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Using the school library to support teacher CPD

Continuing their series of articles looking at what your school library and librarian can do to support your teaching and lessons, Elizabeth Hutchinson and Clare Brumpton look at how libraries can support the CPD of teaching staff

This is our final article in our journey through the five core instructional activities of the school librarian as defined by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions School Library Guidelines (IFLA, 2015).

These five core areas are:

As stated in the IFLA School Library Guidelines: “The school library supports teachers through providing professional development … especially related to new materials and technologies, new curriculum, and new instructional strategies.”


What should teachers expect from their librarians?

Many teachers will recognise “providing materials” in the statement above, but I would suggest that this is often unrelated to professional development.

Everyone expects the school library to provide new resources but how often do you ask your school librarian to highlight what is new and how often have you asked your school librarian to help you find and use new technology?

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