In a world grappling with rapid changes in technology and access to information, Digital citizenship focuses on developing the skills and competencies educators and students need to be responsible, safe and digitally literate. The National Library - Services to Schools, has identified seven key themes we think are important to the development of effective digital citizens.
Information and inspiration to help school libraries support student achievement. Includes library as space, 21st century collections, your library's online presence, and library management.
Our services and resources
0800 LIB LINE
The 0800 LIB LINE (0800 5425463) advisory service provides support and answers to your questions on any aspect of school library development. The service is staffed from Monday to Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Register for courses on topics ranging from school libraries supporting learning and content curation to inspiring readers.
Borrow resources from our collection of books, DVD and CDs.
Resources for learning
Explore our range of digital resources to support learning.
Our Record Manager tool enables your school library team to find and download catalogue records and import them into your ILS (integrated library system).
From information on ‘Boys and reading’ to the value of reading aloud, or the requirements of NCEA English, we provide a rich range of support for your library’s role in inspiring and creating readers.
- Reading at home
- Engaging teens with reading
- Graphic novels
- Reading and writing: National Standards and the school library
- A school-wide reading culture
- New Zealand Book Month
- Picture books
- My Reading Superhero
- School staff as readers
- Libraries supporting Māori readers
- Young adult fiction
- Student reading interests
- Reading Together programme
- Reader-friendly policies
- Reading for pleasure — a door to success
- Reader-friendly environments
- Tween readers – keeping them motivated
- Public libraries
- Books for tweens
- Organisations, events and awards celebrating reading
- Reading promotion
- Author / illustrator information
- Online reading communities
- Boys and reading
- Young fiction
- Reading aloud
- Sophisticated picture books
Your library’s online presence includes many elements, from selecting a suitable Integrated Library System (ILS) for 24/7 access, to its web presence and interactivity with users, to RFID technology for streamlining issues and returns.
- Radio-frequency identification (RFID)
- BYOD in the school library
- Social media and the school library
- School libraries: developing an online presence
- Developing your library website
- Integrated Library Systems (ILS)
- Optimising your Integrated Library System (ILS)
- Changing your Integrated Library System (ILS)
The range of tools, technologies and the skills to support inquiry learning continue to evolve. Content here includes guidance on re-use and remixing of digital content, supporting inquiry in a Māori context, content curation, and much more.
Here you will find information and templates for job descriptions, performance appraisals, managing a school library team, and where to go for professional library qualifications.
Policies and procedures around how to build and maintain an up-to-date library collection comprising print and online, relevant to the students in your school, are covered here.
- Collection guiding statement
- School community profile
- Stocktaking guide
- E-books for your school library
- Collection development cycle
- Selecting resources for your school library
- Assessing your school library collection
- Collection requirements plan
- Reference resources
- Publishers of Māori resources
- Weeding guide
- Building an inclusive collection
- Magazines for New Zealand school libraries
- Your school library budget
- Library surveys
- Library collection
- Cataloguing your library and multimedia resources
Here is a wide range of guides to day-to-day operational library management tasks, along with a guide to disaster management, and a list of the main library suppliers.
School libraries are transforming their practice, gathering and using evidence to show how their services impact positively on student learning and achievement, and building strong collaborative relationships with educators and their school community.
- New Zealand Curriculum
- Using learner voices to inform library services
- Learning facilitation
- School libraries and learning – the research
- Advocacy: creating champions for your library
- Collaborations and partnerships
- Principal led transformation: libraries as learning centres
- The pedagogy of the library
- School library futures
- School library: purpose
- Evidence and learning outcomes
Summer reading is an important activity for children and teens to help prevent the ‘summer slide’ in reading levels. However, they need schools, school libraries, public libraries, families and whānau working together to provide support, encouragement and access to enjoyable reading material.
- Summer reading: a strategic approach
- The summer slide and summer reading research
- Schools supporting summer reading
- Families supporting summer reading
- School libraries supporting summer reading
- Teachers supporting summer reading
- Public libraries supporting summer reading
- Planning a summer reading initiative in your school
- Summer reading: measuring the impact
- Sail into Summer Reading Programme