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School libraries and teacher librarians in 21st century Australia

March 2011

© Commonwealth of Australia 2011
ISBN 978-0-642-79396-6 (Printed version)
ISBN 978-0-642-79397-3 (HTML version)

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Preliminary pages (PDF 24KB)
Chapter 1 Overview (PDF 122KB)

Referral of inquiry
Parameters of inquiry
Inquiry process
Structure of report
Teacher librarians

Chapter 2 Impact of recent Commonwealth Government policies and investments on school libraries (PDF 269KB)

Council of Australian Governments Education Reforms
Funding for non-government schools
Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians
Investments and activities
Building the Education Revolution
Digital Education Revolution
National Secondary School Computer Fund
Teacher Quality and Professional Development
National Partnerships under the National Education Agreement
National Professional Standards for Teachers
The Australian Curriculum
Main concerns
Technical support
Equitable access to quality online databases
Devolution of management to school principals and implications for resourcing school libraries
Consultation on national curriculum and teaching standards
Leadership opportunities at the national level

Chapter 3 Potential of school libraries and teacher librarians to contribute to improved educational and community outcomes (PDF 261KB)

Research proving the link between school libraries and scholastic achievement
International research findings
Australian research findings
Evidence-based practice
Literacy and the role of teacher librarians
Supporting classroom teachers
Supporting literacy learning – NAPLAN tests
Importance to gifted children
Encouraging a love of reading
Improving digital literacy
School libraries as socially inclusive learning hubs of the 21st century
i-Pad trials
Library Associations
Teacher librarians’ capacity for leadership roles
Mandating a teacher librarian in every Australian school

Chapter 4 Recruitment and development of teacher librarians - Remote area teacher shortages (PDF 259KB)

Devolution of financial management to schools and principal control
Stereotypical and negative perceptions of teacher librarians
Lack of understanding about role and merit of modern teacher librarians
Underperforming and/or unqualified staff in lieu of teacher librarians
Using teacher librarians as relief teachers and for supervisory duties
Inadequacy of technical and clerical support
Demographic of the workforce
Decline in teacher librarians courses and places for students
Lack of placements for teacher librarian graduate students and mandating teacher librarians in schools
Non-uniformity of teacher qualifications and requirements for working in a school library
More flexible pathways into the profession
Broadening teaching opportunities in general
Limited professional development
Limited promotional opportunities
Lack of national data on staffing situation
Defining the role of a school library and teacher librarian in 21st century
Repositioning the status of teacher librarians in Australia
Marketing campaigns at state and territory education authorities level

Chapter 5 Partnering and supporting school libraries and teacher librarians (PDF 220KB)

Government departments and agencies
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
ACMA and Department of Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy
Education Services Australia
State and territory governments
The National Library and state libraries
Support personnel within government and non-government agencies and offices
Other support for teacher librarians
Partnerships with public libraries
Case Study: Productive Partnerships—Learning for Life, Mackay, Qld
Joint-use libraries
Case Study: Taminmin Community Library, Humpty Doo, NT

Chapter 6 Concluding comments (PDF 60KB)
Appendix A – List of submissions (PDF 109KB)
Appendix B – List of exhibits (PDF 49KB)
Appendix C – List of hearings and witnesses (PDF 81KB)

Appendix D – Standards of professional excellence for teacher librarians (PDF 142KB)

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