SCIS Issue 124 by Margaret Merga

A whole school literacy policy (WSLP) should guide collective understandings of literacy within a school, articulating clear literacy learning goals and detailing how they will be attained. Libraries and their staff should feature in these policies as key literacy resources. Unfortunately, in my recent investigations of Australian WSLPs, I found that school libraries are often not mentioned at all (Merga, 2022). We need school libraries to feature strongly in WSLPs so that their contributions are recognised and funded, and not seen as peripheral or disposable.

But how can we get school libraries into the WSLP? We need school library professionals on or leading the WSLP planning team.

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