The pedagogy of the library

Library research material.

School library pedagogy that is consistent with your school's existing pedagogy contributes to students' educational success. Find out about the role that sound library pedagogy and effective library services can play in supporting teaching and learning.

Students are at the centre

Like the rest of the school, the library places the learner at the centre of its programmes and:

  • uses evidence to make connections between the library's services and student learning and achievement
  • helps learners absorb the literacy and language of libraries — including a growing understanding of literature and the nature of information — that's valuable in other education and life contexts
  • models and reflects in library spaces and services the principles, values, key competencies and learning areas of the New Zealand Curriculum.

New Zealand Curriculum online

The library is inclusive

The library welcomes and includes everybody. It's a place where:

  • diversity is modelled and celebrated through library spaces and services
  • equity of access to knowledge, services and resources is paramount
  • people can connect with ideas and each other
  • citizenship, in physical and digital contexts is developed and supported.

Building an inclusive collection

Connections to digital citizenship

The library is for readers

The library plays a pivotal role in developing a school-wide reading culture by:

  • helping students to choose appropriate reading material
  • working with teachers to develop literacy programmes
  • providing access to reading material that informs, engages, extends, challenges and enraptures readers.

By doing this, libraries:

  • create, inspire and support readers — so they connect the library with reading success and pleasure
  • promote multiple languages, symbols, texts and literacies.

Libraries supporting readers

Strategies to engage students as readers

The library supports the construction of knowledge

The library helps learners by providing the space, resources, and support they need to:

  • explore and combine information and experiences into new understandings
  • express their new knowledge in the form of original content produced through authentic use of technology and media
  • share their knowledge with others.

Understanding inquiry learning

Library staff are educators and enablers

Library staff educate and enable by:

  • engaging proactively with students and teachers
  • cultivating and participating in personal learning networks and communities, helping them to model learning and development to others in the school
  • using technology to support continuous learning with students, teachers and the school community
  • being innovative and flexible — they're aware of educational trends and ideas, and work to include these in their own library spaces and services.

Library services for teaching and learning

Your library's role in supporting digital literacy