tandards of professional excellenceor teacher librarians
The Australian Library andInformation Association (ALIA)nd the Australian SchoolLibrary Association (ASLA)re pleased to endorse andpromote this statement oftandards of professionalexcellence for teacherlibrarians. This statementdescribes the professionalknowledge, skills andcommitment demonstratedby teacher librarians workingt a level of excellence.It represents the goals towhich all Australian teacherlibrarians should aspire,nd provides inspiration forquality teaching and ongoingprofessional practice.
Stanars o rofessional excellence for teacher ibrarians
is built upon the professionalalues and standards of the twoprofessions to which teacher librarianswe their allegiance. It is informedtrongly by the standards movementin other Australian professionalssociations for educators, and islosely-related to activity in the librarynd information sector, in particularhe
ALIA core knowledge, skills and attributes and the ALIA core values
tatements at http://alia.org.au/policies/.
Why a standards document?
he major aim of the Standards projectis to achieve national consensus ontandards of excellence for teacherlibrarians in Australian schools inrder to improve teacher librarians’professional practice and enhancetudent learning outcomes. Involvementin ongoing national consultationoncerning generic standards foreachers convinced ASLA and ALIAf the importance of a standardsocument that identiﬁes the distinctiveknowledge, skills and commitmentf excellent teacher librarians.For a relatively recent profession— the ﬁrst tertiary-qualiﬁed teacherlibrarians graduated in the 1960s — atandards document also representsn opportunity to reinforce a uniformxpectation of the work of the teacherlibrarian in our schools.
What is a teacher librarian?
eacher librarians support andimplement the vision of their schoolommunities through advocatingnd building effective library andinformation services and programshat contribute to the development of lifelong learners. A teacher librarianholds recognised teaching qualiﬁcationsnd qualiﬁcations in librarianship,eﬁned as eligibility for Associate(i.e. professional) membership for theustralian Library and Informationssociation [ALIA]. Within the broadelds of education and librarianship,eacher librarians are uniquely-ualiﬁed. This is valuable becauseurriculum knowledge and pedagogyre combined with library andinformation management knowledgend skills.
Who will use the standards?
hese standards describe experiencedpractitioners who hold the dualualiﬁcations that deﬁne the uniquequalities of the specialist teacherlibrarian. All references to ‘teacherlibrarian’ in these standards refer toexcellent, highly-accomplished teacherlibrarians. While this document mayprovide a useful framework for pre-service and in-service tertiary education,it is primarily intended for use byteacher librarians as a framework forongoing professional learning.
How are the standards structured?
Within the broad framework of professional knowledge, professionalpractice and professional commitmentthere are twelve standards whichattempt to encapsulate the complexwork of the teacher librarian. Nohierarchical arrangement of statementsis intended, rather it is recognisedthat experienced practitioners drawfrom a professional palette combiningknowledge, skills and attributesappropriate to their context. Structuralconsistency with existing professionalstandards documents has been apriority, and brevity was a deliberatepreference for this statement as anexpanded narrative discussion of thework of a teacher librarian is availablein
earning or te uture
Who has developed the standards?
The joint ALIA/ASLA Policy AdvisoryGroup has been responsible fordeveloping these national professionalstandards in conjunction with teacherlibrarians, administrators, policy-makersand academics from both the educationand librarianship sectors.
Further information is available fromASLA (firstname.lastname@example.org) or ALIA(email@example.com).
Australian Library and Information Association PO Box 6335 Kingston 2604ph 02 6215 8222 fx 6282 2249 firstname.lastname@example.org http://alia.org.auAustralian School Library Association PO Box 155 Zillmere 4034ph 07 3633 0510 fx 07 3633 0570 email@example.com http://asla.org.au