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Godfree named Australian Teacher Librarian of the Year

The Australian School Library Association (ASLA) named Holly Godfree from Lake Tuggeranong College as Australian Teacher Librarian of 2019, reports the Canberra Times.

Godfree has been a teacher for 20 years. Previously, she worked at libraries at Gordon, Village Creek and Hughes primary schools, and earned a master’s degree in school librarianship six years ago.

Godfree told the Canberra Times the modern teacher librarian has to be ‘really tech-savvy but also you’ve got to be able to do all the voices when you’re reading a story and hook them in’, adding that she ‘does not believe reading among young children is dead in the era of screen time’.

‘It’s about a balance, number one, but certainly I think that most teacher librarians and library staff would agree when they’re reading for pleasure, or even, reading the textbooks, that they really prefer to have a physical copy,’  said Godfree. ‘Having said that, of course the modern school library has to have a diverse collection, so that includes audio books and ebooks and digital audio books, you have to have a bit of everything.’


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