Report from the Melbourne hearing of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Training for the Inquiry into School Libraries and Teacher-librarians

This information comes from Mary Manning, the Executive Officer of the School Library Association of Victoria:

The School Library Association of Victoria was pleased to be able to appear before the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Training Public Hearing for the Inquiry into School Libraries and Teacher-librarians in Australian schools today. The committee indicated that they found the SLAV submission to be most informative and questioned the SLAV representatives, Mary Manning and Susan La Marca in relation to aspects of the submission as well as areas of interest to them. Click here for the introductory statement that we made. We were also able to provide committee members with copies of , What a teacher-librarian can do for you, Open the door to inquiry: A planning tool for teacher-librarians and teachers in primary schools, and Rethink: Ideas for inspiring school library design. The hearing was webcast (audio only) and the transcript will be available in the near future along with the submissions that the Committee received, at:

Also appearing today to support the valuable role of school libraries and teacher-librarians were representatives from the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), Monash University, VALA – Libraries/Technology and the Future, and the Victorian Catholic Teacher-Librarian Network.

Following the hearing, SLAV representatives were pleased to speak further with the Chair of the Committee, Sharon Bird, MP and with Karen Bonanno, Executive Officer, Australian School Library Association.

Parliamentary Inquiry into school libraries and teacher-librarians

An update on The Parliamentary Inquiry into school libraries and teacher-librarians.

The School Library Association of Victoria have also been invited to provide further oral evidence at the hearing of the committee which takes place on Thursday 29 April (today) at Parliament House, Melbourne.

It is a public hearing – however if you are unable to attend, the hearing will be webcast live (audio only) on:

If you are unable to catch the webcast, the hearing proof transcript will be on the Committee’s website approximately a week after the hearing.  Submissions will also be published on the Committee’s website at some stage in the future.