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Posted by arlekeno on March 16, 2009

I finally have a period free in a day and am going over the officialNSW Department of Education & Training Document on Library policy.

Objectives – Policy statement

Libraries are an essential resource within New South Wales government schools to support teaching and learning in the context of syllabus and curriculum requirements.
Libraries provide teachers and teacher-librarians with resources to teach the curriculum and students with resources for individual learning and recreational reading.
Principals and teacher-librarians are responsible for the development of an educational program and a detailed description of the support each library provides to meet the particular needs of the students of the school.

1) Now I like this already, Libraries are essential. TLs do have a purpose and job and the TL and Principal develop and support educational programmes.

I have always thought all these things were happening before reading this, as it just seemed logical. I would like to see the word ESSENTIAL added next to teacher Librarian as well in 1.2 though.

.Audience and applicability

This policy applies to all school principals, teachers, teacher-librarians and administrative staff.
The purpose of the school library is to support teaching and learning within the total program of the school. Teacher-librarians collaborate with teachers in the planning, implementing and evaluating of teaching and learning programs, including the integration of Information Communications Technology and literacy.
Teacher-librarians provide students with opportunities to develop information skills and to use these skills competently and with confidence for lifelong learning.
Document history and details

2) This policy applies to everyone in schools, good, some people tend to think Library processes do not apply to them.

3) Yes, we do support teachers, and we COLABORATE with teachers. The teachers who best use the library and the TLs at my school are the ones who do acept the invitiation to talk to us at the start of they year and let us know what they would like to use library for, we have a good relationship especially with Art and English, but also some science teachers ( the current Head TL is an ex-science teacher).

You will note we also develop skills in the students as well. I do particularly like this role, as it is often one on one with students who need and want help at the time, which does make teaching a lot easier.


Responsibilities and delegations

The teacher-librarian is:

  • a member of the school’s total teaching staff and as such is actively involved in collaborative teaching and learning, school curriculum planning and in program development
  • involved in the provision of the information-related resources integral to the planning, implementation and evaluation of the curriculum of the school
  • a specialist teacher who develops, manages and evaluates, on behalf of the Principal, systems and procedures which include:
    • library budgeting
    • selection and culling
    • ordering and acquisitions
    • cataloguing and classification using the Schools Catalogue Information Service
    • processing of materials
    • circulation
    • stock control.
The principal and the teacher-librarian together are responsible for implementing the school’s library policy.

4) Perhaps the most important part of this document, the role statement. Referring to my original blog where I wrote of what I thought the role was, you can see that I was, for the most part, spot on.

Where I was a somewhat off was the whole school role involved in planning, which sometimes the librarian is not included in. but essentially, I do all of the above.

The lack of whole school co-operation however, can cause challenges, especially when decisions are made which do not consider the impact on the library, but this may be a quirk of my particular school.

As for 4.2,  this would appear to me as the Teacher Librarian answers only the Principal and both are required to make sure the policies are being followed within a school unitl you reach point 5.

Monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements

The Manager, School Libraries and Information Literacy, will monitor the implementation of this policy and will report as required, to the Director, Curriculum.

Where if problems arise, an external body can come in and judge if this is being done.


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