School Library Guidelines

​School libraries are central to teaching and learning processes.

These guidelines outline basic functions, planning and procedures involved in managing a school library. They will be useful for school library staff - from brand new to experienced operators. 
effective school libraries

Effective school libraries

Looks at the qualities of an effective school library.

Links to research that connect successful school libraries with improved student outcomes.

managing school libraries

Managing a school library

How to ensure effective and accountable library management.

Topics include staffing, planning and evaluation, procedures and guidelines, budgets, reports, promotion, copyright and disaster management.

library systems

Library systems

An overview of the automated systems you can use to deliver library services.

Topics include library management systems, the library catalogue, RFID, library security, websites and intranet.

teaching and learning

Library services for teaching and learning

The role of the library in supporting teaching and learning programs.

Topics include media literacy, makerspaces, reading engagement, digital literacy, information literacy and academic integrity.

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Circulation services

Tracking and managing library loans.

Features of an effective circulation system.

Start of year processes.

collections and resources

Collections and resources

Good collection management creates and maintains a balanced and useful library collection.

Topics include selection, ordering, processing, cataloguing, organising resources, managing eResources, repairs, weeding and inventories.

space and environment

Space and environment

How to create an inviting library space that is well used and supports teaching and learning programs.

Redevelopment tips from Tasmanian school library staff.


Library community

Professional development.

How to connect with the school library community.

Some useful Department of Education libraries.

Professional library organisations.

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