Our mission is to ensure student access to high quality school library services. School libraries, and the qualified staff that run them are vital for ensuring that all students are equipped with the research and literacy skills they need throughout their life. Our vision to is ensure that every student has access to a dynamic, well-resourced school library run by qualified library staff.
The ease of access to technology, online sources, and fake news, increases the need for a qualified teacher librarian who can teach all students the necessary research, online safety, and information literacy skills, as well as instilling a love of reading.
What Can I Do To Help?
Spread the word
Chat to your library staff
Drop by your child's school library and have a chat to the staff about what's happening in their library.
Find information about your child's school library on the school website or social media pages.
Write a newsletter article
Do you work in a school or have access to a school newsletter? Or perhaps your workplace, kindergarten, or community group has a newsletter? Use our newsletter article template to spread the word about the importance of school libraries.
Write an article for a media outlet
Write an article for your local newspaper, call in to your local radio station or write a blog post to spread the word about the importance of school libraries for all students.
Our free Media Kit has all the information you need.
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What to actually do
Write a letter to the editor
Write a letter to the editor about the importance of school libraries for your local, state or national newspaper or respond to one already published.
Check out this letter to the editor in the Canberra Times (scroll to third letter).
"Libraries matter, literacy matters. Let's get behind our teacher librarians and our libraries, give them the resources they need to help Australian kids soar in their literacy levels and have really bright futures."
Tristan Bancks - Author
Why are libraries important?
While technology is embedded in the lives of our students, it cannot be assumed that they are all competent and discerning users of information. In order to equip them for life-long learning, they need to be taught the skills to access reliable, accurate and trustworthy sources of information. These skills equip them for life-long learning. A teacher librarian, along with a well-equipped library and a support team of trained librarians, can empower students by teaching students digital literacy, information literacy, and how to be safe online, as well as fostering a love of reading.
Libraries are vital for schools and students. A place of learning, collaboration, expression, and creativity, well-equipped libraries are flexible, bustling, busy places. Our mission is to ensure that all children have equitable access to the library and qualified library staff that they need.
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