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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4130..

Librarians also team teach with class teachers on specific units of work;

Enquiry based learning, such as the High School Year 9 Exhibitions project focus on student research using libraries and other information sources;

In primary schools teacher librarians generally teach weekly library lessons with each class;

Information literacy skills are taught throughout primary school and at the beginning of Year 7 in high schools;

Teacher librarians work with class teachers to assist students to select texts for Guided and Cooperative Reading programs;

Libraries are building up resources of multi language text, to encourage ESL students to borrow books, as well as other resources recognising the need for multiliteracies;

Many schools have book clubs, reading rooms and host author visits.

In addition schools encourage community use of school libraries through:

Book Fairs;

Using the library to hold parent information sessions, eg helping your child with reading, helping with projects;

National Literacy and Numeracy Week Celebrations focussed around the library such as Bedtime Stories at Flynn Primary School;

Flexible opening hours to allow parents to bring their children in before or after school.

The Centre for Teaching and Learning Technologies has developed and piloted a highly successful information literacy professional development program in 2003. In that program teacher librarians and classroom teachers work collaboratively to design and complete a unit of work to integrate information literacy, and school library use, into the curriculum. The program will be offered to all schools in 2004.

The School Library Services provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning Technologies support teacher librarians by:

maintaining an email information service and holding online forums to facilitate communication between teacher librarians

conducting professional development for teacher librarians.

The department's library supports school library use and supplements school library resources through the acquisition and loan of a broad array of curriculum resources. The department library's web presence is being expanded to further enrich the information resources available to teachers and students in our schools.

Most schools have a computer network connected to school library resources. Increasingly, students are accessing resources online. The department is developing a student digital resource centre that will be available to students later this year.

Child abuse and neglect

(Question No 985)

Mr Pratt

asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 25 September 2003:

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