South Australian School Library Survey

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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

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  • DECS formula http://www.slasa.asn.au/Advocacy/docs/staffing.pdf
  • South Australian School Library Survey

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

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