Holly Godfree on why Students Need School Libraries

Holly Godfree is the current coordinator of the Students Need School Libraries Campaign

This may shock you , but I am passionate about books, literacy and libraries. So, when I met teacher librarian Holly Godfree, we talked about her passion project. Inviting Holly to be a guest on DMZ’s podcast was inevitable. It was only a matter of time.

This podcast is available at the top of this post and on all good podcasting platforms.

Holly Godfree coordinates the Students Need School Libraries campaign. This campaign strives to ensure that every student has access to a dynamic, well-resourced school library run by qualified library staff. Her experiences include 15 years of teaching in primary schools and five in senior secondary and ten years of school library advocacy work. She also has years of experience in sessional marking for students studying to become teacher librarians at Charles Sturt University. Holly has published a large number of articles about the importance of school libraries. She’s presented at national and state level conferences including:

  • the Australian School Library Association (2019, 2017, 2015),
  • National Education Summit (2019) and
  • South Australian Public Libraries Conference (2019).

In 2019, Holly was named the ASLA Australian Teacher Librarian of the Year.

You can find Holly Godfree on Twitter.

Social Media Links for the Students Need School Libraries Campaign
Some good links Holly Godfree recommends:

Students Need School Libraries website – Lots of great resources.

School Libraries: Good for what ails ya – about COVID lockdown and School Libraries.

School Libraries Matter: The missing piece of the education puzzle – A Journal article about why school libraries are important for a 21st Century education.

7 Signs Your Child Needs Their School Library flyer.

School libraries in South Australia 2019 Census – recent alarming research about school library staffing.

Parliamentary Inquiry into School Libraries and Teacher Librarians in 21st Century Australia.

Natural Digital Experts – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1JSmCk3qmA&ab_channel=StudentsNeedSchoolLibraries.

What do you learn in a school library? – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2DGiZQAE9s&ab_channel=StudentsNeedSchoolLibraries