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: http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/edt/schoollibraries/index.htm

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.

10 thoughts on “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

  1. I listened to the webcast and was most impressed with the SLAV and Monash Uni delegation. Well done! You did your profession proud.

    Thought the questions asked by the members of the Inquiry committee were pertinent and demonstrated a real awareness of the issues surrounding school libraries and TLs across the country. Renewed my faith in pollies!

  2. Thanks for this information I was only able to listen in for a few minutes unfortunately. I like your introductory statement. Thanks for representing us.

  3. Thank you Mary and Susan for the time and work you have put into your Inquiry submission and for representing us so well. It’s not easy to demonstrate the ‘passion’ that many T/Ls have for their role but I’m sure you have both done your darndest to not only convey this but to also highlight the difference T/Ls make.

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  6. Thanks for the work that went into the SLAV presentation, it was an excellent submission and covered the many layers of cencern that needed to be expressed. Well done. Look froward to reading about the other hearings now.

  7. A big thank you to Mary Manning and Dr Susan La Marca for putting in an enormous amount of work regarding the submission and for representing us so well.

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