Envisioning School Libraries

Welcome to the School libraries 21C, a moderated discussion blog hosted by School Libraries and Information Literacy Unit. We invite your considered contributions. We look forward to engaging with a diverse range of perspectives, and working towards a common vision.

This discussion has now closed. Dr Ross Todd’s and Lyn Hay’s executive summary of the online discussion, ‘School libraries 21C: the conversation begins’ will be available shortly.  For more information go to  School Libraries and Information Literacy Unit.

Dr Ross Todd, Director, Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL), School of Communication, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers University, USA, and Lyn Hay, Lecturer in Teacher Librarianship at Charles Sturt University, will guide the discussion.

Suggested background reading is School libraries building capacity for student learning 21C by Lyn Hay and Colleen Foley. The full Research column is also available.

Please note that our discussion is organised under 3 main headings:

  1. The future of school libraries
  2. The school library of the future
  3. What will it take to get there? Supporting continuous improvement and capacity building in school libraries.

Please note the tabs at the top of this blog provide links to each of these three (3) main discussion forums, under which you will find a set of focus questions. These will provide the basis for our discussion over the next four weeks.

Enjoy the discussion. We welcome submissions from individuals, and groups such as school, team or professional network focus groups posting combined responses to aspects of the discussion. In your responses, please indicate details such as: government/non-government school, position in school, and if a group response, the nature of the group e.g. Executive, whole school staff, teacher librarian professional network.

For further information and assistance, please contact me, the blog moderator.

Colleen Foley
Leader, School Libraries and Information Literacy Unit, NSW Department of Education and Training