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ALIA Schools promotes the interests of school libraries and teacher librarians, provides opportunities for professional development, lobbies for school libraries with state and local groups, liaises with other groups, identifies and analyses current trends in teacher librarianship, and maintains the profile of teacher librarianship within ALIA. It is both an ALIA Group and an ALIA Board Advisory Committee.


Upcoming Events

The third ALIA Schools webinar, titled: Information Literacy: a whole school approach

The ability to locate, manage and use the information to create information products using various inquiry methods is an essential component of any information literacy program. A framework is required to ensure all targeted skills are identified and taught strategically and sequentially within the context of the school’s curriculum. 

When:             Saturday 14 August 2021
Time:              10:30 to 11:30 am AES
Where:            via Zoom platform
Speakers:       Brad Tyrrell and Michelle Feely

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Registration will close on Thursday 12 August at Noon (11:59am)

Please note:  If you have previously signed up for the 2021 Webinar Package, you are already registered for this event.



Recommended Minimum Information Services Staffing Levels
It is expected that school libraries provide quality services, effective resourcing and relevant skill development for all learners in their community. To achieve these goals, it is essential that school libraries are well staffed. An exemplary school library is underpinned by professionally qualified library staff using their knowledge, core skills and expertise to support the learning and teaching as well as provide for recreational reading.
Recently updated, we present the Recommended minimum information services staffing levels Table 6 Revised, which provides a guide for schools when making decisions about staffing their libraries. This table replaces the original from Learning for the future: developing information services in schools 2nd ed.


A Manual for Developing Policies and Procedures
Welcome to the revised edition of A Manual for developing policies and procedures for Australian school library resource centres. Its aim is to develop the policies and document the procedures that are essential for exemplary management practices. The implementation of these policies and procedures will ensure that there is equitable access to resources for all users. A school library resource centre that is well managed is in the best possible position to offer the range of library programmes and services that are essential to the endeavours of the school community.
The Manual contains nine sections, a glossary, references and appendices. Each section comprises two parts, that for the policy and the second for its procedures. There are two versions of the Manual, one that includes images and one that is text only. To accompany the pdf versions is a template document, in Word, that can be used to update or prepare your own school library copy.


About School Libraries

Wondering how to promote the role of the school library, to your principal, parents, staff and wider community? Here are some ideas for you. Identified are ten (10) excellent ways that school libraries can make a difference

Download the A3 poster and A4 handout that describe how school libraries power high performance schools. Follow the link here.

Promoting your school library

This short promotional film, developed by ALIA Schools, is for principals, school communities, teacher librarians, library staff and teachers. The film gives an overview of the exciting role that school libraries and teacher librarians can play by contributing to student success in learning in both primary and secondary school settings. It is evident that student enthusiasm and interest guarantees an ongoing role for the school library.You can find up to date information here.



Five key stakeholders have been targeted as the audience for this film. To assist in promotion of the role of the school library and the teacher librarian the following resources can be of use:


Milestones in the 50 years of ALIA Schools

Here is a timeline that covers the milestones in the history of school libraries which became a separate section of the Library Association of Australia, now ALIA, in 1967. It also highlights significant events in the education and/or government sectors. Data from many of the reports commissioned by ALIA was used for lobbying federal government bodies which resulted in funding for school library buildings and resources. This funding, together with an emphasis on positive learning outcomes for students, has ensured that school libraries are influential within the education and library communities. For fifty years ALIA Schools has supported its members to make a positive difference to student learning outcomes.  This support has also ensured that teacher librarians and school library staff are effective professionals.  
Read the timeline and view the pdf.

One of the ways that ALIA has supported its members and the school librarianship profession has been by the provision of resources. These resources have enabled the school library staff and teacher librarians to be effective in supporting all members of the school community to be lifelong learners.
To access the list of publications, click here.



Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
The Australian Institute for Teachers and School Leaders [AITSL] has developed Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. In 2013, ALIA Schools prepared a document that would identify for teacher librarians, in both primary and secondary schools, how their practice could meet the Standards. Three of the career stages have been highlighted and the document titled: Teacher Librarian Practice for the Australian Professional Standards is now available.
Illustrations of Practice

Illustrations of Practice are resources that show what teacher practice can look like in a range of contexts to help teachers identify themselves within the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. They are impressions of quality teacher practice within a particular career stage of the Standards. Films were prepared by ALIA Schools to specifically help teacher librarians as they identify where their practice lies in the highly accomplished career stage. The films cover both a primary and secondary schools. 


To easily access the films visit:


PD Events

Information Literacy: a whole school approach

The ability to locate, manage and use the information to create information products using various inquiry methods is an essential component of any information literacy program. A framework is required to ensure all targeted skills are identified and taught strategically and sequentially within the context of the school’s curriculum.

This session focuses on a whole school approach to information literacy within two individual school contexts. Presenters Brad Tyrrell, Dean of Information and Learning Technology at Scotch College, Perth and Michelle Feely, College Librarian at St Patrick’s College for Girls, Campbelltown will share their experiences of developing and implementing such program for their school community.  

This activity is linked to the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:
Standard 1: Know students and how they learn with the specific focus on 1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities

Standard 6: Engage in professional learning with a specific focus on 6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice.

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Registration will close on Thursday 12 August at Noon (11:59am)

Registration fees:

Member (ALIA/VCTL*): $44.00 (incl. GST)

Non-member: $66.00 (incl. GST)

Student or Retiree*: $22.00 (incl. GST)

*VCTL Members, retirees and non-ALIA-member students - please contact to book your place at this webinar.


Webinar Package
ALIA Schools is pleased to present their professional learning program for 2021. This program will be a series of four webinars - via Zoom - one per term and comprises:
  • Teams: the Hard Conversations on 13 March at 10:30 am AEDT
  • Reading our World on 29 May
  • Information Literacy: a Whole School Approach on 14 August
  • Digital Literacy on 23 October
Each webinar will be held on a Saturday morning and will run for 1 hour.
Registration fees
Due to COVID normal restrictions, we are offering a special package deal of four webinars for the price of three.

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ALIA Schools Committee

Convenor: Anne Girolami (FALIA)

Executive:  Susanne Graetsch and Karen Marston

Members: Anna Apfelstedt, Michelle Feely, Catherine Ryan, Sandra Ryan and Sharon Roth

School Library Advisory Committee

Chair: Anne Girolami (FALIA)

Members: Anna Apfelstedt (ALIA School rep), Catherine Barnes, Penny Davis, Linda Forbes, David Morris, Anne Plowman, Dr Helen Weston and ALIA Board Director


Group interest
Schools, Teacher librarians, Education