Miriam Tuohy joined the National Library of New Zealand’s Services to Schools as School Library Development Senior Specialist in 2016. Her involvement in the New Zealand education system spans early childhood education, primary and secondary school and tertiary libraries. Miriam was a member of the School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (SLANZA) National Executive from 2010-2016 including a year as President in 2015-16. As part of her current role, Miriam has contributed to the publication of Services to Schools framework for school library development, the 2018 and 2019 reports of the nationwide surveys of New Zealand school libraries. She is also involved in developing and delivering professional development for school library staff and teachers and is a regular contributor to the National Library of New Zealand’s Libraries & Learning blog.
Miriam Tuohy reflects on the current state of school libraries in her country considering the New Zealand Covid Recovery programme, the impact of upcoming curriculum changes and drawing on the 2021 national survey of school libraries in Aotearoa.