Victorian school library not abolished just rebranded

Following The Age article ‘Schools that excel: No detentions, no libraries, no problems for this girls' school, which claims that Siena College has abolished its library, Gaynor Robson-Garth, the Principal of Siena College, has written to ALIA stating that the article misrepresents the reality of the situation and that the school continues to have a library and employ qualified library staff. She clarified that the library was merely rebranded as the Albertus Magnus Learning Centre, and it continues to fulfil the essential work that school libraries provide to students.

Gaynor Robson-Garth said, ‘Siena College continues to see the Albertus Magnus Learning Centre (Library) as integral and indispensable in supporting our students’ learning into the future’.

ALIA CEO Sue McKerracher commented, ‘the original story caused a great deal of distress among our school library Members but we are pleased to be able to help set the record straight and we appreciate the Principal’s speedy action in doing so'. 

You can read the full statement provided to ALIA.

ALIA has also written to the author of The Age article offering to contribute to a piece about the value of, and need for, school libraries.

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Karolina Firman, Communications Officer, | 02 6215 8221

Thursday 28 March 2019 3:45pm