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.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
OnlineWagga 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

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Information 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 understaning 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.


The 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


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 23 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.