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The SLA blog contains news about the SLA and topical information of general interest to our members. The blog has been running since 2004. An RSS 2.0 feed and information about how to subscribe to the blog are available.

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SLA Scotland Impact Evaluation Course

SLA Scotland are hosting a one day course on the 6th October led by Dr Carolynn Rankin, Leeds Beckett University on the subject of Impact Evaluation for School Librarians.  

Dr. Carolynn Rankin is currently a Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Arts, Environment, and Technology at Leeds Beckett University. She is active within CILIP including being the current chair for their Library and Information Research Group.Carolynn worked as an information management specialist for 20 years before moving into professional education in 2000. At Leeds Metropolitan University she was Postgraduate Course Leader in the School of Information Management and in the School of Applied Global Ethics.Carolynn has interdisciplinary research interests, exploring the connections between civil society, social justice, and access to literacy and learning via libraries. Her current research projects include a longitudinal evaluation of the development of the Sister Libraries programme for the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA).Carolynn’s professional activities include the role of External Examiner for the CILIP Professional Registration and Accreditation Board, and Assessor for CILIP Accreditation for Learning Providers. She is a member of the IFLA Standing Committee Library Theory and Research Section.For further information please see http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/carolynn-rankin/31/15/773.

 The day will run between 9.30 - 3p.m. and costs £40 for SLA members or £50 for non members. Details of the running order can be found on the flyer below.

To book on this very relevant and useful course please download and complete the form attached to the flyer below and return it to the address on the bottom of the form or alternatively email Kateri Wilson Whalley, SLA Scotland Secretary

 

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Free tickets to Baths Children's Literature Festival up for grabs

#BathKidsLitFest has teamed up with SLA  and YLG in honour of the CKG and SLA  80th Anniversaries to offer 1.  Bath Brochure Front Cover3 sets of free tickets to say thank you to librarians!

On offer are two tickets to see Here Be Dragons with Stephanie Burgis and Claire Fayers on 7/10/2017 at 5.00pm- 6.00pm in The Guidhall in Bath. 

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart is the entirely delicious new book by Stephanie Burgis – about a young dragon who finds out about being human. Journey to Dragon Island by Claire Fayers is equally scrummy – with an added twist of high seas adventure. Two ace authors not to be missed.

https://bathfestivals.org.uk/blog/event/here-be-dragons-with-stephanie-burgis-claire-fayers/

Or two tickets to see How to be a Witch with Kaye Umansky on 8/10/2017 at 10.00-10.45 in The Guildhall in Bath

How To Be A WitchProlific children’s author Kaye Umansky, creator of the bestselling Pongwiffy series, has a brand new book, Witch For A Week. This is a spellbinding event for little wannabe witches comprising of poetry, readings and magical props. Be sure to brew up some questions in advance for Kaye. Witch hats optional.

https://bathfestivals.org.uk/blog/event/how-to-be-a-witch-with-kaye-umansky/Animal Encounters

Or two tickets to see Animal Encounters with Gill Lewis and Kieran Larwood on 8/10/2107 at 10.00-11.00 in Widcombe Social Club in Bath

Come and see two amazing authors known for their riveting but very different animal stories. In Sky Dancer, Gill Lewis presents a beautiful tale of loss and change – with an important environmental message. Kieran Larwood’s Podkin One-Ear features a classic fantasy world of battling rabbits, with equally brilliant storytelling!

https://bathfestivals.org.uk/blog/event/animal-encounters-with-gill-lewis-kieran-larwood/

This year's Bath Children’s Literature Festival brings major heavyweights from the world of children’s literature to the city on 29th September to 8th October.

Of particular interest to librarians in the opening weekend is Stories that Matter with Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin talking about Illegal the heartbreaking graphic novel about migrants. On Monday 4th there is also a stellar line up of Award Winners with Gillian Cross, Alex Wheatle & Geraldine McCaughrean.

Other highlights include the hugely talented Julia Donaldson, best known for The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick ManLiz Pichon, the multi-talented author and illustrator behind the Tom Gates series; much loved author and illustrator of the How To Train Your Dragon books, Cressida Cowell; Bath-born superstar, Jacqueline Wilson, best known for her books and CBBC series Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather; and last but by no means least - actor, comedian and all round national treasure, Miranda Hart! The festival will also bring well known YA (Young Adult) authors to the city such as radio presenter and fashion stylist, Gemma Cairney, and DJ and television presenter, Greg James.  

The full programme will be available to view here: http://bathfestivals.org.uk/whats-on/

BOOKING TICKETS:

In person at Bath Box Office

By telephone on 01225 463362

Online at www.bathfestivals.org.uk

Box Office opening hours

Monday to Saturday 10.30am — 5pm

Open Sunday & Bank Holidays during Festivals only 10am — 4pm

 

To enter the competition e-mail Joy[at]sla.org.uk stating your choice of event or in order of preference if you would like to be considered for all. Winners will be drawn at midday on 5/10/2017 and notified shortly after. Tickets will be held at the door to the event

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Pupil Library Assistant Award Nominations Open

PLAA 18Nominations for the Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award 2018 are now open - and will close on November 13th 2017.  The winner of the 2018 Pupil Library Assistant of the Year will be announced in late March 2018.

Remember - only one nomination per school, guidelines here. Updates will be posted regularly on the website.

Nomination forms can be downloaded here.
 

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CILIP Employer Forum

CILIP is delighted to announce the details of this year’s CILIP Employer Forum on 15th November 2017, University of Salford in partnership with NoWAL. Full details are in the attached poster. Places are limited so please secure your ticket using the link below.  The themes this year are “Impact and Leadership” and the event is designed to build professional networks and share best practice. We welcome employers, managers and leaders from across the information, knowledge and library profession to take part.

We proudly present expert presentations from Kay Grieves, Service Engagement and Impact Manager, University of Sunderland on Impact Measurement and from Dr Alison Brettle, Professor of Health Information and Evidence Based Practice, University of Salford on Evidencing Impact. This fully catered event will also provide workshops on leadership development and succession planning. There will be ample networking opportunities, including a closing drinks reception sponsored by 2CQR.

Join us to learn more about capturing and utilising evidence for your own service and to share ideas to shape the future of the profession. To book your ticket go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cilips-employer-forum-impact-and-leadership-tickets-36712774898#tickets . Please note CILIP Organisation Members and NoWAL institutions are offered to free tickets to the event, spaces are limited though so need to be booked. In addition, an allocation of tickets has been made for general purchase at £25 plus VAT. If you are unsure whether your workplace has CILIP Organisation Membership or not, please do get in touch.

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The Softlink 2017 UK School Library Survey is now open for submissions

Slya Softlink LogoSoftlink is inviting you to take part in the 2017 UK School Library Survey. The survey results provide a current overview of the industry and a source of information for decision makers, schools and library staff.
Follow the link to complete the survey before 16 October.

They will openly share the results in a range of reports, whitepapers and supporting resources that can assist school libraries in their advocacy. Softlink also plan to use the combined data gathered from both the UK Survey and the Australian and New Zealand survey to get some global reference points.
 

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Win a full set of Information Book Award Shortlist titles

IBA Illus WEBSchools and reading groups that sign up to take part in the Children's Choice voting on the Information Book Award Shortlist will all be entered into a draw to win a full set of the shortlist titles.  The draw will take place in November (just as voting closes on 16th November), and the winners will be announced at the event on 22nd November at Hachette's 6th Floor cafe near Blackfriars, London.  So, join in, vote for your favourites and be in with a chance to win!

Don't forget - there are a few tickets still available for Librarians to attend the event on the 22nd at 6.00pm - 8.00pm.  If you would like to attend email tricia.adams[at]sla.org.uk to book your space.

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CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATOR CALENDAR FOR 2018 IN ASSOCIATION WITH FARMS FOR CITY CHILDREN

Friends Calendar 2018 Front CoverFollowing on from the terrific success of the Friends Calendar last year, Peter Sheldon (ex-Peters Bookselling Service) has persuaded his illustrator friends to provide illustrations for another calendar for this year. So again, he will be producing a quality, spiral bound, A4 seasonal calendar, with illustrations from friends old and new. So who’s in? Well, Jane Ray, Nicholas Allan, Arthur Robins, Ruth Brown,  Michael Foreman, Emma Chichester Clark, Posy Simmons, Tony Ross, Pat Hutchins, Colin McNaughton, Jacqui Hawkins and Hanne  Bartholin -  a veritable galaxy if stars . . . so I think we have another winner to keep you company throughout the events of 2018.

The calendar is supporting Farms for City Children again, after a successful 2017, with all profits from the sale of calendars – over £500 last year - going to their charity.  There will be a charge of £6.95 per copy including p&p, and distribution will take place by the end of November. If you would like to order a copy/copies (perfect for Christmas presents!), then please contact Anne Marley by October 22nd deadline with your requirements.

You need to email: anne.marley@tiscali.co.uk. Please either send a cheque with your order (payable to E.A. Marley) to 8 Bolderwood Close, Bishopstoke, Eastleigh SO50 8PG   or use BACS: Account no: 40214168 Sort code: 30-99-71 and put your surname as the Reference, plus ‘Cal’. You will also have to email Anne with your name and address and how many calendars you would like to buy. I cannot accept any orders without payment attached this year, sorry.
Enjoy!!

 

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Special Posters for Libraries Week

LW PostersOur friends at Walker Books have created eight posters especially for school libraries, exclusive to SLA members, and supplied some activity sheets to seed your activities during Libraries Week. Libraries Week runs across the country on 9 - 14 October 2017.

A huge thank you to Walker Books for their generosity in sharing these with us.

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What's in it for me: Partnership offers

European Schoolbooks Ltd

The SLA has partnered with European Schoolbooks Ltd to give you 10% discount on all European books bought through the European Bookshop website.  Books are available in many languages including French, Spanish, Italian, German and Russian.  Children's books, dictionaries, National Curriculum set texts, games, magazines and coursebooks are all available.  Simply click here or select 'School Library Association' on the Partners page at www.europeanbookshop.com

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Inspiration Award primary school profiles

Inspiration Gresswell LogoWe are delighted to present the full profiles of the shortlisted Primary Schools in the 2017 Inspiration Award. The primary schools are all state primaries managing to find innovative ways to fund great designs to ensure their children experience an immersive reading culture in school. From a woodland themed first school library at Charford, to mural covered walls at Adderley and a big red double decker bus in the playground at New Milton, all offer a unique approach to providing their pupils with books to start the reading habit.
http://www.sla.org.uk/inspiration-award-2017.php

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An urgent request!

Written on behalf of the Librarian from Kensington Aldridge Academy, which is directly adjacent to Grenfell Tower, site of the tragic fire earlier in the summer. The Academy has been closed since the fire, with students redirected to other schools temporarily.

They are resuming classes on Friday in a temporary location provided by the council. The request I have today is for copies of a book which is for their year 8 class readers:

Stone Cold by Robert Swindells

It’s not a new book, by any means, and has been out of print for a while – just being reprinted this week, evidently.

The librarian, Vashti Turner, is desperately trying to gather 180 copies of this book ASAP. If any of you have a copy or copies of this book (perhaps class readers?), and feel that you could contribute these to KAA, that would be fantastic.

Copies can be sent to - Vashti Turner, Kensington Aldridge Academy, Scrubs Lane, London, W12 0HU.

Thank you!

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Members' and Librarians' Days: School Librarians' Day 2017 at Heath Educational Books

LIMITED PLACES STILL AVAILABLE!

SLA LIBRARIANS' DAY AT HEATH EDUCATIONAL BOOKS, SUTTON, SURREY - 5th October 2017 (10.00 to 17.30).  Closing date - 27th September 2017

The day will include talks from -

Sarah Pavey MSc FCLIP  -  Non-fiction: non-functioning?  

Richard Heath, Heath Educational Books Managing Director  - What's new in educational publishing?

Bev Humphrey, SLA Digital Web Editor - Where can I find it? 

A discount of 30% will be applied to library book orders placed on the day. 

Attendance fee: £15 including lunch and refreshments

 

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Help I'm in Charge of the Primary School Library!: Penrith, Cumbria, 7 November 2017

Our course Help I'm in Charge of the Primary School Library!, run by Susan Staniforth, will be held at Newton Rigg Conference Centre, Newton Rigg College, Newton Rigg, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0AH on 7 November 2017. The closing date is 18 October 2017. Bookings received by 10 October 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount.

This is an essential course for anyone new to running or managing a primary 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.

This course has been run many times in the past with excellent feedback including –

'So inspiring, and lots of help - thank you!'

'Great course - thank you.'

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

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inspiration award secondary profiles

Inspiration Gresswell LogoWe are delighted to present the full profiles of the shortlisted Secondary Schools in the 2017 Inspiration Award. The secondary schools have invested heavily in their school libraries. All have devoted a great deal of time and money to their school library designs, and continue to do so with their professionally qualified school librarians running these great facilities. Each school has invested in what is right for them, and all their applications have lived up to the reality the Selection Panel saw on their visits. http://www.sla.org.uk/inspiration-award-2017.php

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Job Vacancies: St. Aubyn's School, Library Assistant

St. Aubyn's School
Library Assistant

Permanent full-time position. Term time only.
Starting date, as soon as possible.
Salary: £14,672.00 p.a.

At St Aubyn's School we have an exciting opportunity for an energetic and creative Library Assistant to join our well equipped library.

We are looking to appoint a full-time Library Assistant to support the School Librarian in promoting and developing the School Library in order to provide a welcoming, creative learning environment for pupils, staff and parents.

The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in children's literature and would like to develop a career in school libraries. Experience of working with children and young people is desirable, though not essential as the most important quality we are looking for is a love of reading, enthusiasm for the library and all that it can offer.

For a full job description and to apply online please visit our website www.staubyns.com (CV's alone not accepted).

Closing Date: Sunday, 17 September 2017 at Midnight.

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

St. Aubyn's School, Bunces Lane, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 9DU
Tel: 020 8504 1577 • Fax: 020 8504 2053 • www.staubyns.com

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Hay Levels Series 3 launched

Free video resources for A Level students!

World-leading writers and thinkers have joined together to launch the third series of Hay Levels: an inspiring, free series of educational videos from Hay Festival in which experts from a range of disciplines offer inspiration for A Level students, including Michael Rosen, Marcus du Sautoy, Laura Bates, Sarah Churchwell, Lawrence Krauss, Sir Nicholas Hytner, Colm Toíbín, Philippe Sands, Janina Ramirez, Anne-Marie Imafiddon, Robbert Dijkgraaf, Dr Kourosh Saeb Parsy, James Holland, Dr Helen Rappaport, Dr Gabrielle Walker, Dr Oscar Guardioula-Rievera, Gilliant Tett, Jerry Brotton, Alexander Todorov, Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, Carlo Rovelli, Dame Nemat Shafik, Dame Athene Donald and Catherine Barnard.

Matched to current A Level subject curricula, Hay Levels are video masterclasses given by the world’s greatest teachers, thinkers and writers. From the black holes to the Great War to the big thaw, from Frankenstein to immunity to globalisation, and from sex to cosmology to crime; Hay Levels offer bite-size inspiration for curious students.

Videos will be released fortnightly throughout the school year on the Hay Levels YouTube channel (subscribe here) and shared across social media (#HayLevels), supplementing the growing bank of content already available online.

Hay Levels is a joint collaboration between Hay Festival and Hereford Sixth Form College, in partnership with the Tata group, giving students open access to some of the most renowned experts in their fields.

The first release of videos this academic year features:

• Rosalind Rickaby on chemical equilibrium

• Lawrence Krauss on cosmology

• Marcus du Sautoy on algebra

• Sarah Churchwell on Edith Wharton

• Sir Nicholas Hytner on Hamlet

• Michael Rosen on Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Pardoner’s Tale

• Lord Digby Jones on profit

• Catherine Barnard on Brexit

• Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE on binary numbers

• Philippe Sands on international crime

• Peter Singer on utilitarianism

Now in its third year, the Hay Levels project was inspired after mathematician Marcus du Sautoy gave an impromptu masterclass to a group of A Level students on his way to speak at Hay Festival. Since then, speakers appearing at Hay Festival events in Wales and around the world have been invited to contribute to the growing bank of free resources online.

Highlights from the first two series of Hay Levels include: Sarah Churchwell on Gatsby; David Crystal on Pragmatics; Richard Dawkins on Irreducible Complexity; Stephen Fry on Exam Tips; Angie Hobbs on Platonic Ethics and Laura Bates on Rape.

Hay Levels is part of the wider Hay Festival education work, which includes free Schools Days programming, Hay Academy, and Hay Compass.

For more information on Hay Levels or Hay Festival, please visit hayfestival.org.

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Preparing the School Library for Inspection: Derby, 8 November 2017

Our course Preparing the School Library for Inspection, run by Anne Harding, will be held at Derbyshire & Derby School Library Service, Kedleston Road Training Centre, 184 Kedleston Road, Derby DE22 1GT on 8 November 2017.

This course for primary and secondary school librarians and others with responsibility for the school library to examine where libraries fit in the inspection process, identify inspection priorities, and explore practical ways to get the library and its impact noticed.

The closing date is 20 October 2017. Bookings received by 10 October 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount.

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SLA Inspiration Award Shortlist 2017

Inspiration Logo2017 sees a wonderful selection of inspiring school libraries to reach the shortlist of the SLA Inspiration Award. This year we received the greatest number of nominations for both the primary and secondary categories of the SLA Inspiration Award. After much discussion, these were whittled down to six longlisted secondary schools and four longlisted primary schools. Visits took place with two judges attending each school. Then, apart from one school library which was so new that not every aspect had been completed and students had not yet begun to use the facility, so it was recommended that the school reapply with impact data for the next year's award, an unprecedented full house of school libraries progressed to the shortlisted stage. It was simply impossible to discount any of these inspirational school libraries from a list to recommend to other schools.

The primary schools are all state primaries managing to find innovative ways to fund great designs to ensure their children experience an immersive reading culture in school. From a woodland themed first school library at Charford, to mural covered walls at Adderley and a big red double decker bus in the playground at New Milton, all offer a unique approach to providing their pupils with books to start the reading habit.

  • Adderley Primary School, Birmingham       
  • Charford First School, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire   
  • New Milton Infants School, Lymington Road, New Milton, Hampshire

The secondary schools have invested heavily in their school libraries. All have devoted a great deal of time and money to their school library designs, and continue to do so with their professionally qualified school librarians running these great facilities. Each school has invested in what is right for them, and all their applications have lived up to the reality we saw on our visits.

  • American School of Madrid, Stanton Griffis Resource Center, Madrid  
  • Culford School, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk  
  • Headington School, Oxford
  • Hymers College, Hull   
  • Kingham Hill School, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire    
  • Princethorpe College, Warwickshire

More details on each school will appear on the SLA website over the next three weeks.  The Award celebration will take place in Central London on Monday 2nd October and the winners will be announced that day!

The School Library Inspiration Award has been created to set future standards for the recognition of excellence in school library design. The award will be made biennially to the school library space that shows inspiration, innovation, creativity and resourcefulness in its library design and in use, either through creative use of specific products or promotions.

Sponsored by Gresswell www.gresswell.co.uk

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Help I'm in Charge of the Primary School Library!: Sutton, Surrey, 11 October 2017

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 11 October 2017. The closing date is 29 September 2017. Bookings received by 19 September 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount.

This is an essential course for anyone new to running or managing a primary 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.

This course has been run many times in the past with excellent feedback including –

'So inspiring, and lots of help - thank you!'

'Great course - thank you.'

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

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Job Vacancies: Highgate School, North London - Assistant Librarian

Dates:           Closing date is midday on Sunday 24th Sept. Applications will be considered on receipt.                    

Salary:           Circa £24,000 depending on qualifications, skills and experience

Contract type:          Permanent. Term-time plus 3 weeks

The role:                 To support the Senior School Librarian and the Deputy Librarian in the daily operations of the Senior School Library and thereby to provide a high quality, efficient library service for the pupils and staff of Highgate School; in doing so, to support the  Library and School Development Plan objectives. An interest in supporting literacy and learning for pupils from 11-18 is essential, as well as working to the highest professional standards.

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To apply:         For further information and an application form, please visit our website: http://www.highgateschool.org.uk/about/vacancies

Highgate is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to this post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Dangerous New Poster from SLA

Bradford Samurai PosterTake a look at our new poster to promote reading - exclusive to SLA members. Watch out for risk of danger, action and adventure! Many thanks to Chris Bradford, author of the Bodyguard and Young Samurai series for this new poster. Download the poster in printable pdf format.

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