In the most effective primary and secondary schools visited, libraries and well trained specialist librarians had a positive impact on teaching and learning.
Ofsted (2006) Good School Libraries
Workforce Remodelling has lead many schools to review their library staffing.
All present new challenges for school librarians.
In one successful model for Primary schools, management responsibility rests with a member of the Senior Leadership Team while day-to-day responsibility is exercised by a teaching assistant or a parent volunteer.
Support from the Education Library Service is available (free of charge to library members):
Assisting with job descriptions and person specifications, advising on appropriate grading and acting as professional adviser on interview panels
Sample School Library Staff Job Descriptions
Reviewing library organisation and advising on staff development
Assisting identification of development needs and providing training
Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)
CILIP is the professional association for library and information workers. CILIP provides online advice on employment for employers and for library staff including salary guidelines for school librarians:
Primary School Library Guidelines
General Information for Employers with specific advice for schools sector
CILIP School Library Salary Guidelines
Improving pay and status: a school librarian’s self-empowerment pack