Library services for teaching and learning

The role of qualified school library staff is to:

  •  Provide high quality library services.
  •  Support teachers in the delivery of curriculum programs.

The library’s staffing levels will influence the ability of staff to develop their role. However, all library staff can make a positive contribution in the following areas:

Reading engagement

Library staff play an integral role in the school’s reading culture and the development of engaged and skilled readers who enjoy reading for pleasure.

Library staff can support reading engagement by:

  • Celebrating annual reading focused events.
  • Creating displays that encourage reading.
  • Interacting with individual students in ways that build their reading confidence and encourages them to read for pleasure.
  • Working with teachers to develop reading programs and activities.
  • Providing in-library group reading opportunities for classes.
  • Organising fiction and non-fiction collections so it is easy for students to browse.
  • Allowing students to select their own reading material.
  • Reviewing library guidelines and policies to increase their reader-friendly focus.
  • Developing diverse collections that will appeal to a wide range of students.
  • Promoting a wide range of inclusive reading material in multiple formats.

Reading focused events

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Digital literacy

 The Department of Education and Training defines digital literacy as:

'knowing how to use a range of technologies to find information, solve problems or complete tasks. Digital literacy is also about knowing how to act safely and respectfully online.'

Students may regularly use digital devices and products, but they may not have good digital literacy skills. Library staff can support digital literacy by:

  • Gaining an understanding of digital literacy and modelling appropriate digital skills and behaviours.
  • Ensuring that students can manage devices and locate resources.
  • Working with teachers to support their digital literacy skill activities and programs.
  • Promoting and supporting the school’s eSafety and online citizenship strategies.
  • Helping students learn basic digital literacy skills.
  • Exploring digital resource options for inclusion in the library.
  • Knowing where to access information about copyright and Creative Commons.
  • Providing effective signage and guidance.

Digital literacy resources


Information literacy

Information literacy is defined as 'knowing when and why you need information, where to find it and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner.' 

Students may be familiar with Google, but many don’t have the information literacy skills they need to become successful lifelong learners. Library staff can support information literacy by:

  • Developing physical and digital library collections to support the curriculum and the information needs of staff and students.
  • Teaching students how to search the collections and use the information to support their studies.
  • Teaching students how to search the internet effectively and to evaluate what they find.
  • Supporting teachers to integrate information literacy skills into their programs and activities.
  • Modelling appropriate information literacy skills.

Further reading:


Academic integrity

Library staff in colleges and high schools often teach referencing and citation skills, plus how to avoid plagiarism and meet academic integrity standards.

Plagiarism is defined by UTAS as:

'taking and using someone else's thoughts, writings or inventions and representing them as your own; for example, using an author's words without putting them in quotation marks and citing the source, using an author's ideas without proper acknowledgment and citation, copying another student's work. As students you are expected to maintain academic integrity by correctly referencing scholars work and not copying others' work.'

Tasmanian information on academic integrity is produced by the Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards & Certification (TASC).

Further reading:

Plagiarism detection tools

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Referencing tools

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