The New Zealand School Library Survey, conducted by Softlink on behalf of the school library sector, examines key trends and issues impacting school libraries.
This report provides survey findings with a breakdown of findings for State: Integrated, State: Not Integrated, and Private: Fully Reg. schools.
Points for analysis include annual school library budgets and staffing levels as well as the use of digital resources in school libraries, school library services, trends, and other key factors important to school libraries.
The results help to advocate the role of school libraries and library professionals to education decision makers, as well as through industry associations and networks.
Since 2010, Softlink has been conducting School Library Surveys to provide data to help inform the school and broader community about the state of school libraries, and to provide an informed resource to feed into, and support, school library advocacy.
Over the years, the surveys have been used to provide information on school library budgets and staffing, while highlighting the issues and opportunities school libraries are experiencing.
These annual surveys continue to build an accurate reference point for understanding changes, impacts, and trends over time.
The 2021 Softlink New Zealand School Library Survey was released August 18, 2021 and closed September 30, 2021. Invitations to participate were extended to all schools (including schools that are not Softlink customers) in New Zealand via email, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and promoted by a number of our partners, associates, and school library groups.
Despite the challenges of COVID and lockdowns in some regions, we are pleased to share that there were 364 participants.
Thank you to everyone that participated in the 2021 New Zealand School Library Survey.
The survey results provide a critical reference point for changes, impacts, and trends across school libraries in New Zealand. Softlink will continue to work with industry associations to help advocate the role of school libraries and teacher librarians to Education Ministers, departments, and decision makers, as well as through industry networks.
Your willingness to participate and share information about your school library means that we can continue to provide this valuable, annual analysis of school libraries.
We would also like to thank SLANZA for assisting in the promotion of the Survey.
Softlink is proud to continue to sponsor and grow this initiative. We are always looking for ways to improve and refine the School Library Survey and associated reports and whitepapers. If you would like to offer feedback, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Softlink School Library Surveys are used to produce a range reports and feature documents to help inform and support school library staff and the greater school community. A selection of these has been included below, to view more visit softlinkint.com/resources/reports-and-whitepapers/
This feature shares comments from the 2020 survey, highlighting what respondents would like to change about their library or role.
This feature shares comments from the 2014 – 2020 surveys demonstrating the love and passion school library staff have and what they love most about coming to work. It also shares comments that demonstrate the love the school has for the library.
Published in 2019, this feature is based on responses to the question “What practices are in place or what ideas do you have to promote the library, the services it provides, or the role and skills of the school library staff in your school?” in the 2018 School Library Surveys.
This feature shares collated comments from the 2014 – 2020 School Library Surveys and represent the voice of school Principals in Australia in Australia as they reflect on the value of their library and library staff, as well as changes they would make to the library.