Guidelines for the Time Allocation of Teaching and Librarianship for Teacher Librarians
Each of the three education sectors: Government, Catholic and Independent, in each state and territory has its own set of Awards and or Agreements which determine the working conditions for teachers and support staff. For many years teacher librarians have discussed or contemplated how much of their full time equivalent allocation, within the library, can be given to undertake teaching and library tasks.
The ALIA School Library Advisory Committee has created a new resource titled: Guidelines for the Time Allocation of Teaching and Librarianship for Teacher Librarians which can assist principals, school administrators and teacher librarians in the appropriate allocation of that time.
Joint Statement on school libraries
In September 2021, ALIA co-signed a statement which calls on the Australian Government to ensure equitable access to appropriately funded and well-resourced school libraries. ALIA signed this statement alongside the Australian School Library Association (ASLA) and the Australian Education Union (AEU).
Recommended Minimum Information Services Staffing Levels
It is expected that school libraries provide quality services, effective resourcing and relevant skill development for all learners in their community. To achieve these goals, it is essential that school libraries are well staffed. An exemplary school library is underpinned by professionally qualified library staff using their knowledge, core skills and expertise to support the learning and teaching as well as provide for recreational reading.
A Manual for Developing Policies and Procedures
Welcome to the revised edition of A Manual for developing policies and procedures for Australian school library resource centres. Its aim is to develop the policies and document the procedures that are essential for exemplary management practices. The implementation of these policies and procedures will ensure that there is equitable access to resources for all users. A school library resource centre that is well managed is in the best possible position to offer the range of library programmes and services that are essential to the endeavours of the school community.
The Manual contains nine sections, a glossary, references and appendices. Each section comprises two parts, that for the policy and the second for its procedures. There are two versions of the Manual, one that includes images and one that is text only. To accompany the pdf versions is a template document, in Word, that can be used to update or prepare your own school library copy.
About School Libraries
Wondering how to promote the role of the school library, to your principal, parents, staff and wider community? Here are some ideas for you. Identified are ten (10) excellent ways that school libraries can make a difference
Download the A3 poster and A4 handout that describe how school libraries power high performance schools. Follow the link here.
Promoting your school library
This short promotional film, developed by ALIA Schools, is for principals, school communities, teacher librarians, library staff and teachers. The film gives an overview of the exciting role that school libraries and teacher librarians can play by contributing to student success in learning in both primary and secondary school settings. It is evident that student enthusiasm and interest guarantees an ongoing role for the school library.You can find up to date information here.