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Job Vacancies: Harrogate Ladies’ College - LIBRARIAN for College (11-18 years)

Required for September 2017

Part-time, term-time hours

Harrogate Ladies’ College seeks to appoint an innovative, creative and well qualified School Librarian to lead the development of the School’s library service in College with energy and enthusiasm whilst responding to the needs of a community of boarding and day children from 11-18 years old. 

School Librarian - Job description for September 2017

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The part-time hours for this role are 16 hours per week, for 35 weeks of the year during term-time.

This is an exciting time to join Harrogate Ladies’ College as we embark on a new journey through the challenges of independent girls’ day/boarding education in the 21st century. 

Closing date:       12.00 noon on Monday, 5 June 2017

Interviews will take place week beginning:     12 June 2017

To obtain an application form, please visit our website at: www.hlc.org.uk

Contact information:                                     Mrs Lucy Condon

                                                                         HR Manager

                                                                         Harrogate Ladies’ College

                                                                         Clarence Drive, Harrogate,

                                                                        North Yorkshire, HG1 2QG

                                                                         Tel: (01423) 504543

                                                                         Email: lucy.condon[at]hlc.org.uk

Harrogate Ladies’ College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will not be allowed to start in school until all pre-employment checks have been completed satisfactorily.  The successful applicant must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post. The School is an educational charity and equal opportunities employer.

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Job Vacancies: Withington Girls School - Librarian (Maternity Cover for the 2017/18 academic year)

  • Term time only
  • Part-Time, mornings, 15 -20 hours a week, Monday - Friday
  • Required from September 2017 – July 2018 • Location: South Manchester

Withington is a leading Independent day school for girls in which some of the best academic results in the country are attained within a lively, happy and caring environment.

We are seeking an experienced Librarian to cover a period of maternity leave. 

The Library at Withington houses almost 15,000 print resources including books, magazines, DVDs, audiobooks, periodicals and journals, as well as providing access to thousands of digital resources via the School’s VLE. We are looking for a person to continue with the management and operation of this shared learning environment.

If you are a qualified Librarian, who has experience of working with young people and working in a digital environment; are enthusiastic; organised and proactive; with highly developed interpersonal skills; and a real passion for books and reading, we would be delighted to receive an application from you. 

Job description- Librarian Maternity Cover

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Further details of the role and application process can be obtained from the School’s website, www.wgs.org/recruitment

Closing date:  12 noon, 11th June 2017

Interviews to be held: w/c 19th June 2017

Withington Girls’ School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks

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Reading for Pleasure: edgy, cool, or just boring? Make it infectious and survive: Kidderminster, Worcestershire, 13 June 2017

CLOSING DATE EXTENDED TO 6TH JUNE!

Don't miss the opportunity to attend our Reading for Pleasure: edgy, cool, or just boring? Make it infectious and survive course which is taking place at Kidderminster Public Library, Worcestershire on 13 June 2017.

This is an opportunity to review and share existing Reading for Pleasure programmes and find out about some successful new ones. It is a day when you can work with supportive, like-minded, committed professionals to modify your programmes to make them reach out and become a compulsive part of pupils’ lives, psychologically motivating students to want to read.  Delegates will explore ways to successfully prioritise and effectively manage Reading for Pleasure activities, and consider how they can maximise support for their chosen activities so that they, and those who work alongside them, will not only survive, but will celebrate and enjoy the impact that Reading for Pleasure is having in their school and on the life chances of its pupils.

The closing date is 6th June. 

Key Audience: secondary school library staff

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Latest update on Lightbulb Moments!

Lightbulb Moments Logo WebThe great programme has attracted a record turnout and we have a 'full' conference for the event in June. If you were planning to come and haven't yet booked do ring the SLA office and ask for Dawn - there may have been a cancellation or we may be able to offer something.

Meanwhile, we have a few changes to the programme that you might be pleased to know about in advance -
Friday night we have Laura Dockrill (author of Lorali and Aurabel amongst many others) the well known performance poet and novelist giving a short talk called 'Writes, Draws, Talks' after dinner.

On Saturday Holly Bourne has had to drop out - due to a personal commitment, but she is replaced by Tamsin Winter (author of Being Miss Nobody). Harrogate based poet Sue Hardy-Dawson has had a time change and will be a part of the welcome to the day which is retimed to begin at 13.50 in the main conference room - the Ballroom.

Really looking forward to seeing everybody in Harrogate!
 

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Help I'm in Charge of the School Library!: Sutton, Surrey, 20 June 2017

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Our course Help I'm in Charge of the Primary School Library!, run by Susan Staniforth, will be held at Heath Educational Books, Willow House, Willow Walk, off Whittaker Road, Sutton, Surrey SM3 9QQ on 20 June 2017.

Delegates on this courses will gain an overview about all aspects of managing a school library, consider the role of the library in the school, learn about the processes and practicalities of running a library and have the opportunity to look at a range of resources for use in their Library and classroom collections.

Topics covered will include creating an inspiring library environment, library organisation and maintenance (including an introduction to Dewey and the benefits of a range of Library Management systems), selecting and buying books, library promotion, budgeting and writing a library policy/development plan. Delegates will leave with the confidence to move the library forward and ensure it is used to maximum effect within their schools.

The closing date is 12 June 2017. Bookings received by 31 May 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90.00 (SLA members), £120.00 (for non-members of the SLA who are customers of Heath Educational Books), £150.00 (all others). Additional discounts available for a second place delegate attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual) - see SLA website for details.

Key Audience:  Primary school staff, governors and volunteers with responsibility for the school library

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British Library Harry Potter events

BL Harry PptterSign up to the schools' mailing list right here to keep up to date with information about school visits to Harry Potter: A History of Magic.

Journey to where magic and myth began.  Have you ever wanted to delve into Divination, ponder the peculiarities of Potions and discover enchanting creatures? Now you can.

BL will unveil rare books, manuscripts and magical objects from the British Library's collection, capturing the traditions of folklore and magic which are at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. Marvel at original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and illustrator Jim Kay, both on display for the first time.

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Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

Does this smell like a good poem?!

Joanne Bowles is the Senior Librarian at Tor Bridge High School, Plymouth and she is a 2017 teacher trailblazer, acting as a mentor and sharing lesson ideas for school librarians and teachers wishing to enter their students for the  Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. 

Here Joanne tells us about the poetry week she runs in school.

"I run the annual poetry week at my school, a celebration of all types of poetry which we try to involve all year groups in and run across the curriculum.

Running the poetry week doesn't make me a poetry expert. I find a lot of poetry difficult to understand, and I'm honest about this to my students.I make poetry a learning experience for all of us – the result is that the students can, and often do come up with another meaning for a poem I thought I understood!

One of the most important parts of the week isn't sharing the library's collection of poems but instead getting the students writing and editing their own poems.  It’s an exercise in writing with their fingers and their ears, as they begin to listen to the words they write, which helps them when they do read poetry as they gain a different interpretation and a deeper appreciation of the words on the page.

Another important part of the week is running a competition. This is less daunting than you think. Having an annual theme is very helpful in focussing the mind and I use this to create the competition, a lesson plan, and quizzes for the whole school.

We are a large academy compromising 4 schools so we try to create a sense of competition between them – who submits the most/best entries.  Tutors and school heads become very competitive, which gives an excitement and buzz to poetry week. 

Having the support and resources available through The Poetry Society has helped me immensely with planning - bizarrely, this year I found myself creating my own lesson plan for The Poetry Society, 'Does This Smell Like a Good Poem?', which involves exploring some of the ideas in Cyrus Larcombe- Moore's poem 'my ghost', which was one of the winning poems in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. The lesson plan uses our sense of smell rather than our sight and hearing as a way to understand the poem and to help us with our own poetry writing. Smell invokes a strong human reaction that contributes to imagery, metaphor and structure. 

If you’re thinking about running your own competition, do not underestimate the power of chocolate as a prize! Remember though prizes are not everything, I have found that simple recognition as a winner or getting on to the shortlist really does enthuse even the most reticent students. If you’re entering external competitions aim high, an international competition like Foyle offers 100 top winners – reaching that top 100 is a great and realistic aspiration to give a class. 

Students can have the wrong idea as to who writes poetry, the themes and where poetry exists to be read, seen and heard.I’ve played a variety of YouTube videos/clips of poetry readings in the library during lunchtime.  Students don’t need to sit and listen formally to this – they can flit in and out or just catch bits of it whilst they are looking for books.  It captures those students who might normally avoid a formal poetry reading experience, but also offers a non-judgemental space for those students who might not want to admit they like poetry to their friends.

Promote the writing and sheer appreciation of poetry by getting students and staff to read aloud their favourite poems at assembly, during lunch and in the library.

Once you have opened their eyes to what poetry actually is, students will recognise this in rap and grime. The same applies to song lyrics. Give them the current number one with the title missing and read it aloud as a poem. Once you have got students listening to this and beginning to break it down and analyse it, then you have them hooked and more willing to tackle ‘heavier’ works.

Poet mentors and poets-in-residence are a great help. We have had a visiting poet for the last two years coming in to perform and run workshops – this has ranged from whole year group performances to small group work. Competition winning poems, need to be celebrated, but don’t just publish them in the library or classroom. Create unusual and eye-catching displays around the school so that all students and staff can see the results.  That means toilet doors, the changing rooms and outside spaces – and use props to draw their attention. If you’re going to have a permanent display then make sure you refresh the poems and the look of the display to keep everyone’s attention. I have even made bookmarks with the poems. When students come to borrow a book from our library, I put one in each book. 

Above all poetry should not be reserved just for poetry week but promoted as a fun and engaging pursuit throughout the entire school year. " 

Joanne’s lesson plan ‘Does This Smell Like a Good Poem? is available free at Resources for Teachers

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is the most prestigious award for writers aged 11-17.It is an annual competition that welcomes poems on any theme and entry is completely free.Since it began in 1998, the Award has kick-started the career of some of today’s most exciting new voices. Past winners include Sarah Howe, HelenMort, Jay Bernard and Caroline Bird.


Winners receive a fantastic range of prizes, including mentoring, a residential Arvon writing course, Poetry Society membership and books.The Poetry Society also continues to support winners’ development with performance,publication and internship opportunities.


Find out more and enter your students’ work before the closing date of 31st July at foyleyoungpoets.org  

 


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More great FREE resources for school libraries!!

Strange the Dreamer1Strange the Dreamer2STRANGE THE DREAMER posters - this epic, magical, mesmerising novel is the latest offering from the author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, Laini Taylor. It went straight into the Sunday Times bestseller chart at number 2 and has received astonishing reviews across the board.

Hodder & Stoughton have two posters on offer: one specifically for libraries featuring a quote from the book, and one more general for summer reading. People should email Naomi Berwin at naomi.berwin[at]hodder.co.uk to claim them, specifying which of the two they’d like (you can have both!) and how many.

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Job Vacancies: THE LONDON ORATORY SCHOOL - PART-TIME SCHOOL LIBRARIAN

Initially a one year appointment

The school is looking to appoint a part-time Librarian working five days per week (three days from 8.30am to 1.30pm and two days 1pm to 6pm – pattern of days subject to negotiation with the other librarian) in St Philip’s Library at the heart of the school, from September 2017.  The post is initially for one year, with the possibility of it being extended.  Ideally, the successful candidate might have experience of school teaching, possibly being a retired teacher or someone who has taken a break from teaching.  Duties include managing book stock through Eclipse, a library book management system, and assisting pupils in the selection of books.  St Philip’s Library is used by sixth form pupils throughout the day for private study which means supervision of sixth form pupils and working closely with the staff responsible for them are an important part of the Librarian's duties. The post holder would work in conjunction with a second part-time Librarian who will dovetail the hours of this post. 

Hours of work                       Fivedays a week

(three days from 8.30am to 1.30pm and two days 1pm to 6pm)

no lunch break included

42 weeks a year (extended term time).

Salary                                     £18,945 per annum

Applicants must complete an application form which, along with further details, which can be found on the school website www.london?oratory.org/vacancies.  Application forms should be submitted to the Procurator by email (procurator[at]los.ac) by 9am on Monday 5th June.  Interviews are scheduled to take place during the week beginning 19th June.

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. The successful applicant will need to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Temporary Advisory Librarian: Exciting new vacancy at the SLA!

Temporary Advisory Librarian

This is an exciting and challenging role for an experienced librarian with the right skills and knowledge of current library and educational issues to assist in taking the SLA forward at a pivotal time for school libraries. Check out the details here.

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Reading Agency Survey - Secondary Schools

The Reading Agency has commissioned National Literacy Trust to scope out a potential schools offer that encompasses both Reading Hack and Reading Well for Young People. Reading Agency have written the following survey for schools practitioners to help identify key priorities and ensure that any offer they develop meets the needs of key influencers within a school.

Survey link - http://research.literacytrust.org.uk/s/SecondarySchoolsReview/

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Reading for Pleasure: edgy, cool, or just boring? Make it infectious and survive: Kidderminster, Worcestershire, 13 June 2017

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE - 18TH MAY!

Places are still available on our course Reading for Pleasure: edgy, cool, or just boring? Make it infectious and survive, run by Angie Curran, which is taking place at Kidderminster Public Library, Market Street, Kidderminster, Worcestershire DY10 1AB on 13 June 2017.

This is an opportunity to review and share existing Reading for Pleasure programmes and find out about some successful new ones. It is a day when you can work with supportive, like-minded, committed professionals to modify your programmes to make them reach out and become a compulsive part of pupils’ lives, psychologically motivating students to want to read.  Delegates will explore ways to successfully prioritise and effectively manage Reading for Pleasure activities, and consider how they can maximise support for their chosen activities so that they, and those who work alongside them, will not only survive, but will celebrate and enjoy the impact that Reading for Pleasure is having in their school and on the life chances of its pupils.

Run by the SLA on several times, testimonials from previous occasions include -

- loads of ideas to try out

- lots of ideas to help promote reading within the school with staff  and students

The closing date is 26 May 2017. Bookings received by 18 May 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90 (SLA members), £120 (for non-members of the SLA working in schools which subscribe to Worcestershire SLS), £150 (non-members of either group). Further discounts available for a second delegates attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual).  Payment is not needed by the deadline date to qualify as long as an official order has been received.

Key Audience: secondary school library staff

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Chris Riddell to be new SLA President from June

The retiring Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, author and illustrator extraordinaire, is to become the next President of the School Library Association.  Throughout his Laureateship he has been a champion of libraries, and school libraries in particular, so it is a delight to welcome him to this role where he can continue to be active in his support of school libraries and reading for pleasure.

Chris said 'School libraries played a vital part in my life, turning me into an avid reader and inspiring me to choose a creative path in my career. I am deeply honoured to have been asked to take over from Kevin Crossley-Holland as President and am looking forward to championing the extraordinary work that our school librarians do."

From outgoing President Kevin Crossley Holland ‘Maybe you can't teach an old dog new tricks but you can certainly teach him plenty he didn't know.  During my five years as President of the School Library Association I've learned so much, and have been pleased and very proud to be able to support and speak for school libraries and librarians in every way I could.  It has been a delight to work with the Association's capable board members and officers, and now it's wonderfully heartening to pass the baton to Chris Riddell, who is just completing two quite outstanding years as Children's Laureate, and is such an energetic and powerful lobbyist for school libraries and school librarians.’

Tricia Adams, Director of the SLA, said ‘our previous President, author and poet Kevin Crossley Holland, has been such a positive and supportive President it is great that we have another champion to take over this very important role, especially in this our 80th year.’

The official handover from Kevin to Chris will take place at the joint SLA and Youth Libraries Group Conference on June 25th in Harrogate. 

The role of President is an honorary one, usually lasting for 3 years, taking on a high profile figurehead role to -

  • Promote the aims of the SLA at home and abroad
  • Raise the profile of school libraries and librarians and the SLA’s work amongst senior educationalists and at government level
  • Contribute to Board meetings

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Job Vacancies: El Alsson British & American International School, Cairo - Head Librarian

El Alsson British & American International School would like to post an advert for a new Head Librarian (K-12) – American School and have attached the following information documents.

HoD Library Pre Interview Salary Sheet 2017 American

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Librarian Skills and Knowledge

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Revised Contract 2017

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You can also visit the school website for more information: www.alsson.com.

The closing date is 20th June.
Applicants should send their cv and  letter of application to vacancies[at]alsson.com.

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Job Vacancies: Edgbaston High School, Birmingham - School Librarian

Required for September 2017

Edgbaston High School is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and well qualified Librarian, with excellent ICT skills to develop and maintain our outstanding school library and support our students’ learning.

Librarian

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This is a term time only position for 36 weeks of the year working 8.30am to 4.00pm

All appointments are subject to enhanced DBS checking procedures.  Application Forms and Job Description may be downloaded from the School Website www.edgbastonhigh.co.uk and must be accompanied by a covering letter.  Please send applications to the Headmistress’ PA, Ms G M Franchi at franchig[at]edgbastonhigh.co.uk.

Edgbaston High School for Girls is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and Disclosure and Barring Services.

Closing date for applications:      Friday 19 May 2017

Interviews will be held w/b:        22 May 2017      

Website:  http://www.edgbastonhigh.co.uk

Registered Charity No. 504011

Tel. No. 0121 454 5831

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Help, I'm in Charge of the School Library!: Sutton, Surrey, 23 May 2017

PLACES STILL AVAILABLE!

Our course Help, I'm in Charge of the Secondary School Library!, run by Susan Staniforth, will be held at Heath Educational Books, Willow House, Willow Walk, off Whittaker Road, Sutton, Surrey SM3 9QQ on 23 May 2017. The closing date is 17 May 2017.

An essential course for anyone new to running or managing a school library. Topics covered will include creating an inspiring library environment, library organisation and maintenance (including an introduction to Dewey and the benefits of a range of Library Management systems), selecting and buying books, library promotion, budgeting and writing a library policy/development plan. Delegates will leave with the confidence to move the library forward and ensure it is used to maximum effect within their schools.

Key Audience: A course for secondary school library staff

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Job Vacancies: London Academy of Excellence - Librarian and Learning Resources Coordinator

LAET is a new academically selective 6th form based on the phenomenally successful LAE Stratford.

The Librarian will be responsible for establishing and maintaining an outstanding library provision which is central to the school’s academic vision.

This will include developing and leading a research skills curriculum for all students across the school as well as supporting the provision of resources related to the university admissions process.

Library and Learning Resources Coordinator JD

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The post is a full-time role working term time only plus four weeks.

To apply please visit http://www.highgateschool.org.uk/about/vacancies

Closing date for applications is Sunday 14 May 2017.  First interviews will be held on Friday 19 May 2017.

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