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Teacher Librarian Award - 2003

Australian Teacher Librarian Award - 2003

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Beverley Endersbee
Para Hills East Primary School, South Australia

The winner of the Australian Teacher Librarian of the Year Award for 2003 is:

Beverley Endersbee from Para Hills East Primary School, South Australia

Presented at the ASLA-CBCA Conference Hobart, 5 October 2003

We congratulate the nominees for the award from each state and territory in which ASLA is represented. The nominees are:

Jan Dudley, Daramalan College (ACT)
Helen Schutz, Loreto Normanhurst (NSW)
Lesa Cornock, Braitling Primary School (NT)
Chris Skrzeczynski, Our Lady of the Rosary School, Kenmore (QLD)
Judi Jagger, Fahan School (TAS)
Marie Green, Newman College (WA)

This national award recognises and honours an exceptional Australian Teacher Librarian in a school setting whose professional practice has a positive impact on student achievement and information literacy.

This Award carries a $1500 cash prize from Pledger Consulting Pty Ltd and $500 WebLinks - LinksPlus products.

ASLA describes the role of a teacher librarian as having three key professional specialisations:

    • Curriculum leader
    • Information specialist
    • Information services manager

Information on the winner of the Australian Teacher Librarian of the Year Award for 2003:

Bev Endersbee

Bev has been the Teacher Librarian at Para Hills East Primary School for the past 13 years during which time she has firmly established her school library as the 'hub' of the school community.

She accomplished this in many ways, some of which were to:

    • cooperatively plan innovative units of work that accommodate diversity in cultural backgrounds.
    • ensure the development of Information Literacy skills as a high profile priority and the driving force of the school’s change and improvement agenda.
    • use many students from Reception to Yr 7 as library monitors ensuring they are critical role models in the use of information resources.
    • establish a Library Promotions Group which has planned events for students within the school.

Beverley’s collaborative and cooperative work has extended well beyond the walls of the school library. She has facilitated and presented at a number of conferences and workshops within South Australia, nationally and in New Zealand. She has also played significant roles in national and state projects.

As one of her peers has written: “working with Bev is an exciting, stimulating and evolving journey.”

“The Library is the focus for learning within collaborative teams of classroom teachers and students, a place where technology lives, where the joy of books consume all of us as we live our fantasies, experience real life, everyday heroes and share our lives through a range of media while having fun.”

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