A national Students Need School Libraries Campaign has launched.
In an era of fake news and alternative facts, well-resourced school libraries prepare students for the future by giving them skills like finding information quickly and identifying trustworthy sources. A new national campaign called Students Need School Libraries was launched on 16 October at 7:00pm AEDT. The campaign will target parents and caregivers and is being coordinated by a coalition of Australian school library associations. Parent are encouraged to ask about staffing and resourcing of their child’s school library.
The services provided by school library staff impact on the teaching and learning of every student and every teacher by helping them navigate effectively in an information-overloaded world. The campaign launch included a Twitterstorm about the public release of nine (of a total of 17) short documentary films produced by Year 12 Media students at Lake Tuggeranong College in the ACT. The films examine what it means to have an effective school library. Children’s Laureate, Morris Gleitzman, former Children’s Laureate, Jackie French, and many other authors, teacher librarians, students, classroom teachers and others describe their personal and professional experiences with school libraries. The consensus is that students need school libraries now more than ever before.
The Students Need School Libraries campaign seeks to highlight the importance of having school libraries be run by qualified staff; ensure that all children have access to quality school libraries; and to empower children with the skills and knowledge to be digital and information literate. You are invited to join the Students Need School Libraries campaign and help to spread the word about the importance of school libraries. You can subscribe to the Students Need School Libraries enewsletter now and use #StudentsNeedSchoolLibraries on social media.
Other Members of the School Library Coalition include:
- Australian School Library Association (ASLA)
- School Library Association of South Australia (SLASA)
- School Library Association of Victoria (SLAV)
- Queensland School Library Association (QSLA)
- Western Australian School Library Association (WASLA)