When your school library is managed by a team of people with the best possible combination of professional expertise, skills and qualities, they can play an important role in supporting teaching and learning in your school.
Building an effective team
An effective school library team helps to plan, implement and evaluate programmes to develop students’ literacy skills and their enthusiasm for reading. By working collaboratively with other staff, the library team supports student learning as well as the school's vision and strategic goals.
Depending on the size of your school, the library may be staffed by:
- representatives from key areas of the school — for example, teachers, librarians, resource managers, ICT specialists, support staff, student librarians and volunteers
- a small team comprising the librarian, a teacher who has been given responsibility for the library and student librarians
- a library manager with sole responsibility who is supported by student librarians or volunteers.
Each of these models has implications for how your library team collaborates with teachers and supports students to build the skills to become confident, independent learners.
Research into how libraries support student achievement has shown that an enthusiastic and knowledgeable school library team plays a key role in helping students to learn.