Teacher librarians

Teacher librarians are trained teachers who have also undertaken an approved course of study in teacher librarianship.

Teacher librarians build effective library and information management services in schools by working collaboratively with teachers to help students access and utilise information.

Attributes of great teacher librarians

Teacher librarians are highly organised resource managers, information specialists and resource-based learning specialists. They teach students how to access and utilise information, and provide them with quality reading experiences by recommending literature that students will enjoy.

Teacher librarians also have comprehensive knowledge of how technology can be used to engage students and enhance their learning experiences.

How to decide if you should be a teacher librarian

If you're interested in helping others access information and are keen to stay up-to-date with the latest trends in information management and information technology, consider a career as a teacher librarian in NSW public schools. If you are highly organised, extremely resourceful and can process large volumes of information, you could be a great teacher librarian.

How to become a teacher librarian

To become a teacher librarian in NSW public schools, you will need to complete approved courses in primary or secondary teaching and librarianship.

The become a teacher page outlines the steps you will need to take to become a teacher in a NSW public school. Studies in librarianship may be undertaken through undergraduate study or as a combination of undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Sponsored training for teachers

NSW public school teachers who have been recommended for a teacher librarian position following merit selection or permanently appointed as a teacher librarian, and are currently undertaking an approved postgraduate qualification in teacher librarianship, may be eligible to apply for the department's Teach and Learn Scholarship (Specialist Teaching Areas).


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