Educational Lending Right

Thank you to participants

Thank you to the 299 Australian schools who participated in the Educational Lending Right (ELR) 2010–2011 school library survey. The school libraries which participated were sent a $20 gift voucher for resources from Curriculum Press.

ELR has two objectives. The first is to make payments to Australian creators (authors, illustrators, translators, compilers and editors) and publishers on the basis that income is lost from the availability of their books in educational lending libraries. The second is to support the enrichment of Australian culture by encouraging the growth and development of Australian writing and publishing.

The ELR school library survey collects data from Australian school library catalogues as to the number of copies of particular book titles held. ELR uses these book counts as the basis for payments to Australian book creators. The payments are to assist Australian book creators to continue producing Australian books.

Many Australian authors have indicated the value of the payments they receive as a result of the ELR school library survey. Over the years that SCIS has operated the ELR school library survey authors have provided their comments about the importance to them of the payments. These have been published in previous issues of Connections and several are posted on the ELR web pages.

More information about the ELR school library survey is available from

ELR – Encouraging the growth of Australian writing and publishing