ETL504 Teacher Librarian As Leader (8)

This subject provides an introduction to theory and practice in the leadership role of a teacher librarian. Leadership theory is examined in the current global context of change and reform in school library organisation and services. Evolving views of educational leadership are examined with a particular emphasis on organisational culture, strategic and operational planning including disaster planning, managing for change, using policy and planning documents for advocacy and developing relationships within a 21st century school culture of inquiry.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ETL504. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Information and Communication Studies

Enrolment Restrictions

In Master of Education (Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation) this subject is only available to students with a professional librarianship qualification recognised by ALIA.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of leadership theory and identify pathways to building capacity for the development of leadership roles in schools through the work of the teacher librarian;
  • be able to relate issues in leadership theory and the decision-making process to the teacher librarian's role in the school;
  • be able to apply the principles and methods of strategic and operational planning for change and identify the role of the teacher librarian within these processes;
  • be able to identify and develop strategies for using policy and planning documents for advocacy;
  • be able to develop a mission statement and identify objectives and outcomes for the delivery of the school's information services; and
  • be able to explain leadership within the context of a 21st century school culture of inquiry.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Management theory including leadership, management for change, operational and strategic planning, working in teams
  • Leadership in learning environments including leading curriculum design, collaboration, digital learning and staff development
  • Communication theory in practice including negotiation, conflict resolution, advocacy and promotion
  • Planning processes and procedures in school libraries including the role of vision and mission statements
  • Evaluation and review and the wider role of the information specialist
  • The teacher librarian as leader, leading from the middle and future roles

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ETL504 in Session 2 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Concept map and critical analysis
Future-ready library discussion paper & reflection

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.