We are a small group of teacher librarians, authors, academics, parents and school leaders who have been actively lobbying for improved school library staffing and funding in Australia. We believe parents want the best for their children’s education and, if well informed, will act to get it.
Key FindingsKey Finding #1: “A school library program that is adequately staffed, resourced, and funded can lead to higher student achievement regardless of the socioeconomic or educational levels of the community.”School Libraries Work!, 2008. Key Finding #2: "Children who attend schools with school libraries with better collections and superior staffing do better on tests of reading." S. Krashen. “What do we know about libraries and reading achievement?” Book Report, 2002 Key Finding #3: "Students learn more and produce better research products following planned, integrated information skills instruction by the teacher and teacher librarian together." K. Haycock. “What works: Integrated information skills instruction: Teacher Librarian 25, no. 2:39, 1997 Key Finding #4: “Free voluntary reading is the best predictor of comprehension, vocabulary growth, spelling and grammatical ability and writing style.” M.Lonsdale, Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement. ACER, 2003. Key Finding #5: Australian research has shown that the school library plays a critical role in supporting student learning. L. Hay. “Student learning through Australian school libraries” Synergy, Part 12005, and Part 2, 2006.