The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Schools Australia 2012 report stated the number of Australian government schools (6,697), Catholic schools (1,713) and independent schools (1,017), giving a total of 9,427 primary and secondary schools.Almost all schools have a library of some description, but they vary enormously in terms of staffing, facilities and resources. At the lower end, there are schools with a few shelves of books and a member of staff whose responsibility it is to look after them, as part of a much wider teaching or administration role. At the high end, there are flagship library and IT hubs, with more than a dozen members of staff. Several of the team will be qualified teacher librarians. They will have a growing collection of print and ebooks and provide arange of services to students, including safer online experiences, group learning and study spaces, and more electronic resources.ALIA School Libraries Advisory Committee and ALIA Schools Group (based in Victoria) liaise with the Australian School Library Association and the state-based school library associations to create a united voice for the sector.Current services for users include:
- Books, ebooks and other resources in print and digital forms, for study and reading for pleasure.
- Fast, safe internet access on library computers, and wi-fi for students’ own devices.
- Formal classes and informal learning opportunities for students.
- Quiet study spaces and rooms for group work.
- y Resources and curriculum support for teachers.
There were six themes that emerged, specific to libraries in primary, secondary, K–12, government, Catholic and independent schools.Ler mais aqui:
1. The most important job in the library and information sector
School library staff encourage children to develop a lifelong love of books and reading for pleasure.
2. Deepening the divide
Independent and Catholic schools continue to invest more in libraries than their government counterparts.
3. Easy and rewarding
Affordable technologies will be needed to make the library experience as easy as, and more rewarding than Google.
4. Digital skills
Staff will need new skills to manage digital collections and guide students through the online maze.
5. Parent power
We will need to engage parents as advocates for school libraries.
6. Competing for attention
School libraries will need to market their services, in competition with some of the world’s biggest online brands
(Google, Facebook, YouTube).