MORE SUPPORTING COMMENTS :
I have great memories of school libraries and school librarians from my childhood. My family moved around a lot and I was the new kid often. But the libraries, though their room sizes and stock changes were a constant.
The librarians knew their shelves and would guide me to the familiar and to the unfamiliar. They taught me how to search for information for projects and homework, and how to search for information for fun.
My children were fortunate to have a teacher librarian for their early years at school. She did so much more than just check books in and out. She taught my children how to use a library, how to find information, how to find fiction and non-fiction.
Then the school decided they didn’t need a librarian. They put a very competent teacher’s aide in the library on reduced hours. She was very pleasant and helpful but she was not a teacher librarian and she was unable to give the children the library learning experience they’d had before.
Over the next few years, I watched library use diminish and the quality and variety of the books decrease. Library sessions gave way to borrowing at recess or lunch. The children knew more about the computers than the teacher’s aide.
Not her fault at all. It’s not her role. It’s the role of a teacher librarian and our schools are poorer for their lack.
Guest blogger: Kylie Hillcoat – parent
I am a parent with children at Shellharbour Public. I was at the school library for work placement for a Library Technician Diploma Course I am currently doing. I am also trying to be an author but I am quickly realising that it is harder than I thought!
I wanted to write a comment for this blog too because of my children’s school library – I reckon it is the best there is!
The librarian at Shellharbour Public School is Mrs Cooper. I have to say Mrs Cooper does an absolutely terrific job. She is constantly thinking about ways to engage the kids and encourage their use of books and the library in general. The children love going to the library, as most weeks there is something new and exciting to see.
Our kids wouldn’t know about half the books they end up loving to read if it wasn’t for the likes of Mrs Cooper prompting and encouraging. I hope Teacher-Librarians remain within the school system forever!