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Findings: Although most teacher librarians trained the past 25 years had progressed in rank at schools, their role in the library programme was minimal due to many current schools having no library. However, these teacher librarians were involved in formal reading programmes.

Abstract: The purpose of this research was to trace former UWC students who trained as teacher-librarians between 1976 and 2000 in order to ascertain how influential they have been in their school’s library and reading programmes. The study revealed that although most respondents had progressed in rank at schools, their role in the library programme was minimal. Most schools had either no library or defunct library programmes. Respondents were much more active in formal reading programmes. Computers with Internet access were evident at most schools but teachers were using computers mostly for managing marks and setting exams.

Zinn, S. (2006). Are trained teacher-librarians making a difference for school libraries in South Africa? In The Multiple Faces of Literacy: Reading, Knowing, Doing -- IASL Reports, 2006: Selected Papers from the 35th annual conference of the International Association of School Librarianship, and the Tenth International Forum on Research in School Librarianship, Lisbon, Portugal, 3-7 July 2006. Ana Bela Martins, Antonio Pina Falcao, Elsa Conde, Isabel Andrade, Manuele Barreto Nunes, Maria Jose Vitorino, editors. International Association of School Librarianship, Erie (PA), USA, 2006. ISBN: 978-1-890861-32-2.

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