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Schools library policy

The schools library policy sets out the requirements for school libraries and the responsibilities of school principals, teacher librarians and other school staff in relation to learning in the school library.

Teaching and learning is central to the school library role. The school libraries policy summarises the integral role of the school library in Public Schools NSW including:

  • collaborative teaching support
  • information services
  • personnel
  • materials and equipment systems.

Libraries - Finance in Schools Handbook (FISH)

  • Chapter 12 (Libraries) in the Finance in Schools Handbook (FISH) has been updated to reflect current management practices using the Oliver Library Management System.
  • Refer to 12.3 Managing resources including library stocktake. As library collections include an essential mix of digital and physical resources the requirement to undertake a stocktake can be substituted by the risk management process.
  • Note that it is no longer a requirement to stocktake the whole collection every two years.

The full Finance in School Handbook can be viewed here.


The Smartcopying website is the official guide for all copyright issues for Australian schools.

It includes a range of guides, information sheets, FAQs, legal requirements and resources. Visit this site for the latest, authoritative information and guidance.


Scan refereed journal offers engaging professional support for all educators including information on teaching and learning in a digital age and resource reviews relevant to curriculum priorities.

School magazine

The School Magazine is Australia's most loved and longest running literary magazine for children. A School Magazine subscription gives students access to high quality texts, richly illustrated and filled with engaging characters and teachers access to teaching guides with quality lesson ideas, worksheets and extension activities.

Professional learning networks

Teacher librarian network

Albury/Wodonga - see also Rivpat

Broken Hill

Dani Winders
Central Coast Primary

Sharlene Evans
Rebecca Nesbitt
Kate Wealleans
Central Coast Secondary

Shelley Klein
Clarence Valley

Alisa Palmer
Coffs Harbour


Merise Feneley
Eastern Suburbs

Kellie Hoare

Lyn Crowshaw
Hunter Secondary (HASTLA)

Lara O'Donoghue

Jenny Kay
Kiama Community of Schools

Robyn Etherton
Maitland (MASLA)


Newcastle (NATLA)

Nyssa Kelly
Ruth Higginbottom
Jodie Carlson
Northern Beaches

North Sydney Secondary

Joy Henderson

Melinda Hall
Jenine Hinton
Penrith, Mt Druitt, Blacktown and Windsor

Jan Poona
Michele Young
Lynne Millson
Jennifer Scheffers
Melissa Kelly
Port Macquarie/Hastings

Queanbeyan and District

Sandra Swift
RIVPAT - Riverina

Kathleen Trenaman
South Western Sydney

Kathy Wyber
Southern Highlands (SHELTA)

Southern Tablelands (STELA)

Anne Wood
Sue Bell-Mackie
Sutherland Shire

James Jarick
Samantha Rowe
St George


Haroula Zouganelis

Gail Burke
The Three Rs (Rural, Regional and Remote)

Sandra Swift
Wagga Wagga

Kathleen Trenaman
Western (WATL)

Need to know more?

The Handbook for school libraries also provides guidelines to teacher librarians.

The Teacher librarian memorandum states that teacher librarians are essential, collaborative teaching partners in the school. The memorandum indicates that 20% is a fair and reasonable minimum for the management time of the teacher librarian.

Information skills in the school provides a framework for developing student skills to enhance information literacy.

Resource reviews in Scan help schools select resources relevant to their teaching and learning priorities.

Getting help

Yammer Join the Yammar groups Library Matters and Oliver SLS forum to seek advice from peers
SCIS support Information about Schools Information and Cataloguing Service (SCIS)
Microsoft Teams Join the Teacher Librarian State wide virtual staff room
Oliver Visit the Oliver support page
Library support mailbox Email enquires regarding School libraries
Scan support mailbox Email enquires regarding Scan
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