THE dramatic decline in the literacy and numeracy standards of Australian children is nothing short of alarming, but it coincides with the demise of the role of the qualified teacherlibrarian in schools.
Research findings consistently illustrate the positive effect of library services and environments on student literacy and learning outcomes, despite socioeconomic factors.
They reveal improved reading test scores, higher academic achievement and more positive attitudes towards learning. So why are schools dispatching these valuable educators at such a disturbing rate? Jennifer King, Queensland School Library Association