Your Child’s School Library:
What you should know by Georgia Phillips, co-founder of The Hub:
Campaign for Quality School Libraries in Australia
A quality school library is kid friendly and student focused.
Does your child's school library measure up?
KEY RESEARCH FINDINGS
Inquiry into School Libraries and Teacher Librarians in Australian Schools
The school library is not just a storehouse run by a loans assistant, but a vital learning centre,
operating under the guidance of a dual-trained teacher-librarian*, in partnership with classroom
teachers. *A teacher-librarian holds a recognised teaching qualification AND qualifications in librarianship, with curriculum and pedagogy knowledge combined with library and information management knowledge.
Learning today means more than memorising facts. It means learning to learn for a lifetime. Savvy parents and educators know that the school library is key to teaching students not just to read but to practice the skills they need to seek, evaluate and use information throughout their lives. In fact, research shows those students from schools with professionally staffed, fully equipped libraries score higher on literacy and achievement tests.
Research shows that children who are read to in the home do better in school.
Support legislators who support libraries and education. Let them know you think the two go together and should be a high priority.
Every Australian student deserves a quality school library with a qualified teacher librarian.
Help spread the word by signing the petition "A Qualified Teacher Librarian in Every School"