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South Australian School Library Survey

Apr 22, 2015

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Overview of results of school library staffing survey conducted by the School Library Association of South Australia in Term 4 2008

  • 1. SA School Library Survey Term 4 2008
  • 2. Methodology
    • Survey mailed to all SA schools
    • Online survey tool (Moodle)
    • Fax and mail responses entered into online form
  • 3. Respondents = 360 SA Total Schools DECS=575 (76%) Catholic=80 (11%) Independent=98 (13%)
  • 4. School levels
    • Prim = 227
    • Sec = 74
    • Other = 59
  • 5. Library experience of staff
  • 6. Teaching experience of staff
  • 7. Succession planning
  • 8. Teaching staff library quals
  • 9. Qualifications assistant staff
  • 10. Dual qualified staff
    • 206 schools reported having a staff member in the library with dual library and teaching qualifications
    • 82 schools with TL allocation but no staff member reporting dual qualifications
  • 11. Teacher librarian allocations
    • 84 out of 360 (23%) schools reported NO teacher librarian allocation
    • Student : Teacher Librarian ratio range
      • lowest: 134 : 1 (Area School)
      • highest: 4500 : 1 (Country H.S. ie part-time TL)
      • average ratio across all types of school 609 : 1
  • 12. TL allocation primary
    • DECS formula recommends average of 473 students per full time TL
    • SA primary schools average 514 students to 1 full time TL
    • Lowest = 53:1 Highest = 2650:1
    • 55 (28%) of SA primary schools have no Teacher Librarian
  • 13. TL allocation secondary
    • DECS formula recommends average of 467 students to 1 full time TL
    • SA Secondary schools average 742 students to 1 full time TL
    • Lowest = 187:1 Highest = 4500:1
    • 3 SA secondary schools have no Teacher Librarian
  • 14. TL allocation other schools
    • SA Area/K-12 schools average 519 students to 1 full time TL
    • Lowest = 90:1 Highest = 4133:1
    • 9 (15%) of South Australian Area schools and K-12 schools have no Teacher Librarian
  • 15. Total library staff time
    • Average ratio of students per hour of total library staff in SA schools = 8.19
    • Lowest ratio = 0.36
    • Highest ratio = 45.00
  • 16. Library coordinator positions
    • 30 schools reported Library Coordinator positions ranging from 0.1 to 1.8 EFT per school
    • 5 PS 15 Sec 10 Area/K-12
    • 15 Gov 10 Catholic 5 Independent
  • 17. SLASA membership
  • 18. Further analysis
    • SLASA newsletters
    • SLASA website: Advocacy menu
    • Comparison with ASLA-ECU national survey data
    • Attempt to get quantitative responses from non-respondent schools