ALIA Schools

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.





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.



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:


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

Future PD events
17 March (9am-1pm) – Staffing Matters! 
Venue: Avila College, 35 Charles St, Mount Waverley VIC 3149
Keynote: Paula Kelly-Paul, Manager Learning Communities, Hobsons Bay City Council
Presenters: Janine Enright, Education Consultant and Vicki Hudson, Head of Learning Commons, Salesian College, Sunbury
30 October (8:00pm - 9:00pm) AEST - Webinar - Curation od Open Digital Resources (especially STEM)
25 August (9:00am - 1:00pm) - Advocacy Matters!?!
Keynote: Sue McKerracher, ALIA, Presentation script notes

Presenters: Pru Mitchell, ACER, Budgeting for the school library collection

Anne Whisken, Carey Baptist Grammar, Model 1: Program budget

Anna Apfelstedt, Our Lady of Mercy College, Model 2: Allocated budget


8 May - Webinar: "Reading for Students with learning difficulties presented by Kellie-Jane Winter 


17 March (8:30am-1:00pm) - What does the 21st century school collection look like? Presentations
Keynote : Heather Bailie of the King David School
Hope Do, Loyola College
Maria Sartori, Taylors Hill Primary School
Catherine Ryan, Westbourne Grammar
October 2017 - Online Forum : Marketing and Promoting your School Library
26 August 2017 - Learning and teaching : Differentiated learning at the Academy of Mary Immaculate, Fitzroy
Keynote : Kellie-Jane Winter – Dyslexia and readers - what we need to know
Speaker : Julia Petrov - Using data to inform our reading programs
Panel: Pru Mitchell and Sandra Ryan - using the revised ALIA Schools/VCTL Manual and the development of a collection rubric to gauge the school library collection against special learning needs provision.
27 May 2017
Reading : the escape route at Trinity College, Kew
Keynote : Fiona Wood
Panellists : Hope Do, Amanda Baker, Barb Brown, Wendy Keogh
1-5 May 2017
Online forum – Teams in School Libraries
18 March 2017 - Making School Libraries Visible
Keynote : Tania Barry, Hume Libraries “Making your team visible” - Presentation
Panellists: Faye Jamieson, Killester College - Presentation
20 Aug 2016 - Beyond the walls: online learning
21 May 2016 – Literature and Book Week with Jackie French (Keynote)
27 April-4 May  - Online forum – The  New Victorian Curriculum - Foundation to Year 10
19 March 2016 | 21st century resourcing: digital collection development
Pru Mitchell - Presentation Part 1 & Part 2 
Karin Gilbert - 21st Century Collection Development presentation
12 September | Bringing it together: Digital curation
Kay Oddone – presentation
Alison Birchall – presentation
Sharon Hayes - presentation
29 April - 6 May 2015 | Unpacking School Resource Centre guidelines for self-reflection and evaluation documentOnline forum 
29 April - 08 May 2014 | Online Forum: AITSL Standards document - how to gather evidence to meet your standard. Focus of this event is 'How are the Standards being used within schools?' 
31 May 2014 | Schools Reading Connections Seminar
15 March 2014 | Advocacy with Evidence



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Chair of the ALIA Schools Advisory Committee and Convenor of the ALIA Schools Group: Anne Girolami
Members of the ALIA Schools Advisory Committee and Executive of the ALIA Schools Group: Jill Abell, Anna Apfelstedt, Catherine Barnes, Penny Davies, David Morris, Anne Plowman, Michelle Turner
Group interest
Schools, Teacher librarians, Education