Your school library team members play a critical role in the school community as both educators and information specialists. The size and nature of your school determines which combination of the following positions is most effective for you.
Teacher Librarians (TL)
The TL is a trained teacher holding a Diploma of Teacher Librarianship or an equivalent qualification. They usually have the overall responsibility for:
- school-wide inquiry
- reading engagement programmes
- ensuring a strong connection between the library, classroom programmes, the curriculum, the school community and wider library community.
This position usually attracts a Management or Responsibility Unit and requires regular release time from classroom teaching.
Teacher with Library Responsibility (TLR)
The TLR has overall responsibility for managing the school library.
They're responsible for ensuring there is a strong connection between the library, classroom programmes, the curriculum, the school community and wider library community.
This position may attract a Management or Responsibility Unit and requires some release time from classroom teaching.
Library Manager or Librarian
In addition to providing support for inquiry and literacy programmes, the Library Manager has significant responsibility for managing the library.
If your school has elected not to have a TL or TLR, then the responsibility for liaison and collaboration with teaching staff needs to be included in the Library Manager or Librarian’s role.
A library manager or librarian preferably has appropriate professional library qualifications.
A Library Assistant undertakes all or most of the day-to-day tasks needed to run the library, usually under the direction of a TL, TLR, Library Manager or Librarian.
Library assistants also liaise closely with teaching staff to provide support for teaching and learning programmes.
Student Librarians help with many of the day-to-day tasks needed to run the library.
They also provide valuable input into library development and raise the profile of the library with other students.
Volunteers may include parent helpers and community volunteers. They help with many of the day-to-day tasks needed to run the library.