Thriving school libraries led by qualified teacher librarians develop 21st century citizens who can locate, evaluate and use information effectively. The Directorate, in partnership with the AEU and with the expert input of teacher librarians, has published School Libraries: The Heart of 21st Century Learning to inform school leaders, teachers and school communities. This publication is designed to start and support conversations in schools about how their library can best support teaching and learning.
Grounded in the research, School Libraries: The Heart of 21st Century Learning showcases how schools that invest in well-staffed school libraries reap the benefits of quality services and resourcing, ensuring their staff and students are best equipped for the digital age. While developed separately, it links to the Directorate's recent publication Great Teaching by Design: Evidence-based practices to improve student outcomes in Canberra's classrooms.