of school librarians, initially composed of students on the MAEd course at Canterbury Christ Church, tutored by Sharon Markless, and later joined by Sarah Pavey. We continued to meet regularly with Sharon to discuss research and other issues related to school librarianship. Shar

LIFT: From little things ...

By Madeleine Galbraith and the LIFT team

Issue 108, Term 1 2019

Introduction In 2017, Carmen Lawrence addressed a room full of librarians at the State Library of Western Australia, as the keynote speaker at a conference called Library Leadership — A Celebration. I was keen to hear what the first female state premier in Australia had to say about leadership, and

Preserving the past: becoming the archivist in the school library

By Naomi Heyman, Nigel Paull

Issue 107, Term 4 2018

ation and future-proofing of the school’s archives were essential elements of the archiving overhaul prior to the sesquicentenary, and are things all school library staff and archivists should consider. Adequate and safe preservation of precious items for enjoyment well into the future is an importa

How to boost your digital literacy confidence

By Sally Pewhairangi

Issue 106, Term 3 2018

Hands up if you have ever had thoughts like these: I wish I didn’t feel out of my depth when a teacher asks me to find additional sources (such as case studies or videos) for their class assignment. If I was more confident in my presentation skills, I would show other teacher librarians how we teac

The future role of the teacher librarian

By Dr James E Herring

Issue 100, Term 1 2017

I began my career as a school librarian in the UK as part of the local public library service. What struck me when I started — and this is still true today — was that my teaching colleagues were expected to teach their subjects, advise students, and complete administrative tasks. As the school libra

International engagement: the SLAV / IASL partner association program

By Susan La Marca

Issue 106, Term 3 2018

School librarianship is different from country to country. We may share many similar aims and roles, but there are also many differences in our profession around the world. In an age where communication is global, it is important for school librarians to recognise these differences, to learn from ea

The professional learning hat

By Barbara Braxton

Issue 97, Term 2 2016

The core of our mandate as teacher librarians is to enable our students to become lifelong learners. By teaching students, staff and other members of the school community about the information literacy process, we provide them with a scaffold that they can use in any area. This allows them to find w

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

By Holly Godfree

Issue 113, Term 2 2020

Tell me if this sounds familiar:  A local group of school library staff are meeting to share ideas. One teacher librarian, let’s call her Janice, is describing how she’s been building a culture of reading with her Year 6 students — trying to reverse the trend we see of teenagers turning away from re

Students need great school libraries

By Nicole Richardson

Issue 109, Term 2 2019

braries campaign, and Barbara Band, committee member of the Great School Libraries campaign, about what’s driving their campaigns for change, and how school library staff can get involved. Australian Children’s Laureate Morris Gleitzman also shared his insights about how we can work together to enco

Librarians in the digital age: experts in e-health

By Susan Marshall

Issue 101, Term 2 2017

No one would argue against the perception that librarians have moved well beyond their traditional role.The view of the librarian as the keeper of knowledge and the guide to unlocking the best of it has been totally overthrown — and the disruption metaphor is entirely apt. No longer do we even blink

Is there a place for Artificial Intelligence in the school library?

By Martin Richards

Issue 114, Term 3, 2020

What comes to mind when you hear the term ‘Artificial Intelligence’ or AI? Do you think of machines taking over the world, as depicted in the movies? Or, perhaps you question whether or not a computer is even capable of thinking like a human being? On the other hand, you might immediately think of t

New Zealand school libraries respond to COVID-19

By Glenys Bichan

Issue 114, Term 3, 2020

How do you run a school library when no-one can enter it? The lockdown made us all reflect on our practice and on the questions, ‘Who are we?’ and more importantly, ‘Why are we?’ School libraries are a place of transformation for our students and our staff. Students can flourish, grow and explore th

What is a future ready librarian?

By Mark Ray

Issue 113, Term 2 2020

Librarians of the past or future? In my 2016 TEDx Talk, Changing the conversation about librarians, I suggested that we are good at associating librarians with our past, but may not be as clear about their role in the future. Later that same year, Future Ready Librarians launched in the United State