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. It is both an ALIA Group and an ALIA Board Advisory Committee.
Milestones in the 50 years of ALIA Schools
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One of the ways that ALIA has supported its members and the school librarianship profession has been by the provision of resources. These resources have enabled the school library staff and teacher librarians to be effective in supporting all members of the school community to be lifelong learners.
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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
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:
- IOP00242 Engaging students in literature
- IOP00248 Information literacy
- IOP00249 Ancient Rome
- IOP 00202 Selecting Resources
25 August (9:00am - 1:00pm) - Advocacy Matters1?!
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Keynote: Sue McKarracher, ALIA
Presenters: Pru Mitchell, ACER
Anne Whisken, Carey Baptish Grammar
Anna Apfelstedt, Our Lady of Mercy College
8 May - Webinar: "Reading for Students with learning difficulties” presented by Kellie-Jane Winter
17 March (8:30am-1:00pm) - What does the 21st century school collection look like? Presentations
Keynote : Heather Bailie of the King David School
Hope Do, Loyola College
Maria Sartori, Taylors Hill Primary School
Catherine Ryan, Westbourne Grammar
October 2017 - Online Forum : Marketing and Promoting your School Library
26 August 2017 - Learning and teaching : Differentiated learning at the Academy of Mary Immaculate, Fitzroy
Keynote : Kellie-Jane Winter – Dyslexia and readers - what we need to know
Speaker : Julia Petrov - 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.
27 May 2017
Reading : the escape route at Trinity College, Kew
1-5 May 2017
Online forum – Teams in School Libraries
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
21-28 October | Online Forum: Digital Citizenship
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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Chair of the ALIA Schools Advisory Committee and Convenor of the ALIA Schools Group: Anne Girolami
Members of the ALIA Schools Advisory Committee and Executive of the ALIA Schools Group: Jill Abell, Anna Apfelstedt, Catherine Barnes, Penny Davies, David Morris, Anne Plowman, Michelle Turner