Support for Federal report on teacher librarians

1 JANUARY 2003

A report tabled in the Federal Parliament that highlights the importance of teacher librarians and school libraries in education has won support at CSU.

A report tabled in the Federal Parliament that highlights the importance of teacher librarians and school libraries in education has won support at Charles Sturt University (CSU).
 
Course director for teacher librarianship degrees with CSU’s School of Information Studies, Dr Ashley Freeman, said the report shows the bipartisan committee from the House of Representatives clearly supports the roles of school libraries and teacher librarians in the education of Australian school children.
 
“The report provides an understanding of and commitment to school libraries and teacher librarians' evolving roles and place in education systems, through the evidence provided by teacher librarian groups, while also highlighting their professional concerns,” said Dr Freeman.
 
The report, titled School libraries and teacher librarians in 21st century Australia, also addressed the need for more information on and the educational impact of school libraries and teacher librarians; the perceived problems caused by the shortage of qualified teacher librarians; and the dwindling number of teacher librarianship positions in schools in some states and territories.
 
A key recommendation was a call for a 'national dialogue' on the role of the teacher librarian and on teacher librarianship training.
 
“As Australia’s largest provider of education for teacher librarians and a source of significant research in the field, Charles Sturt University supports the adoption of the report’s recommendations and would be pleased to play an active role in these processes if the report’s recommendations are taken up,” said Dr Freeman.

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