Milestones in the 50 years of ALIA Schools

1964

The Library Association of Australia (now ALIA) commissioned the Fenwick Report in 1964. 2

1966

Publication of the report by Fenwick titled School and Children’s Libraries in Australia: a report to the Children’s Libraries Section of the Library Association of Australia. The Fenwick Report painted a grim picture and it provided the impetus for active political lobbying by LAA and other associations. Specifically, the call was for the Commonwealth Government to provide financial support for libraries in educational institutions. 2

1966

Library Association of Australia, Children's Libraries Section, Committee on School Libraries published the Standards and objectives for school libraries: a guide to minimum standards and suitable objectives prepared by the Committee on School Libraries for the guidance of educational authorities, teachers, librarians and parents.

Prior to 1967

Within the structure of the LAA school libraries were included with the Children’s Libraries Section.

1967

As a result of the Fenwick Report the LAA presented a plan of action to the Prime Minister which included the establishment of a relevant federal body and advisory committee, recruitment of an overseas advisor, establishment of demonstration school libraries, teacher librarian training, and a grants program to all schools.

1967

School Libraries appear as a separate section in the LAA Handbook, albeit without any committee members named. 6

1968

School Libraries Section appears in the LAA handbook and the first executive committee of President, Secretary and Honorary Treasurer is listed. All members of this committee were based in Victoria.  Over time other states formed LAA Schools Groups.6

1968

Further momentum for Commonwealth support was added when the Australian Library Promotion Council (ALPC) published Margaret Trask’s School Libraries: a Report to the Nation, which commented on the glaring lack of school library funding in Australia. 2

1969

The States Grants Secondary School Libraries Act 1969 extended Australian Government capital assistance to finance library facilities in both government and non-government secondary schools. Capital assistance for schools was broadened in 1972 by the States Grants (Capital Assistance) Act 1971–72 which authorised $20 million for capital expenditure on government primary and secondary schools. From 1973, these grants were extended to non-government schools. 4

1972

Research on the effects of the grants on school education and Primary School libraries: a report to the nation by Cohen caused both major parties to promise in this election year to fund grants to primary schools. 3

1972

The Interim Committee for the Australian Schools Commission, chaired by Professor Peter Karmel was established in December by the Whitlam Labour Government to examine the needs of schools and advise on school financing. 4

1973

The report of the Interim Committee for the Australian Schools Commission, chaired by Professor Peter Karmel, marked a turning point for the funding of school education. 4

Grants to primary and secondary school libraries were a major recommendation of the Karmel report and were designed to equalise resources available to all students. 5

1973

LAA Handbook lists Specialist Courses for School Librarianship offered at Melbourne College of Education and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. LAA recommends that wherever possible students attend schools of librarianship in tertiary institutions recognized by the Association. Prior to this, training for school library staff was to complete LAA Registration Exams if an initial degree was held, to complete a librarianship course or to do a short course provided by some state governments. 6

1974

The Schools Commission was established in 1974 to administer school funding. Payments to the states, providing general recurrent grants, capital grants and grants for targeted programs, including school libraries, for government and non-government schools, were authorised on a triennial basis by means of annual States Grants (Schools Assistance) Acts. Funding was made available for training teacher librarians and for the establishment of a primary libraries program. 4

1975

The executive committee of the School Libraries Section was based in NSW. This reflected a system whereby responsibility for national representation of school libraries within the LAA moved from state to state every one or two years. 6

1976

The executive committee of the School Libraries Section was based in South Australia and remained there for 1977 after this time it returned to NSW until 1980 when national representation for schools became the responsibility of Western Australia. This system of responsibility for the national section rotating around the country continued until 2001. 6

1977

The Australian Schools Commission’s standards, Books and Beyond: Guidelines for Library Resource Facilities and Services was published.

1977

Statement on Courses in School Librarianship published in LAA Handbook

The LAA Board of Examiners is aware of a proliferation of courses in school librarianship and has been concerned about the standards of such courses. It has received representation from the School Library Section which has been concerned about standards and about the lack of status of some teachers who have completed unaccredited courses. The Board recognizes the need for librarians who work in schools to have qualifications in education as well as librarianship……The only undergraduate courses in school librarianship so far recognized by the Association are four year integrated courses at Canberra CAE and at Melbourne State College. …. The Association through the Board of Examiners thinks that courses for school librarians should meet the standards so that those who complete such courses may be admitted to full professional membership. 6

1978

Between 1978 and 1980 a national pilot study, the Australian Schools Catalogue Information Service (ASCIS) based on a model suggested by Down and Young and funded by the Commonwealth Schools was approved. 1

By 1980

All states had central school library services

1982

Statement on Courses in Teacher Librarianship published in LAA Handbook. This is the first time that the LAA Handbook refers to teacher librarianship rather that school librarianship. It is an ongoing concern that courses meet the Association’s standards. 6

1983

Following the successful pilot study, staff members were appointed to form the ASCIS Secretariat which was established in Melbourne. 1

1988

Schools Commission was abolished.

1989 ALIA ASLA Joint Policy Statement

  • Statement on Library and Information Services

1993

Publication of Learning for the Future: developing information services in schools. This was a joint initiative of ALIA and Australian School Library Association (ASLA) and contained quantitative and qualitative benchmarks.

1994 ALIA ASLA Joint Policy Statements

  • Statement on Teacher Librarian Qualifications
  • Statement on School Library Resource Provision
  • Statement on Information Literacy
  • Statement on School Library Resource Centre Funding
  • Statement on Statement on Electronic Information Literacy

2001

Publication of Learning for the Future: developing information services in schools, second edition. This was a joint initiative of ALIA and Australian School Library Association (ASLA) and contained quantitative and qualitative benchmarks.

2001

The ALIA Charter of Renewal took place in 2001 and ALIA Schools Victoria was formed in July 2001. Other states did not form ALIA Schools sections at this time and the system of national group responsibilities passing from state to state ceased. ALIA Schools Victoria became the only body within ALIA dedicated to schools.

2001 ALIA ASLA Joint Policy Statement

  • Statement on Library and Information Services

2003 ALIA ASLA Joint Policy Statement

  • Statement on Teacher Librarians in Australia

2004

Standards of professional excellence for teacher librarians: a joint initiative of ALIA Schools and ASLA

2007

ALIA Schools officially dropped the Victoria from its name in June 2007. ALIA Schools, with the executive committee based in Victoria, became the national section.

2007

Manual for Developing Policies and Procedures in Australian School Library Resource Centres joint venture ALIA Schools and Victorian Catholic Teacher Librarians (VCTL)

Late 2008 and early 2009

Building the Education Revolution was a response to the Global Financial Crisis. It had three elements one of which was Primary Schools for the 21st Century. This program provided $14.1 billion for Australian primary schools to build new facilities, such as libraries and multipurpose halls, or to upgrade existing facilities, by 31 March 2011. 2,650 new school libraries were built with this money across government and non- government sectors. 7

2009 ALIA ASLA Joint Policy Statements

  • Statement on Teacher Librarians in Australia
  • Statement on Teacher Librarian Qualifications
  • Statement on School Library Resource Provision
  • Statement on Information Literacy
  • Statement on Guided Inquiry and the Curriculum
  • Statement on School Library Resource Centre Funding
  • Statement on Library and Information Services
  • Statement on School Libraries and Information Communication Technologies (replaced Statement on Electronic Information Literacy)
  • Statement on Resource Based Learning and the Curriculum
  • Statement on Guided Inquiry and the Curriculum

2010

Learning in a Changing World series (2010) Commissioned by ALIA and ASLA Published by ACER Press

Includes:

O’Connell, Judy and Groom, Dean, Connect, Communicate, Collaborate

O’Connell, Judy and Groom, Dean, Virtual Worlds

La Marca, Susan, Designing the Learning Environment

Todd, Ross, J, Curriculum Integration

Wall, June and Ryan, Sandra, Resourcing for Curriculum Innovation

2012

Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) Standards and teacher librarian practice, joint venture of ALIA Schools and Victorian Catholic Teacher Librarians (VCTL)

2012/2013

AITSL Illustrations of Practice: four films each of five minutes duration

  • Selecting resources
  • Engaging students in literature
  • Information literacy
  • Ancient Rome

2013

Promoting your school library: film approximately five minutes duration.

2014

AITSL Standards for teacher librarian practice, joint venture of ALIA Schools and Victorian Catholic Teacher Librarians (VCTL)

2015

ALIA PD Scheme Specialisation Skills Audit Checklist-Schools

  • Teacher Librarians
  • Librarians
  • Technicians

What the Staff in Australia’s Schools surveys tell us about teachers working in school libraries

By Paul Weldon published by ACER, commissioned by ALIA and other school library associations.

2016 ALIA ASLA Joint Policy Statements

  • Statement on Teacher Librarians in Australia
  • Statement on Teacher Librarian Qualifications
  • Statement on School Library Resource Provision
  • Statement on Information Literacy (incorporates Statement on Guided Inquiry and the Curriculum)
  • Statement on School Library Resource Centre Funding
  • Statement on Library and Information Services
  • Statement on School Libraries and Information Communication Technologies

Rescinded

  • Statement on Resource Based Learning and the Curriculum

2017

10 ways that libraries power high performance schools

2017

Manual for Developing Policies and Procedures in Australian School Library Resource Centres (draft)

2nd revision joint venture ALIA Schools and Victorian Catholic Teacher Librarians (VCTL)

 

References

1 .ASCIS history accessed at http://www2.curriculum.edu.au/scis/history_of_scis.html

  1. Bundy. Alan. (2002) Essential connections: school and public libraries for lifelong learning, The Australian Library Journal, 51:1, 47-70, DOI: 10.1080/00049670.2002.10755976

Accessed at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00049670.2002.10755976

  1. Cohen. D. (1972) Primary school libraries: a report to the nation accessed at http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/9421080?selectedversion=NBD1633436
  1. Commonwealth school funding accessed at

http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pub s/BN/2012-2013/schoolfunding

5.  Karmel. Peter. (1973) Report of the Interim Committee for the Australian Schools Commission

accessed at http://dehanz.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Karmel-Report.pdf

  1. Library Association of Australia Handbook for the years 1967, 1968, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985/86
  2. School libraries and teacher librarians in 21st century Australia, House of Representatives, Standing Committee on Education and Employment, Commonwealth of Australia. (2011) pp.15-16