School libraries make a difference - the Great School Libraries Campaign

Anne Girolami, Mercy College

Concurrent session 8
Tuesday 30 August 2016, 4:00pm - 4:25pm


A well-managed school library is a valuable asset both educationally and financially. It provides a foundation for innovative programs that improve student learning outcomes. It is a false economy for any school to neglect its library facilities and it is particularly short-sighted to try to limit expenditure by employing unqualified staff. To be fully effective, the school library requires the combination of a trained teacher librarians as well as a substantial investment in books, equipment and digital resources.

How does the principal ensure that all students have:

  • Access to adequate print and online learning resources
  • 21st century library programs delivered by qualified teacher librarians and technical staff

Under the FAIR banner, Freedom of Access to Information and Resources, the Great School Libraries Campaign, launched on 19 October 2015, is an awareness raising campaign to encourage people to nominate their principal.

Learn about the campaign, its impetus, its impact in the community and the some of the nominated showcased school libraries.

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