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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Teacher librarians, an under utilised asset in schools

Sue Spence
Coordinator, Library/Information Literacy/LOTE/Multiculturalism, Valley View Secondary School, South Australia. Personal website: http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/rblonline/.
The school library and its staff are significant school assets, and need to be considered as an educational investment rather than a cost. Many teacher librarians provide professional development activities in their schools and beyond. Their combination of expertise in literacy and information skills and knowledge of resources and pedagogy can offer invaluable support to hard-pressed teachers and principals. However, schools across Australia are inadequately staffed in terms of professionally qualified teacher librarians.

Subject Headings

School principals
School libraries
Inquiry based learning
Information services
Information literacy
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)