The 2018 Softlink Australia, New Zealand, and Asia Pacific School Library Survey was launched in September.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey, the report will be available in early 2019.
The Softlink School Library Survey was initiated in 2010 to form a response to the Australian Government’s Inquiry into school libraries and teacher librarians in Australian schools.
Since then, to highlight the issues and opportunities school libraries experience, Softlink has continued to survey Australian schools annually, extending this to include New Zealand and UK schools in 2015.
In 2018, we are encouraging participants from the Asia Pacific region.
Continuing this annual survey builds a critical reference point for understanding changes, impacts, and trends over time.
The survey looks at important statistical information, such as staffing and budgets, as well as school library practices, services, resourcing, and trends.
We also ask open questions that provide an opportunity for you to share your ideas and provide insight into the day-to-day of your school library, which we collate and present in sharable features (see below). All comments remain anonymous.
Released shortly after the survey, an initial snapshot of results is emailed to all participants in the survey. Broken down into 6 school size ranges, the summaries provide an overview of budgets and staffing, and other key items of interest such as services, trends and practices. You can access the 2017 Participant Summaries here.
The full report is published to our website early the following year and gives a complete breakdown of findings. You can access the 2017 Softlink Australian and New Zealand School Library Survey Report here.
Open-ended questions at the end of the survey give insight in to school libraries as participants share their thoughts and ideas. As themes emerge we collate these comments and share the voice of school library staff in features such as the papers below.
Comments provided in the school library survey are used to inform articles written for external publications. A sample of these can be accessed at the links below.
Sharing the voice of school library staff and their innovative ideas and thoughts is important to us. We also include comments in blog posts that we think will be of interest or useful to you. You can access a sample of these below.
Statistics and comments help us to provide snapshots around themes in infographics such as the two below.
Editors note: This post was originally published September 2018 and has been updated October 2018 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehension.