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My Digital Footprint

John Seely Brown

The web has just begun to have an impact on our lives. As fascinated as we are with it today, we’re still seeing it in its early forms… My belief is that not only will the web be as fundamental to society as electrification but that it will be subject to many of the same diffusion and absorption dynamics as that earlier medium.

Library Roles

Information on this topic varies depending on whom you ask.  My opinion firmly reflects one that is moving the Library as physical building into Library as learning space in whatever form that may be - physical, virtual but overwhelmingly PERSONAL.

Annual Review Meeting - Education Support Employees (ES1-5)

Annual Review Meeting Guidelines - Prepared by the Catholic Education Council of Victoria, this document provides an outline of roles and responsibilites at each level of Education Support Employees including library staff who are represented as Typical Duties - Curriculum Resource Services - General and Curriculum Resource Services - Library/AV Services. Meeting discussion proforma is also useful.

Annual Review Preparation - Education Support Employees
This questionnaire may also be used to guide reflection, discussion and goal setting for Annual Review Meeting or used as the ARM template. 

Know your salary schedule
Dept of Education and Early Childhood Developement Salary rates  Relates to government school employees
Victorian Catholic Education Multi-Enterprise Agreement 2013 - (Independent Education Union) contains employment schedule, conditions and Education Support salaries (p.190) and Education Support Classifications - Appendix 6 (p.143).  Catholic and Independent school employees are eligible for membership of the Independent Education Union.

Education Support Employees Handbook
Handbook for Education Support Employees in Catholic Education. Produced by Independent Education Union (Vic/Tas) - NB: this relates to Catholic School employees only 

ALIA/ASLA Joint statement on library and information services in schools
This statement clearly lays out the principles and objectives of a school library service.  Also provides links to other supporting documents.

Aussie Educator - Teacher Librarians
Links to school library associations in all Victorian states and territories plus other related resources.

Standards of professional excellence for teacher librarians
This statement describes the professional knowledge, skills and commitment demonstrated by teacher librarians working at a level of excellence. It represents the goals to which all Australian teacher librarians should aspire, and provides inspiration for quality teaching and ongoing professional practice. Endorsed by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and the Australian School Library Association (ASLA)

SLASA Teacher Librarian Role Statement
This role statement is displayed in a clear, concise table making it very easy to see the various categories relating to the role of teacher librarian clearly reflecting their dual role as both teachers and information specialists.

Manifesto for 21st Century School Librarians
What does a school librarian do? This manifesto has been prepared for school librarians worldwide by Dr Joyce Valenza.  It provides a set of guidelines suited to the dynamic landscape in which we work today.

Independent Education Union - IUE Victoria Tasmania
Membership includes teachers and school officers in Victorian Independent and Catholic schools.  Schedules of employment with pay rates, leave entitlements, redundancy etc. 

Chapter 1: School Library Impact Studies 101: An Overview of the Research from LRS on Vimeo.

School Library Impact Studies (US)
This site contains reports, resources, surveys, data and tools associated with the work of Keith Curry Lance and US state library professionals.  Since 2000, this extensive research has established the positive impact of school libraries on student achievement. Reports from a variety of states are included here.

School Libraries Work
A research foundation paper outlining the impact of school libraries and trained library professionals on the student achievement.  Updated in 2008, this report is based on the research of sixteen states.  It's essential reading for teacher librarians. 

Inquiry into school libraries and teacher librarians in Australia - submissions
Links to the 382 submissions to Standing Committee on Education and Training, April 2010.  Inquiry stalled due to 2010 federal election.

Relief Staff Employment Wiki
Database of Australian teacher librarians and school library support staff available for casual and short term employment.  Organised within states under the two staff categories (TL and Support), it is a very useful source of relief staff.  Updating of details is reliant on the individual, however, this is an active site and is reasonably up to date.

The One Umbrella
Looking for a job or looking for staff?  This recruitment agency specialises in the sourcing and recruiting of permanent and contract staff for the library, records, information and knowledge management industries in Australia.