Who to ask


If you aren't sure about the meaning of library specific words, A manual for developing policies and procedures in Australian school library resource centres has a good glossary (starts page 49).

Email and Facebook groups

A Tasmanian focused email forum. It was established to provide a means of communication, education and support for library staff in all library arenas across the state. Information about joining.

Tassie School Library Tidbits

A closed Facebook group for school library staff to share information and advice.


A listserv for the Australian teacher-librarian community. Conversation focus on topics of interest to school library staff. Information about joining. Oztlnet are also on Facebook and Twitter.


An email-based list that encourages and facilitates discussions about IT in Tasmanian schools. It is organised by the Tasmanian Society for Information Technology in Education.

Department of Education libraries

Libraries Tasmania

Libraries Tasmania is a network of public, reference and specialist Tasmanian libraries and archives. Members can borrow material and access a range of online resources including books, comics, magazines, films, newspapers and music.

Aboriginal Education Library

This library offers a statewide lending service with a focus on Aboriginal culture, particularly Tasmanian Aboriginal history and culture. It supports teachers, pre-service teachers, early learning services and students throughout Tasmania with resources and information. Membership is open to all schools and anyone with an interest in Indigenous issues.

  • Address: 30 Raminea Road, Lindisfarne
  • Contact: email or phone 6165 5480

EAL Library

The Library offers a statewide lending service with a focus on English language resources for newly arrived humanitarian entrants, or ongoing English language learners. It supports Department of Education EAL teachers, mainstream teachers and teacher assistants, Libraries Tasmania tutors and pre-service teachers. Patrons wishing to borrow material must be enrolled members of the service.

  • Address: 30 Raminea Road, Lindisfarne
  • Contact: email or phone 6165 5480

Learning Services North library

Learning Services North, based at Newstead Campus, provides a collection of professional support material focusing on educational theory and practice. In order to borrow Learning Services Support material, patrons must be enrolled borrowers. Membership is open to all employees of the Department of Education.

  • Address: Newstead College Library, Cypress St, Newstead
  • Contact: email or phone 6232 3217

TALIS Network library support 

For Government schools: information can be found on the TALIS Support Website.

Professional organisations

Australian School Library Association (ASLA)

ASLA is the peak professional body providing leadership and support for school libraries. It actively promotes school librarianship in Australia. The website contains a good range of useful information, publications and policy templates.

Regular meetings on a school library theme are held in different libraries. They are a great way to meet, share and gain ideas. All school library staff are welcome. ASLA membership is not necessary.

Contact: Southern email or NW email

Northern Library Group

The Northern Library Group hold regular meetings focusing on topics of interest to school library staff. Their meetings provide a wonderful forum to meet and share ideas. 

Contact: email

Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)

ALIA is the national professional organisation for employees in libraries and information services. ALIA Schools provides school-specific information.

ALIA events are a great way to meet, share and gain ideas. All school library staff are welcome. ALIA membership is not required.

Contact: email ALIA TAS State Manager

Childrens Book Council of Australia (CBCA)

The CBCA is a national organisation which promotes literature for young Australians. It organises the annual Book Week celebration and Book of the Year awards. Reading Time Online includes reviews, interviews, booklists and articles focusing on the children's book world.

The CBCA Tasmanian Branch holds local events and has a Tasmanian based website and social media.

International Association of School Librarianship (IASL)

IASL provides an international forum for people interested in promoting effective school library programs.

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

IFLA is an international body representing the interests of library and information services.  It produces the IFLA School Library Guidelines.

Give feedback about the School Library Guidelines