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Carol Sawyer

Teacher Librarian

Work History

Jan 2009Present

Teacher Librarian for History, English, Learning Support, and Visual Arts.

Barker College

Teacher Librarian for Modern and Ancient History, Middle School Wide Reading Program, Providing Online Resources to LMS/Libguides.Promoting Digital Citizenship, Information Skills, PBL Teaching and Learning Strategies. 

Jan 2008Dec 2009

Head Teacher Librarian

Kormilda College Darwin, Northern Territory

7-12 Full Time Librarian supervising 3 staff

Jan 2003Dec 2008

Teacher and Library

Sanderson High School Wulugi Northern Territory

Social Science Teacher and Teacher Librarian50%/50%: supervising 1 staff.

Jan 1992Dec 2002



Environmental Impact Statements, 

Jan 1991Dec 1993


Home Care Services

Care for disabled and elderly people in their homes. 

Jan 1988Dec 1991

Economics and Geography Teacher

Barraba Central School Barraba NSW

Teaching economics. commerce, history, legal studies, geography, farm management.

May 1991Dec 1991

Geography and Economics Teacher

Riverside Girls High School Huntley's Point

Teacher of Economics. Commerce, Geography.


Jan 2014Dec 2014

Masters of Education (Information Technology and Training)

University Of Wollongong

Study of how technology can be implemented into teaching and learning. Online Teaching and Design Strategies for Blended Learning.

Jan 1990Dec 1992

Graduate Diploma of Education (Teacher Librarianship)

Charles Sturt University

Methods in Teacher Librainship

Jan 1987Dec 1987

Diploma of Education

University of New England

Methods studies Economics and Georgraphy

Jan 1982Dec 1986

Bachelor of Arts

University of New England

Major in Economics and Geography


  • Training  students and teachers while developing  21st Century technological skills and  emerging technologies.

Undertaking instructional design of online learning. Using the benefits blended learning can provide.

Creating content online for students and teachers

Ensuring research skills are taught

Having an online library presence 

Promoting innovative services from library. 

Learning and Teaching

Designing an information rich learning space which supports information acquisition needs of the school 

Visits to other schools have assisted in designing collaborative  and work alone spaces for students. 

Collaborate with teachers to plan, teach, evaluate and assess integration of information literacy and research.

Using  Prezi,iMovie, Keynote, Powerpoint, Edmodo, Blogs,Wikis,Mind Mapping, Weebly, Photostory,Scratch, Survey Monkey,Glogster, Wordle, Padlet, TurnitIn, Animoto. 

Promote independent learning, research and inquiry

Using databases including: JSTOR and EBSCO

Deliver engaging lessons

Year 7 & 10 orientation. Year 11&12 database lessons.Using collaborative tools and referencing tools, access to video library.

Working in collaboration

I have worked as part of a library team of 8 assisting with programs and peer review. Working for a Head of Library Services in a team achieving goals and performances.

Library Management System

During my work experience I have used Aims, Destinyand Oliver.

Reading and Literature

Foster a reading culture. Where students are empowered to read, view, listen and review others work. 

Develop wider reading programs, events and activities such as coding club, iMovie, book club, to enhance literacy across the curriculum. Developing a love of reading.

Market library collections through wider reading programs.

Selection of reading material

Library and Information Services

Providing  a friendly environment where students feel at ease.

Library should have an element of fun activities. eg TedTalks

Library asist in WHS compliance. eg. Risk Assessment performed for Medieval Day

Library has a log a job procedure with IT department.

Promotion of Digital Citizenship Do's and Don'ts using lessons, Animoto

Ensuring a research service is available

Recent Professional Development

Oct 2015Present

TeachMeet on Learning Spaces


Learning Space Design

Aug 2015Present

Keeping Kids Safe Online

Forum Guest Speaker-Government Officer-Local Community 

Question/Answer between speaker and parents, staff

May 2015Present


AIS Network Meeting -Loreto

 A summary of current research and practical suggestions to help your child succeed

Jul 2015Present

Panopto Training

Barker College

Flipped classroom

Mar 2015Present

Teaching Librariansand  Leading  PBL


BIE resources and case studies by schools

Feb 2015Present

B. Rajkowski on How children learn to read and why so many students find it difficult:

Barker College Institute

A summary of current research and practical suggestions to help your child succeed

Nov 2015Present

Webinar-Learning Spaces

Trinty College

Implementation of learning spaces

May 2009Present


Harvard University

Teaching for Understanding- Founder Project Zero

Feb 2015Present

Research ED

Shore College

Importance of evidence based research to decision making

Oct 2015Nov 2015

Digital Citizenship

Syba Academy (4 weeks online) 

How Teacher Librarians can promote a Digital Citizenship Program within their school


Working With Children Check  

WWWCO632139E Expiry 05/03/2020

NSW Institute . Number: 208787- Proficient

Chemical Health and Safety 2010- Barker College

First Aid Certificate 2015


Year 7 Annual Medieval Day

Year 10 Vietnam Day

Year 12 History Extension Major Project

Article in Barker Publication (2015)  : Year 9 visit to junior school (wider reading program)

Article in Barker publication (2012) Year 7& 10 Medieval and Vietnam Days

Member of ALIA

Member of ASLA (Secretary 2003,2011)


Mr.Phillip Heath Head of School Barker College 91 Pacific Hwy, Hornsby NSW 2077 email: 

Mr Jason Saikaly  Head of Library Services Barker College, 91 Pacific Hwy, Hornsby NSW 2077 email:  mb: 0479014027

Mr Greg Longney Head of History, 91 pacific Hwy Hornsby NSW 2077 email: