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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 …

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
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    • 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

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