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Staffing for Secondary School Libraries

The School Library Association believes that:

  • secondary school libraries should be open and staffed for as much of the school week as possible, including lunchtimes and before and after school
  • this staffing should come from a Chartered professional librarian or a dually qualified teacher/librarian with appropriate support from a library assistant or classroom assistant
  • staff who are not professionally qualified should be provided with every opportunity to pursue relevant training and acquire the specialist knowledge required by the role of School Librarian
  • the Librarian should be employed for 52 weeks of the year
  • the Librarian should report to a member of the Senior Management Team with curriculum responsibility
  • the Librarian should have status equivalent to Head of Department
  • the Librarian should be included in the school's formal performance and appraisal process.

January 2016