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Inquiry into school libraries and teacher librarians in Australian schools
Template letter for your local MP
Although the date has passed for submissions to the Inquiry, it is important during the Committee's deliberations and public hearings that all concerned members, friends and supporters write to their local MP with their concerns.
We encourage you to write to your local federal member using this template letter.
The importance of teacher librarians: too few teacher librarians for BER libraries
Library specialists being shelved by Elisabeth Tarica
No books, no staff in Kevin Rudd's new libraries by Emma Chalmers
BER library-building spree exposes teacher shortage by Jill Rowbotham
Teacher librarianship: a profession evolving
Library that lets kids know they matter by Justine Ferrari
Calling top teachers into the school library
How important are school librarians?
Faithful few left to keep Dewey alive in a download world by Natalie Craig
Teacher librarians vanishing
What is the role of the librarian in the Internet world?
School libraries' future under threat by Farrin Foster
Principals feel internet makes school librarians redundant by Lucy Hood
School libraries shelved by the net
Australian Council of State School Organisations
New school library buildings are springing up all over Australia - but how they will they be staffed?
School libraries are the lifeblood of learning - let's not lose them by Karen Brooks
ALIA/ASLA Policy Advisory Group
ALIA and the Australian School Library Association (ASLA) work collaboratively on issues concerning school libraries and teacher librarians.
The ALIA/ASLA Policy Advisory Group (PAG) advises the ALIA Board of Directors and the ASLA National Council on policy and advocacy issues.
The Terms of Reference were revised in September 2009.
ALIA Schools group
The ALIA Schools group 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.
ALIA Schools e-listAnyone interested in this sector may subscribe to this e-list.
ALIA/ASLA statement on teacher librarians
ALIA/ASLA joint statement on library and information services in schools
ALIA and ASLA: Standards of professional excellence for teacher librarians,
ALIA and ASLA: Policy on teacher librarian qualifications
Statement on information literacy for all Australians
All ALIA policies
Submissions and advocacy relating to school libraries
Inquiry into School Libraries and Teacher Librarians in Australian Schools, May 2010
A manual for developing policies and procedures in Australian School Library Resource Centres
ALIA Schools and the Victorian Catholic Teacher Librarians (VCTL) have made this manual freely available to school communities. It is the result of a joint working party and has been published to support the professional practice of staff in school library resource centres.
Download the template to accompany the manual.
ALIA e-lists of particular interest to the school library sector include:
ALIA copyright advice service
The copyright advice service provides members with up-to-date information on copyright and how it affects the library and information sector. The service responds to members' queries about implementing their obligations under copyright and intellectual property law.
Job advertising and job opportunities
The ALIA website has a list of current job vacancies - very useful for employers and job seekers. ALIA members can join the recruit LIS e-list and receive the list of vacancies weekly via email.