ALIA Schools

ALIA Schools promotes the interests of school libraries and teacher-librarians, provides opportunities for professional development, lobbies for school libraries with state and local groups, liaises with other groups, identifies and analyses current trends in teacher librarianship, and maintains the profile of teacher-librarianship within ALIA.




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.


Five key stakeholders have been targeted as the audience for this film. To assist in promotion of the role of the school library and the teacher librarian the following resources can be of use:



Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

The Australian Institute for Teachers and School Leaders [AITSL] has developed Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. In 2013, ALIA Schools prepared a document that would identify for teacher librarians, in both primary and secondary schools, how their practice could meet the Standards. Three of the career stages have been highlighted and the document titled: Teacher Librarian Practice for the Australian Professional Standards is now available.

Illustrations of Practice

Illustrations of Practice are resources that show what teacher practice can look like in a range of contexts to help teachers identify themselves within the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. They are impressions of quality teacher practice within a particular career stage of the Standards. Films were prepared by ALIA Schools to specifically help teacher librarians as they identify where their practice lies in the highly accomplished career stage. The films cover both a primary and secondary schools. 

To easily access the films visit:


PD Events


26 August : Learning and teaching : How school libraries can improve engagement with the differentiated learner

At the Academy of Mary Immaculate, Nicholson St, Fitzroy
Keynote : Kelly-Jane Winter – Dyslexia and readers - what we need to know
Speaker : Julia Pagliaro - Using data to inform our reading programs

Panel: Pru Mitchell and Sandra Ryan - using the revised ALIA Schools/VCTL Manual and the development of a collection rubric to gauge the school library collection against special learning needs provision.


Past PD events

27 May 2017
Reading : the escape route at Trinity College, Kew

Keynote : Fiona Wood
Panellists : Hope Do, Amanda Baker, Barb Brown, Wendy Keogh

1-5 May 2017
Online forum – Teams in School Libraries

18 March 2017 - Making School Libraries Visible
Keynote : Tania Barry, Hume Libraries “Making your team visible” - Presentation
Panellists: Faye Jamieson, Killester College - Presentation

20 Aug 2016 - Beyond the walls: online learning

21 May 2016 – Literature and Book Week with Jackie French (Keynote)

27 April-4 May  - Online forum – The  New Victorian Curriculum - Foundation to Year 10

19 March 2016 | 21st century resourcing: digital collection development
Pru Mitchell - Presentation Part 1 & Part 2 
Karin Gilbert - 21st Century Collection Development presentation

21-28 October | Online Forum: Digital Citizenship

12 September | Bringing it together: Digital curation
Kay Oddone – presentation
Alison Birchall – presentation
Sharon Hayes - presentation

29 April - 6 May 2015 | Unpacking School Resource Centre guidelines for self-reflection and evaluation document – Online forum 

21 March 2015 | Be the change: promoting your school library

29 April - 08 May 2014 | Online Forum: AITSL Standards document - how to gather evidence to meet your standard. Focus of this event is 'How are the Standards being used within schools?' 

31 May 2014 | Schools Reading Connections Seminar

15 March 2014 | Advocacy with Evidence




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School library resource centre guidelines for self reflection and evaluation 

A manual for developing policies and procedure in Australian school library resources centres.


VIT Standards and teacher librarian practice 


Contacts/ How to get involved

The current ALIA Schools committee. 

Group interest
Schools, Teacher librarians, Education