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Mar
23
2017
Wicked Young Writers Award 2017

SLA Blog post

The acclaimed WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS (www.wickedyoungwriterawards. Read More...

Mar
20
2017
KIDS’ LIT QUIZ VOLUNTEER VACANCIES

SLA Blog post

UK NATIONAL ORGANISER The Trustees of KLQ UK are looking for a NATIONAL ORGANISER to replace Jacky Atkinson who has now taken on the role of Chairman. The job entails organising the schedule of Regional Heats, in consultation with the Quizmaster, co-ordinating and supporting the 18 Regional Organisers and recruiting new Regional Organisers as and when necessary. Read More...

Mar
15
2017
Job Vacancies

Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School - Librarian Vacancy

The Preparatory and Pre-Preparatory School has a vacancy, from June 2017, for a Librarian We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and suitably qualified Librarian to lead the strategy for the development of an innovative Library which is integrated into the life of the Preparatory School. The post is a term time only role, plus 5 days to be worked in the holidays. Read More...

Mar
15
2017
Job Vacancies

Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School - Head of Libraries and Archives Vacancy

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and suitably qualified person to lead and manage the major learning and study environments used by the Main, Preparatory and Pre-Preparatory Schools. This role will have responsibility for the acquisition and organisation of resources appropriate to the learning needs of the full age range of pupils within our community, as well as overseeing the School Archive. Read More...

Mar
14
2017
Spring Bonus reviews 3

SLA Reading Blog post

In the final Spring bonus we have extra reviews for 12-16, older readers of 16+, Poetry lovers and professionals! Again some great books here. Anderson, Tom. Read More...

Mar
14
2017
Spring Bonus reviews 2

SLA Reading Blog post

This collection of reviews is for those keen 8-12 year olds. Again some tresures here that we just could not squeeze into print Bond, Michjael. Read More...

Mar
14
2017
Spring bonus reviews 1

SLA Reading Blog post

As is the normal state of things these days we have far more reviews than we can use in our print editions and this is the first of the regular bonus collections in 2017. Starting with the younger readers- there are some lovely things here! Akaltun, Eda. Read More...

Mar
14
2017
Help, I'm in Charge of the School Library!

Sheffield, 28 March 2017

CLOSING DATE TODAY! Our course Help, I'm in Charge of the School Library!, run by Susan Staniforth, will be held in Sheffield S5 6SG on 28 March 2017. The closing date is 14 March 2017. Key Audience: A course for secondary school library staff Read More...

Mar
13
2017
Celebrate Shakespeare Week 2017

SLA Blog post

Get ready for Shakespeare Week 20 - 26 March 2017 when primary children all around the country will be celebrating Shakespeare's life, world and plays. Join in the celebrations at www. Read More...

Mar
13
2017
Inclusive Minds launch crowdfunding campaign to develop groundbreaking resource for book world

SLA Blog post

Inclusive Minds urges everyone to help support real change and ensure authentic inclusion in children's books. An innovative crowdfunding project will give a voice to children and young people - the people who know most about what they want to see represented in books and how. Read More...

Mar
13
2017
Get sun savvy in 2017!

SLA Blog post

Wrap, Splat, Hat, the free sun awareness programme, is back ready to help you teach 5 to 11 year olds how they can have fun in the sun safely. Brought to you by Garnier Ambre Solaire in association with the British Skin Foundation, the popular programme is better than ever, with new bespoke education resources for pupils aged 5-7 and 7-11. Read More...

Mar
13
2017
Award that recognises pupil library assistants moves to the Houses of Parliament

SLA Blog post

Bestselling author Cathy Cassidy is joining school librarians, representatives from literacy organisations and publishers to celebrate the Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award; a joint venture between the School Library Association and the CILIP School Libraries Group. A five-strong shortlist has been selected from a very strong field of nominations from school librarians across the UK. Read More...

Mar
13
2017
Cilip SLG/SLA Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award

2017 Award

Bestselling author Cathy Cassidy is joining school librarians, representatives from literacy organisations and publishers to celebrate the Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award; a joint venture between the School Library Association and the CILIP School Libraries Group. A five-strong shortlist has been selected from a very strong field of nominations from school librarians across the UK. Read More...

Mar
9
2017
Short Story Competition for children

SLA Blog post

PrintExpress.co. Read More...

Mar
9
2017
FREE trial offer for The Week Junior

SLA Blog post

At a time when real facts about current affairs have never been more important don't miss this opportunity to trial @weekjuniorlearn The Week Junior for FREE. Exciting, inspiring reading for 8-11 year olds, the offer (worth £24. Read More...

Mar
9
2017
Welcome to the SLA Website

Spectacular Spring Sale

Our special half price offer on SLA publications is now on. The offer covers all titles published before 2015 and is open for orders placed in March and April 2017. Read More...

Mar
9
2017
FREE posters for school libraries!!

SLA Blog post

Caraval - a bestselling debut that the YA world is buzzing about! Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems... Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show. Caraval is Magic. Read More...

Mar
9
2017
STEWART FOSTER WINS TRINITY SCHOOLS BOOK AWARD FOR THE BUBBLE BOY

SLA Blog post

On Tuesday 7 March, in the packed Great Hall of Dulwich College, the third annual Trinity Schools Book Award (TSBA) was presented to author Stewart Foster for his warm and touching story The Bubble Boy (Simon and Schuster Children's Books). Joe's rare condition means that he is confined to a sterile hospital room, with only his sister's visits and Skype chats with fellow sufferer Henry to relieve the monotony of his days, until the arrival of a new member of medical staff changes his life forever. Read More...

Mar
9
2017
There is a Better Way. Information Literacy - Skills to Empower

Bristol, 18 May 2017

Our course There is a Better Way. Information Literacy - Skills to Empower, run by Lin Smith, will be held in Bristol on 18 May 2017. The closing date is 4 May 2017. Bookings received by 20 April 2017 are eligible for a discount. Key Audience: Secondary school librarians / library staff / teachers with a responsibility for learning skills Read More...

Mar
8
2017
Job Vacancies

Stowe School, Buckingham - Assistant Librarian

Required as soon as possible, a professionally qualified Librarian. The role will be to assist in the operation of the learning environment used by the whole School community. Read More...

Mar
6
2017
SHORTLISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE UNIQUE AWARDS FROM TEACHERS

SLA Blog post

For the first time illustrated books in all three age categories Past winner Philip Reeve shortlisted in two categories with Brian Selznick, Gill Lewis and Benji Davies each with potential second award Debut authors challenge medal winning heavyweights in each category @The_UKLA #UKLA17 #teachersbookawards For the first time ever the awards that come with the teachers' guarantee that these are the books which get their classes reading, have an author shortlisted simultaneously in two age categories. Philip Reeve's creative partnership with Sarah McIntyre will be looking to repeat their2015 triumph in the 7-11 category. Read More...

Mar
6
2017
Job Vacancies

The Grammar School at Leeds - Assistant Librarian

£22,434 - £26,556 Contract: Full time, all year round - Temporary for 2 years An exciting opportunity exists for a professional Assistant Librarian to join The Grammar School at Leeds. We are seeking someone qualified, enthusiastic and energetic who is willing to play their role within the Library and Information Services team to the full. Read More...

Mar
3
2017
True or False posters

SLA Resources Blog post

Are your students able to tell the difference between true and fake news? Millions of people can't. Help your students to distinguish between fact and misinformation. Read More...

Mar
2
2017
Information Book Award

Information Book Award 2017 longlist

The SLA Information Book Award received a wide range of submissions for consideration for the 2017 award. Chris Brown, the Chair of the judges commented 'The submissions for the award this year include more really impressive very well created and presented books than ever before.' Read More...

Mar
2
2017
Welcome to the SLA Website

Vote for your choice for new members of SLA Board!

Voting is open from 9 a.m. Read More...

Mar
2
2017
SLARead80 competition winners!

SLA Blog post

The School Library Association is delighted to announce the winners of their anniversary competition to photograph people enjoying reading - SLA Read80. The competition was open to all, and the winning photos were judged by author Matt Whyman. Read More...

Mar
1
2017
Free Caraval posters for school libraries

SLA Blog post

Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems... Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show. Caraval is Magic. Read More...

Mar
1
2017
Guest author post from Melinda Salisbury

SLA Reading Blog post

One of the main themes across the Sin Eater series has been the concept of journeys - Twylla's emotional journey from timid possession to independent young woman, Errin's frantic dash across a country to try to save her mother, and then Twylla's pilgrimage back to the land of her birth, this time with an army in tow. The epic quest has become a bit of a trope in young adult fiction; the fearless (or sometimes fearful) hero leaving behind everything they've ever known and journeying off into a new world, full of dangers and attractions. Read More...

Feb
23
2017
Reading Levels, Progress 8 and GCSEs - the library's critical place

Stafford, 15 March 2017

PLACES STILL AVAILABLE! Our course Reading Levels, Progress 8 and GCSEs - the library's critical place, run by Angie Curran, will be held in Stafford ST16 3TH on 15 March 2017. The closing date is 1 March 2017. Key Audience: Secondary school library staff Read More...

Feb
22
2017
Job Vacancies

Bedford Girls School - Senior LRC Assistant

We have a vacancy for a full-time, term-time Senior LRC Assistant to work in our Junior School Library to start as soon as possible. The person we are looking for will be a team player with a passion for books and reading, preferably with previous school library experience, who is able to relate well to children in order to enthuse the Junior school girls to read for enjoyment and make our Junior School Library a stimulating learning environment. Read More...

Feb
21
2017
French school librarian looking for a British school librarian for a two-week exchange

SLA Blog post

An email received in the office that might be just what you are looking for - an exchange visit! Dear colleagues, Currently, I'm "professeur documentaliste", that is to say a school librarian and a teacher of information literacy, in Paris (France). I'm looking for a British school librarian who would be interested in a teacher professional visit program with the CIEP (the French equivalent of the British Council). Read More...

Feb
20
2017
Help, I'm in Charge of the School Library!

Sheffield, 28 March 2017

Our course Help, I'm in Charge of the School Library!, run by Susan Staniforth, will be held in Sheffield S5 6SG on 28 March 2017. The closing date is 14 March 2017. This is an essential course for anyone new to running or managing a secondary school library. Bookings received by 28 February 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: secondary school library staff Read More...

Feb
17
2017
WBD and Picturehouse Cinemas

SLA Blog post

Picturehouse Cinemas are thrilled to be working with World Book Day and local bookshops to offer a series of amazing talks from some brilliant authors. Expect some readings, some words of advice for any aspiring writers or illustrators, the chance for your students to ask some questions and a lot of fun! Tickets are just £2. Read More...

Feb
17
2017
Facet Publisher Offer

SLA Resources Blog post

Facet's latest catalogue featuring new, forthcoming and key backlist titles for librarians has just published. SLA members are offered a special 30% discount if you quote FACETFEB30 and SLA in your order. Read More...

Feb
17
2017
Bears in Books Exhibition

SLA Resources Blog post

Never before displayed Paddington Bear images will be on display in the forthcoming 'Bears in Books' exhibition at the Illustration Cupboard, London. Opening on the 8th February and running until the 11th March, 'Bears in Books' will bring together some of the most famous bears from children's literature. Read More...

Feb
17
2017
Spinks British Coins

SLA Blog post

This historic reference work for British coins is still the only catalogue to feature every major coin type from Celtic to the present day, arranged in chronological order and divided into metals under each reign, then into coinages, denominations and varieties. Under Elizabeth II the decimal issues are separated from the pre-decimal coinages, with all decimal coinage since 1968 listed in a separate volume. Read More...

Feb
16
2017
Job Vacancies

Cheadle Hulme School, Cheshire - HEAD OF LEARNING RESOURCE CENTRE

Required for September 2017 Cheadle Hulme School is seeking to appoint a self-motivated and forward-thinking professional with experience of supporting learning resources or working in a library setting, to drive innovation and actively promote a modern learning environment in the Learning Resource Centre.The successful candidate will work term-time plus 4 weeks in school holidays, and the salary will be in the region of £30k-£35k per annum (pro-rata), dependent on experience. Read More...

Feb
16
2017
Job Vacancies

DRAGON SCHOOL, OXFORD - SCHOOL LIBRARIAN (Maternity Cover)

The Dragon seeks to appoint a Librarian, who has suitable qualifications or experience, and who is passionate and knowledgeable about books, to make a wide contribution to the life of this busy, exciting and successful school. The post is to cover a maternity leave from May 2017. Read More...

Feb
15
2017
Work Smarter and Shine

Warwick, Warwickshire, 22 March 2017

DISCOUNT DEADLINE DATE FAST APPROACHING! Our course Work Smarter and Shine, run by Sarah Pavey MSc FCLIP, will be held in Warwick on 22 March 2017. The closing date is 8 March 2017. Bookings received by 22 February 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: secondary school library staff Read More...

Feb
14
2017
Great Library .... but where are the children?

Penrith, Cumbria, 21 March 2017

BOOK BEFORE HALF TERM! Our course Great Library .... but where are the children?, run by Susan Staniforth, will be held in Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0AH on 21 March 2017. The closing date is 7 March 2017. Bookings received by 21 February 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: KS2 and secondary school library staff Read More...

Feb
13
2017
Wins a Spooks giveaway!

SLA Reading Blog post

Spook's: Dark Assassin, the third chilling instalment in Joseph Delaney's Spook's Starblade Chronicles legend, is out now! Enter this Puffin giveaway to get your hands on your own complete set, including The Dark Army, A New Darkness and brand new Dark Assassin. They have two sets up for grabs. Read More...

Feb
13
2017
Job Vacancies

Banbury Academy: Librarian

Banbury Academy Ruskin Road BANBURY OX16 9HY 01295 251451 We are seeking to appoint to the following post: Librarian 37.5 hours per week, term time plus 5 days Monday to Friday: 8:00am to 4:00pm With ½ hour lunch break Salary: Grade 6, Points 18-21 (£17,891 - £19,939 pro rata; actual salary £15,460 - £17,230) Further information and an application form are available by email from tburns[at]banbury-aspirations. Read More...

Feb
9
2017
Job Vacancies

TASIS England - Middle School Library/Media Centre Librarian

TASIS England seeks a well qualified, committed, and experienced Librarian for this position in the Middle School Library/Media Centre for students aged 10 to 14 years. Duties include evaluation and selection of new materials and interacting with students on a daily basis to offer advice and information on the availability of the resources within the Library. Read More...

Feb
9
2017
Reading Levels, Progress 8 and GCSEs - the library's critical place

Stafford, 15 March 2017

BOOK BEFORE HALF TERM! Our course Reading Levels, Progress 8 and GCSEs - the library's critical place, run by Angie Curran, will be held in Stafford ST16 3TH on 15 March 2017. The closing date is 1 March 2017. Bookings received by 15 February 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: Secondary school library staff Read More...

Feb
9
2017
Ten Million Minutes Reading Challenge

SLA Blog post

Join the Ten Million Minutes Reading Challenge and have the chance of winning a brand new library or reading area for your school worth £10,000, courtesy of Peters! National education charity Achievement for All is holding the country's biggest one-week reading challenge, Ten Million Minutes, which is taking place 9-15 March 2017. The competition is open to ALL primary schools in England and is completely free to take part. Read More...

Feb
7
2017
Job Vacancies

LEARNING RESOURCE OFFICER, Samuel Lister Academy

LEARNING RESOURCE OFFICER, Samuel Lister Academy We are seeking to appoint an experienced Learning Resource Officer for our new bespoke Learning Resource Centre at Samuel Lister Academy. This post offers an exciting and rewarding opportunity for a candidate who has vision and drive to enable the Learning Resource Centre to meet the needs of students at the Academy. Read More...

Feb
7
2017
Job Vacancies

ESMS JUNIOR SCHOOL - SCHOOL LIBRARIAN (Primary 4 to Primary 7)

ESMS JUNIOR SCHOOL SCHOOL LIBRARIAN (Primary 4 to Primary 7) We have a vacancy from Monday 13 March 2017 (or as soon as practical thereafter) for a permanent, full-time Librarian to work in the 'Cromarty Library' (Primary 4 to Primary 7), which is at the heart of the ESMS Junior School on the Queensferry Road site. The hours of work are from 8. Read More...

Feb
6
2017
Bringing it Alive! Storytelling to boost Literacy and Reading for Pleasure

Witham, Essex, 7 March 2017

BOOK NOW - EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE 10.02.17! Our course Bringing it Alive! Storytelling to boost Literacy and Reading for Pleasure, run by Alec Williams , will be held in Witham, Essex CM8 3UN on 7 March 2017. The closing date is 21 February 2017. Bookings received by 10 February 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: primary school teachers and support staff Read More...

Feb
3
2017
SLARead80 Competition now closed

SLA Blog post

Our photographic competition, SLARead80, is now closed for entries. We received wonderful photos of people enjoying reading and our judges have now got a very hard task ahead of them! Winners of the fantastic prizes will be announced on World Book Day so look out for an announcement next month. Read More...

Feb
2
2017
Opening Doors: the School Library in a culturally diverse society

Ilford, Essex, 23 February 2017

DISCOUNT DEADLINE EXTENDED!! The discount deadline for our course Opening Doors: the School Library in a culturally diverse society, run by Alec Williams, in Ilford on 23 February has been extended making the cost of the full days training just £90 (SLA members), £120 (for delegates working in schools which are not members of the SLA but subscribe to Redbridge SLS), £150 (non-members of either group). Further discounts are available for 2nd place delegates attending from the same school. The closing date is 9 February 2017. Key Audience: primary and secondary school teachers, librarians and support staff Read More...

Feb
2
2017
Job Vacancies

Shiplake College, Oxfordshire - Thinking Space Manager

Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5. Read More...

Feb
2
2017
Teaching Skills for School Library Staff

Derby, 8 March 2017

Our course Teaching Skills for School Library Staff, run by Chris Powis, will be held in Derby DE22 1GT on 8 March 2017. The closing date is 22 February 2017. Bookings received by 8 February 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: KS2 and secondary school librarians / library staff - experienced and new to teaching and learning skills Read More...

Feb
1
2017
Joffre White expenses only author visit offer

SLA Reading Blog post

Guest blog from author Joffre White I can't believe that it's been nearly seven years since I took the intrepid step to become a full time author. Little did I realise that the publication of 'Frog', the first book in a series of magical fantasy adventures, would take me on such a rewarding and exciting journey. Read More...

Jan
26
2017
Just published world of books in translation

New book from the SLA

We have just published "A World of Books in Translation", a key guide to a wealth of topics and genres, helping us all to reach beyond our own language and culture. Read More...

Jan
26
2017
Opening Doors: the School Library in a culturally diverse society

Ilford, Essex, 23 February 2017

DON'T MISS THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE! Our course Opening Doors: the School Library in a culturally diverse society, run by Alec Williams, will be held in Ilford, Essex IG1 1EA on 23 February 2017. The closing date is 9 February 2017. Bookings received by 27 January 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: teachers, librarians and support staff in both primary and secondary schools Read More...

Jan
25
2017
The 2017 Betjeman Poetry Prize opens for entries!

SLA Blog post

Are you aged 10-13? Write a poem on the theme: 'a sense of place' and enter by post or online. Deadline is 31st July 2017. Read More...

Jan
24
2017
Job Vacancies

DRAGON SCHOOL, OXFORD - SCHOOL LIBRARIAN (Maternity Cover)

Required for April 2017 The Dragon seeks to appoint a suitably qualified Librarian, who is passionate and knowledgeable about books; who is also willing to make a wide contribution to the life of this busy, exciting and successful school. The post is to cover a maternity leave from April 2017. Read More...

Jan
24
2017
European Languages Bookshop

SLA Resources Blog post

European Schoolbooks Ltd is the UK's leading supplier of European books and resources for schools. In London it runs The European Bookshop at 123 Gloucester Road, South Kensington SW7 4TE. Read More...

Jan
24
2017
ReadingZone World Book Day Picture Book Competition 2017

SLA Blog post

Children and young people aged four to 18 years are being challenged to make their own picture book on and around World Book Day with the launch of the ReadingZone WBD Picture Book Competition 2017. The competition will launch in January and will run in homes, schools and libraries until Saturday 22nd April and the winners will be announced in June 2016. Read More...

Jan
24
2017
Don't forget BETT this week!

SLA Blog post

Bett- the world's leading education show - is returning to ExCeL London this week from 25 to 28 January. With a huge range of new education solutions on display, and a number of speaker sessions and workshops dedicated to best practice in education, it's a must-attend event for all in the education world. Read More...

Jan
20
2017
A Monster Calls offer for members

SLA Blog post

Walker Books have been working with eOne and Picturehouse Cinemas to offer an exciting opportunity for schools to book a private screening of the A Monster Calls film! Picturehouse would now love to share this exciting offer with SLA members.Out now in cinemas nationwide and starring Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver and Lewis MacDougall, the film has received rave reviews, The Times calling it a "heart-searing drama", the Independent a "very cleverly crafted film which has a searing emotional impact" while the Evening Standard said that the film was a "touching, fantastical adaption". Read More...

Jan
20
2017
Job Vacancies

Newcastle School for Boys - Senior School Librarian

Newcastle School for Boys is seeking to appoint an ambitious and suitably experienced individual to the new post of Senior School librarian. The post offers an exciting and rewarding opportunity for a candidate who has the vision and drive to set up an effective and vibrant new Senior School library at this growing independent boys' school. Read More...

Jan
19
2017
Amazing Apps for primary schools eBook

SLA Blog post

Bev Humphrey's new book on Amazing Apps for Primary Schools is now also available in an eBook edition from the SLA. This publication outlines the many ways that using apps on tablets and iPads can help with reading promotion, creative writing and other library/classroom activities and gives you a toolkit of fantastic apps and suggestions on how to source them and use them, spending your budget wisely. Read More...

Jan
18
2017
In support of school libraries, Cathy Cassidy

SLA Blog post

Author Cathy Cassidy's thoughts on the importance of school libraries: I see a lot of school libraries on my travels around the country as a children's author - they are often where my school events begin and end, with a chat and a coffee and a meeting with a bunch of super-keen student librarians. I've seen libraries that look like something out of Hogwarts, all galleried and gorgeous and smelling of wood polish and magic; I've seen shiny, futuristic libraries that wouldn't look out of place on the Starship Enterprise; and of course, plenty of libraries that aren't fancy or grand at all, but buzzing with life and filled with kids and bright with artwork and posters. Read More...

Jan
18
2017
Bringing it Alive! Storytelling to boost Literacy and Reading for Pleasure

Witham, Essex, 7 March 2017

Our course Bringing it Alive! Storytelling to boost Literacy and Reading for Pleasure, run by Alec Williams , will be held in Witham, Essex on 7 March 2017. This is a lively, new course aimed at all primary school teachers and support staff. It will cover the use of stories across the whole Primary Sector and explore how participants can ensure their stories both motivate pupils to read, and show them the pleasure they can get from it. The closing date is 21 February 2017. Bookings received by 7 February 2017 are eligible for a £15.00 discount. Special discount available for EES for Schools/Essex School Library Service subscribers. Key Audience: primary school teachers and support staff Read More...

Jan
17
2017
Travelling Librarian Award

SLA Blog post

Applications are now open for the Travelling Librarian Award This fantastic CPD opportunity is run in partnership between the English Speaking Union (ESU) and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). The Travelling Librarian Award builds relationships between library and information professionals in the UK and their counterparts in the US and across the Commonwealth. Read More...

Jan
17
2017
Be a Wally for Literacy!

SLA Blog post

Be a Wally for literacy! The National Literacy Trust are delighted to announce that the popular Where's Wally? fun run will be back on 19 March 2017 at Clapham Common, bigger and better than ever. Free official Where's Wally?costumes are included in the ticket price and children and dogs are also welcome! All proceeds raised will help us to give disadvantaged children the literacy skills they need to succeed. Read More...

Jan
17
2017
Job Vacancies

reading blue coats - ASSISTANT LIBRARIAN (PART TIME, MATERNITY COVER)

Founded in 1646, Reading Blue Coat School is a leading independent day school with 750 pupils, boys aged 11 - 18, and a co-educational Sixth Form. Set in a beautiful country estate of 46 acres of sport fields, grounds and woodlands overlooking the River Thames in the village of Sonning, just outside Reading, we provide a wonderful working environment. Read More...

Jan
17
2017
Teaching Skills for School Library Staff

Derby, 8 March 2017

Our course Teaching Skills for School Library Staff, run by Chris Powis, will be held in Derby on 8 March 2017. The closing date is 22 February 2017. Bookings received by 8 February 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: KS2 and secondary school librarians / library staff - experienced and new to teaching and learning skills Read More...

Jan
12
2017
Harry Potter Book Night Packs and Posters reserved for members

SLA Blog post

SLA and YLG Member exclusive! Full colour printed Harry Potter Book Night Kits- no downloading or printing for the first 50 to respond! Run your own fun HARRY POTTER QUIZ on HARRY POTTER BOOK NIGHT! Fire up fans of all ages with the first Official Harry Potter Book Night Quiz - an opportunity for fans to test their encyclopaedic knowledge of the series against one another. Packed with fun and brain-tingling questions including a special round based on this year's theme, The Professors of Hogwarts, there's something for everyone. Read More...

Jan
12
2017
Giving Children Books

SLA Blog post

Hachette Childrens Group have announced the launch of a new digital initiative aimed at primary schools, Giving Children Books. Giving Children Books provides schools with a unique way to crowd-source funding for the books they need for their school library or classroom. Read More...

Jan
12
2017
Win copies of Whitaker’s 2017 and Chronologica ?

SLA Blog post

The Whitaker's Almanac is the definitive reference guide and ultimate single-volume reference source, packed with thousands of facts, figures, overviews and statistics relating to the UK and the world. Chronologica is a global journey with events and people from every continent. Read More...

Jan
10
2017
Training session: Making the most of your CLA Licences

SLA Blog post

Join us for a webinar on Feb 21, 2017 at 2:00 PM GMT. Register now! https://attendee. Read More...

Jan
10
2017
Central & East Berks branch meeting

SLA Blog post

The Central and East Berks branch committee, and Tina Marshall, would like to invite you to their next SLA branch meeting at Sandhurst School, (GU47 OSD), on Tuesday 24th January, 4pm for refreshments/networking. The meeting will close by 5:45pm. Read More...

Jan
9
2017
Hot off the press giveaway

SLA Reading Blog post

It's ALL ABOUT MIA Bestselling author and Waterstones Prize winner, Lisa Williamson, returns with her second novel in February 2017; ALL ABOUT MIA, retaining her signature warmth, humour and knack for writing characters you can't help but fall in love with... it will publish on 2 February (David Fickling Books). Lisa's debut novel, THE ART OF BEING NORMAL, took the YA book world by storm, becoming the bestselling YA debut in hardback of 2015 and winning the Waterstones Children's Book Prize for Older Fiction. Read More...

Jan
4
2017
Opening Doors: the School Library in a culturally diverse society

Ilford, Essex, 23 February 2017

Our course Opening Doors: the School Library in a culturally diverse society, run by Alec Williams, will be held in Ilford, Essex IG1 1EA on 23 February 2017. The closing date is 9 February 2017. Bookings received by 26 January 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: primary and secondary school library staff Read More...

Jan
3
2017
Award wining school library?

SLA Blog post

With clear proven links between focused library programmes and academic achievement, many school librarians seek to build a lifelong love of reading, which, in turn, can boost vocabulary, increase empathy and reduce stress. If this is your library, or you aspire for it to be, you could be an award winner! The School Library Association's Inspiration Award recognises the best schools in the country for their library provision, programmes and pupil engagement. Read More...

Jan
3
2017
Reading for Pleasure: edgy, cool, or just boring? Make it infectious and survive

Witham, Essex, 7 February 2017

DON'T MISS THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE! Our course Reading for Pleasure: edgy, cool, or just boring? Make it infectious and survive, run by Angie Curran, will be held in Witham, Essex on 7 February 2017. The closing date is 24 January 2017. Bookings received by 12 January 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: secondary school library staff Read More...

Jan
3
2017
SLARead80 - Photographic Competition

New prizes for all the age groups generously supplied by publisher and book suppliers! Huge thank you's to all concerned. Dorling Kindersley Hot Key Macmillan Children's OUP Children's Peter's Books Simon and Schuster Walker Books UK . Read More...

Dec
15
2016
Final reviews of 2016 part 3

SLA Blog post

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Dec
15
2016
Final reviews of 2016 part 2

SLA Reading Blog post

To continue the selection of bonus reviews we have books for the 8-12's Asphyxia. The Grimstones Collection. Read More...

Dec
15
2016
Final reviews of 2016

SLA Reading Blog post

As term ends there is just time to post some bonus reviews. As ever grateful thanks to all my reviewers whose wise words are shown here. Read More...

Dec
13
2016
Job Vacancies

Lycée International de Londres - Head Librarian

The Lycée International de Londres wish to appoint a Head Librarian To find out about the post please access the application pack below: Application Pack Head Librarian Word document, 104 kB (Requires Microsoft Word 97 or later) This application pack consists of: Information about the school The job description and person specification A summary of the terms and conditions of employment. The Application Form for the position is available on our "work with us" web page - www. Read More...

Dec
13
2016
An owly surprise

SLA Blog post

Look at this gorgeous postcard we received at the SLA office the other day! With a great message from author and artist Jackie Morris, she says - "Dear SLA, This owl carries a key - he is an arctic owl, a friend of Hedwig, a friend of libraries - school libraries are even more important than public libraries - such amazing places. Chris Riddell is right to call for people to fight to keep them. Read More...

Dec
13
2016
SLARead80 - Photographic Competition

New prizes for all the age groups generously supplied by publisher and book suppliers! Huge thank you's to all concerned. Hot Key OUP Children's Peter's Books Walker Books UK . Read More...

Dec
13
2016
SLARead80 - Photographic Competition

Further Prizes Announced

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Dec
9
2016
Gifts and prizes

SLA Reading Blog post

As well as the specifically Christmas books published at this time of the year, publishers also bring out other special books which make ideal gifts or prizes for your faithful library helpers/ top readers! Julia Donaldson is probably the first name to spring to mind when looking for the little ones. Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes (Macmillan,£9. Read More...

Dec
8
2016
Opening Doors: the School Library in a culturally diverse society

Ilford, Essex, 23 February 2017

Our course Opening Doors: the School Library in a culturally diverse society, run by Alec Williams, will be held in Ilford, Essex on 23 February 2017. The closing date is 9 February 2017. Bookings received by 26 January 2017 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: primary and secondary school teacher, librarians and support staff. Read More...

Dec
7
2016
Reading for Pleasure: edgy, cool, or just boring? Make it infectious and survive

Witham, Essex, 7 February 2017

Our course Reading for Pleasure: edgy, cool, or just boring? Make it infectious and survive, run by Angie Curran, will be held in Witham, Essex on 7 February 2017. The closing date is 24 January 2017. Bookings received by 12 January 2017 are eligible for a discount. Having received excellent feedback from previous 'outings' of this course we are confident participants (and their schools) will benefit hugely from attending this event. Key Audience: secondary school library staff Read More...

Dec
5
2016
Christmas treats for booklovers

SLA Reading Blog post

Well here we are in December and so Christmas cannot be avoided! The nicest thing about the shopping season is the beautiful books that are produced - although not forgetting, of course, that many of the really great stories and information books we have featured throughout the year will make just the right book for an individual child. These books are the specifically Christmas themed ones that are the icing on the cake. Read More...

Dec
2
2016
Job Vacancies

Bellerive FCJ Catholic College, Liverpool - Librarian

We are seeking to appoint a dynamic, enthusiastic and creative librarian to lead the development and operation of our school library. The main responsibilities will include: Supervising pupils using the Library; Promoting reading initiatives; Acquisition, organisation and dissemination of resources in relation to pupil age and ability. Read More...

Nov
29
2016
Job Vacancies

Haut-Lac International Bilingual School - School librarian

Haut-Lac is currently offering a full time position as a School librarian. They are looking for an experienced, dynamic and innovative person to take responsibility for the development, management and promotion of their infant and primary library. Read More...

Nov
28
2016
Haringey Children's Book Award Shortlist Announced

SLA Reading Blog post

Shortlist: The Best Medicine by Christine Hamill, Little Island Books Catching Falling Stars by Karen McCombie, Scholastic Cogheart by Peter Bunzl, Usborne The Imaginary by AF Harrold & illustr. Emily Gravett, Bloomsbury Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill, Piccadilly Press Strange Star by Emma Carroll, Faber & Faber What is the HCBA? The Haringey Children's Book Award is now in its 3rd year, set up by the librarian community in Haringey to promote literacy across the borough through interaction between schools. Read More...

Nov
28
2016
Vacancy in Switzerland

SLA Blog post

Haut-Lac is currently offering full time positions in the following areas: School librarian,experienced, dynamic and innovative to take responsibility for the development, management and promotion of its infant and primary library. The candidate should be Bilingual English /French Starting date: End of February 2017 Contract: full time (40hours / week, 8 weeks holiday per year) Further details of the position click here For more information on the school follow the links to School Profile, Mission Statement, Bilingualism and www. Read More...

Nov
28
2016
£50k energy makeover for schools up for grabs

SLA Blog post

British Gas with National Schools Partnership have launched Generation Green: Smarter Power - a new, innovative and free teacher's resource and competition to help pupils aged 7-11 learn how new technology can help save energy. Competition prizes include a £50,000 school energy makeover and a trip to the Science Museum! With Smarter Power pupils go on an energy saving adventure with Wilbur the penguin exploring fossil fuels, renewable energy and the importance of saving energy, and discover how smart meters - an exciting technology being installed in British homes by 2020 - can help families become more energy efficient. Read More...

Nov
28
2016
IBBY UK Christmas card 2016

SLA Blog post

This year's IBBY card is designed by Jane Ray taken from The Nutcracker (Hachette 2015) and illustrates the opening scene: "The Front Door was flung wide to welcome guests to the Ernst family Christmas party. Friends and relatives, young and old, all came, stamping the snow off their boots and greeting each other with hugs and laughter". Read More...

Nov
28
2016
IBBY UK Event - Honour List Books

SLA Blog post

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Nov
28
2016
A Monster Calls

SLA Reading Blog post

Patrick Ness's prize-winning novel A Monster Calls has been brought to the big screen by the Oscar-winning team behind Pan's Labryinth and The Impossible, starring Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson, and will be released in cinemas nationwide on New Year's Day. You can watch the trailer here. Read More...

Nov
25
2016
Job Vacancies

St Thomas More Catholic Academy, Stoke-on-Trent - RESOURCE CO-ORDINATOR/LIBRARIAN

37 hours per week termtime + INSET Level 6 scp 21-25 £19,939-£22,434 pro-rata. Actual salary £17,360-£19,532 We are seeking to appoint a Learning Resource Coordinator/Librarian from January 2017. Read More...

Nov
25
2016
Job Vacancies

Gordon's School, Surrey - Librarian

Following the retirement of the current Librarian, this is an exciting opportunity to develop the library at the academic heart of in one of the most successful state schools in Britain. The ideal candidate will be passionate about developing the library's place in the curriculum and promoting students' intellectual curiosity. Read More...

Nov
23
2016
Job Vacancies

Reading Blue Coat School - LIBRARIAN

Founded in 1646, Reading Blue Coat School is a leading independent day school with 750 pupils, boys aged 11 - 18, and a co-educational Sixth Form. Set in a beautiful country estate of 46 acres of sport fields, grounds and woodlands overlooking the River Thames in the village of Sonning, just outside Reading, we provide a wonderful working environment. Read More...

Nov
17
2016
Diary nightmares

SLA Blog post

November has been one of those months where there is so much to do, so little time to do it and yet it is a joy to be able to make it all work! Exactly as it is in schools, so it is here at SLA HQ! The month started with a very exciting invitation to attend the House of Lords launch of Baroness Benjamin's new edition of Coming to England from Macmillan - in glorious full colour. We were all very touched by Floella's speech - about the need to fit in, to feel as if you belong - to quote from the introduction - To feel you belong is a most important necessity in life. Read More...

Nov
15
2016
Job Vacancies

St Paul’s Juniors, London - BOOK LOVER REQUIRED

Salary: c £25,000-£27,500 term time only (plus 2 weeks) St Paul's Juniors is looking for an enthusiastic and committed individual to manage, develop and promote its well-used and well-resourced library. St Paul's Juniors is a school full of bright, articulate and determined young boys, many of whom love reading and enjoy being challenged by the books they choose. Read More...

Nov
14
2016
Work Smarter and Shine

Witham, Essex, 1 December 2016

DON'T DELAY, BOOK TODAY! Our course Work Smarter and Shine, run by Sarah Pavey MSc FCLIP, will be held in Witham, Essex CM8 3UN on 1 December 2016. The closing date is 17 November 2016. This course is for anyone working in a secondary school library who wants to see how they can work more effectively in their role in order to achieve more productive outcomes and help students turn their aspirations into reality. Testimonials include - 'This course would be invaluable for all school librarians, regardless of how experienced they are.' 'I have to say that this was the most useful, relevant course I have attended in a very long time, well worth the time and money.' Read More...

Nov
14
2016
Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means

London, 29 November 2016

Places are still available on our Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means training day which is taking place in London on 29 November 2016. The closing date is 15 November 2016. Testimonials from earlier sessions include - Wow! Above and beyond! Thank you! Lots of ideas to take away and implement. Key Audience: primary and secondary school staff (not necessarily using Accelerated Reader as this will only be one session) Read More...

Nov
11
2016
Author James Benmore writes as the Artful Dodger

SLA Reading Blog post

Wherein I detail how I came to author my own three-volume history and thus proved myself to be a superior writer than Charlie Dickens to the general agreement of all This here is how I am described on Chapter 7 of Oliver Twist. "He was a snub-nosed, flat-browed, common-faced boy enough, and as dirty a juvenile as one might wish to see... He was short for his age, with rather bow-legs, and little, sharp, ugly eyes. Read More...

Nov
11
2016
Job Vacancies

St Mary’s Calne, Wiltshire - Library Assistant, Part-time

February 2017 We are looking for an enthusiastic person to assist the Librarian with the running and development of the libraries within the school. Initially, 20 hours per week (term time only), to include some Saturdays as required. Read More...

Nov
10
2016
Michael Morpurgo to receive the prestigious Action For Children’s Arts J M Barrie Award

SLA Blog post

Michael Morpurgo will be awarded the J M Barrie Award for his contribution to children's literature. The award, which champions the arts for children, is now in its 12th year and will be presented on November 10th at a ceremony held at the BBC Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House, London. Read More...

Nov
9
2016
E-Mail problems at SLA Office

We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our Internet connection in the SLA office, and may not be able to read or reply to e-mails. If you have an urgent query, please contact us by phone on 01793 530166. Read More...

Nov
8
2016
A request from New Zealand

SLA Blog post

We have been approached by a NZ librarian who is visiting the UK from Te Totara Primary School- she says "My name is Michelle Simms and I'll be visiting London next year as part of a scholarship I have received. I'm a primary school librarian in Hamilton, New Zealand and I'm very interested in the work that is being done in UK school libraries around reading for pleasure. Read More...

Nov
8
2016
Unusual Job Opportunity - Features Editor for School Librarian

SLA Blog post

The School Library Association is looking to appoint a new Features Editor for The School Librarian, the SLA's quarterly journal. The Features Editor needs to ensure that the journal is current, relevant and engaging for members and non-members alike. Read More...

Nov
7
2016
Job Vacancies

Kingston Grammar School, London - Assistant Librarian

Assistant Librarian - Part Time (35 hours per week, term time only) Kingston Grammar School is seeking to appoint an experienced and enthusiastic Assistant Librarian to work alongside and assist the School Librarian with the day to day running of the School libraries and the IT facilities within them. Your main duties will include issuing, returning and renewing books on the computerised Library Management System and helping with basic enquiries from staff and pupils. Read More...

Nov
7
2016
Job Vacancies

NONSUCH HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS - Learning Resource Centre Co-ordinator

33.75 hours per week, 39 weeks (including Insets) £28,000 per annum pro rata Required from January We are seeking an enthusiastic person to manage and further develop our Learning Resource Centre. Read More...

Nov
2
2016
Work Smarter and Shine

Witham, Essex, 1 December 2016

DON'T DELAY, BOOK TODAY (early booking discount deadline - 3.11.16)! Our course Work Smarter and Shine, run by Sarah Pavey MSc FCLIP, will be held in Witham, Essex CM8 3UN on 1 December 2016. A course for anyone working in a secondary school library who wants to see how they can work more effectively in their role in order to achieve more productive outcomes. The closing date is 17 November 2016. Bookings received by 3 November 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: secondary school library staff Read More...

Nov
1
2016
Job Vacancies

The Westgate School, Slough - Learning Resource Manager

37 hours a week Monday - Thursday 8.15am - 4. Read More...

Nov
1
2016
Job Vacancies

WITHINGTON GIRLS’ SCHOOL, Manchester - Library Assistant

Term time only, 35 hours a week, fixed term for 2016/2017 academic year. Background Withington is a leading independent day school for girls aged 7 to 18 in which some of the best academic results in the country are attained within a lively, happy and caring environment. Read More...

Oct
31
2016
BETT 2017

SLA Blog post

Bett is returning to ExCel London from 25 to 28 January 2017 The focus of the show is on game changers and best practice within education Bett Futures returns to nurture edtech start-ups The Higher Education Leaders Summit and School Leaders Summit address the growing emphasis on school leadership and business management Learn Live seminars offer practical insight and techniques that can be implemented in classrooms across primary, secondary, further and higher education Bett, the leading global education event, returns to ExCel London from 25 to 28 January 2017, with a fresh focus on game changers within education - those people, products and organisations creating an impact on the way we teach and learn across the world. With a history spanning over three decades, Bett is known for bringing together everyone with a passion for improving the future through education and showcasing the very best the global education marketplace has to offer. Read More...

Oct
31
2016
Berkshire Book Award 2017

SLA Reading Blog post

Children's author Tim Bowler wowed pupils from secondary schools across Berkshire when he officially launched the 2017 Berkshire Book Award (BBA) at LVS Ascot and Kennet School on Wednesday 12th October. Tim, author of over 20 books including Midget, River Boy, Night Runner and the Blade series entertained the audience with anecdotes and stories from his life, making everyone laugh. Read More...

Oct
31
2016
Lauren Child on finishing the Ruby series

SLA Reading Blog post

Writing an inter-connecting thriller series presents very different challenges, compared to those of writing a stand-alone book. It requires one to write a satisfying and complete tale, while also making sure there are a few tantalizing loose ends. Read More...

Oct
31
2016
MURDER BY THE BOOK!

SLA Resources Blog post

Secondary school librarians and English departments across the United Kingdom have been providing a new library-based challenge for their students this year: solving a murder! Using the materials provided in Box Clever Education's recently released murder mystery kit 'Murder by the Book', sections of school libraries have been turned into crime scenes. The kit provides everything that is required, from the clues and scenario, to support materials such as crime scene tape, promotional posters and student support documents, allowing schools to quickly set up their crime scene with minimal preparation. Read More...

Oct
31
2016
Work Smarter and Shine

Taunton, Somerset, 22 November 2016

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE EXTENDED! Our course Work Smarter and Shine, run by Sarah Pavey MSc FCLIP, will be held in Taunton, Somerset TA2 7QP on 22 November 2016. The early booking discount deadline has been extended and will be applied to all bookings received by 8 November making the cost of the full days training just £90 (SLA members), £120 (for delegates who are not SLA members but work in schools which subscribe to Somerset Resources for Learning), £150 (non-members of either group). Key Audience: anyone working in a secondary school library who wants to see how they can work more effectively in their role in order to achieve more productive outcomes. Read More...

Oct
27
2016
Children's Laureate School Libraries Comment

SLA Blog post

Chris Riddell, the Waterstones Children's Laureate for 2015-2017 has very kindly given us permission to put this powerful visual comment onto our website - thank you Chris! We appreciate the support and your campaigning for school, and public, libraries. © Chris Riddell 2016 . Read More...

Oct
25
2016
Golden Oldies-New Editions Available Now

SLA Reading Blog post

To celebrate the 40th birthday of Andersen Press, they have republished, in the beautiful original hardback format, the debut picturebooks from the legends that are Tony Ross and David McKee. Goldilocks and the Three Bears (£8. Read More...

Oct
25
2016
Perfect Paperbacks

SLA Reading Blog post

Amongst the pile of paperback editions to tempt the frugal budget holder there is one with a very interesting publishing history. The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith (Puffin, £7. Read More...

Oct
25
2016
A Chance to See Wimpy Kid Author Jeff Kinney Live

SLA Blog post

Jeff Kinney, the author of the global bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series will be coming to Blackpool Tower Ballroom on Thursday 3rd November ! This will be Jeff's only UK solo event this year and Puffin are so thrilled to have him,they want to share the experience with all of the librarians (and school children!) who have helped make Wimpy Kid such a hit here. The event will be a family-friendly, fun-filled extravaganza, featuring games, prizes, giveaways and the opportunity to have books signed by the author! If this is something you'd like to take part in yourself, or something you'd like to advertise to the children at your schools there is attached a parent letter (for you to edit) which features a special discount code for buying tickets (just £5 each!) and if you would like posters for the latest Wimpy Kid title, Double Down, for you to use in your library to promote the offer these can be obtained from RBooth[at]penguinrandomhouse. Read More...

Oct
24
2016
Job Vacancies

Loreto, Manchester - School Librarian (Learning Resource Centre Manager)

Level 2 Grade 5 (£20,456 - £23,166) Full Time Salary may be increased subject to job evaluation We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic librarian with experience of working with young people and leading initiatives to promote reading. This permanent post is available as soon as possible. Read More...

Oct
21
2016
Longest Ever Carnegie and Greenaway Nominations list for Anniversary Year

SLA Blog post

SLA Director and YLG Chair Elect, Tricia Adams, faces quite a challenge with the publication of the nominations list for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals with 114 books on the Carnegie list and 93 on the Kate Greenaway! That is quite a reading list to take on as Chair of Judges. http://www. Read More...

Oct
21
2016
Job Vacancies

Northbury Primary School, Barking - School Librarian - Permanent contract

LONDON BOROUGH of BARKING and DAGENHAM NORTHBURY PRIMARY SCHOOL Northbury Close, Barking, Essex IG11 8JA www.northburyprimary. Read More...

Oct
21
2016
Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation Shortlist announced

SLA Blog post

The shortlist for the 2017 Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation certainly does spotlight the high quality and diversity of translated fiction for young readers. The award is run by the English-Speaking Union on behalf of the Marsh Christian Trust. Read More...

Oct
20
2016
Job Vacancies

Rugby School, Warwickshire - Head of Research, Information and Library Services – start January 2017

We are seeking an ambitious and dynamic educator who will seize the exciting opportunity of shaping the vision and strategy of Library services at Rugby School, including re-designing our current facilities. Rugby is renowned for its innovative approach to education and we are seeking someone who will value the opportunity to develop and grow in a community of supportive and committed staff. Read More...

Oct
20
2016
Discover something new at your library, 9 ?

SLA Blog post

CILIP, the UK's library and information association has today announced plans for the first Libraries Week, a week-long celebration of Britain's much-loved libraries. Libraries will showcase the best they have to offer, encouraging people to discover what libraries can do for them on the week of October 9 to 14 2017 Libraries Week, 9 - 14 October 2017, will replace National Libraries Day, previously held in February. Read More...

Oct
20
2016
The Online Librarian

Worcester, 30 November 2016

DON'T MISS THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE! Our course The Online Librarian, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held in Worcester WR1 2LL on 30 November 2016. The closing date is 16 November 2016. Bookings received by 2 November 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: primary and secondary school library staff Read More...

Oct
19
2016
Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means

London, 29 November 2016

Our course Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held in London E17 9RZ on 29 November 2016. The closing date is 15 November 2016. Bookings received by 1 November 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: primary and secondary school staff (not necessarily using Accelerated Reader as this will only be one session) Read More...

Oct
19
2016
First Story’s National Writing Competition 2016 is now open!

SLA Blog post

Calling all state secondary schools: First Story wants your words. Their National Writing Competition 2016 is now open. Read More...

Oct
19
2016
Job Vacancies

St. Bede's School, Redhill, Surrey - part-time Library Assistant

St. Bede's School in Redhill, Surrey is looking for a part-time Library Assistant. Read More...

Oct
18
2016
Reading Levels, Progress 8 and GCSEs - the library's critical place

Plymouth, Devon, 29 November 2016

Our course Reading Levels, Progress 8 and GCSEs - the library's critical place, run by Angie Curran, will be held in Plymouth, Devon PL7 4LT on 29 November 2016. The aim of this course is to enable delegates to understand and plan for current rigorous national reading demands, while ensuring that reading for students is a pleasurable experience. The closing date is 15 November 2016. Bookings received by 1 November 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: Secondary school library staff Read More...

Oct
15
2016
Monster Story Competition

SLA Blog post

What happens to a vampire when he dies? How does somebody become a werewolf? How can you protect yourself from witches? To celebrate hallowe'en and the release of The Horror Handbook, Alma Books are running a very special Monster Story competition which sounds just perfect for Halloween activities in the library. "This hallowe'en we are offering five children the chance to have their monster story printed in a special collection - and to have it signed by Axel Scheffler, the illustrator of The Horror Handbook. Read More...

Oct
13
2016
Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means

Eccles, Manchester, 24 November 2016

Our course Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held in Eccles, Manchester M30 0TU on 24 November 2016. The closing date is 10 November 2016. Bookings received by 31 October 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: primary and secondary school staff (not necessarily using Accelerated Reader as this will only be one session) Testimonials from previous sessions: 'Wow! Above and beyond! Thank you' and 'Lots of ideas to take away and implement' Read More...

Oct
12
2016
South Ken Kids Festival 14

SLA Blog post

The South Ken Kids Festival is back in town for its 19th edition from 14-20 November at the Institut français in London. Our week-long children's literature festival offers a fun-packed programme for families and schools and features some of the greatest writers and illustrators from the UK, France and beyond. Read More...

Oct
12
2016
Are you missing out on helpful copyright information and handy free resources?

SLA Blog post

It's likely that your institution is already covered by a Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) managed copyright licence. CLA holds central agreements with education departments across the UK so that state-maintained schools don't have to worry about the administration of these licences themselves. Read More...

Oct
11
2016
Work Smarter and Shine

Taunton, Somerset, 22 November 2016

DON'T MISS THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE! Our course Work Smarter and Shine, run by Sarah Pavey MSc FCLIP, will be held in Taunton, Somerset TA2 7QP on 22 November 2016. The closing date is 8 November 2016. Bookings received by 31 October 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: Anyone working in a secondary school library who wants to see how they can work more effectively in their role in order to achieve more productive outcomes. Read More...

Oct
11
2016
Book reviews from children and parents

SLA Resources Blog post

Toppsta is a relatively new website but already has more than 7,000 reviews written by children and parents. Focusing on children's books for ages up to 12, it's an amazing resource for keeping up to date with which books children are really enjoying reading. Read More...

Oct
11
2016
New! Reading Outcomes Framework

SLA Resources Blog post

At The Reading Agency we believe that evaluating the impact of our work is vitally important: we need to be clear about how reading for pleasure and empowerment impacts on people's lives and how our programmes contribute to this. We need this information because we are ambitious for our programmes. Read More...

Oct
11
2016
Cats, Dogs and Us: All-Age Special Schools Edition

SLA Resources Blog post

Cats and dogs are great friends to our students and through a new free pack from the International Fund for Animal Welfare, teachers will be able to explore with students how to return that friendship. In learning about cats and dogs through the Cats, Dogs and Us Special Schools Edition resource, students will also learn about things useful to their own lives, such as how we express emotions and what we all need to be happy and healthy. Read More...

Oct
11
2016
Author judge for #SLARead80

SLA Blog post

Our photographic competition, that is running as part of the celebrations for the SLA's 80th birthday next year, is live and ready for entrants. We have a shortlist panel of judges that have already been announced but as yet the news of our author judge has been a closely guarded secret. Read More...

Oct
10
2016
Win a copy of brilliant new novel by C J Skuse

SLA Reading Blog post

From the critically acclaimed author of Monster, Dead Romantic and Pretty Bad Things comes THE DEVIANTS, a dark twist-filled thriller that follows a group of teenagers as they uncover each other's troubling secrets and play a deadly game of revenge... Growing up in the sleepy English seaside town of Brynston, the fearless five - Ella, Max, Corey, Fallon and Zane - were always inseparable. But when Max's beloved older sister Jessica is killed, the friendship seems to die with her. Read More...

Oct
4
2016
The Online Librarian

Heanor, Derbyshire, 7 November 2016

DISCOUNT DEADLINE - MONDAY 10 OCTOBER!! Our course The Online Librarian, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held in Heanor, Derbyshire DE75 7RA on 7 November 2016. The closing date is 21 October 2016. Bookings received by 10 October 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: primary and secondary school library staff Read More...

Oct
4
2016
Work Smarter and Shine

Penrith, Cumbria, 18 October 2016

Our course Work Smarter and Shine, run by Sarah Pavey MSc FCLIP, will be held in Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0AH on 18 October 2016. The early booking discount deadline has been extended and will be applied to all bookings received by 7 October 2016. Key Audience: anyone working in a secondary school library who wants to see how they can work more effectively in their role in order to achieve more productive outcomes. Read More...

Oct
4
2016
Celebrations!

SLA Blog post

This last few days have been a whirlwind of celebration! Leeds City Museum Copyright Leeds City Council At the end of last week, I was attending the CILIP AGM in Leeds, at the City Museum - a city I spent some of my childhood in, and went to school there until I was 12. Seemed quite odd to be back there (I have had little reason to go and visit in the intervening years!) The AGM was interesting - and it is always a pleasure to meet with colleagues and get chance to network in a slightly different milieu. Read More...

Sep
29
2016
Digital Direction Bringing Careers Guidance into the 21st Century

SLA Blog post

Three Minute Hero campaign offers students the chance to record their futures Careers guidance company U-Explore is building a library of user-generated short films to help the nation's schools and businesses inspire young people with relevant and accessible information. The Three Minute Hero initiative is a refreshingly new approach to providing careers advice. Read More...

Sep
28
2016
London Branch

Branch Events

The online librarian - reader promotion Bev Humphrey Wednesday 9 November at 2.30pm at Highgate School Highgate Senior School, North Road, N6 4AY Autumn Meeting Word document, 84 kB Requires Microsoft Word 97 or later . Read More...

Sep
28
2016
Alzheimer's Resources

SLA Resources Blog post

National Schools Partnership are excited to introduce you to Brain Box, a new flexible curriculum-linked learning programme brought to you by the charity Alzheimer's Research UK, that helps students aged 11 to 14 explore the most complex structure in the universe - the human brain. With real-world examples of science in action, students will develop scientific enquiry skills and get a taste of what it's like to be a brain scientist whilst learning about the effects diseases like Alzheimer's can have upon a healthy brain. Read More...

Sep
26
2016
Concluding profile of our School Librarian of the Year finalists

Lauren Thow

School Librarian of the Year Award 2016: Honour List Profile, Lauren Thow, Portobello High School, Edinburgh Read More...

Sep
26
2016
Cilip SLG/SLA Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award

2017 Award

Nominations are now open for the Pupil Library Assistant Award 2017 - download the nomination for from the website. . Read More...

Sep
23
2016
Job Vacancies

Clifton College Preparatory School - Preparatory School Librarian, Maternity Cover

36 hours per week, Term Time plus 3 weeks per year outside of College Term-Time We seek an enthusiastic and experienced individual to work in an extremely well resourced Library at Clifton College Preparatory School. This role involves providing and managing resources for staff and pupils in the Preparatory School; delivering a cross-curricular information skills programme that facilitates the use of resources; integrating the Pre Library into the total life and work of the school. Read More...

Sep
22
2016
Autumn Activities

SLA Blog post

The start of term is always a frantic rush, meeting new students, making sure your LMS has updated properly, lots of inductions - as well as making contacts and re-establishing old contacts with staff! Plus, in all that activity we also have many things we need to bring to your attention! We have a great day lined up at our one day conference in Cardiff - Reading Outside the Box - at the wonderful Dr Who Experience. I think this will be a day we don't forget in a hurry - so do remember to book up (early bird booking closes on 30th September) but - we can take bookings beyond that date too! The programme is packed with excellent speakers, and I'm sure your heads will be packed full of new ideas. Read More...

Sep
22
2016
Malcolm McNeill Guest blog

SLA Reading Blog post

The Beginning Woods by Edinburgh based author Malcolm McNeill was published by Pushkin Press on 1st September - here is a guest blog Malcolm has written for SLA members. Writing from your condition vs writing to entertain The other day someone asked me what kind of books I wrote. Read More...

Sep
22
2016
Bookchat Roadshow

SLA Reading Blog post

The Bookchat Roadshow is a unique event bringing together authors, reading and creative writing experts, education specialists to speak to parents about reading and writing for pleasure. The event is non-profit, completely FREE to attend and for parents of school age children. Read More...

Sep
22
2016
Not too big, not too small; effectively matching students to the right reading material

SLA Resources Blog post

A guest blog from Sue Murray at MangoMarketing.com We all remember how, for Goldilocks, the first bowl of porridge was too hot, the second too cold but the last one was just right. Read More...

Sep
22
2016
Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation

SLA Blog post

The Marsh Children's Literature in Translation Award recognises the important role that translators play in opening up the world of literature to young readers. The award was founded to celebrate the best translation of a children's book from a foreign language into English and published in the UK. Read More...

Sep
22
2016
Job Vacancies

The Henrietta Barnett School, London - School Librarian

The Henrietta Barnett School, London - School Librarian Term Time Only (36 hours per week - 39 weeks per year) Salary: £20,000 - £24,000 full time (pro-rata £18,000 - £22,000) An exciting opportunity to run the newly-refurbished library of this prestigious girls' grammar school. The successful candidate will be responsible for the management and development of this essential school resource, and for supporting academic staff to facilitate independent study and research and to encourage reading for pleasure. Read More...

Sep
21
2016
Special member's offer on NEW magazine for 8-12's

SLA Blog post

Scoop is an exciting new monthly print magazine for children aged 8-12 launching on 22 September. Perfect for collecting, sharing and inspiring discussion and creativity, Scoop will publish ten times a year. Read More...

Sep
20
2016
Books for 8-12 review bonus

SLA Reading Blog post

Now for the books aimed at that crucial 8-12, or Middle Grade, age group which could not be squeezed into the print edition Balch,Jaylee. Tomas of Terra. Read More...

Sep
20
2016
More books for Under 8's

SLA Blog post

There are always more reviews than can be squeezed into the print edition but all the hard work by our reviewers is not wasted. So here are some extras for the Under 8's Bell, Davina and Colpoys, Allison. Read More...

Sep
19
2016
Work Smarter and Shine

Penrith, Cumbria, 18 October 2016

DON'T MISS THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE! Our course Work Smarter and Shine, run by Sarah Pavey MSc FCLIP, will be held in Penrith, Cumbria on 18 October 2016. The closing date is 3 October 2016. Bookings received by 23 September 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: secondary school library staff Read More...

Sep
19
2016
Alison Tarrant profiled for School Librarian of the Year

Our latest SLYA finalist

School Librarian of the Year Award 2016: Honour List Profile, Alison Tarrant, Cambourne Village College, Cambridgeshire Read More...

Sep
12
2016
Amy McKay

School Librarian of the Year Award 2016: Honour List Profile, Amy McKay, Corby Business Academy Read More...

Sep
9
2016
LONGLISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2017 UKLA BOOK AWARDS

SLA Blog post

BookAward Winners 2016 For the first time ever the judges for these unique book awards, which are the only awards judged by active classroom teachers, will come from Scotland, with the 56 judges spread right across the country from Aberdeen to Renfrewshire! There are 3 groups of judges for each age category and they have until the end of February to read the longlisted books, discuss them with their group leaders, and share them with pupils. All groups will then meet together for the difficult task of choosing their shortlist of 6 books in each category. Read More...

Sep
9
2016
Into Film Festival 2016

SLA Blog post

The Into Film Festival is a free and annual educational film festival which aims to help educators bring learning to life for 5-19 year-olds by inspiring them to watch, make and understand film in new and creative ways. Taking place from 9-25 November across the UK, around 450,000 young people will attend one of the 2,500+ free Festival events including: A cinema screening programme of over 150 film choices, Industry expert Q&As, Career information sessions, Filmmaking workshops, Masterclasses and Special speaker sessions. Read More...

Sep
9
2016
Friends Calendar for 2017

SLA Blog post

Children's Illustrator Calendar for 2017 in association with Farms for City Children Following on from the terrific success of the Friends Calendar last year, Peter Sheldon (ex-Peters Bookselling Service and Hon YLG member!) 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. Read More...

Sep
7
2016
BookTrust and Egmont join forces

SLA Blog post

BookTrust has partnered with Egmont, as their exclusive charity partner, in a new approach to understanding consumers and their reading habits. Egmont and BookTrust will be sharing their research until the end of 2017 to inform key projects, the first of which is 'Time to Read', a campaign which launches on Thursday 8 September. Read More...

Sep
6
2016
2 Katherine Rundell events - not to be missed!!

SLA Blog post

6:30pmThursday 8th September Katherine Rundell and Peter Bunzl in conversation with Anna James Waterstones, 24-26 High Street, Birmingham, B4 7SL https://www.waterstones. Read More...

Sep
6
2016
Cogheart out now and news from Usborne

SLA Resources Blog post

Sign up to Usborne's librarian newsletter Read More...

Sep
5
2016
Rachel Knight

School Librarian of the Year Award 2016: Honour List Profile

School Librarian of the Year Award 2016: Honour List Profile Rachel Knight Sherborne Girls, Dorset (www.sherborne. Read More...

Sep
2
2016
Job Vacancies

Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls, Herts - Library Assistant

We are seeking to appoint a Library Assistant with immediate effect to work with the Head Librarian and Assistant Librarian in our state of the art, purpose built Learning Resource Centre. The post is term time only and will attract an initial paid salary of £16,122 with the opportunity to progress on the school's salary scale. Read More...

Sep
2
2016
Job Vacancies

St Paul’s School - LIBRARIAN

LIBRARIAN Salary: c £20,000 - £22,500pa term time only (plus 2 weeks) We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed Librarian to manage, develop and promote our well used and well-resourced Library. This is an opportunity to join a school that enjoys a reputation for academic and all-round excellence. Read More...

Aug
31
2016
Sophie Chalmers

Honour List Profile

School Librarian of the Year Award 2016: Honour List Profile Sophie Chalmers Southbrook School, Exeter (www.southbrook. Read More...

Aug
31
2016
BookTrust Launches ‘In Other Words’ New Children’s Books in Translation Project

SLA Blog post

Children's reading charity BookTrust today announces a new children's books in translation initiative, called 'In Other Words', to encourage UK publishers to publish more works from around the world. BookTrust will pay for sample translations from 10 outstanding works and present them to the UK publishing community in an event at the Bologna Book Fair. Read More...

Aug
30
2016
SLARead80

Prizes announced

We are delighted that sponsors have generously offered prizes for this competition. Very many thanks to our partners MLS and National Book Tokens. Read More...

Aug
24
2016
Work Smarter and Shine

Penrith, Cumbria, 18 October 2016

Our course Work Smarter and Shine, run by Sarah Pavey MSc FCLIP, will be held in Penrith, Cumbria on 18 October 2016. The closing date is 3 October 2016. Bookings received by 23 September 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: Anyone working in a secondary school library who wants to see how they can work more effectively in their role in order to achieve more productive outcomes. Read More...

Aug
23
2016
School Librarian of the Year Award 2016

Fve exceptional librarians

It is testament to the especially high quality of nominations received this year that the Honour List for the SLA School Librarian of the Year Award 2016 is longer than usual. This year five exceptional librarians from a wide variety of schools are included - five exceptional school librarians, each of which has made a huge difference to the lives of the students and people they work with, igniting a passion for reading, setting students on a learning journey, teaching them essential skills, as well as supporting staff and reaching out to the wider community. Read More...

Aug
22
2016
Bloomsbury Education for reluctant readers

SLA Reading Blog post

Bloomsbury Education have produced a series of books to encourage and support reading practice by providing gripping, age appropriate stories for struggling and reluctant readers, those with dyslexia, or those with English as an additional language. Bloomsbury High Low books are printed on tinted paper and with a dyslexia friendly font and are produced in association with reading experts at CatchUp, a charity which aims to address underachievement caused by literacy and numeracy difficulties. Read More...

Aug
22
2016
BBC Children in Need and Lloyds Bank invite you to be a part of the Big Spotacular!

SLA Blog post

From spotty fancy dress and spotty cakes to sponsored spot challenges, get ready to show your spots and raise as much as you can to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. Designed especially for early years, primary and secondary schools, the Big Spotacular builds on last year's campaign, which proved to have a positive impact on student skill development, including teamwork, communication and confidence. Read More...

Aug
22
2016
UK team win second place in Kids Lit final!!

SLA Blog post

Many congratulations for gaining second place to Eva, Hannah, Olivia, Sophia and Librarian Rhona Clark, from Hamilton College who represented the UK in the World Final of the Kids Lit Quiz. This exciting literary competition took place in Auckland New Zealand on the 19 August. Read More...

Aug
12
2016
Significant Contribution to Scottish Children’s Literature Award announced

SLA Blog post

The Bookseller announced, on August 10, that the Scottish Book Trust has launched a new award that recognises outstanding contributions to Scottish children's literature: "The Significant Contribution to Scottish Children's Literature Award, sponsored by Browns Books for Students, will be given annually to one author or illustrator and one librarian or teacher who have had an inspiring impact on young readers in Scotland. Marc Lambert, c. Read More...

Aug
8
2016
Job Vacancies

St Paul’s School - LIBRARIAN

Salary: c £20,000 - £22,500pa term time only (plus 2 weeks) We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed Librarian to manage, develop and promote our well used and well-resourced Library. This is an opportunity to join a school that enjoys a reputation for academic and all-round excellence. Read More...

Aug
4
2016
Job Vacancies

Bradford Grammar School - Temporary Part-time Assistant Librarian

(fixed term contract to provide maternity cover) 22 hours per week during term time only Bradford Grammar School believes in providing every opportunity for its Junior and Senior pupils to embrace academic, sporting and creative excellence within an aspirational, caring environment, in which happiness is the key to an individual's success. Applications are invited from well qualified and enthusiastic candidates who ideally possess a recognised qualification in Librarianship at degree level, excellent customer service skills, and ICT competency at intermediate level. Read More...

Aug
3
2016
EXCLUSIVE CHRIS RIDDELL EVENT FOR YLG AND SLA MEMBERS

SLA Blog post

Wednesday 31st August - 7pm for a 7:30pm start. Bloomsbury publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP Join Chris Riddell, Children's Laureate and three times Carnegie Medal winner, as he talks about his work with bestselling author Neil Gaiman. Read More...

Aug
3
2016
Job Vacancies

Bristol Grammar School - Library Assistant

Location Bristol Salary £12,500 - £13,500 per annum Hours Part-time Contract type/term Permanent Summary of the role Bristol Grammar School, set in the heart of Bristol City Centre, are seeking a part-time Library Assistant to join the school's Library team. The Library is an essential part of learning and teaching at BGS, providing essential support for staff and students throughout the School day and beyond. Read More...

Aug
2
2016
SLARead80

80th Birthday Competition

To mark our birthday in 2017 we are holding a photographic competition Read80 to celebrate reading for pleasure and the impact school libraries have. We encourage you to take photographs that show people of any age celebrating the joy of reading and to submit them to our competition. Read More...

Aug
1
2016
GIVE A BOOK..Because Reading matters.

SLA Blog post

Give a Book is a UK based charity that started in 2011 with the sole aim of giving books where they will be of particular benefit. Our core belief is that to pass on a good read-to give someone a book-is a transaction of worth. Read More...

Jul
29
2016
Information books poster 2016

SLA Blog post

An eye-catching double-sided poster to publicize the 2016 Information Book Award is available now as a PDF to download and print. It will also be included in the Autumn 2016 (September) issue of The School Librarian for members. Read More...

Jul
26
2016
In conversation with Sarah Crossan

SLA Blog post

Sarah Crossan is the award-winning author of five YA books, including The Weight of Water and her latest title, One (Winner of the 2016 Carnegie Medal). Sarah has a passion for words: written and spoken; poetry and prose. Read More...

Jul
26
2016
YA Shot 2016

SLA Blog post

YA Shot is an author-run, author-led not-for profit organisation that hosts a Young Adult and Children's Literature festival to raise money and resources for a year-long programme pairing libraries and schools for free author events. YA Shot aimsâ?¯to foster a love of reading, inspire a passion for writing, and encourage aspirations to careers in the Arts. Read More...

Jul
26
2016
Frank Cottrell Boyce Proms Lecture 2016

SLA Blog post

I hope you all saw Frank Cottrell Boyce's Proms lecture reported in the Guardian last weekend - here are a few edited highlights on reading and school libraries if you missed it, plus a link to the whole lecture on the Guardian website. "I don't write to help inspire people to become writers. Read More...

Jul
26
2016
One-Day Conferences

Cardiff - November 2016

Full details, programme and booking form are all here. Join us on Monday 14th November 2016 at the inspiring and creative venue of the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay for our one-day conference Reading Outside the Box. Read More...

Jul
20
2016
Tempting new editions

SLA Reading Blog post

Normally new editions are in paperback and so ideal for refreshing your library stock, but in some anniversary cases only a luscious hardback will do and to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the terrible Battle of the Somme HarperCollins have released a stunning new edition of Private Peaceful (978 0 00 819174 0, £12.99) in gold embossed poppy red covers that are entirely fitting for a modern classic which takes the reader to the very heart of that terrible conflict. Read More...

Jul
19
2016
Pooh pips Potter to the post and voted favourite children’s book character

SLA Blog post

Winnie the Pooh has topped the list of favourite childhood book characters in a new poll, beating the popular wizard Harry Potter to the top spot. The list of favourite characters from childhood books shows Harry Potter in second place, and George from Enid Blyton's The Famous Five in third, behind the timeless Winnie the Pooh. Read More...

Jul
19
2016
Resources for the Information Book Award

Resources to help schools and groups work with Information Books

Here are some really useful resources, shared with SLA, that will enable schools and reading groups to start their work with information groups. Please adapt them for your particular circumstances but also, please credit the original source too. Read More...

Jul
19
2016
Reading Outside the Box

SLA Blog post

Join us on Monday 14th November 2016 at the inspiring and creative venue of the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay for our one-day conference Reading Outside the Box. Packed with fantastic speakers and sessions, the conference will focus on strategies and ideas around reading for pleasure and its proven wide-ranging impact on children and young people. Read More...

Jul
19
2016
Cardiff 2016

Full details and a booking form for our one-day conference to be held in Cardiff on 14th November 2016 will be available here very soon. . Read More...

Jul
15
2016
MA student needs help with short survey!

SLA Blog post

An MA student at Oxford Brookes University is conducting research into the provision of diverse books in school libraries and would like your help. If you could fill out this short survey (and share it with any friends or colleagues who might have missed it) that would be very much appreciated! http://goo. Read More...

Jul
14
2016
CLiPPA 2016 (CLPE Children’s Poetry Award)

SLA Blog post

For the first time two poets have been crowned winners of the CLiPPA 2016. Former Children's Laureate, poet, performer and broadcaster Michael Rosen wins for his collection A Great Big Cuddle, illustrated by Chris Riddell. Read More...

Jul
13
2016
12 days until the close of Comedy Classroom!!

SLA Blog post

Comedy Classroom only has 12 more days until the competition is closed. Exciting times. Read More...

Jul
11
2016
End of term round-up

SLA Blog post

Some members I know are already on summer breaks, others looking forward to one very shortly - often time to catch up on all the things there's no time to do during a busy term, or time to take a complete break and catch up on all the 'to be read' piles I imagine you all have. Here are a few things you might find interesting... Autism Friendly Libraries film for library staff across England. Read More...

Jul
6
2016
And finally...a few more reviews for 12+

SLA Reading Blog post

Angelini, Josephine.Firewalker. Read More...

Jul
6
2016
More reviews for Under 8's

SLA Reading Blog post

Andersen, Hans Christian (translated by Misha Hoekstra)The Snow Queen. Illustrated by Lucie Arnoux. Read More...

Jul
6
2016
Extra reviews for eight plus

SLA Reading Blog post

Burnell,Carrie Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella. Illustrated by Laura Anderson. Read More...

Jul
5
2016
Job Vacancies

Faringdon Community College, Oxfordshire - Assistant Librarian

Required to start in September 2016 Term Time Only, Part Time and Permanent Contract 24 hours per week, 8am - 2pm, Tues-Fri NJC Grade 6 £9,666 - £11,013 per annum, approx. Faringdon Community College is seeking an enthusiastic and resourceful assistant librarian to provide day to day support to our Librarian. Read More...

Jul
4
2016
Job Vacancies

Queenswood, Hertfordshire - Head of Library

Required for September 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter (25hrs p/w, flexible, term time only) We seek to appoint a colleague to manage and promote the library within the School to ensure all our pupils have the information, resources and advice to support their research for their academic studies. Salary in the region of £34,000 pa FTE, pro rata'd for term time and part time hours. Read More...

Jun
30
2016
Job Vacancies

TBAP multi Academy Trust - TBAP 16-19 - Lead - Library & Study Skills Support - Extended Closing Date

Lead - Library & Study Skills Support TBAP 16-19 AP Academy NJC pro-rata: SO1 - S02 [£25,607 - £29,265 p.a. Read More...

Jun
29
2016
Job Vacancies

TBAP multi Academy Trust - TBAP 16-19 - Lead - Library & Study Skills Support

Lead - Library & Study Skills Support TBAP 16-19 AP Academy NJC pro-rata: SO1 - S02 [£25,607 - £29,265 p.a. Read More...

Jun
28
2016
Job Vacancies

School Librarian

BELMONT, Mill Hill Preparatory School Co-educational I.A. Read More...

Jun
28
2016
Job Vacancies

Assistant Librarian (Term Time plus 4 weeks)

Required from 30 August 2016 or earlier Latymer Upper School is the leading, fully co-educational independent school in London We are seeking an Assistant Librarian to assist in the day-to-day running and long-term development of the library as a quality information service which supports the teaching and learning at the school. We are a lively, energetic day school with over 1100 pupils, including a Sixth Form of approximately 350 students. Read More...

Jun
28
2016
Job Vacancies

ACS International Schools - Be Part of Something Special

Assistant Librarian (Acquisitions) - October 2016 start Four schools, one world-class education Founded in 1967 to serve the needs of global and local families, ACS International Schools now educate 3,700 students, aged 2 to 18, day and boarding, representing more than 100 nationalities from local and globally mobile families. Our schools - 3 in the UK and 1 in Doha, Qatar (opened in 2011) - are all non-sectarian and co-educational. Read More...

Jun
24
2016
Summer reading poster

SLA Blog post

Check out our new poster - "Stock up on your Summer reading" available to download exclusively to SLA members. Take a look too at our full series of posters to promote your library and its resources. Read More...

Jun
23
2016
Time to catch up on new editions

SLA Reading Blog post

First we must get to the bottom of a delicious pile of paperback picturebooks. They are perfectly acceptable affordable versions for library use, when jacketed of course, and if it means more for young readers to choose from then so much the better! At this time of the year they are infuriating gardeners everywhere so Slug Needs a Hug! (Andersen, £6. Read More...

Jun
23
2016
Benefits of reading and how to encourage your child to love it

SLA Blog post

Carey Ann Dodah, Head of Curriculum at Explore Learning shares some tips for parents, inspired by their latest research, which I am sure you will want to share with your school parents! Research by tuition provider, Explore Learning has shown that the UK are a nation of books lovers. A third of the UK read for pleasure every single day, whilst 39% read on a weekly basis. Read More...

Jun
23
2016
Job Vacancies

Altrincham Grammar School for Girls , Cheshire - School Librarian

Salary scale NJC6/SO1 (points 26-28/29-31) depending on qualifications £23,166-£37,394 pro-rata (actual salary £19,837-£23,458) Full-time term time only, plus 5 days Permanent Required from September 2016 The Bright Futures Educational Trust (BFET) is a partnership of schools based in the North West. There are currently nine schools within the Trust. Read More...

Jun
22
2016
Job Vacancies

Portsmouth Grammar School - LIBRARY ASSISTANT

PART TIME, TERM TIME ONLY FROM SEPTEMBER 2016 The Portsmouth Grammar School is a leading co-educational school located in the historic heart of Portsmouth. The school is an IB World School and offers the IB Diploma alongside A Level. Read More...

Jun
22
2016
Job Vacancies

Preston Manor, London - Learning Resource Centre Manager

Required for September 2016 36 hours per week - Term time plus inset days + 1 week outside of term Salary range SO1, Spinal Point 29 - 31 (£25,694 - £27,394 pro rata) plus London Weighting (£1,830 pro rata) Preston Manor is a successful, oversubscribed, all-through Co-operative School in the highly diverse London borough of Brent. We are a large learning community with students from ages 4-19 years old and our curriculum expands across six key stages. Read More...

Jun
17
2016
Books for Father's Day

SLA Reading Blog post

Whatever we may think of these special days and the products being sold around them; in these days of proper co-parenting it is good to celebrate the nurturing side of fathers and, of course, anything which encourages the vital role model of males reading has to be a good thing. Rachel Bright's Amazing Daddy (Orchard, £6. Read More...

Jun
17
2016
Job Vacancies

Cedars Upper School, Leighton Buzzard - SCHOOL LIBRARIAN

30 Hours per week NJC Scale 4E points 25-28 £22,434 - £24,717 FTE Term Time Only + 2 Weeks September 2016 start Cedars Upper is a popular and high-performing school of 1200 students. We were graded as 'good' in all aspects by Ofsted in September 2013 and we are determined to now strive for 'outstanding'. Read More...

Jun
16
2016
Win £5,000 for your school library

SLA Blog post

Back for a third year, our friends at National Book Tokens are giving away the ultimate prize for one lucky school - £5,000 of National Book Tokens. To sweeten the deal, you'll also get £100 for yourself. Read More...

Jun
16
2016
Getting the Best Start in Life

SLA Resources Blog post

Online careers resource provides job information at the touch of a button. A free careers software is about to change the way careers guidance is carried out in schools and at home. Read More...

Jun
16
2016
Big Friendly Read

SLA Blog post

This year's Big Friendly Read Summer Reading Challenge (2016) which will run across the school summer holidays, is linking up with the global year-long Roald Dahl 100 celebrations, honouring the world's No.1 storyteller. Read More...

Jun
16
2016
Job Vacancies

Chelsea Academy - Learning Resource Centre Manager

SALARY: Scale 5 (22-25) £ 23,895-£25,875 per annum salary pro rata, 42.5 hours per week, term time only. Read More...

Jun
13
2016
The Online Librarian

Worcester, 30 November 2016

Our course The Online Librarian, run by Bev Humphrey, has been rescheduled to take place in Worcester on 30 November 2016. The closing date is 16 November 2016. Bookings received by 2 November 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: primary and secondary school library staff Read More...

Jun
13
2016
Unusual Job Opportunity - Website Content Manager for School Library Association

SLA Blog post

The School Library Association is looking to appoint a Website Content Manager to ensure that the Association's website is current, relevant and engaging for members and non-members alike. The successful applicant will have experience in school libraries and digital information management and should possess excellent written communication skills, as well as boundless enthusiasm for supporting the work of the Association. Read More...

Jun
10
2016
Job Vacancies

Colston’s School, Bristol - Senior Librarian

Colston's School is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and innovative Senior Librarian from September 2016 to lead and further develop our outstanding library provision in the Lower and Senior schools. Our school has a strong and vibrant reading culture, with regular author visits and a popular annual Reading Challenge. Read More...

Jun
10
2016
Job Vacancies

THE LONDON ORATORY SCHOOL - PART-TIME SCHOOL LIBRARIAN

Initially a one year appointment The London Oratory School is an outstanding Roman Catholic school with 1,330 pupils aged 7 to 18. The school is looking to appoint a part-time Librarian for three days per week (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) from September, initially for one year, but with the possibility of being extended. Read More...

Jun
9
2016
Adventures in the real world: factual books and reading for pleasure

SLA Blog post

19 July, 5.45-8pm, Waterstones Piccadilly, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD Children love reading about pirates, animals, robots, space, monsters. Read More...

Jun
9
2016
A "kitemark" scheme for badging school libraries

SLA Blog post

CILIP's Policy Committee will be holding two or three Policy Inquiries a year and the first Inquiry will revisit the schools agenda. The purpose of this Inquiry is to determine the value and feasibility of developing and marketing a quality mark (or "kitemark") scheme for badging secondary school libraries. Read More...

Jun
1
2016
Fantastic debut novel giveaway

SLA Reading Blog post

Penguin Random House are very excited to announce the publication of WOLF HOLLOW by US author Lauren Wolk and have 15 finished copies to give away FREE to the first SLA members to email hvenn@penguinrandomhouse.co. Read More...

May
31
2016
Children's Book Award 2016

SLA Reading Blog post

The Children's Book Award 2016 winners - chosen and voted for entirely by children - are announced in a celebratory awards ceremony at the Union Jack Club, London on 28th May. And Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham's My Head Teacher Is a Vampire Rat comes 1st! Blue Peter Best Story Award-winners Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham continue their winning streak by being named overall winners of The Children's Book Award 2016. Read More...

May
31
2016
Job Vacancies

School 21, East London - Librarian (Full-Time or Part-Time)

Dates: Apply by: Wednesday, 15th June 2016 at 5pm Likely interview date: Week commencing 20th June 2016 Job start September 2016 Salary: Competitive based on skills and experience Location: Stratford, Newham Contract type: Full-Time or Part-Time) Contract term: Permanent JOB PROFILE School 21 is a pioneering new 4 to 18 school in Stratford, East London that is developing a rich 21st century curriculum and a range of exciting pedagogies. English language and storytelling is at the heart of School 21. Read More...

May
27
2016
Booking Deadline approaching for Online Librarian Course!

SLA Blog post

Book before 1st June! The Online Librarian Technology is moving at an almost frightening pace and our students are much more up to date with it than we are in some cases. Using online media to enthuse them about reading and writing for pleasure is therefore very powerful and can be done easily and cheaply . Read More...

May
24
2016
Open Letter to Nicky Morgan MP

SLA Blog post

The School Library Association has supported everyone who works in school libraries for the last seventy nine years - and continues to do so. SLA is keen to keep open communications with government to reiterate the importance of the support of trained librarians working in schools and school libraries to support students, teachers and the wider community. Read More...

May
24
2016
Job Vacancies

Leighton Park School - Resident Graduate – Library Services

From September 2016 Leighton Park School is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, dedicated and adaptable Graduate to work alongside our Library Team. You will support the daily work, promotion and development of the Library and its services within the school, which includes the expansion of our digital resources. Read More...

May
24
2016
Downside School, Radstock -Library Assistant, Part-Time/Term Time Only - closing date tomorrow!

Downside School, Radstock -Library Assistant, Part-Time/Term Time Only

We are looking to appoint a part-time Library Assistant, who has experience in a similar educational setting or a bookshop, and who has a passion for libraries, archives and information services. The successful candidate should have the ability to work with a wide range of materials including books, journals and the internet. Read More...

May
23
2016
Job Vacancies

Newton Prep, London - PART TIME ASSISTANT LIBRARIAN

(Term time only + five days) SALARY £10,638 (actual pro rated annual salary) Newton Prep is a non-denominational co-educational preparatory school with state-of-the-art facilities located in walking distance of Battersea Park and Queenstown Road B.R. Read More...

May
23
2016
Job Vacancies

Newton Prep, London - SCHOOL LIBRARIAN

Term time only + 4 weeks SALARY £27,268-£32,020 (actual pro rated annual salary) Newton Prep is a non-denominational co-educational preparatory school with state-of-the-art facilities located in walking distance of Battersea Park and Queenstown Road B.R. Read More...

May
19
2016
WW1 and Euro 2016 Resources from Tom Palmer

SLA Reading Blog post

I am sure many of you will be familiar with Tom Palmer either as author of the Football Academy and Rugby Academy children's books series or through his work for the National Literacy trust or have been lucky enough to have an action packed visit to yoru school! He is now writing a free Somme Centenary / Euro 2016 live classroom read for the National Literacy Trust. Chapter 1 of the story is now available from here: http://www. Read More...

May
19
2016
Imagine a World Without Words

SLA Blog post

BIC is launching a national creative writing competition asking secondary school pupils to imagine 'what waking up in a world without words would be like?' Imagine waking up one day to find that everything is a little bit different. You get dressed, clean your teeth, eat a banana and leave the house, but as you do you realise that Mum's usual morning note isn't there. Read More...

May
19
2016
Job Vacancies

St Benedict’s School, London - Senior School Head Librarian

Required for August 2016 We are seeking to appoint an ambitious and forward thinking Librarian to manage the daily operation of a vibrant, learning environment used by the whole school community. Under the direction of the Deputy Head (Academic) the post holder will be expected to develop and encourage a high level of engagement with the library before, during and after school, managing the acquisition, organisation, dissemination and exploitation of resources appropriate to the learning needs of the full age and ability range with the school and in line with the school's priorities. Read More...

May
18
2016
Job Vacancies

Culcheth High School - Independent Learning Centre (Library) Manager

25 hours Mon-Fri, term time only NJC grade 6 £21,530 - £24,472 pro-rata (pay award pending) We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, experienced and proactive ILC Manager who has excellent knowledge of student literature and a passion for books. Our ILC is a place where students are encouraged to develop a love and appreciation for reading. Read More...

May
17
2016
Job Vacancies

CITY OF LONDON FREEMEN’S SCHOOL, KENT - ASSISTANT LIBRARIAN

Required for September 22 hours per week, term time only Salary £10,440 to £14,900 We are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic person to join our small team at CLFS. We have two lovely libraries on site, a Junior Library serving Years 3-8 and a Senior Library for Years 7-Sixth Form. Read More...

May
17
2016
Job Vacancies

City Heights Academy, Lambeth - Librarian

Closing date: Thursday 2nd June Start date: ASAP/September 2016 We are seeking a qualified and experienced librarian who is able to ignite the imagination of students. You will be passionate about reading and have an excellent knowledge of books for young people. Read More...

May
17
2016
The Online Librarian

Worcester, 15 June 2016

Our course The Online Librarian, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held in Worcester WR1 2LH on 15 June 2016. The closing date is 27 May 2016. Bookings received by 18 May 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount. Payment is not needed by the discount deadline to qualify as long as an official order has been submitted. Key Audience: primary and secondary school library staff Read More...

May
12
2016
Job Vacancies

Thomas Tallis School - School Librarian

Position: School Librarian School: Thomas Tallis School Start Date: September 2016 or sooner Salary: APTEC Scale 5 Point 22-25 (30 hours per week 8.30 am - 3. Read More...

May
11
2016
Great Library .... but where are the children?

Cambridge, 8 June 2016

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING!! Our course Great Library .... but where are the children?, run by Susan Staniforth, will be held in Cambridge CB2 3QD on 8 June 2016. The closing date is 20 May 2016. Bookings received by 13 May 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount. Payment is not required by the discount deadline as long as an official order has been submitted. Key Audience: KS2 and secondary school library staff Read More...

May
6
2016
First Story writers-in-residence for your school!

SLA Blog post

Inspire your students to write and build their confidence with First Story. First Story is a national charity dedicated to reducing the gaps in literacy and attainment through creative writing, and they have places available on their residency programme for 2016-17. Read More...

May
5
2016
Reading Levels, Attainment 8 and GSCEs - the library's critical place

Crayford, Kent, 25 May 2016

DISCOUNT DEADLINE DATE EXTENDED TO 11TH MAY! Our course Reading Levels, Attainment 8 and GSCEs - the library's critical place, run by Angie Curran, will be held in Crayford, Kent on 25 May 2016. The closing date is 11 May 2016. It has been bought to our attention that the early booking discount deadline for this course was unobtainable in some cases due to the delay in schools releasing their budgets. A £15 discount will therefore be applied to all bookings received by 11 May 2016. Payment is not required to qualify for the discounted rate as long as an official order has been received. Key Audience: Secondary school library staff Read More...

May
5
2016
Last few places for SLA weekend course!

SLA Blog post

There are still a few places left for our weekend course. Have a look at the exciting programme www. Read More...

May
4
2016
Job Vacancies

Downside School, Bath -Library Assistant, Part-Time/Term Time Only

We are looking to appoint a part-time Library Assistant, who has experience in a similar educational setting or a bookshop, and who has a passion for libraries, archives and information services. The successful candidate should have the ability to work with a wide range of materials including books, journals and the internet. Read More...

Apr
28
2016
Job Vacancies

King's School, Bruton, Somerset - Librarian

King's School, Bruton, an independent boarding and day school, is looking to recruit an experienced Librarian to start in September 2016. This is an important role within the School, providing support to both pupils and staff in the dedicated Library & Learning Centre. Read More...

Apr
27
2016
Reading Levels, Attainment 8 and GSCEs - the library's critical place

Crayford, Kent, 25 May 2016

DON'T MISS THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE! Our course Reading Levels, Attainment 8 and GSCEs - the library's critical place, run by Angie Curran, will be held in Crayford, Kent on 25 May 2016. The closing date is 11 May 2016. Bookings received by 29 April 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: Secondary school library staff Read More...

Apr
27
2016
FREE place for librarian accompanying teacher on course!

SLA Blog post

KS3 Literature for Today's World: Building in Challenge and Diversity What will the course cover? An overview of literature for young people from round the world - novels and poetry. Embedding challenging, diverse texts into your curriculum. Read More...

Apr
25
2016
Job Vacancies

King Edward VI High School for Girls, Birmingham - School Librarian (maternity cover)

We are seeking an enthusiastic and professional School Librarian (6 months maternity cover). The successful candidate will promote the Library's resources and support a love of reading and literacy in all girls in this academically selective school. Read More...

Apr
22
2016
Job Vacancies

HABERDASHERS ASKES SCHOOL - SENIOR LIBRARIAN

We are seeking to appoint an inspirational, experienced and well-qualified Librarian to head our new state of the art, purpose built Learning Resource Centre with effect from 1st September 2016. The new Librarian will have head of department status and line-manage an Assistant Librarian and a Library Assistant. Read More...

Apr
21
2016
Information Book Award 2016

Shortlist Titles 2016

The School Library Association is pleased to announce the short list for each age category as follows: Under 7 The Usborne Big Book of Colours by Felicity Brooks et al, illustrated by Sophia Touliatou. Usborne ISBN 9781409582472 This book examines colours not only from the artist's perspective but also covers quirky information and metaphorical usage. Read More...

Apr
21
2016
Information Book Award

Shortlist 2016

We are delighted to announce the Shortlist of the 2016 Information Book Award, sponsored by Hachette Children's Group. The Chair of Judges, Chris Brown said "Each year the task gets more difficult for the judging panel simply because year on year we seem to be receiving more and more brilliant books. Read More...

Apr
20
2016
The National Young Writers’ Awards!

SLA Blog post

Calling children of the UK! It's time to get creative and put pen to paper because the National Young Writers' Awards have returned! Judged by best-selling author, Lauren Child and organised by popular tuition provider, Explore Learning, the theme this year is 'The Mash-Up' where children are encouraged to write a 500 word story that is a 'mash-up' of two genres. This could see a spaceman rocketed to Roman times, an alien landing in the lost city of Atlantis, a Victorian gentleman trekking the outback or your favourite fairy-tale character taking on blood-thirsty zombies - just let your imagination go wild! It is the eighth year of the FREE national competition with children battling it out to win the coveted prize of an amazing trip to Disneyland Paris for them and their family - and £500 worth of books for their school! And this year's judge will be none other than multi-award winning, bestselling writer and artist, Lauren Child. Read More...

Apr
14
2016
Announcements for the Weekend Course in June 2016

SLA Blog post

There have been a few changes for our Weekend Course at Tortworth Park in June. The latest one is that we have the wonderful S. Read More...

Apr
14
2016
Shakespeare Birthday 2016

SLA Blog post

On 23 April 2016 the world commemorates 400 years of Shakespeare - check out the SLA Shakespeare booklist featuring stories based on the plays, novels in which he makes an appearance and information about his life and times. Plus links to the 2016 special events. Read More...

Apr
11
2016
National Young Writers' Awards

SLA Resources Blog post

National Young Writers' Awards - a fantastic, free writing competition for children across the UK, judged by best-selling author of the Charlie & Lola, Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort books, Lauren Child and organised by tuition provider, Explore Learning. There's a wonderful prize of a family trip to Disneyland Paris and £500 worth of books for their school up for grabs . Read More...

Apr
11
2016
OUP Invitation

SLA Blog post

SLA members are invited to the Oxford Children's Spring Picture Book Party at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, London on 27th April at 6.30 pm. Read More...

Apr
11
2016
Inspiration Award Entries Invited

Apply for the 2017 Inspiration Award

The next SLA Inspiration Award will be presented in 2017. Entries will open on Monday 11 April 2016 and close on Friday 10 February 2017. Read More...

Apr
8
2016
New Discover series from Frances Lincoln launches today

SLA Reading Blog post

On Friday 8th April Frances Lincoln Children's Books launch the Discover series - books that bring an ancient culture to life with witty and fact-filled cartoons. The comic book style layout of the Discover books offer a fresh and accessible entry point to core educational topics. Read More...

Apr
7
2016
Win a set of the 6 books that launch Otter-Barry Books

SLA Reading Blog post

An exciting new children's imprint aiming to make a difference, push boundaries and publish books that children - and librarians - will love, launches in May. Janetta Otter-Barry played a key role in the setting up of the award-winning children's list at Frances Lincoln, specialising in cultural diversity and inclusion, working with many of the top names in children's books. Read More...

Apr
7
2016
ATL Union says Stop Shutting Libraries! And we are there to support them.

SLA Blog post

Tuesday and Wednesday were spent at the ACC exhibition centre in Liverpool as guests of the trade union ATL, along with colleagues from CILIP School Libraries Group. We were all there to provide background information and support the motion put forward by Derby and Derbyshire branch. Read More...

Apr
5
2016
Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means

Warwick, 21 April 2016

Our course Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held in Warwick on 21 April 2016. The closing date has been extended to 11 April 2016. Payment is not required by the course date as long as an official order has been received. Key Audience: primary and secondary school staff (not necessarily using Accelerated Reader as this will only be one session). Testimonial from previous session - Wow! Above and beyond! Thank you! Read More...

Apr
4
2016
Job Vacancies

Librarian for Stewarts Melville College

STEWART'S MELVILLE COLLEGE LIBRARIAN We require a Chartered Professional Librarian, with excellent ICT skills, the vision and enthusiasm to continue the development of our school library, and as a key contributor to our school community, from 1 August 2016. The salary will be in the range of £29,500 to £35,500, dependent upon qualifications and experience. Read More...

Mar
31
2016
Job Vacancies

Library Assistant at Ark Academy

Ark Academy is as an all-through school based in state-of-the-art accommodation in Brent, set against the backdrop of the iconic Wembley Stadium. The school opened to reception pupils in September 2008 and then to year 7 in September 2010 when the brand new, all-through, academy was founded and the new buildings were completed. Read More...

Mar
24
2016
Win a beautiful set of Collins Modern Classics to share with a new generation of readers

SLA Reading Blog post

With the Easter holidays here or approaching you may all have more time to put your thinking caps on and enter this brilliant competition from HarperCollins! " This year, HarperCollins is republishing a whole host of timeless classics for a new generation of readers to enjoy! From the strict-but-fair Mary Poppins to the unforgettable story of Street Child that inspired Dr Bernardo to found his famous children's homes, we've got an esteemed list of beloved stories that we'd like to bring to a generation of younger readers to treasure and enjoy. The Collins Modern Classics publishing in 2016 include the following: · Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh · The Tree that Sat Down by Beverley Nichols · The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks · Mary Poppins by P. Read More...

Mar
23
2016
Can You Be a Superhero?

SLA Blog post

Do you love children's books? Keen to raise money for charity? Enjoy a gentle jog round the park? If the answer to all these questions is YES, then we, at Simon & Schuster, need you! This May celebrates the publication of children's debut The Bubble Boy, a beautiful story about a boy who looks - with superhero-style bravery, curiosity and hope - to a future without limits.As part of the campaign, we're teaming up with charities Starlightand I Am Super capes to raise awareness of children such as Joe Grant, The Bubble Boy's main protagonist, who is unable to leave his hospital room and experience the beauty of the outside world. Read More...

Mar
23
2016
Job Vacancies

King's School, Bruton, Somerset - Librarian

King's School, Bruton, an independent boarding and day school, is looking to recruit an experienced Librarian to start in September 2016. This is an important role within the School, providing support to both pupils and staff in the dedicated Library & Learning Centre. Read More...

Mar
23
2016
Over 200 pupils from all over London and South East attend Trinity Schools Book Awards

SLA Reading Blog post

Authors Paul Dowswell, Philip Reeve, Matt Dickinson with Trinity pupils and Ms Kate Parlain, Trinity librarian. Over 200 pupils from all over London and the South East assembled at Trinity School (Croydon) for a major book award ceremony on the theme of Voyages and Journeys. Read More...

Mar
23
2016
The Lollies - are you taking part?

SLA Resources Blog post

Shortlists Best Laugh Out Loud Picture Book Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor and Jean Jullien Slug Needs a Hug by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross Gracie Grabbit and the Tiger by Helen Stephens I Need a Wee! by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 6-8 year olds Badly Drawn Beth by Jem Packer and Duncan McCoshan Wilf the Mighty Worrier: Saves the World by Georgia Pritchett and Jamie Littler The Jolley-Rogers and the Cave of Doom by Jonny Duddle Thorfinn the Nicest Viking and the Awful Invasion by David MacPhail and Richard Morgan Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 9-13 year olds. Danger is Still Everywhere: Beware of the Dog by David O'Doherty and Chris Judge Petunia Perry and the Curse of the Ugly Pigeon by Pamela Butchart and Gemma Correll Emily Sparkes and the Friendship Fiasco by Ruth Fitzgerald The Parent Agency by David Baddiel and Jim Field Scholastic now invites all schools to get involved and vote. Read More...

Mar
23
2016
Elmer Day

SLA Reading Blog post

Saturday 28th May 2016 will be the first ever Elmer Day and you will want to be part of it! Sign up to hold an Elmer Day event in your library and Andersen Press send you an event pack with everything you need. Watch the trailer here: https://www. Read More...

Mar
22
2016
Shortlists,shortlists and more shortlists

SLA Reading Blog post

What an exciting time in the world of children's literature with no less than three national awards announcing their shortlists in the past ten days or so.The YA Book Prize kicked it off on the 10th March followed by the biggest of them all: the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals announcing on the 15th and finally the "Teacher's Carnegie", the UKLA Book Awards, on the 21st! And the really exciting thing is that Frances Hardinge, winner of the overall Costa Book of the Year for The Lie Tree, is up for all of them! The YA Book Prize, awarded by trade journal The Bookseller, is only in its second year but already getting a lot of attention,especially on Twitter! Last year's winner, Louise O'Neill, is shortlisted for her latest book Asking For It, but she faces tough competition for the £2000 prize from Frances and other big names like Patrick Ness, Sarah Crossan, William Sutcliffe and Jenny Downham amongst the ten strong shortlist. Read More...

Mar
22
2016
Siobhan Dowd Trust Competition 2016

SLA Resources Blog post

The Siobhan Dowd Trust was set up by the author Siobhan Dowd to use the income from her work to bring stories to the children that need them most. The Trust have funded many small projects throughout the UK and love to get books into the hands of young readers. Read More...

Mar
22
2016
Reading Outcomes Framework and Evaluation Toolkit

SLA Blog post

The national charity The Reading Agency are running a collaborative project to develop a reading outcomes framework and evaluation toolkit. The aim is to improve the measurement of the impact of reading for pleasure and empowerment. Read More...

Mar
22
2016
Posters

Latest Addition

Check out our new poster - "Stock up on your Spring reading" available to download exclusively to SLA members. Read More...

Mar
22
2016
Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means

Warwick, 21 April 2016

Book before 24th March to qualify for £15 early booking discount! Our course Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held in Warwick CV34 5LT on 21 April 2016. The closing date is 7 April 2016. Bookings received by 24 March 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: primary and secondary school staff (not necessarily using Accelerated Reader as this will only be one session). Read More...

Mar
18
2016
Job Vacancies

University College School, London - HEAD OF LIBRARY

Required as soon as possible We are looking for a dynamic Head of Library to take responsibility for the leadership, management and development of the Enav Library and the UCS archives. UCS is a leading academic school with a distinctive ethos and an enviable reputation for pastoral work as well as for sport, music, drama and other extra-curricular activities. Read More...

Mar
16
2016
Isaac and his amazing Asperger Superpowers!

SLA Blog post

In the first ever Autism Awareness Week for schools, what better time to publish a brilliant and very special new picturebook to help improve understanding of the condition. Author Melanie Walsh explained why she wanted to write the book and her struggle to find a publisher and to get it just right. Read More...

Mar
14
2016
TWO REGIONAL ORGANISERS SOUGHT for Kids Lit Quiz UK

SLA Blog post

Looking to develop your CV and develop contact with like minded librarian colleagues across the UK? - Then look no further! The Trustees of the Kids' Lit Quiz UK are looking for two voluntary Regional Organisers for the coming year and beyond. Yorkshire We are sad to say goodbye to Lisa Bryden who has been our Regional Organiser in the Yorkshire area for the past two years. Read More...

Mar
14
2016
2016 UK School Library Survey

SLA Blog post

Don't miss out on the chance to make your voice heard with the 2016 UK School Library Survey from Softlink. The UK School Library Survey from Softlink is used to identify trends and examine issues in UK school libraries. Read More...

Mar
11
2016
Pupil Library Assistant of the Year 2016

Congratulations to the Winner

Congratulations to the winner of the Pupil Library Assistant of the Year 2016 - Dielleza Brava. At a prestigious central London ceremony, the fifteen-year-old Lewisham student received her prizes and praise from the current Children's Laureate Chris Riddell in front of a packed audience made up of parents, teachers, authors and representatives of CILIP and the School Library Association, and publishers responsible for sponsoring the scheme. Read More...

Mar
10
2016
Job Vacancies

St. Joseph’s Institution International (SJII) Malaysia - Librarian

St. Joseph's Institution International (SJII) Malaysia is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, experienced and proactive Librarian who has excellent knowledge of student's literature and all aspects of managing a school library. Read More...

Mar
9
2016
Job Vacancies

Walhampton School, Hampshire - Librarian and Learning Resources Manager

Required for September 2016 Walhampton is an independent preparatory day and boarding school for 370 boys and girls aged 3-13. The school lies in beautiful ancient woodland on the southern edge of the New Forest near Lymington in Hampshire. Read More...

Mar
9
2016
Job Vacancies

IPSWICH SCHOOL - LIBRARIAN

Senior School Librarian required as soon as possible. The Librarian will be responsible for the management and development of the Library, supporting teaching and learning by ensuring all pupils and staff have access to a broad and relevant range of reading matter, reference materials, research tools and information. Read More...

Mar
8
2016
Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means

Warwick, 21 April 2016

Our course Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held in Warwick on 21 April 2016. The closing date is 7 April 2016. Bookings received by 24 March 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: primary and secondary school staff (not necessarily using Accelerated Reader as this will only be one session) Read More...

Mar
4
2016
Job Vacancies

The British School of Brussels - Teacher Librarian – Primary

Start date August 2016 BSB is an independent, fee-paying international school with 1,350 students from approximately 70 countries.Students follow a British-based curriculum up to age 16. Read More...

Mar
3
2016
Job Vacancies

Kew House School - Learning Resources Manager

August or September 2016 Kew House School opened with 60 students in September 2013 and already has over 280 today. The school will grow to full capacity over the next 5 or 6 years with circa 550+ students aged 11-18. Read More...

Mar
2
2016
Job Vacancies

St George’s School for Girls, Edinburgh - SENIOR LIBRARIAN

We require from the autumn term 2016 (22 August 2016), or earlier by negotiation A PERMANENT FULL-TIME SCHOOL SENIOR LIBRARIAN 8.00-5. Read More...

Mar
1
2016
There is a Better Way. Information Literacy - Skills to Empower

Lincoln, 11 May 2016

COURSE POSTPONED Our There is a Better Way. Information Literacy - Skills to Empower which was due to be held at Bishop Grosseteste University on 8th March has been postponed until 11th May 2016. We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment caused. The closing date is 27 April 2016. Bookings received by 13 April 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: Secondary school librarians / library staff / teachers with a responsibility for learning skills Read More...

Mar
1
2016
Information Book Award 2016 Longlist Announced

SLA Blog post

The SLA Information Book Award received a wide range of submissions for consideration for the 2016 award. The submissions have been judged and the School Library Association is pleased to announce the long list for each age category. Read More...

Mar
1
2016
Ross Montgomery competition reminder

SLA Blog post

On the eve of publication day for the lovely Perijee & Me by author Ross Montgomery, a reminder that there is still time to enter the competition to win a FREE author visit for your school.The new copy of The School Librarian features a review of Perijee & Me, which tells the story of Caitlin and the strange little creature she's convinced must be from outer space, calling it: . Read More...

Feb
27
2016
Great new editions, re-issues and paperbacks

SLA Reading Blog post

I think it is a very positive sign of the healthy children's publishing market and the triumph of the beautiful physical book, that there is a constant stream of new editions to attract new generations of readers. Sometimes these are to celebrate anniversaries and who does not like a celebration? The wonderful Five Minute's Peace by Jill Murphy (Walker,£6. Read More...

Feb
26
2016
Job Vacancies

Henbury School, Bristol - SCHOOL LIBRARIAN/LIBRARY MANAGER

37 hours per week, term time only plus 5 Inset days & 5 days Actual salary range, according to experience £19,766 - £26,303 From 11 April, an opportunity has arisen for a qualified Librarian to manage our busy Library as a learning resource centre for the school, to support the whole school curriculum. We are preferably looking for a colleague with at least three years' experience, but applications from newly qualified Librarians with Library Assistant experience will be welcomed. Read More...

Feb
25
2016
Members' and Librarians' Days

Reading for Pleasure

Places are still available on the SLA Librarians' Day at Browns Books for Student, Preston. Wednesday 9th March 2016 - 09.45 to 14.00. The theme for the day is Reading for Pleasure. The morning will include talks from Jarvis (Author/Illustrator of Lazy Dave and Alan's Big, Scary Teeth) and Caroline Lawrence (Author of The Roman Mysteries and The PK Pinkerton Mysteries). Cost - £15 (excluding VAT) including lunch. During the afternoon there will be a book signing session, the opportunity to browse and buy in Browns' fabulous showroom (25% discount will be applied to orders for books placed on the day) and a prize draw. Read More...

Feb
23
2016
Great new editions, re-issues and paperbacks

SLA Reading Blog post

I think it is a very positive sign of the healthy children's publishing market and the triumph of the beautiful physical book, that there is a constant stream of new editions to attract new generations of readers. Sometimes these are to celebrate anniversaries and who does not like a celebration? The wonderful Five Minute's Peace by Jill Murphy (Walker,£6. Read More...

Feb
23
2016
The Online Librarian

Penrith, Cumbria, 15 March 2016

Reserve your place today and beat the early booking discount deadline! Our course The Online Librarian, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held in Penrith, Cumbria on 15 March 2016. The closing date is 29 February 2016. Bookings received today will be eligible for a £15 discount. Payment is not needed to qualify for the discounted rate as long as an official order has been received. Key Audience: primary and secondary school library staff Read More...

Feb
22
2016
Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means

Bristol, 10 March 2016

Our course Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held in Bristol on 10 March 2016. The closing date is 25 February 2016. Key Audience: primary and secondary school staff (not necessarily using Accelerated Reader as this will only be one session) Read More...

Feb
22
2016
Under 8 review bonus

SLA Reading Blog post

Your final selection of bonus reviews is for the Under 8's. It is, of course, vital to get them hooked into reading for pleasure by the time they are eight and there are some fun and informative books here to try. Read More...

Feb
21
2016
Extra reviews for 12-16

SLA Reading Blog post

Now for some bonus reviews for the 12 -16 section Bright, Jess. Sister, Sister. Read More...

Feb
19
2016
Job Vacancies

Kew House School - Learning Resources Manager

March 2016 Kew House School opened with 60 students in September 2013 and already has over 280 today. The school will grow to full capacity over the next 5 or 6 years with circa 550+ students aged 11-18. Read More...

Feb
17
2016
Review bonus

SLA Reading Blog post

Slightly later than scheduled we have some bonus extra reviews for you, starting with the all important 8-12 age group. We are in the lucky situation of having an embarrasment of riches in our body of estimable reviewers and a never ending supply of books to review. Read More...

Feb
17
2016
CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway longlists announced

SLA Reading Blog post

Just in case you missed the news trending on Twitter yesterday, the longlists for the oldest and most prestigious children's book awards have now been announced! http://www.carnegiegreenaway. Read More...

Feb
16
2016
Job Vacancies

British School in Jakarta - Head of Libraries

The British School in Jakarta.(BSJ) is an HMC Co-educational Day School of 1,400 pupils and is recognised as a world leader in the education of children from Foundation Stage to the International Baccalaureate. Read More...

Feb
16
2016
Job Vacancies

St Hugh's School, Oxfordshire - Librarian

Required for April/September 2016 Applications are invited for a professional, full time Head of Library. It may also be possible for the role to be split between two part-time librarians. Read More...

Feb
15
2016
Celebrate Shakespeare Week

SLA Reading Blog post

Celebrate Shakespeare Week Get ready for Shakespeare Week 14 - 20 March 2016 when primary children all around the country will be celebrating Shakespeare's life, world and plays. Join in the celebrations at www. Read More...

Feb
15
2016
Melinda Salisbury's library blog and giveaway

SLA Blog post

Scholastic author Melinda, who has just published the second book, The Sleeping Prince, in her planned trilogy, is a passionate supporter of school libraries as you can read for yourself in this exclusive blog: "I can still remember the first book I ever took out of the school library. I wasn't a very popular child; a combination of being a know-it-all teacher's pet, and also not having the 'right' clothes, bag or pencil case, meant I spent a lot of time on my own at school. Read More...

Feb
12
2016
UKLA invites submitions for the Our Class Loves This Book Award: The John Downing Award 2016, sponsored by Just Imagine.

SLA Reading Blog post

The United Kingdom Literacy Association is calling for submissions for this year's Our Class Love This Book: The John Downing Award 2016. Using books shortlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2015, this award encourages teachers to explore a book in detail, by not only looking at the author and the text, but also immersing their classes into worlds of possibility thinking. Read More...

Feb
12
2016
ReadingZone World Book Day Picture Book Competition 2016

SLA Resources Blog post

Children and young people aged four to 18 years are being challenged to make their own picture book on and around World Book Day with the launch of the ReadingZone WBD Picture Book Competition 2016. The competition is running in homes, schools and libraries until Friday 22nd April and the winners will be announced in June 2016. Read More...

Feb
12
2016
Roald Dahl Day 2016

SLA Resources Blog post

2016 marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl - the world's number one storyteller. Throughout 2016, there will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100, focusing on Roald Dahl's gloriumptious stories and characters and delivering a year packed with squiffling surprises and treats for everyone. Read More...

Feb
12
2016
Welcome to the SLA Website

Board Voting 2016

Register your votes here - www.sla. Read More...

Feb
12
2016
Board Voting Opens today

SLA Blog post

The elections for Board members to serve for 2016-2019 are now open. We have four vacancies with eight candidates standing. Read More...

Feb
11
2016
Reading for Pleasure - for Everyone!

Weybridge, Surrey, 16 March 2016

Our course Reading for Pleasure - for Everyone!, run by Alec Williams, will be held in Weybridge, Surrey on 16 March 2016. The closing date is 2 March 2016. Bookings received by 22 February 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: Primary school staff with responsibility for the school library and/or Literacy Read More...

Feb
11
2016
Members' and Librarians' Days

Reading for Pleasure

SLA Librarians' Day at Browns Books for Students, Preston - Wednesday 9th March 2016 starting at 09.45. The theme for this event, which will include authors sessions from Jarvis and Caroline Lawrence, is Reading for Pleasure. There will be a 'meet the publishers' session, book signing opportunities, showroom browsing and a prize draw. The attendance fee is just £15 including lunch and Browns are offering delegates 25% discount on book orders placed on the day. The day will also provide primary and secondary school library staff/library coordinators with a wonderful opportunity to network and fact find so why not come along and join in the fun! Read More...

Feb
9
2016
Laugh Out Loud Book Awards

SLA Blog post

Scholastic have launched a new book award for funny books that literally make kids 'laugh out loud'. The Laugh OUt Loud Awards aka the Lollies, are made up of three categories; Best Laugh Out Loud ook for 6 - 8 year olds, est Laugh Out Loud Book for 9 - 13 year olds and Best Laugh OUt Loud Picture Book. Read More...

Feb
9
2016
Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means

Bristol, 10 March 2016

DON'T MISS THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE! Our course Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held in Bristol on 10 March 2016. The closing date is 25 February 2016. Bookings received by 11 February 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: primary and secondary school staff (not necessarily using Accelerated Reader as this will only be one session) Read More...

Feb
8
2016
There is a Better Way. Information Literacy - Skills to Empower

Lincoln, 8 March 2016

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE EXTENDED! Our course There is a Better Way. Information Literacy - Skills to Empower, run by Lin Smith, will be held in Lincoln LN1 3DY on 8 March 2016. The closing date is 23 February 2016. Bookings received by 12 February 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: Secondary school librarians / library staff / teachers with a responsibility for learning skills Read More...

Feb
1
2016
Welcome to the SLA Website

Renewal Invoices 2016 - Urgent information

A small number of schools have been issued with two renewal invoices via email. Please accept our sincere apologies for this inconvenience - a glitch resulting from the installation of our new database. Read More...

Feb
1
2016
Show your stripes and be a Wally for literacy!

SLA Reading Blog post

It is that time of year again when you can get fit, have fun and raise money for a cause close to all librarian hearts! Sign up for the National Literacy Trust's Where's Wally? Fun Run to give a child a route out of poverty. Show your stripes and join the run on Clapham Common, London on Sunday 20 March. Read More...

Feb
1
2016
Writing Digital Decisions - a blog post by Amy Icke

SLA Blog post

Writing my SLA publication began back in June 2013 when serendipitously Geoff Dubber got in touch with Linda Kelley, Chair of SLA London, about our local SLA meeting which I was leading. I had been invited to talk about the research I was carrying out as part of my MA in Library and Information Studies on using e-resources in secondary school libraries. Read More...

Jan
29
2016
Nine Posters from the SLA

SLA Blog post

National Libraries Day will be back on 6 February 2016, celebrating libraries, library staff and their communities all over the UK. To help you promote your library we have nine super posters to download. Read More...

Jan
28
2016
Free eight week subscription to five copies of the Week Junior

SLA Blog post

Don't miss out on the great teaching benefits of new current affairs magazine The Week Junior, a rich source of relevant, cross-curricular material for use in the library, classroom, tutor time or for homework. Keep 8-11 year old pupils up to date with the latest news, inspire their love of reading and writing, and make use of the regular magazine features such as 'Around the world', 'The big debate', and 'Science and Technology' for learning across all subject areas. Read More...

Jan
28
2016
Teaching Literacy Through Film

SLA Blog post

Teaching Literacy Through Film- is a free online CPD course to help you discover new practical ways to use film to engage and inspire young people, improving their progress and attainment in both reading and writing. Launched by the BFI and Into Film the course is delivered entirely online, enabling you to independently organise study time to suit your personal schedule. Read More...

Jan
27
2016
FREE poster for school libraries

SLA Blog post

School Librarians can request a free series poster for the Edge of Nowhere novels, the first young adult series by Elizabeth George - global bestselling author of the Inspector Linley mystery novels. To request a poster, email naomi. Read More...

Jan
27
2016
There is a Better Way. Information Literacy - Skills to Empower

Lincoln, 8 March 2016

Our course There is a Better Way. Information Literacy - Skills to Empower, run by Lin Smith, will be held in Lincoln LN1 3DY on 8 March 2016. The closing date is 23 February 2016. Bookings received by 9 February 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: Secondary school librarians / library staff / teachers with a responsibility for learning skills Read More...

Jan
26
2016
Calling all Diary of a Pig Fans!

SLA Reading Blog post

Scholastic are celebrating the publication, on 4th February, of the third instalment of the much- loved and critically acclaimed Pig Diaries, by Emer Stamp, with a great giveaway for SLA members. The Seriously Extra Ordinary Diary of Pig sees Pig and his friends safely back on their Farm. Read More...

Jan
26
2016
Digital Decisions book from SLA

SLA Blog post

The SLA has just published Digital Decisions: Selecting and Using e-resources in the Secondary School Library by Amy Icke. All secondary school librarians use e-resources as part of their everyday work, but - what's your vision? what do your selection criteria look like? Do you use freeware and subscription materials? How do you encourage your teaching colleagues and students to use them effectively? Here is a Guideline by a librarian, awarded the 2015 UKeig Early Career Award, who has focused on these issues for her MA dissertation - she shares her thoughts with us and usefully includes appendices to help with an audit, a purchase checklist, guidance on establishing an IT steering group and a resource guide. Read More...

Jan
25
2016
New Beyond Beanbags book from the SLA

SLA Blog post

Secondary school libraries need to be flexible, inspirational and above all, fit for purpose. Library use is rapidly changing and building design, layout, furnishings and fittings must change too. Read More...

Jan
22
2016
New picture book award announced today

SLA Blog post

Esteemed publisher Klaus Flugge has today been honoured by having a new picture book award named after him, the Klaus Flugge Prize for the Most Exciting Newcomer to Picture Book Illustration. Klaus is the founder of Andersen Press which this year celebrates its fortieth anniversary and he is a vocal supporter of libraries. Read More...

Jan
22
2016
CILIP ILG Resource Sheets

SLA Resources Blog post

The CILIP Information Literacy Group is delighted to announce the launch of a range of resource sheets, in support of the TeenTech initiative. Pupils taking part in the competition can use these ten resource sheets to help them with the research process and developing their innovations. Read More...

Jan
22
2016
Free Competitions

SLA Resources Blog post

Two free competitions the National Literacy Trust is currently running for schools. Both competitions close on 18 March. Read More...

Jan
21
2016
Win an author visit from Ross Montgomery

SLA Reading Blog post

Would you like to win a school visit from Ross Montgomery? In his latest book Perijee & Me, Caitlin discovers Perijee, a strange little creature she's convinced must be from outer space. But everything goes wrong when she introduces him to other people. Read More...

Jan
21
2016
Vote for Your favourite Harry Potter Spell

SLA Reading Blog post

As part of the celebrations for Harry Potter Book Night: A Night of Spells, Bloomsbury Children's Books is launching the first official global search to find the world's favourite spell from the Harry Potter books. The hundreds of amazing spells created by J. Read More...

Jan
21
2016
Job Vacancies

Cokethorpe School, Witney, Oxon - Librarian

Required as soon as possible Cokethorpe School is an independent HMC day school for 660 boys and girls, set in beautiful parkland near Witney, in Oxfordshire. An exciting opportunity has arisen for a qualified Librarian who will develop and promote the Library and facilitate independent learning and a love of reading. Read More...

Jan
20
2016
Job Vacancies

LITTLEGARTH SCHOOL ESSEX - SCHOOL LIBRARIAN (Part Time 0.5 FTE)

Required for April 2016 We are seeking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced Librarian to organise and run our School Library and to support the teaching staff in further developing learning skills. An exciting new build scheduled to start this year will mean that the successful candidate will also be involved in the creation and development of innovative new library facilities. Read More...

Jan
20
2016
Don't forget to nominate

SLA Blog post

There is still time to submit your nomination for the School Librarian of the Year Award 2016. Do consider nominating a school librarian (primary or secondary) who deserves to be recognised for their outstanding work in making the library the heart of the school. Read More...

Jan
18
2016
There is a Better Way. Information Literacy - Skills to Empower

London, 23 February 2016

Due to demand we have arranged for a second session of our There is a Better Way. Information Literacy - Skills to Empower course to take place in London. The event will be at Friends House (NW1 2BJ) on 23 February 2016. The closing date is 9 February 2016. Bookings received by 26 January 2016 are eligible for a discount. Key Audience: Secondary school librarians / library staff / teachers with a responsibility for learning skills Read More...

Jan
18
2016
Members' and Librarians' Days

Reading for Pleasure

BOOK NOW! SLA Librarians' Day - Reading for Pleasure - Wednesday 9 March 2016 Speakers include Jarvis (Author/Illustrator of Lazy Dave and Alan's Big, Scary Teeth) and Caroline Lawrence (Author of The Roman Mysteries and The PK Pinkerton Mysteries series). There will be a book signing session, a prize draw and the opportunity to browse and buy in Browns' fabulous showroom. A discount of 25% will be applied to all orders for books placed on the day. Read More...

Jan
15
2016
Job Vacancies

The King’s (The Cathedral) School, Peterborough - Head of Library Resource Centre

Required for April 2016 Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced candidates for this important role within our School. Qualifications to degree level will be essential along with a library qualification. Read More...

Jan
14
2016
IT'S THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BETJEMAN POETRY PRIZE!

SLA Blog post

Are you aged 10-13? Write a poem on the theme of 'place' and enter by post or online. Deadline is 31st July 2016. Read More...

Jan
12
2016
Nominate your star librarian

SLA Blog post

Nominations for School Librarian of the Year 2016 close on 22 January, so you still have time to recommend a colleague or friend for this prestigious award. We are looking for librarians in primary or secondary schools who really enhance what their school offers to students. Read More...

Jan
12
2016
Job Vacancies

Sidcot School, North Somerset - School Librarian

Summary Job Description: We are seeking to appoint a School Librarian. This is a 'full time during term time' post with some holiday work as necessary, usually in the first and last weeks of the school summer holidays. Read More...

Jan
12
2016
Reading for Pleasure: edgy, cool, or just boring? Make it infectious and survive

Stafford, Staffordshire, 25 February 2016

Our course Reading for Pleasure: edgy, cool, or just boring? Make it infectious and survive, run by Angie Curran, will be held in Stafford on 25 February 2016. The closing date is 11 February 2016. Bookings received by 1 February 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: secondary school library staff Read More...

Jan
11
2016
Reading for Pleasure - for Everyone!

Stevenage, Hertfordshire, 4 February 2016

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 18TH JANUARY! Our course Reading for Pleasure - for Everyone!, run by Alec Williams, will be held in Stevenage, Hertfordshire on 4 February 2016. The closing date is 21 January 2016. Bookings received by 18 January 2016 are eligible for a discount. Payment is not required to qualify for the discount as long as an official order has been received. Key Audience: Primary school staff with responsibility for the school library and/or Literacy Read More...

Jan
11
2016
Love Literacy 2016 - booking now open

SLA Blog post

Booking is now open for Peters Books and Furniture's Love Literacy event and it is already proving to be popular. There is a great day lined up and they are looking forward to seeing you there. Read More...

Jan
8
2016
2016 Stan Lee Excelsior Awards - new resources now available

SLA Blog post

All you need to get started with the 2016 Stan Lee Excelsior Awards (apart from the books!) is now available to download online. Posters, Rating Forms, JABBICA forms, sticker templates - it's all there for you. Read More...

Jan
8
2016
2015-2016 UKLA Literacy School of the Year announced

SLA Blog post

The UK Literacy Association is proud to announce the 2015-2016 recipient of our new award for schools. St Peters Church of England Primary School, Bristol is the 2015-2016 UKLA Literacy School of the Year: A school where literacy thrives St. Read More...

Jan
8
2016
HP Book Night 2016

SLA Resources Blog post

HARRY POTTER BOOK NIGHT will now be celebrated annually and returns on Thursday February 4th 2016 as HARRY POTTER BOOK NIGHT: A NIGHT OF SPELLS.. Read More...

Jan
8
2016
Offer extended

SLA Resources Blog post

New weekly current affairs magazine for 8-14 years olds, The Week Junior, has launched with fantastic feedback from teachers across the UK. Brought to you by Britain's bestselling weekly news magazine, The Week, it's designed to help pupils explore and make sense of the world around them. Read More...

Jan
7
2016
Poetry Society - Agincourt Schools Poetry Competition

SLA Blog post

This exciting competition has been created by The Poetry Society's Young Poets Network in partnership with Agincourt 600. It invites young people to find out about the history and legacy of the battle and to create a poem that explores this battle afresh in the year of its 600th anniversary. Read More...

Jan
5
2016
Job Vacancies

DULWICH COLLEGE (SINGAPORE) - Senior School Librarian FOR AUGUST 2016

Dulwich College (Singapore) opened its doors to its first students in August 2014 with an initial intake of 880 students. Today the College has 1300 students from Toddler to Year 9, with growth and expansion set to continue with the opening of an impressive Senior School building and Performing Arts Centre on the campus in August 2016. Read More...

Jan
4
2016
Worcestershire Teen Book Award (WTBA) - Shortlist announced

SLA Blog post

The shortlist for the Worcestershire Teen Book Award (WTBA) has been announcd. The shotlist is chosen by young people: Alex Bell: Frozen Charlotte Joseph Delaney: Arena 13 Narinder Dhami:13 hours Michelle Falkoff: Playlist for the dead Dan Smith: Big game Zoe Sugg: Girl Online Pupils are encouraged to read as many titles as they can and vote for their favourite by Thursday 10th March 2016. Read More...

Dec
16
2015
Job Vacancies

Rosemead Preparatory School, Dulwich - School Librarian (Part time)

Have you a love of literacy and understand the power of books and would like to share your passion with young people? Rosemead Preparatory School is looking to appoint a part time Librarian for January 2016 who has previous experience in this role. The successful candidate will have outstanding organisational skills, excellent communication and interpersonal skills and will need to be adaptable. Read More...

Dec
15
2015
Reading for Pleasure - for Everyone!

Stevenage, Hertfordshire, 4 February 2016

Our course Reading for Pleasure - for Everyone!, run by Alec Williams, will be held in Stevenage, Hertfordshire on 4 February 2016. The closing date is 21 January 2016. Bookings received by 8 January 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: Primary school staff with responsibility for the school library and/or Literacy Read More...

Dec
9
2015
National Literacy Trust ebook survey

SLA Blog post

The National Literacy Trust have today published the results of a study they have been conducting in conjunction with RM Books looking at the effects on reading ability and attitude of using ebooks. Forty schools took part and the results are very interesting and informative, this being one of the first and largest studies to examine the impact of digital books on enjoyment of reading. Read More...

Dec
7
2015
The Dangers of Social Media - an SLA perspective!

SLA Blog post

Being an organisation that uses social media to communicate with our far-flung members it is interesting to be on the other side of it - when it goes wrong for us. Our President, author Kevin Crossley Holland, was on the Radio 4 programme 'Today' last Friday in response to Haruki Murakami's teenage reading records being leaked to the Press (not by a librarian. Read More...

Dec
2
2015
Best practice CPD and innovative learning resources available at the Education Show 2016

SLA Blog post

The Education Show 2016, the go-to event for CPD and learning resources, will be returning to the NEC, Birmingham from 17 to 19 March 2016. Each year, the show attracts over 10,000 visitors, from primary, secondary and higher education backgrounds, all offering a wealth of knowledge and experience in their field. Read More...

Dec
2
2015
Knowledge is Power

SLA Resources Blog post

A new resource for students questioning their own gender. Lottery funded and created through discussion with young people - worth checking out. Read More...

Dec
2
2015
Announcing an Erasmus+  course and a conference in Thessaloniki in Greece next Autumn

SLA Blog post

RECIPE - Education Centres & the best practices to prevent Early School Leaving The overall objective is to explore and enhance the quality and performance of school- REC partnerships and thereby help schools throughout Europe meet the 2020 headline target of reducing early leaving to below 10%. The aim is to do this by progressing a broad, inter-related set of LLP objectives and priorities fo-cused on Priority 1. Read More...

Dec
2
2015
Keep Wild Animal Wild

SLA Resources Blog post

Keep Wild Animals Wild lesson plans, films and worksheets provide everything teachers need to introduce students to what makes wild animals wild. They also explain why wildlife trade is a big threat not just to animals and ecosystems, but to people too, and how to help keep wild animals wild. Read More...

Dec
1
2015
Announcing the shortlists for Peters Book of the Year 2016

SLA Blog post

The shortlists, were compiled by Peter's team of librarians, who read and review every book taken into stock. Across the three categories, Picture Books, Junior Fiction and Teen Fiction you will find their favourite publishing from the last 12 months. Read More...

Nov
25
2015
Christmas round up

SLA Reading Blog post

Since I am scooting off visiting family abroad very shortly this is perhaps a bit early and may not be comprehensive but nevertheless a round -up of some delightful Christmas titles that have arrived here so far! For the very youngest readers: a chance for baby to appear in their own book. Baby Face Christmas from Curious Fox (ISBN: 978 1 782 02362 3. Read More...

Nov
24
2015
All Things Crafty

SLA Reading Blog post

Just as the adult best seller lists have been taken over by colouring books there has been a plethora of creative activity publishing that has arrived at my door. This sort of book is generally not suitable for library purchasing since they invite a single user to draw, colour, and cut out etc. Read More...

Nov
24
2015
Animal Jam for Schools - free resources

SLA Blog post

'Animal Jam for Schools' - created in association with National Geographic, is an online playground for children who love animals and the outdoors that will engage pupils in a fun and interactive way. The 'Animal Survival' lesson toolkit has been developed for pupils aged 7 - 11 years across the UK. Read More...

Nov
20
2015
Join The Kids' Lit Quiz Committee

SLA Blog post

Looking to develop your CV and develop contact with like minded librarian colleagues across the UK? - Then look no further! National Treasurer required for Kids' Lit Quiz UK This is a great opportunity to be an active part of a children's literature charity (awaiting charitable status confirmation). Qualities needed include the ability to run a spreadsheet & good communication skills. Read More...

Nov
20
2015
A free 2 week trial of Box of Broadcasts!

SLA Blog post

Box of Broadcasts A free 2 week trial of Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is available to librarians and teachers in primary and secondary schools through the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC). A charity established in 1948, the BUFVC supports teaching, learning and research by enabling access to quality broadcast television and radio programmes. Read More...

Nov
19
2015
Worcestershire's Awesomest Book Award 2015

SLA Blog post

The Shortlist for Worcestershire's Awesomest Book Award has been announced: Demolition Dad, written by Phil Earle, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie The jam doughnut that ruined my life, written by Mark Lowery, iillustrated by Hannah Shaw 11 birthdays, written by Wendy Mass Pugs of the frozen north, written by Philip Reeve, illustrated by Sarah McIntyre My brother is a superhero, written by David Solomons Awful Auntie, written by David Walliams, illustrated by Tony Ross All titles were chosen by children around the county. They now have the chance to read these to vote for one favourite. Read More...

Nov
18
2015
Penguin Random House Children's presents their 'One to Watch' Debut of 2016

SLA Reading Blog post

SLA members have the chance to be first in line to read one of the hottest new titles of 2016. Published on 28th January by Bodley Head Anna and the Swallow Man by New York based debut author, Gavriel Savit, was snapped up by Editorial Director Ruth Knowles within 24 hours of reading it and rights have already been sold in the UK, US, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Italy, Holland, Catalan, Taiwan, France and Czech Republic. Read More...

Nov
18
2015
Nominate a Board Member

Board Nomination Form 2016

Would you like to serve on the SLA Board 2016-2019 our Board Nomination Form is now available. Deadline is 1st February 2016. Read More...

Nov
17
2015
IBBY UK Christmas Card 2015

SLA Blog post

Jan Pienkowski has produced a stunning and timely design for this year's card. Entitled I Saw Three Ships, his illustration marries the traditional carol with Jan's own experience as a refugee coming to the UK after the Second World War. Read More...

Nov
16
2015
Arts Award is ten!

SLA Resources Blog post

Arts Award supports young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. In its tenth year Arts Award is aspiring to reach even more young people across the UK. Read More...

Nov
16
2015
MLS Reading for Pleasure video

SLA Blog post

The new MLS Reading for Pleasure video animation which MLS have created to support schools with promoting reading for enjoyment. This colourful and engaging video has been produced in collaboration with school librarians Caroline Roche & Adrian Thompson and MLS are hoping that schools can use it as part of reading assemblies, bookweeks, parents evenings and literacy themed events. Read More...

Nov
16
2015
Fourth year for Little Rebels Book Award

SLA Blog post

The Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) is thrilled to announce that the Little Rebels Children's Book Award for radical children's fiction is back for its 4th year. The Little Rebels Award recognises children's fiction which promotes social justice and social equality. Read More...

Nov
16
2015
Outsell's IM Benchmarking Survey - please note revised deadline of 30th November

SLA Blog post

*With a big thank you to everyone who has contributed so far* Over the past several years, Outsell's IM Benchmarking Survey results show spending on e-books to be almost flat, despite the proliferation of platforms and formats, and the same was predicted for 2015. How has this situation changed in 2015/16? How does your library compare to other education sector libraries? This is just a reminder that you can find out by participating in Outsell's 2015 survey for library leaders and managers, which is now live! In return for your participation, you will instantly receive a free 12-page data report showing how your responses compare to both your peer group, and the library community as a whole. Read More...

Nov
16
2015
Win a copy of Whitaker's 2016

SLA Resources Blog post

The Whitaker's Almanac is the definitive reference guide and ultimate single-volume reference source, packed with thousands of facts, figures, overviews and statistics relating to the UK and the world. It is a brilliant asset for any school library, saving hours of research and cross-referencing between different sources. Read More...

Nov
16
2015
The Week Junior

SLA Blog post

New weekly current affairs magazine for 8-14 years olds, The Week Junior, is launching with a special offer for schools. Brought to you by Britain's bestselling news magazine, The Week, it's designed to help pupils explore and make sense of the world around them. Read More...

Nov
16
2015
Shortlists announced for Peters Book of the Year 2016

SLA Blog post

Peters Books & Furniture have announced the shortlists for their annual book awards, Peters Book of the Year 2016. The shortlists (see below), were compiled by Peters' own team of children's librarians, who read and review every book that the Birmingham-based children's specialist takes into stock. Read More...

Nov
13
2015
Support for librarians at Information Book Award

SLA Blog post

Wednesday evening was an important day for Information Books - the winners of the SLA Information Book Award were celebrated and awarded at a very well attended event held in Carmelite House, at the roof terrace cafe. The spectacular backdrop of the London skyline illuminated by the many offices and landmarks created a wonderful setting for the event. Read More...

Nov
13
2015
Harry Potter Book Night 2016

SLA Reading Blog post

For all those of you who enjoyed the fun last year mark the date in your diary now! Bloomsbury Children's Books ahave announced A Night of Spells as the theme for Harry Potter Book Night 2016. Whether it is the disarming Expelliarmus or the dreaded Avada Kedavra, spells are at the very heart of all of the Harry Potter books, making them a perfect focus for the second Harry Potter Book Night. Read More...

Nov
12
2015
Nosy Crow publishes fundraising book for War Child and the children of Syria

SLA Reading Blog post

Nosy Crow publishes Refuge by Anne Booth and Sam Usher TODAY in aid of War Child and the children of Syria. This important book will be invaluable to schools and families who want to help children understand the refugee crisis. Read More...

Nov
11
2015
Information Book Award 2015 Winners Announced

SLA Blog post

The School Library Association celebrated the 2015 Information Book Award on Wednesday 11th November with an event at the sponsors - Hachette's - new offices and 6th Floor roof café. The overall winner chosen by the judges was Shackleton's Journey by William Grill, published by Flying Eye Books, whilst the Children's Choice was Pop-Up New York by Jennie Maizels, published by Walker Books. Read More...

Nov
11
2015
Barroux at South Ken Kids Festival

SLA Blog post

As part of the South Ken Kids Festival the acclaimed illustrator and cartoonist Barroux will orchestrate a special live drawing event around his graphic novel Alpha on 21 Nov, about a man from the Ivory Coast who decides to leave his homeland and head for Paris to join his family without a visa. Barroux will be joined by graphic novel specialist Paul Gravett to discuss the role of current affairs in his work both as an illustrator and as a press cartoonist. Read More...

Nov
11
2015
Copy and Paste Generation

Worcester, 4 December 2015

PLACES STILL AVAILABLE! Our course Copy and Paste Generation, run by Sarah Pavey MSc FCLIP, will be held in Worcester on 4 December 2015. The closing date is 20 November 2015. This highly practical course will concentrate on understanding the importance of academic honesty as well as covering activities such as photocopying, loans of DVDs, software and downloading images from the internet and licences. Key Audience: Secondary school library staff and teachers Read More...

Nov
9
2015
Job Vacancies

DULWICH COLLEGE (SINGAPORE) - Library vacancies

AUGUST 2016 Dulwich College (Singapore) opened its doors to its first students in August 2014 with an initial intake of 880 students. Today the College has 1300 students from Toddler to Year 9, with growth and expansion set to continue with the opening of an impressive Senior School building and Performing Arts Centre on the campus in August 2016. Read More...

Nov
4
2015
Outsell's 2015 Information Management (IM) Benchmarking Survey - free report for all participants!

SLA Resources Blog post

Would you like to know how your library stacks up? Outsell, the research and advisory firm, has launched its 15th annual Information Management (IM) Benchmarking Survey at http://outsell.interceptsurveys. Read More...

Nov
2
2015
Get free access to the complete Churchill Archive!

SLA Resources Blog post

The complete Churchill Archive (www.churchillarchive. Read More...

Nov
2
2015
Reduced price for new title!

SLA Reading Blog post

If you haven't yet read Derek Landy's mind-blowing epic thriller DEMON ROAD, now is the perfect time! "With an engaging story, weird and wonderful characters and a dash of teenage angst, Demon Road is one highway you'll want to go down." -SciFiNow The creator of the number one bestselling SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT series returns with the story of a girl on the run from everything she loves. Read More...

Nov
2
2015
Children's Book Award Shortlist announced

SLA Blog post

The Children's Book Award (previously known as The Red House Children's Book Awards) 2016 shortlist has been announced. Among those shortlisted are bestselling children's author Francesca Simon, Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham - who were shortlisted last year - and debut author Kim Slater. Read More...

Nov
2
2015
See author Steve Backshall Live and in your school for Free

SLA Reading Blog post

Steve Backshall, BBC Deadly TV presenter and author of The Falcon Chronicles will be appearing in a FREE author event broadcast LIVE to schools and libraries on Friday 6th November at 11am GMT. Steve's event will be broadcast on the Hachette Children's Group live streaming site Children's Authors Live www. Read More...

Nov
2
2015
Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means

Gateshead, 2 December 2015

DON'T MISS THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE!! Our course Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held in Gateshead on 2 December 2015. The closing date is 18 November 2015. Bookings received by 4 November 2015 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: primary and secondary school staff (not necessarily using Accelerated Reader as this will only be one session) Read More...

Oct
30
2015
Chatterbooks reading groups and book clubs

SLA Blog post

Since September, The Reading Agency has been working with the Department for Education (DfE), alongside eligible schools library services and local public library services, to introduce more Chatterbooks children's reading groups into primary schools. By March, The Reading Agency anticipates that 200 new Chatterbooks clubs will have been set up in schools across the UK. Read More...

Oct
28
2015
Reading for Pleasure: edgy, cool, or just boring? Make it infectious and survive

Penrith, Cumbria, 12 November 2015

Places are still available on our 'Reading for Pleasure: edgy, cool, or just boring? Make it infectious and survive' training day which taking place in Penrith, Cumbria on 12 November 2015. The closing date is 4 November 2015. Key Audience: secondary school library staff Read More...

Oct
23
2015
The Children's Bookshow: Free workshops on 20 November 2015

SLA Blog post

Venue: Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3EU We are delighted to invite you join us this year at Europe House on Friday 20 November 2015, at one of our two free translation workshops which are running simultaneously from 17:00-18:00 (registration from 16:30), and at our reception afterwards at 18:30. You can choose to attend: either Workshop (1) with award-winning poet, novelist and translator Kevin Crossley-Holland; writer, editor and translator Daniel Hahn; and young award-winning translator Joshua James in a workshop of translation from Anglo-Saxon centring on Kevin's The Exeter Book Riddles, or Workshop (2) with renowned children's author and poet Michael Rosen; and Modern Poetry in Translation (MPT) editor Sasha Dugdale; and other panellists (tbc) for a session on world poetry for children. Read More...

Oct
22
2015
Job Vacancies

Walthamstow Academy, London - Library Supervisor

Salary: £18,053 (FTE £21,000) Term time only / 37.5 hours per week We require a committed, enthusiastic and innovative Library Supervisor to assist in the management of the Learning Resource Centre and to guide our pupils in their learning. Read More...

Oct
22
2015
Job Vacancies

The Portsmouth Grammar School - LIBRARIAN

From January 2016 £32,132 per annum PGS is a leading co-educational school located in the historic centre of Portsmouth. This is an exciting opportunity for a Chartered Librarian to join our thriving and highly successful IB World School. Read More...

Oct
22
2015
South Kensington Kids Literature Festival

SLA Blog post

South Ken Kids Festival 16 - 22 November at the Institut français The South Ken Kids Festival is back from 16 to 22 November! Quentin Blake (the festival's patron), Claude Ponti, Tony Ross, Axel Scheffler and many more will grace the Institut français with a wonderful variety of events including drawing duos, workshops, films, live drawings to jazz music and more! Link: www.southkenkidsfestival. Read More...

Oct
22
2015
Have you nominated your Pupil Library Assistant of the Year

SLA Blog post

The judging panel have been approached to extend the deadline for nominations due to nominations getting stuck in the Headteachers in trays. In truth we do realise that half term holidays have made the 31st October deadline something of a problem. Read More...

Oct
20
2015
First Story National Writing Competition: deadline Friday 4th December 2015

SLA Blog post

First Story's National Writing Competition is now open to all state secondary schools. Students can submit a story or poem of 850 words or less on the theme of 'Echoes', to have a chance of being published in The Sunday Times online, winning a place on an Arvon creative writing residential and being professionally published in a collected anthology. Read More...

Oct
20
2015
FREE resources for Suffragette movie!

SLA Blog post

To celebrate the exciting cinema release of 'Suffragette', National Schools Partnership with Pathé and Into Film have developed a new resources to bring the struggle of the suffragettes to life for a new generation. Download for free here: http://www. Read More...

Oct
15
2015
Eoin Colfer and Neil Gaiman back a new journal about Children's Literature

SLA Reading Blog post

Launching in January 2016, The Read Quarterly will be a forum in which global children's literature can be discussed and debated. Created by children's literature enthusiasts, each with a wealth of experience in the publishing industry, Sarah Odedina and Kate Manning, this quarterly magazine will provide an environment in which both writers and readers can share their enthusiasm, introduce new ideas and challenge old ones. Read More...

Oct
13
2015
Anthony Horowitz on school libraries

SLA Blog post

A great quote from Anthony Horowitz writing in the new journal Teach Reading and Writing: "The school library was both my refuge and my inspiration. I think it's very dangerous for someone like me to try and tell teachers what to do in order to improve reading and writing; it's arrogance to assume that simply because you have sold lots of books , you know it all. Read More...

Oct
13
2015
Reading for Pleasure: edgy, cool, or just boring? Make it infectious and survive

Penrith, Cumbria, 12 November 2015

DON'T MISS THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE! Our course Reading for Pleasure: edgy, cool, or just boring? Make it infectious and survive, run by Angie Curran, will be held in Penrith, Cumbria on 12 November 2015. The closing date is 2 November 2015. Bookings received by 16 October 2015 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: secondary school library staff Read More...

Oct
9
2015
Job Vacancies

Assistant Librarian (Maternity leave cover) - Radley College, Oxfordshire

Radley College is an independent boarding school of 690 boys situated five miles south of Oxford. Its foundation in 1847 was to offer a different education from that offered by most Victorian public schools. Read More...

Oct
9
2015
FREE activity packs for Curiosity House

SLA Blog post

CURIOSITY HOUSE is a major new series for young (and not-so-young!) readers aged 8+. Perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket, the series is a gloriously gothic treat, written by bestselling YA author Lauren Oliver and co-author H. Read More...

Oct
8
2015
Job Vacancies

Notre Dame School, Cobham, Surrey - Senior School Librarian

Full Time, Term Time plus 3 weeks out of term working (36 hours per week) Required for January 2016 £25K per annum subject to experience We are seeking a personable and professional individual to work in the Senior School Library at Notre Dame School, Cobham Library experience is essential as is being a Chartered Librarian. You must also be computer literate and accurate, with a high attention to detail. Read More...

Oct
8
2015
The Online Librarian - early booking discount closes on 8th October!!

SLA Blog post

Technology is moving at an almost frightening pace and our students are much more up to date with it than we are in some cases. Using online media to enthuse them about reading and writing for pleasure is therefore very powerful and can be done easily and cheaply . Read More...

Oct
8
2015
The Harry Potter Spotter competition

SLA Reading Blog post

To celebrate the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Illustrated Edition by J.K. Read More...

Oct
7
2015
MONSTER Give away for Halloween

SLA Reading Blog post

Described as Malory Towers meets I Know What You Did Last Summer, MONSTER by C J Skuse (MIRA Ink, £7.99. Read More...

Oct
7
2015
T.S.Eliot Poetry Writing Competition

SLA Blog post

On 3 November the Poetry Book Society and emagazine are relaunching the T S Eliot Prize Writing Competition for sixth form students, formerly the Shadowing Scheme. Based on this year's T S Eliot Prize shortlist, students can write either a 500 word critical piece on two poems from the shortlisted collections, or a poem of their own 'writing back' to one of the poems they found particularly interesting. Read More...

Oct
7
2015
Irish Times feature on Annie Brady

SLA Blog post

Great article on School Librarian of the Year Annie Brady in The Irish Times: "For second time in three years, an Irish woman wins School Librarian of the Year" Read More...

Oct
6
2015
Inspiration Award double winners

SLA Blog post

This year two outstanding school libraries won the SLA Inspiration Award at our School Libraries Celebration Day on 5 October 2015 at the Royal Society of Arts in London: All Saints, Stibbard Valley Park School, Maidstone Tricia Adams, Director of the School Library Association said "The judges were impressed with the quality of the entries. It is reassuring to see schools valuing the role a library plays not only in the education of our children but in their social and emotional development. Read More...

Oct
6
2015
School Libraries Celebration Day

SLA Blog post

Congratulations to everyone who took part in our School Libraries Celebration Day at the Royal Society of Arts. Read More...

Oct
1
2015
Censorship and freedom of information survey (UK librarians only)

SLA Blog post

About 10 years ago, Sarah Mcnicol from Manchester Metropolitan University ran a survey about attitudes and practices towards censorship and freedom of information among school and children's librarians. A decade on, she is running another survey to identify any changes in attitudes or practices over this time. Read More...

Oct
1
2015
News and offers from Scholastic Publishers

SLA Reading Blog post

Scholastic thought our primary members would be particularly interested in two of their lead Autumn titles. Read on for an invitation to a book launch and a free book giveaway! Return to the Secret Garden by Holly Webb It's 1939 and a group of children have been evacuated to Misselthwaite Hall. Read More...

Sep
30
2015
Nurturing Readers from Early Years to KS3 Transition: Reading for Pleasure in Your School

SLA Blog post

This one-day conference takes place at the Bar Convent in central York on 20 November 2015. This is a chance to hear some great speakers talk practically on topics that will help you support reading for pleasure in your school as pupils move from Primary and into Secondary school. Read More...

Sep
29
2015
The Online Librarian - early booking discount closes on 8th October!!

SLA Blog post

Technology is moving at an almost frightening pace and our students are much more up to date with it than we are in some cases. Using online media to enthuse them about reading and writing for pleasure is therefore very powerful and can be done easily and cheaply . Read More...

Sep
28
2015
John Boyne Giveaway

SLA Reading Blog post

October 1st sees the much anticipated publication of the new novel by John Boyne and there are 5 copies available to lucky SLA members! Almost ten years ago, John Boyne wrote his first extraordinary children's novel about a boy living in the shadow of the Nazi regime.This year, meet another - with a very different story to tell. Read More...

Sep
28
2015
Profile of Jane Spall SLYA finalist

Profile of Jane Spall, SLYA finalist Read More...

Sep
27
2015
Paperback editions

SLA Reading Blog post

For those with very tight budgets the welcome release of more affordable paperbacks is always good news and we have a bumper crop of picture books for you! Louise Yates and every librarian's favourite character is back with Dog Loves Fairy Tales (Red Fox, £6.99. Read More...

Sep
26
2015
New editions to covet

SLA Reading Blog post

It is always a pleasure when well-loved favourites are re-issued; enabling libraries to refresh their stock and attract a whole new generation of readers. Sometimes it is a sad event that prompts the publishing and such is the case with Puffin Random House celebrating the work of the late Maurice Sendak. Read More...

Sep
25
2015
Inspiration award citations

SLA Blog post

The judges' citations for the five finalists in the SLA School Library Inspiration Award 2015 are now available to read online - take a look at these wonderful examples of design, usage and promoting reading for pleasure: All Saints, Stibbard Harris Junior Academy Carshalton Howard Junior School, King's Lynn The Little English Library, Montessori+, Netherlands Valley Park School, Maidstone The winner will be announced at our School Libraries Celebration Day on Monday 5 October 2015. . Read More...

Sep
24
2015
FREE Catalyst posters for school libraries!!

SLA Blog post

THE CATALYST by Helena Coggan is a brilliant YA fantasy novel written by a phenomenally talented young author who is still a teenager herself - she wrote the first draft at the age of 13 and has now just turned 16. The paperback is out today (24th September) and the sequel, THE REACTION, is coming in hardback and ebook in February. Read More...

Sep
22
2015
Job Vacancies

Electronic Resources Librarian - Radley College, Oxfordshire

Have you recently graduated and are looking for the next step in your professional life? We have a wonderful opportunity to work in the school's excellent library. The Library The library is staffed by a team of two full-time qualified librarians, assisted by two part-time Assistant Librarians who are working towards ACLIP accreditation and two part-time Library Assistants. Read More...

Sep
21
2015
Series fiction for all ages - a mega catch up

SLA Reading Blog post

Since there has been an unfortunate delay with the delivery of your new edition of The School Librarian, this succession of blogs will hopefully help fill that gap! It is, of course, a sad fact of life that once we have featured a series in our published reviews, we cannot cover every episode in the magazine, but we all know that children and young people get quite addicted to reading more about their favourite characters in their favourite series. I am sure that they also tell you quickly enough when there is a new edition out but this may be a helpful round up. Read More...

Sep
21
2015
Chris Routh

School Librarian of the Year finalist

Chris Routh of Leighton Park School Read More...

Sep
18
2015
Trio of remarkable school librarians to be honoured

SLA Blog post

New article just out in SecEd: Trio of remarkable school librarians to be honoured in national awards. Emma Lee Potter speaks to three inspirational professionals ahead of the School Librarian of the Year Award presentation in October. Read More...

Sep
17
2015
Authors back campaign to Save Scotland’s School Libraries

SLA Blog post

A petition has been submitted to the Scottish Parliament urging the Scottish Government to set out a new national strategy for school libraries which recognises the vital role of high quality school libraries in supporting pupils' literacy and research skills. Supported by the campaign group Save Scotland's School Libraries the petition highlights that young people in Scotland are now subject to a postcode lottery in regards to the level of school library service they receive and as a consequence pupils in Scotland's schools are suffering educational inequality. Read More...

Sep
16
2015
There is a Better Way. Information Literacy - Skills to Empower

London, 4 November 2015

Our course There is a Better Way. Information Literacy - Skills to Empower, run by Lin Smith, will be held at UCL, Institute of Education, London on 4 November 2015. The closing date is 21 October 2015. Bookings received by 7 October 2015 are eligible for a £15 discount. Key Audience: Secondary school librarians / library staff / teachers with a responsibility for learning skills Read More...

Sep
16
2015
Job Vacancies

Nightingale Academy, Edmonton, London - Learning Resource Centre Manager

£26,564-£28,205 (actual salary) 36 hours, 44 weeks per year Nightingale Academy, based in Edmonton, London, is a key member of London Academies Enterprise Trust (LAET), a multi-academy sponsor which aims to provide the opportunity for all young learners to fulfil their real potential, broaden their horizons and become active, prosperous and successful citizens in the world around them. Nightingale Academy is a rapidly improving academy where student's progress is at the heart of all development initiatives. Read More...

Sep
16
2015
School Librarian profile in The Irish Times

SLA Blog post

Just published in The Irish Times - "How I got into my pupils' good books, reveals librarian up for top award". Annie Brady, shortlisted for School Librarian of the Year, on how her library became the hub of the school, a hive of activity, a room that buzzes all day long with work and fun. Read More...

Sep
15
2015
New Information Literacy online course!

SLA Blog post

A brand new online course is now available! It covers all aspects of Information Literacy and is designed for non-specialists who have been appointed to take, or are interested in taking, a pivotal role in this aspect of student learning. Topics covered include: Basic classroom etiquette - listening, sequencing, recording information Using sources effectively Simple database interrogation (online and OPACs) Book navigation - using an index effectively. Read More...

Sep
15
2015
Empower your young Champions!

SLA Blog post

BBC Children in Need and Lloyds Bank are excited to launch Champions of Change - a new education initiative for this year that links learning and fundraising. It's strictly by children, for children! You can now visit the brand new website for a host of curriculum-linked education resourcesto download. Read More...

Sep
14
2015
Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award 2016

SLA Blog post

Few School Libraries function without some help from a cohort of pupil helpers. Their duties are many and various and depend on the needs of each librarian in post. Read More...

Sep
14
2015
School Librarian of the Year finalist profile

School Librarian of the Year finalist profile: Annie Brady of St. Paul's CBS Secondary School, Dublin Read More...

Sep
10
2015
Exclusive opportunity to meet Jim Kay and the Illustrated Harry Potter

SLA Blog post

Bloomsbury Children's Books invite librarians to a very special event. To celebrate the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Illustrated Edition they would like to invite you to come and meet award-winning author Jim Kay who was particularly keen to do an event for librarians because of his huge support for libraries. Read More...

Sep
9
2015
Job Vacancies

Cranford Community College, Hounslow - Study Centres Assistant

Scale 3 Points 14-17 (£15,392 - £16,362) pro rata per annum Monday to Friday 36 hours per week - 39 weeks per year (Pupil term time plus 5 days) Monday - Thursday: 8.00am - 3. Read More...

Sep
7
2015
School Librarian of the Year Award

Honour List for 2015

The School Library Association is delighted to announce the finalists for the 2015 School Librarian of the Year Award, the prestigious honour to recognize the excellent work that is carried out in school libraries every day and to highlight the best practice of those whose work is outstanding. This year three excellent librarians from very different schools are on the Honour List: Annie Brady at St. Read More...

Sep
4
2015
Patrick Ness amazing fundraising effort for refugees

SLA Blog post

Unable to continue just tweeting outrage at the terrible pictures of dying children in the refugee crisis, Patrick Ness launched a fundraising page for Save the Children yesterday, September 3rd 2015, promising to match fund up to £10,000 if people donated. That total was smashed in under two hours and John Green stepped in with a further £10,000 of matched funds. Read More...

Sep
4
2015
Sign up for the DK Advisory Panel

SLA Blog post

Are you a children's librarian? Do you work in a primary school? DK has provided quality content for over forty years, and we want to make it even better. So we need your help to make that happen! To find out what you use, what you need, and what you want, DK is creating an advisory panel filled with a variety of people including teachers and, of course, librarians. Read More...

Sep
1
2015
T S Eliot Prize 2015

SLA Blog post

Schools with Sixth Forms do look at the prize website as they have relaunched their writing competition. This year there is a new additional category for students to write their own poem in response to their choice of one of the shortlisted poems. Read More...

Aug
26
2015
Job Vacancies

Cokethorpe School, Witney, Oxon - Librarian

Required as soon as possible. Cokethorpe School is an independent HMC day school for 660 boys and girls, set in beautiful parkland near Witney, in Oxfordshire. Read More...

Aug
26
2015
A Children's Illustrator Calendar for 2016 in association with Farms for City Children

SLA Blog post

Following on from the terrific success of the Peter's Friends Calendar last year, Peter Sheldon (ex Peters Bookselling Service and Hon YLG member!) 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 original illustrations from new friends Quentin Blake, Jane Ray, Colin Hawkins and Catherine Anholt, plus our regular friends Michael Foreman, Tony Ross, Ruth Brown and Arthur Robins, with a welcome return for Clara Vulliamy, Anthony Browne, Pat Hutchins and Nicholas Allan. Read More...

Aug
26
2015
distance learning PG Dip/MA/MSc in Information and Library Management

SLA Blog post

The distance learning PG Dip/MA/MSc in Information and Library Management has been running successfully at Northumbria University for many years now - and they have many past post-graduates successfully working in a variety of library and information posts throughout the world. The course is a 2 full year linked award studied entirely at a distance (with 2 optional study days - one per year) - the PG Dip actually takes 16 months to complete, and as their award is linked - students can return to complete the masters part of this qualification within 5 years, or some choose just to take the PG Dip. Read More...

Aug
25
2015
BUILDING AN INSPIRING INFORMATION BOOK LIBRARY

SLA Blog post

Join the School Library Association's Information Book Award team to discover what makes the best information book for your library or classroom, how to choose them and what to look out for. The Information Book Award demonstrates the wealth of fantastic fact books out there that can provide daily inspiration for your pupils. Read More...

Aug
24
2015
Job Vacancies

Glenthorne High School, Surrey - Library Assistant

Salary: £14,172 - £16,401 pa depending on experience 36 hours a week, term time plus one week Required as soon as possible We are looking to appoint a Library Assistant to assist our Librarian in the development of our Library as a vibrant learning environment used by the whole school community. You will have excellent communication and inter-personal skills as well as a good knowledge of Word and Excel. Read More...

Aug
24
2015
Job Vacancies

Oakham School, Rutland - LIBRARY ASSISTANT

Sept 2015 An opportunity has arisen to make a vital contribution to a world-class school library and information service. The position will require 27. Read More...

Aug
18
2015
Suffragette

SLA Resources Blog post

National Schools Partnership are delighted to announce that from September, Suffragette - Social Changers, a brand new educational resource for students aged 12 to 19 - to support the citizenship, history and PSHE curriculum and students' SMSC development, will be available free to schools. Social Changers will use the new film, Suffragette, which is released in cinemas on 12th October, to bring the Suffragettes to life for a new generation. Read More...

Aug
18
2015
THE PHILIPPA PEARCE MEMORIAL LECTURE 2015

SLA Blog post

The Philippa Pearce Memorial Lecture celebrates excellence in writing for children. The 2015 lecture entitled "Do Not Be Afraid to be Afraid " will be given by Meg Rosoff at 5. Read More...

Aug
18
2015
Job Vacancies

Electronic Resources Librarian

Radley College is an independent boarding school of 690 boys situated five miles south of Oxford. Its foundation in 1847 was to offer a different education from that offered by most Victorian public schools. Read More...

Aug
13
2015
Training for those working in school libraries

Online Courses

Rutgers University, USA Online Master of Information .. Read More...

Aug
12
2015
Into Film Festival 2015

SLA Blog post

Have you heard about the Into Film Festival - the world's largest free film and education event for schools and 5 - 19 year olds across the UK, taking place from 4 - 20 November 2015? The Festival programme supports teachers in delivering the curriculum, across subject areas, in a dynamic and engaging way. It offers all young people wider life experiences and the chance to immerse themselves in the magic of cinema. Read More...

Aug
4
2015
Spoons for Africa Appeal

SLA Blog post

What a difference a spoon makes... Support children in East Africa by donating or buying a spoon. When real life explorer and education advocate Justin Miles (author of Ultimate Explorer Guide for Kids) went to a very remote part of Kenya with NGO 'Girl Child Network', he saw children who were delighted to be at school and very happy to be fed. Read More...

Jul
30
2015
IB Survey of

SLA Blog post

International Baccalaureate is interested in creating materials to support librarians in our schools. They have devised a simple form with a few questions which is meant to help them better understand the aspirations of practicing librarians and media specialists. Read More...

Jul
29
2015
Bonus Under 8 review round-up

SLA Reading Blog post

This is the final review catch up - this time for the Under 8 younger readers Andreae, Giles and Wojtowycz, David. Mad about Mega Beasts. Read More...

Jul
29
2015
Job Vacancies

Schools Library Advisor - Based at Willand, Devon to cover the north of the county.

£22,481 (Term Time Only = 41 Weeks) Permanent (Business Mileage paid) Babcock Education is the largest integrated education support service provider in the UK. Awarded 'Education Business of the Year' in 2012, we employ over 600 education experts providing consultancy, training and management services to over 700 schools and academies in 50 local authorities. Read More...

Jul
28
2015
Bonus reviews continued!

SLA Reading Blog post

Now other delights to catch up on for the 12-16 year olds! Alderson, Sarah. Conspiracy Girl. Read More...

Jul
27
2015
Bumper edition of bonus reviews

SLA Reading Blog post

This is a double helping of extra reviews for the 8-12's. The spring round up went AWOL but I am determined to catch up- that is what the summer holidays are all about! Bradford, Chris. Read More...

Jul
27
2015
Supporting Library Users with Hidden Disabilities. A Cilip - CDEG professional development day.

SLA Blog post

CDEG are the Community, Diversity and Equality Group of CILIP and they have asked us to spread the word about a training day they have organised on Wednesday 2 Sep in Portsmouth. This professional development day will consider support for a range of hidden disabilities including autism, aspergers dyslexia, dyspraxia hearing impairment, visual impairment mental health and illness, anxiety & depression chronic conditions eg. Read More...

Jul
27
2015
Funding Opportunity

SLA Resources Blog post

One Family Foundation has completed the first round of Community Awards which offer funding of up to £25k and are delighted to announce that Abbotswood Junior School in Hampshire were one of the recipients and they will be using the money to improve their school library provision. A second round of funding is accepting nominations from the 1 September at 10am. Read More...

Jul
14
2015
Job Vacancies

Ripon Grammar School - Library Assistant

37 hpw, term time + one week + training days Salary: Band 4, points 9 - 13 (£12,282 - £13,910pa) We are seeking a library assistant to support the work of the Learning Resources Manager who oversees the library service in school to support teaching and learning. The role would also require excellent administrative ability, well-developed ICT skills and a passion for reading and literacy. Read More...

Jul
13
2015
Fathers Reading Every Day - crowdsourcing project

SLA Blog post

The Fatherhood Institute's FRED project (Fathers Reading Every Day) supports dads to read to their children. They need an initial £5,000 to kick off a programme to make this happen. Read More...

Jul
13
2015
UKLA Book Award Winners 2015

SLA Blog post

IMPACT, ORIGINALITY AND ILLUSTRATION ARE KEY TO TEACHERS' WINNERS The unique UKLA Book Awards are the only awards judged entirely by teachers. Their choice of winning books which can "enhance all aspects of literacy learning" clearly demonstrates the fresh perspective that class teachers bring to the judging process. Read More...

Jul
9
2015
Kids Lit Quiz Final results!

SLA Blog post

The Kids' Lit Quiz (KLQ) World Final took place in Connecticut, USA, on 8th July. The winners were New Zealand, closely followed by South Africa and the USA came 3rd. Read More...

Jul
7
2015
SLA announces shortlist for School Library Inspiration Award 2015

2015 Finalists

The SLA in conjunction with Gresswell and LFC are pleased to announce the shortlist for the SLA School Library Inspiration Award 2015. The shortlisted entries are: All Saint's, Stibbard Harris Junior Academy Carshalton Howard Junior School, King's Lynn Little English School, Netherlands Valley Park School, Maidstone Tricia Adams, Director of the School Library Association, said "This year's shortlisted entries have truly embraced what the Inspiration Award is about. Read More...

Jul
7
2015
The Online Librarian

Brecon, Powys, 5 November 2015

Our course The Online Librarian, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at Brecon Library, Powys on 5 November 2015. The closing date is 22 October 2015. Bookings received by 8 October 2015 are eligible for a discount. Key Audience: primary and secondary school library staff Read More...

Jul
6
2015
ePlatform offer for school libraries

SLA Blog post

ePlatform has a great special offer on its eBook lending platform available until 31 July 2015 - for school libraries only. "The eBook lending platform that actually thinks about you" ePlatform is an incredibly good eBook lending platform. Read More...

Jul
6
2015
Job Vacancies

WAKEFIELD GRAMMAR SCHOOL FOUNDATION - Learning Resource Centre Manager

Actual Starting Salary £19,211.94, with progression to £22,413. Read More...

Jul
1
2015
Chapter 5 2015 Summer Reading Challenge

SLA Blog post

Chapter 5, the young adult reading community from Hodder and Stoughton, has just launched its 2015 Summer Reading Challenge. The idea is to challenge readers to pick a book for each category and read as many as possible over the summer holidays. Read More...

Jun
29
2015
Teaching Skills for School Library Staff

Bridgwater, Somerset, 18 November 2015

Our course Teaching Skills for School Library Staff, run by Chris Powis, will be held in Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 4RL on 18 November 2015. The closing date is 4 November 2015. Bookings received by 21 October 2015 are eligible for a £10 discount. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Key Audience: KS2 and secondary school librarians / library staff - experienced and new to teaching and learning skills Read More...

Jun
29
2015
Teaching Study and Research Skills Day

SLA Blog post

Birmingham University is offering a free course on Teaching Study and Research Skills on Thursday 9 July 2015. It is aimed at school/college staff who support Year 12 and 13 students. Read More...

Jun
26
2015
Job Vacancies

Writhlington School, Bath - Librarian

Salary £19,742 - £24,472 pro rata Actual Salary £17,794.80 - £22,058. Read More...

Jun
26
2015
Job Vacancies

Roundhay School - Learning Resource Leader

Term time only + 15 days; 08.00 - 16. Read More...

Jun
24
2015
School Library Camp Manchester-Saturday, 11 July 2015

SLA Blog post

Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University Saturday, 11 July 2015 from 10:00 to 16:00 (BST) School Librarycamp is a user generated unconference for people interested in school library services. At a librarycamp the participants lead the agenda - in fact, there isn't an agenda until people make suggestions for what they'd like to talk about at the start of the day. Read More...

Jun
24
2015
School Library Camp Midlands-Saturday, 11 July 2015

SLA Blog post

Following last year's succesful event at Malvern we decamp to the University of Derby for School Library Camp - Midlands Saturday, 11 July 2015! Library Camps are a user-generated unconference for people who work in, use, study or are just interested in libraries. There is no set agenda - instead attendees are invited to 'pitch' the sessions they want to be a part of. Read More...

Jun
23
2015
Job Vacancies

Libraries and Literacy Teacher Training Volunteer - Link Ethiopia

Link Ethiopia is a charity dedicated to changing lives in Ethiopia through education. We achieve this through projects tailored to the needs of schools and by building partnerships between UK and Ethiopian schools, which encourage young people to learn about each other and work together. Read More...

Jun
22
2015
Primary librarian vacancy in Bristol

SLA Blog post

For details of a great post for anyone looking to pursue children's librarianship as a career please click the link below! This is a post in a primary school and a qualificatio is not mandatory. The closing is date is the 25th June 2015. Read More...

Jun
22
2015
Carnegie and Greenaway winners announced!

SLA Blog post

Real - life historical adventures have inspired both winners of the 2015 CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book awards, announced today,at a ceremony in London's British Library. Tanya Landman's Buffalo Soldier, was inspired by the true story of former slave Cathy Williams, who was the only known African-American woman to enlist in the US army, under the guise of a man,serving for three years before her true identity was discovered. Read More...

Jun
18
2015
June news and events

SLA Blog post

What a busy month June is! The Weekend Course (last weekend) does take up quite a bit of the time making sure everything is in place, i's dotted and t's crossed! But there is so much else happening around us all it is quite a problem to keep up to date! So here goes on a 'catch up' and 'heads up' for June - I do hope it proves useful! Softlink published the 2015 UK School Library Survey - the first in an annual series, we hope. There were some highlights included in delegate packs at the Weekend Course but for those not able to attend the main points from the Executive summary are - 54% of schools feel their library is not adequately funded. Read More...

Jun
17
2015
BETJEMAN POETRY PRIZE - CALLING ALL YOUNG POETS

SLA Blog post

Founded in 2006 to mark the centenary of the former Poet Laureate John Betjeman's birth, the Betjeman Poetry Prize aims to foster creativity in young people whilst discovering and encouraging the next generation of British poets. We also procure funding to send as many professional poets as we can to visit pupils in schools. Read More...

Jun
17
2015
Job Vacancies

King Edward VI College Stourbridge - Assistant Librarian

Salary £15045 - £17192 pa dependent on experience This permanent post is full time, and term time only. The post holder will be responsible for supporting the Librarian in managing the provision of a comprehensive library services to all users. Read More...

Jun
17
2015
Job Vacancies

The Holt School - Learning Resource Centre Manager

To start September 2015 37 Hours a week. We wish to appoint a first class librarian to manage the day to day operation of the Learning Resource Centre. Read More...

Jun
16
2015
Job Vacancies

Faringdon Community College - COLLEGE LIBRARIAN/LEARNING RESOURCE CENTRE MANAGER

GRADE 7 or 8 (qualification dependent) £17,289 or £19,621 per annum 37.5 hours per week (there is flexibility; this post may suit two part-time workers) This is a term time only post. Read More...

Jun
11
2015
Job Vacancies

Cokethorpe School: Librarian

Cokethorpe School HMC co-educational Day School Librarian required as soon as possible Cokethorpe School is an independent HMC day school for 660 boys and girls, set in beautiful parkland near Witney, in Oxfordshire. An exciting opportunity has arisen for a qualified Librarian who will develop and promote the Library and facilitate independent learning and a love of reading. Read More...

Jun
10
2015
The AMORES E-artefacts Competition

SLA Blog post

This international competition is being held in order to encourage students all over Europe to discover works of children's literature and use contemporary technologies to help them understand and interpret what they have read. . Read More...

Jun
10
2015
BBC Children in Need and Lloyds Bank launch Champions of Change schools programme

SLA Blog post

BBC Children in Need and Lloyds Bank have joined forces to create Champions of Change, a unique education initiative tailored for early years, primary and secondary schools, allowing young people to take the lead in fundraising - it's strictly by children, for children! This is a great opportunity to engage and empower our young people at the same time as making a real difference to the lives of disadvantagedchildren across the UK. Champions of Change will enable young people to plan and run their own fundraising activities - developing their literacy, numeracy, communication and teamwork skills in a motivating, real-life context. Read More...

Jun
2
2015
Job Vacancies

Channing School-Junior School Librarian (Part Time)

Highgate, London N6 5HF GSA Day School - 790 Girls (240 girls in the Junior School) Required for September 2015. We require an experienced and dynamic Librarian to help manage our Junior School library for up to 20 hours per week, to be agreed. Read More...

Jun
1
2015
Children's Bookshow 2015

SLA Blog post

The Children's Bookshow is an annual tour of children's authors and illustrators from the UK and abroad. The national tour brings some of the best children's authors from the UK and abroad to local theatre venues and gives teachers and school children the opportunity to hear world-class artists talk about their work. Read More...

Jun
1
2015
School Resources - 2015 Summer Reading Challenge

SLA Blog post

You will find a wide range of free downloads to support and enhance the Summer Reading Challenge 2015 in your school. This year the Reading Agency are delighted to announce that they are working with Guinness World Records (TM) (GWR) and the theme is Record Breakers The school resources pack is now available for you to download. Read More...

Jun
1
2015
2Simple Serial Mash Writers Competition

SLA Resources Blog post

Educational Software Company, 2Simple, are teaming up with children's author, Jonny Zucker to run their first ever Serial Mash Writers Competition for users of the online library. With the chance of winning prizes, the competition starts by asking children to read the first chapter of two new KS2 Serial Mash books to inspire them to write the second chapter of one or both of the stories. Read More...

May
28
2015
FREE posters and postcards for Off the Page

SLA Blog post

Hodder and Stoughton have posters and postcards available for Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer's new young adult novel, OFF THE PAGE. the new young adult novel by Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Lee. Read More...

May
26
2015
Job Vacancies

Libraries and Literacy Teacher Training Volunteer - Link Ethiopia

Link Ethiopia is a charity dedicated to changing lives in Ethiopia through education. We achieve this through projects tailored to the needs of schools and by building partnerships between UK and Ethiopian schools, which encourage young people to learn about each other and work together. Read More...

May
26
2015
Empower the Gambia projects in rural Gambia

SLA Blog post

Empower the Gambia projects in rural Gambia have two libraries set up in Daru and Sara Kunda with a third at Kerawan being fitted out ready to open in July 2015. They rely on donations of books, shelving and library resources to send out to the libraries and 8 schools they support - so any school or public libraries that have unwanted but still usable books, shelving or just general library resources who are interested in linking with them within a 30 mile radius of Swindon in Wiltshire would be very much appreciated. Read More...

May
26
2015
SLA Training Day in North East - Building a Reading Community in your School

SLA Blog post

What would it look like if every pupil in your school loved reading? To create a positive reading community in and around a school needs a shared vision and everyone playing their part; in school time and beyond. It also takes time and a flexible action plan. Read More...

May
21
2015
May meanderings

SLA Blog post

A round-up of recent news and announcements that have landed in my inbox from partners and colleagues - I hope you find them useful and informative! The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) runs the Children's Poetry Award which is the only award in the UK for published children's poetry. Established in 2003, the annual Poetry Award encourages and celebrates outstanding poetry published for children. Read More...

May
21
2015
Job Vacancies

KINGS LANGLEY SCHOOL - Learning Resource Manager

We are seeking to appoint a qualified Learning Resource Manager with substantial relevant experience with ideas and commitment, to join this popular school. The successful candidate will lead, develop and manage the facilities in our Learning Resource Centre. Read More...

May
19
2015
Paperback editions to stretch your budget

SLA Reading Blog post

It is probably a sign of my age, but paperback picturebooks are definitely of much higher physical quality these days. Once upon a time they would have been frowned upon as not robust enough for library use, but the perfect binding seems much stronger and the covers of all but one or two of this batch have a lovely matt wipe clean surface! The physical reproduction of the internal illustrations has always been on a par with the hardback and this matters where the subject is art, as in Katie and the Starry Night, James Mayhew's (Orchard,£6. Read More...

May
19
2015
YHA Alex Rider Spy Academy for schools!

SLA Reading Blog post

Walker Books have partnered with the brilliant YHA (England and Wales) to bring Alex Rider's adventures to life with the YHA Alex Rider Spy Academy, a brand new Action Adventure Package for schools in 2015! YHA Alex Rider spy training camps are launching in selected youth hostels nationwide. Now's your chance to try out life as an MI6 agent as you complete missions from abseiling to kayaking by day, while cracking codes and designing gadgets by night! And there's more! Take part in YHA's Alex Rider Spy Academy and you'll receive a complimentary copy of Anthony Horowitz's first Alex Rider mission, Stormbreaker, plus a limited edition Alex Rider mission complete certificate. Read More...

May
19
2015
New Editions to refresh your stock

SLA Reading Blog post

Anniversary editions - reissues of timeless classics- are very successful at making you feel really, really old! A huge favourite with my children and thousands of other children, parents and teachers is apparently 35 years old: David McKee's iconic picture book Not Now Bernard (Andersen, £6.99,978 1 78344 290 4). Read More...

May
19
2015
FREE Theodore Boone posters for school libraries

SLA Blog post

Hodder and Stoughton are re-launching John Grisham's Theodore Boone books with completely new covers, along with a brand new series website. There are posters as well as resource packs with discussion questions, activities etc, free for librarians and teachers. Read More...

May
15
2015
School Librarian wins UKeiG Early Career Award

SLA Blog post

School Librarian Amy Icke has won the UKeiG 2015 Early Career Award, which celebrates extra-ordinary and inspirational enterprise in early-career professionals who are members of CILIP. It comes as no surprise that the prize in this first year of the Award goes to a school librarian. Read More...

May
13
2015
Reading for Pleasure - SLA regional training course

SLA Blog post

Reading for Pleasure can play a key role in raising attainment and successfully supporting a wide range of pupils' academic, personal, social and emotional learning outcomes. In particular, it can become the key driver in supporting the literacy agenda. Read More...

May
8
2015
Online Librarian Course in Newtown, Powys

SLA Blog post

Technology is moving at an almost frightening pace and our students are much more up to date with it than we are in some cases. Using online media to enthuse them about reading and writing for pleasure is therefore very powerful and can be done easily and cheaply . Read More...

May
8
2015
new TeenTech award to recognise excellence in research and information literacy

SLA Blog post

The CILIP Information Literacy Group are supporting a new TeenTech award to recognise excellence in research and information literacy. This award highlights the importance of students having highly developed research skills and the ability to critically and ethically use information to underpin their projects. Read More...

May
5
2015
Job Vacancies

Thomas’s Kensington - SCHOOL LIBRARIAN (Maternity Cover)

September 2015 Thomas's Kensington seek to employ an (ideally) experienced Librarian to take on the running of the school's two Libraries, as well as teaching and inspiring children throughout the school in the delights of books and reading. The post would suit an enthusiastic teacher, willing to turn their hand to many activities including book clubs, creative events for World Book Day and book sharing mornings, as well as teaching Library lessons to children from Reception to Year 6. Read More...

May
1
2015
Win an energy makeover for your school with British Gas Generation Green

SLA Blog post

The Generation Green Energy Performance competition is back for 2015 and bigger than ever before! With eight prizes up for grabs worth up to £100,000, transform your school with energy-saving technology and teach your pupils all about being energy efficient. This curriculum-linked competition is free to enter and open to all pupils aged 7-14 years in the North West, Yorkshire and The Humber, Scotland and Wales. Read More...

May
1
2015
Job Vacancy - Essex School Library Service

SLA Blog post

The role is to deliver professional advice, services and resources associated with the delivery of School Library Service (SLS) products provided by Essex Education Services (EES) to schools and governing bodies, meeting service standards, budgets and quality targets and contributing to EES income. The Advisory Librarian delivers professional services to schools by assisting the Principal Library Adviser in managing resource provision and advisory services. Read More...

May
1
2015
Job Vacancies

THE KING’S SCHOOL - DEPUTY LIBRARIAN (OUTREACH)

Based in the stunning setting of the Precincts of Canterbury Cathedral and St Augustine's Abbey - a World Heritage Site - The King's School is one of the oldest and most prestigious Schools in the country with an enviable record of academic excellence and achievement. The King's School Library is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced Deputy Librarian to support the Librarian to raise standards of academic literacy and to encourage the enjoyment of reading in all its forms. Read More...

May
1
2015
Teaching Skills for School Library Staff

Warwick, 20 May 2015

CLOSING DATE - 6TH MAY Our course Teaching Skills for School Library Staff, run by Chris Powis, will be held in Warwick on 20 May 2015. The closing date is 6 May 2015. This course has been included in our training programme over many years and always receives excellent reviews. Key Audience: KS2 and secondary school librarians / library staff - experienced and new to teaching and learning skills Read More...

Apr
29
2015
Reading for Pleasure - for everyone!

Hamilton, 20 May 2015

Due to demand a second session of our course Reading for Pleasure - for everyone! has been arranged to take place at Hamilton College on 20 May 2015. The closing date is 6 May 2015. Due to the timescale involved the early booking discount rate will be applied to all bookings received by the closing date. Key Audience: School Librarians and library staff, support staff in libraries and classrooms Read More...

Apr
29
2015
Information Book Award 2015 - Shortlist announced

SLA Blog post

We would like to say huge congratulations to all the wonderful authors, illustrators and publishers who have made it through onto this very highly contested shortlist for the SLA Information Book Award 2015. The quality and number of the nominations grows year on year, and the judging was so close that eleven shortlisted titles were chosen plus one commendation! The shortlist is - 12-16 The Story of Buildings by Patrick Dillon and Stephen Biesty - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 3590 3 Molecules by Theodore Gray (photographs by Nick Mann) - Black Dog & Leventhal ISBN 978 1 57912 971 2 The Teenage Guide to Stress by Nicola Morgan - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 5314 3 7-12 Shackleton's Journey by William Grill - Flying Eye Books ISBN 978 1 909263 10 9 The Story of Money by Martin Jenkins and Satoshi Kitamuri - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 2498 7 Pop-Up New York by Jennie Maizels - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 4945 0 Animalium by Katie Scott and Jenny Broom - Big Picture Press ISBN 978 1 78370 060 8 UNDER 7 Tiny - the Invisible World of Microbes by Nicola Davies & Emily Sutton - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 4104 1 Welcome to the Family by Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith - Frances Lincoln ISBN 978 1 84780 461 7 Ali's Story - His Journey from Afghanistan by Salvador Maldonado & Andy Glynne - BBC Learning, Wayland ISBN 978 0 7502 7887 4 A Walk in Paris by Salvatore Rubbino - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 4152 2 Special Mention and Commendation The Comedy History and Tragedy of William Shakespeare by Adria Meserve (ill) & Anna Claybourne with Timothy Knapman - Watts ISBN 978 1 4451 3187 0 Hilary Murray Hill, CEO of Hachette Children's Group said, 'On behalf of the Hachette Children's Group, I am delighted to continue sponsorship of the SLA Information Book Awards. Read More...

Apr
29
2015
Job Vacancies

Culford School - Assistant Librarian and Archivist (1 year - fixed term)

We are offering a fixed-term (1 year) position as Assistant Librarian's and Archivist. Starting in September 2015, the post offers practical experience of all aspects of working in a a brand new state of the art school library. Read More...

Apr
28
2015
Job Vacancies

Prior’s Field School - Librarian

September 2015 We are looking for a well qualified school librarian who is enthusiastic and able to inspire pupils of all ages. The successful applicant will support academic departments, manage and develop the library resources and help to instil a love of reading and learning. Read More...

Apr
28
2015
Social Media - make it work for you!

Penrith, Cumbria, 14 May 2015

PLACES STILL AVAILABLE! Our course SOCIAL MEDIA - MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU!, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held in Penrith, Cumbria on 14 May 2015. The closing date is 30 April 2015. Testimonials from previous sessions of this course include - 'Wow! So enlightening - thoroughly enjoyed the day' and 'All very informative'. Key Audience: Primary and secondary school staff Read More...

Apr
27
2015
Map of Schools Library Services

This map is to enable you to see the nearest SLS to your location. It is a 'work in progress' and more information will be added, e. Read More...

Apr
23
2015
Smashing Apps

Ilford, 12 May 2015

CLOSING DATE FAST APPROACHING! Don't miss the chance to attend our Smashing Apps workshop, run by Bev Humphrey, in Ilford on 12 May 2015. The closing date is 28 April 2015. Key Audience: Primary and secondary school library staff Read More...

Apr
21
2015
Stan Lee Excelsior Award - further reading suggestions

SLA Blog post

As with every year, the 2015 Suggested Further Reading Sheets are now available. Just click on the various pics to be taken direct to the sheets. Read More...

Apr
21
2015
Job Vacancies

Gable Hall School, Essex - Qualified Librarian

(Fixed Term - 1 Year) 37 hours per week, term time, 1 training week + additional 2 weeks (8.15 to 4. Read More...

Apr
21
2015
National Revision Week launched

SLA Blog post

Research into exam stress has revealed that 71.3 per cent of students facing exams this May say they only get 'some', 'very little' or no support from their schools, with guiding them on revision practices. Read More...

Apr
21
2015
Little Rebels Shortlist 2015

SLA Blog post

A total of eight titles have been shortlisted this year for the Little Rebels Children's Book Award for radical children's fiction. It includes two picture books which set out to explicitly challenge gender stereotypes. Read More...

Apr
20
2015
Raising Achievement: the school library's role in supporting SEN and EAL students in KS2 and 3

Poole, Dorset, 7 May 2015

PLACES ARE STILL AVAILABLE on our course Raising Achievement: the school library's role in supporting SEN and EAL students in KS2 and 3, run by Alec Williams, which is due to be held in Poole, Dorset on 7 May 2015. The closing date is 23 April 2015. Key Audience: School Librarians and library staff; teachers with responsibility for EAL and Special Needs teaching; support staff in libraries and classrooms. Read More...

Apr
17
2015
Job Vacancies

SEK International School Qatar - School Librarian

SEK International School Qatar is a leading multilingual school committed to the best international education. The school is implementing the IBPYP and IBMYP (candidate school). Read More...

Apr
16
2015
Worcestershire Book Awards results

SLA Blog post

Say Her Name by teen author James Dawson has been voted winner of the Worcestershire Teen Book Award by young readers across the county. The announcement was made at a celebratory event in the Council Chambers on 19 March 2015. Read More...

Apr
16
2015
essay prize winner

SLA Blog post

Jon Connell presents Eleanor Winn with her prize Congratulations to the winner of this year's Connell Guides Essay Prize - Eleanor Winn, a sixth form pupil at St Paul's Girls' School, was chosen by judge and award-winning novelist Philip Pullman for her piece on Jez Butterworth's play, Jerusalem. Commenting on Eleanor's talent Philip Pullman said, "What stood out for me in the work of Eleanor Winn was the kind of ease and authority that we see in the performance of a gifted singer or ball-player - a complete familiarity with the medium, a way of presenting the material that seems effortless. Read More...

Apr
15
2015
Teaching Skills for School Library Staff

Warwick, 20 May 2015

DON'T MISS THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE! Our course Teaching Skills for School Library Staff, run by Chris Powis, will be held in Warwick on 20 May 2015. The closing date is 6 May 2015. Bookings received by 22 April 2015 are eligible for a £10 discount. Key Audience: KS2 and secondary school librarians / library staff - experienced and new to teaching and learning skills Read More...

Apr
13
2015
New picturebooks guide from SLA

SLA Blog post

The latest in our Riveting Reads series has just been published - Picture Books from 0 to 90 by Marianne Bradnock. This selection of some of the best picturebooks from the past eighty-five years sets out to dispel the myth that they are only suitable for the very youngest. Read More...

Apr
13
2015
Download your free copy of Frances Hardinge’s new novel

SLA Blog post

Frances Hardinge has long been a favourite of school librarians in the UK - and we're pleased to be teaming up with NetGalley to give you a free copy! NetGalley provides digital proofs to professional readers like librarians - as well as booksellers, media, educators and reviewers - so they can preview titles for recommendation and collection development purposes. The service is free for librarians to use, and over 20,000 librarians worldwide are registered, out of a community of over 210,000 in total. Read More...

Apr
13
2015
Berkshire One Million Minutes Challenge

SLA Blog post

How many minutes can Berkshire primary school children read for in the One Million Minutes reading challenge? Newbury based award-winning education charity Achievement for All has teamed up with Peters Books & Furniture to launch the One Million Minutes reading challenge across Berkshire. Achievement for All and Peters Books & Furniture are asking primary school classes across the area to join together to read for as much as they can in just two weeks. Read More...

Apr
1
2015
Job Vacancies

St Peter’s School, York - Head of Library and Research

St Peter's School are seeking to appoint a professionally qualified Head of Library and Research with exceptional vision and dynamism to join this leading co-educational day and boarding school. The post is full time during term time (plus 7 weeks during school holidays) and would be suitable for someone at the start of their career or with more experience. Read More...

Apr
1
2015
Getting the Most from the Primary School Library

Cobham, Surrey, 23 June 2015

Our course Getting the Most from the Primary School Library, run by Annike Dase, will be held in Cobham, Surrey on 23 June 2015. The closing date is 9 June 2015. Bookings received by 2 June 2015 are eligible for a £10 discount. Key Audience: primary school staff with responsibility for the school library Read More...

Mar
26
2015
Fiction- new paperback editions

SLA Reading Blog post

Firstly a couple of re-issues that somehow crept into the wrong pile! The film tie in of the Carnegie shortlisted Trash by Andy Mulligan should justifiably attract new readers for a brilliant book (Definitions, £6.99, 978 1 909 53133 8). Read More...

Mar
26
2015
Smashing Apps

Ilford, 12 May 2015

LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE! Our course SMASHING APPS, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at Redbridge Central Library on 12 May 2015. The closing date is 28 April 2015. Bookings received by 14 April 2015 are eligible for a £10 discount. Key Audience: Primary and secondary school library staff Read More...

Mar
25
2015
Paperback picturebooks galore!

SLA Reading Blog post

A real mix for you, of new and older favourites, fiction and information and anniversary editions and so many of them that they will need a blog to themselves! From Andersen we have the paperback of Chicken Clicking (£6.99,978 1 78344 161 7) by the incomparable Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross partnership; giving everyone a salutary lesson on internet safety as well as a welcome paperback version of their hilarious look at pet ownership in The Pet Person (£6. Read More...

Mar
24
2015
New Editions for Spring 2015

SLA Reading Blog post

Following on my policy of using space in the print magazine for more reviews of new titles, this is where I will be sharing news of fantastic new editions, affordable paperback editions and series updates. Starting with the very exciting celebrations for 150 years of Alice in Wonderland , the original publisher of everyone's favourite classic has been mining their archives to produce some wonderfully covetable publications. Read More...

Mar
24
2015
FREE posters for school libraries!

SLA Blog post

The final paperback in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy is coming out on Thursday and the publishers, Hodder, have some A3 posters which they are offering to school libraries. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is YA, so would appeal to secondary schools and sixth form. Read More...

Mar
24
2015
Job Vacancies

Aylward Academy - Teacher of Art and Photography

MPR/UPR - Part Time 19.5 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, fixed term to cover Maternity Leave Aylward Academy is part of London Academies Enterprise Trust (LAET) sponsored by Academies Enterprise Trust (AET). Read More...

Mar
24
2015
Book Awards Season

SLA Reading Blog post

While I was strolling in Spring sunshine in the Lake District no less than two major shortlists were announced! Hopefully you will have seen the releases but just in case.. Read More...

Mar
23
2015
Reading for Pleasure: edgy, cool, or just boring? Make it infectious and survive

London, 7 May 2015

Our course Reading for Pleasure: edgy, cool, or just boring? Make it infectious and survive, run by Angie Curran, will be held in London on 7 May 2015. The closing date is 23 April 2015. Bookings received by 14 April 2015 are eligible for a £10 discount. Key Audience: secondary school library staff Read More...

Mar
23
2015
Raising Achievement: the school library's role in supporting SEN and EAL students in KS2 and 3

Poole, Dorset, 7 May 2015

DON'T DELAY, BOOK TODAY! Our course Raising Achievement: the school library's role in supporting SEN and EAL students in KS2 and 3, run by Alec Williams, will be held in Poole, Dorset on 7 May 2015. The closing date is 23 April 2015. Bookings received by 14 April 2015 are eligible for a £10 discount. Key Audience: School Librarians and library staff; teachers with responsibility for EAL and Special Needs teaching; support staff in libraries and classrooms. Read More...

Mar
23
2015
Job Vacancies

Northbury Primary School - Librarian

LONDON BOROUGH of BARKING and DAGENHAM NORTHBURY PRIMARY SCHOOL Northbury Close, Barking, Essex IG11 8JA www.northburyprimary. Read More...

Mar
18
2015
Free resources for London schools!

SLA Blog post

Have you heard about the initiative to make London the world's first National Park City? Led by geography educator Daniel Raven-Ellison, this big initiative for London is quickly building momentum. Over 100 organisations from community organisations and councils to universities and international businesses are showing support for the idea that would change the way we all think about the city. Read More...

Mar
17
2015
Job Vacancies

ST. BARTHOLOMEW’S SCHOOL - LIBRARIAN

35 hours per week, term time, permanent, required for 1 June 2015 Salary FTE £20,253 - £22,212 gross pa pro rata (£10.50 - £11. Read More...

Mar
16
2015
Crossing the Divide: Effective Induction and Transition Strategies for the Secondary School Library

Colchester, Essex, 16 June 2015

Our course Crossing the Divide: Effective Induction and Transition Strategies for the Secondary School Library which should have taken place on 17th March has been postponed until 16 June 2015. The venue for the event is Stanway School, Colchester, Essex. The closing date is 2 June 2015. Bookings received by 19 May 2015 are eligible for a discount. Key Audience: Secondary school library staff. We apologise for any inconvenience caused to delegates who had booked onto the postponed 17th March session and hope they will be able to attend on 16th June. Read More...

Mar
13
2015
Paddington resources for primary schools!

SLA Resources Blog post

Into Film have created a fun, easy to use resource for Primary teachers based on the charming British adventure film, Paddington. The resource will be available to teachers registering for a new Into Film Club before the Easter break. Read More...

Mar
13
2015
Aylsham High School’s Abbie wins inaugural Pupil Library Assistant Award

SLA Blog post

Teenage pupil Abbie Craske from Aylsham High School in Norfolk has been named Pupil Library Assistant of the Year, from a shortlist of seven committed young library lovers who assist in their school libraries. The new national award is made jointly by the CILIP School Library Group and the School Library Association. Read More...

Mar
10
2015
Support the SLA

Give and Win Voluntary Lottery

SLA is pleased to announce the launch of our new fundraising lottery. This is part of a National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) scheme, being handled by respected firm Capen. Read More...

Mar
9
2015
SLA Inspiration Award

SLA Blog post

The SLA Inspiration Award is made annually 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. What matters is not how big the school library space is, but what it has achieved with the available resources and the challenges it faces. Read More...

Mar
9
2015
The Wicked Young Writers’ Awards are now open!

SLA Blog post

Picture - Dan Wooller Young writers in the UK and Ireland (from five to 25 years old) are asked to send in their original pieces of writing to hopefully wow this year's panel of judges, chaired by Michael Morpurgo and including How to Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell. There will be the opportunity to enter into five different age categories: 5-7 years old 8-10 years old 11-14 years old 15-17 years old 18-25 years old Entries will be judged on originality and creativity and may be in any form, from stories to poems and scripts. Read More...

Mar
9
2015
Chatterbooks training

SLA Resources Blog post

Chatterbooks are holding a training day at Exeter Library on Thursday 19 March. If anyone is interested in attending, they can find out more from the Reading Agency website. Read More...

Mar
4
2015
Information Book Award

2015 Long List announced

After much careful scrutiny - and from a wide range of titles and submissions - the judges have finalised the 2015 Long List for the Information Book Award. Titles listed are: 12-16 How to be a Space Explorer by Mark Brake - Lonely Planet ISBN 978 1 74360 390 1 Batman Tech by Biskup, Agnieszka et al - Curious Fox ISBN 978 1 782 02103 2 The Story of Buildings by Patrick Dillon and Stephen Biesty - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 3590 3 Molecules by Theodore Gray (photographs by Nick Mann) - Black Dog & Leventhal ISBN 978 1 57912 971 2 52 Teen Boy Problems by Alex Hooper-Hodson - Wayland ISBN 978 0 7502 8104 1 Jet the Rescue Dog - animals in wartime by David Long - Faber ISBN 978 0 571 30492 9 The Teenage Guide to Stress by Nicola Morgan - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 5314 3 How to be a Girl by Anita Naik - Wayland ISBN 978 0 7502 8250 5 Why Do We Fight by Niki Walker - Watts ISBN 978 1 4451 3443 7 7-12 Shackleton's Journey by William Grill - Flying Eye Books ISBN 978 1 909263 10 9 Unusual Creatures by Michael Hearst and Jelma Noorderman - Chronicle Books ISBN 978 1 4521 3645 5 The Story of Money by Martin Jenkins and Satoshi Kitamuri - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 2498 7 Atlas of Adventure by Lucy Letherland & Rachel Williams (author) - Wide Eyed Editions ISBN 978 1 84780 585 0 Pop-Up New York by Jennie Maizels - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 4945 0 The Beatles by Mick Manning & Brita Granström - Frances Lincoln ISBN 978 1 84780 451 8 The Comedy History and Tragedy of William Shakespeare by Adria Meserve (ill) & Anna Claybourne with Timothy Knapman - Watts ISBN 978 1 4451 3187 0 Animalium by Katie Scott and Jenny Broom - Big Picture Press ISBN 978 1 78370 060 8 Nocturne - Creatures of the Night by Traer Scott - Princeton Architectural Press ISBN 978 1 61689 288 3 Ultimate Survival Guide for Kids - QED ISBN 978 1 78171 680 9 UNDER 7 Tell Us a Story Papa Chagall by Laurence Anholt - Frances Lincoln ISBN 978 1 84780 339 9 Could a Penguin Ride a Bike by Camilla de la Bedoyere - QED ISBN 978 1 78171 582 6 Tiny - the Invisible World of Microbes by Nicola Davies & Emily Sutton - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 4104 1 Wow! Surprising Facts about the Human Body by Emma Dods et al - Kingfisher ISBN 978 0 7534 3631 8 Lifesize Rainforest by Anita Ganeri and Stuart Jackson-Carter - Kingfisher ISBN 978 0 7534 3635 6 The Moon by Alice Harman - (Fact Cat) Wayland ISBN 978 0 7502 8221 5 William Caxton by Damian Harvey ill Judy Brown - (History Heroes) Watts ISBN 978 1 4451 3310 2 Welcome to the Family by Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith - Frances Lincoln ISBN 978 1 84780 461 7 Ali's Story - His Journey from Afghanistan by Salvador Maldonado & Andy Glynne - BBC Learning, Wayland ISBN 978 0 7502 7887 4 A Walk in Paris by Salvatore Rubbino - Walker ISBN 978 1 4063 4152 2 Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators and publishers for such a varied and exciting list. Read More...

Feb
27
2015
Job Vacancies

Gable Hall School, Corringham, Essex - Qualified Librarian

(Fixed Term - 1 Year) 37 hours per week, term time, 1 training week + additional 2 weeks (8.15 to 4. Read More...

Feb
25
2015
Read for a million minutes

SLA Blog post

Leading education charity Achievement for All and Peters Books & Furniture are asking primary school children across Bristol, Bath and Somerset to join together to read for a collective total of one million minutes in just two weeks. It's hoped the challenge will help promote a love of literacy and put reading right at the heart of each and every school day. Read More...

Feb
24
2015
E is for Excellent: E-Literacy in your Library

Bridgwater, Somerset, 25 March 2015

DON'T DELAY, BOOK TODAY - AND BEAT THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE! Our course E is for Excellent: E-Literacy in your Library, run by Annike Dase, will be held in Bridgwater, Somerset on 25 March 2015. Bookings received by 25 February 2015 are eligible for a £10 discount. The closing date is 11 March 2015. Key Audience: secondary school library staff Read More...

Feb
23
2015
Young Classics Champions 

SLA Resources Blog post

Do you have a potential Classics Champion in your school? We are looking for young Classics Champions for the next new books in our Oxford Children's Classics range - Heidi and The Hound of the Baskervilles. To enter, pupils simply need to submit a short review of the book. Read More...

Feb
23
2015
June Webcast news

SLA Resources Blog post

Fans from all over the world will also be able to connect with Jacqueline Wilson and send in their questions as she participates in one of the very successful Puffin Virtually Live webcasts in June - register at www.puffinvirtuallylive. Read More...

Feb
23
2015
Primary French

SLA Resources Blog post

National Schools Partnership and Into Film are offering a fun, helpful resource pack that supports primary-level French to teachers who sign up for a film club. Teachers can use film to boost children's confidence in French and support language learning in their school with this resource, and the first 100 registrants will receive a free DVD of A Cat in Paris. Read More...

Feb
22
2015
5th Year of Wicked Young Writers Award Launches

SLA Reading Blog post

WICKED, is of course the award-winning West End musical that tells the untold story of the witches of Oz and the writing awards that bear its name were established in 2010, spearheaded by author Michael Morpurgo, to recognise excellence in writing, encourage creativity and develop writing talent in young people between 5-25 years of age from all backgrounds and areas of the UK and Ireland. Over 20,000 young people have since entered original and thought-provoking pieces of writing that consistently reflect the interests, concerns and deepest thoughts of young people, providing a first-look at the emerging voices of a new generation. Read More...

Feb
22
2015
World Book Day Virtual Author Event

SLA Reading Blog post

National Literacy Trust Ambassador, Frank Lampard, is to do a Livestream event for schools and libraries across the UK on 5th March, which is , of course World Book day 2015! Frank's event will be broadcast on the Hachette Children's Group new live streaming site which, as an added bonus also has previous events to watch again at www.childrensauthorslive. Read More...

Feb
20
2015
Anthony Horowitz and Patrick Ness

SLA Reading Blog post

Although it is hard to believe Alex Rider celebrates his 15th anniversary this year! In honour of Anthony Horowitz's action-packed series and to engage children in creative writing and reading for pleasure, the National Literacy Trust and Walker Books are hosting the Alex Rider Secret Mission for the spring 2015 term. Using the popularity of MI6's youngest recruit Alex Rider, teachers will have the chance to engage key stage two and three pupils in reading and writing through this unique challenge, launching after February half-term. Read More...

Feb
19
2015
Crossing the Divide: Effective Induction and Transition Strategies for the Secondary School Library

Colchester, Essex, 17 March 2015

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE EXTENDED! Our course Crossing the Divide: Effective Induction and Transition Strategies for the Secondary School Library, run by Geoff Dubber, will be held in Colchester, Essex on 17 March 2015. The closing date is 3 March 2015. Bookings received by 26 February 2015 are eligible for a discount. Key Audience: Secondary school library staff Read More...

Feb
17
2015
New Resources for creative writing

SLA Blog post

From Oliver Twist to A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens created some of literature's most vivid, memorable and endearing characters. But you may not know that, as well as leaving the world an exceptional body of creative work for generations to enjoy, Charles Dickens also campaigned for appropriate copyright legislation to protect the work of authors. Read More...

Feb
17
2015
World Book Day is coming!!

SLA Blog post

Wow - we've had a busy start to the year! Our website relaunched at the beginning of the month and it's absolutely packed with fabulous new resources including the World Book Day 2015 Teachers' Toolkit, The Big Book Off and 4 brand new videos in The Big Little Book Corner. See below for more on each of these. Read More...

Feb
16
2015
Raising Achievement: the school library's role in supporting SEN and EAL students in KS2 and 3

Poole, Dorset, 7 May 2015

Our course Raising Achievement: the school library's role in supporting SEN and EAL students in KS2 and 3, run by Alec Williams, will be held in Poole, Dorset on 7 May 2015. The closing date is 23 April 2015. Bookings received by 9 April 2015 are eligible for a discount. Key Audience: School Librarian and library staff; teachers with responsibility for EAL and Special Needs teaching; support staff in libraries and classrooms. Read More...

Feb
13
2015
New Facet Catalogue available!

SLA Blog post

The new Facet catalogue is now available! Facet Publishing, the commercial publishing and bookselling arm of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, is the leading publisher of books for library and information professionals worldwide. There are some excellent books on school libraries . Read More...

Feb
13
2015
the Travelling Librarian Award

SLA Blog post

Run in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, the Travelling Librarian Award builds relationships between library and information professionals in the UK and their counterparts in the US and across the Commonwealth through a professional development study tour. The award of £3000 covers flights and some accommodation. Read More...

Feb
12
2015
Reading for Pleasure - for everyone!

Hamilton, 18 May 2015

Our course Reading for Pleasure - for everyone!, run by Alec Williams, will be held in Hamilton on 18 May 2015. The closing date is 5 May 2015. Bookings received by 22 April 2015 are eligible for a £10 discount. Key Audience: School Librarians and library staff, support staff in libraries and classrooms Read More...

Feb
11
2015
The Online Librarian

Northampton, 12 March 2015

DON'T DELAY, BOOK TODAY - and beat the early booking discount deadline! Our Online Librarian course, run by Bev Humphrey, is taking place in Northampton on 12 March 2015 and London on 16 March. Booking received by Friday 13 February are eligible for a £10 discount. Key Audience: primary and secondary school library staff Read More...

Feb
11
2015
Dick King-Smith New website launched

SLA Blog post

This fantastic new asset for all those primary school author studies has just launched today: www.dickkingsmith.com Read More...

Feb
11
2015
New Dick King-Smith website launched

SLA Reading Blog post

This fantastic new asset for all those primary school author studies has just launched today: www.dickkingsmith. Read More...

Feb
11
2015
New Dick King-Smith website launched

SLA Reading Blog post

This fantastic new asset for all those primary school author studies has just launched today: www.dickkingsmith.com Read More...

Feb
11
2015
Carnegie and greenaway longlists published

SLA Reading Blog post

Just in case any of you missed the announcement, lovely online coverage and all the Twitter action yesterday.. Read More...

Feb
10
2015
Kent Branch

Branch Events

This is your new section. To start adding your content, click the 'Edit' link. Read More...

Feb
10
2015
Getting the Best from Young People and Adults: Managing Behaviour in the Secondary School Library

Stafford, 11 March 2015

DON'T MISS THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE! Our course Getting the Best from Young People and Adults: Managing Behaviour in the Secondary School Library, run by Geoff Dubber, will be held in Stafford on 11 March 2015. The closing date is 25 February 2015. Bookings received by 11 February 2015 are eligible for a £10 discount. Target Audience: Secondary school library staff Read More...

Feb
9
2015
E is for Excellent: E-Literacy in your Library

Cobham, Surrey, 24 February 2015

PLACES ARE STILL AVAILABLE on our E is for Excellent: E-Literacy in your Library course, run by Annike Dase, which is taking place in Cobham, Surrey on 24 February 2015. The closing date is 10 February 2015. Target Audience: secondary school library staff Read More...

Feb
4
2015
Zombies, comics and Libraries- what’s not to like?

SLA Blog post

Picture from Alan Gibbons website Guest blog by Alan Gibbons It sounded crazy, libraries, comics and zombies. I mean, how was that going to work? When I was first approached to join a project called Dawn of the Unread, an Arts Council supported initiative based in Nottingham, I thought it sounded utterly nuts... so that made it an absolute must-do. Read More...

Feb
3
2015
Central and East Berkshire Branch

Branch Events

Meet the author event 2015 Monday 9th March 2015, 6pm - 8pm Waterloo Room, Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire, RG45 7PU Meet The Author Invite and Booking PDF file, 500 kB Requires Adobe Reader Details and application form .. Read More...

Feb
3
2015
Read For My School

SLA Blog post

Now in its third year, Read for My School is a national reading competition open to primary pupils in Years 3-6 and secondary pupils in Years 7-8 across England. It is completely free to register and take part. Read More...

Feb
2
2015
Softlink launches UK School Library Survey

SLA Blog post

Softlink Europe has launched their first UK School library survey. The survey will be distributed to school librarians across the UK and is supported by a number of industry leaders including the School Library Association (SLA), the Cilip School Libraries Group, CRB Cunninghams, Renaissance Learning, BDS and JCS. Read More...

Feb
2
2015
Information Literacy Award 2015

SLA Blog post

The CILIP Information Literacy Group and Talis are proud to offer an award for achievement in the field of information literacy. The award is open to practitioners (including school librarians), researchers and academics working in the information literacy field within the UK. Read More...

Jan
29
2015
Job Vacancies

Kingswood School - Librarian

Kingswood School is seeking to appoint a Librarian at the Senior School due to the retirement of the current post holder. Based within our flagship Library this is a high profile role within the School requiring the highest professional standards and outstanding personal qualities. Read More...

Jan
29
2015
Rallying call from John Lydon ahead of National Libraries Day

SLA Blog post

"Saturday 7 February is National Libraries Day. Be there. Read More...

Jan
28
2015
Putting the L(ibrarian) into Reading

Penrith, Cumbria, 18 March 2015

We have added a new course to our itinerary. Putting the L(ibrarian) into Reading, run by Lin Smith, will be held at Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria on 18 March 2015. The closing date is 4 March 2015. Bookings received by 20 February 2015 are eligible for a £10 discount. Key Audience: Secondary school librarians and library staff Read More...

Jan
28
2015
E is for Excellent: E-Literacy in your Library

Cobham, Surrey, 24 February 2015

DON'T MISS THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE! Our course E is for Excellent: E-Literacy in your Library, run by Annike Dase, will be held at Notre Dame School in Cobham, Surrey on 24 February 2015. Bookings received by 30 January 2015 are eligible for a £10 discount. The closing date is 10 February 2015. Key Audience: secondary school library staff Read More...

Jan
27
2015
More Bonus Reviews from Winter Edition of The School Librarian

SLA Reading Blog post

More bonus reviews for you, starting with the crucial 8-12 age group Agard, John. All Sorts to Make a World (4u2Read). Read More...

Jan
27
2015
Get your keen readers and artists involved!

SLA Reading Blog post

Vote for Failure! For the 1st time ever, Walker Books is letting the kids make the call. Starting on 15th January - and running until 15th March, readers will be able to log on to the Timmy Failure website www. Read More...

Jan
26
2015
New Special Needs Book from the SLA

SLA Blog post

Access for Everyone: Supporting Special Needs Through the School Library is a brand new SLA publication about Special Educational Needs. This new and timely publication has been put together for us by national SEN expert and author Dr Rona Tutt OBE. Read More...

Jan
26
2015
New SLA book - speak clearly

SLA Blog post

Speakers' Corner at Simon Balle School is the latest in our "Voices" series of shorter publications from a personal perspective. Following the demands of the National Curriculum ("Spoken Language - pupils should be taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently"), here is a way to put the library centre stage in this essential process. Read More...

Jan
23
2015
Bonus reviews

SLA Reading Blog post

Once again we had too many reviews to fit them all into the last edition of The School Librarian for 2014 and these reviews will help fill the gap until the first Spring edition arrives on your doorstep! As before can I assure my esteemed reviewers that it is only a question of lack of space and ensuring a variety of coverage that dictates where the reviews go. These are all excellent reviews too! So working our way upwards we will start with the Under 8's Allan, Nicholas. Read More...

Jan
23
2015
The ReadingZone WBD Picture Book Competition

SLA Blog post

Children and young people aged four to 18 years are being challenged to make their own picture book on and around World Book Day with the launch of the ReadingZone WBD Picture Book Competition 2015. The competition is running in schools and libraries until Friday 24th April 2015. Read More...

Jan
23
2015
Information Literacy Awards 15 open for nominations

SLA Blog post

LILAC HQ and CILIP ILG have launched the 2015 Information Literacy Awards - guaranteed to bring New Year excitement and get little fingers pounding away on keyboards to get those nominations ready for scrutiny! Nominations are invited from all sectors for the 3 awards which will be presented at LILAC 2015 in Newcastle on April 9th. Shortlisted nominees will be listed on the website in early March. Read More...

Jan
23
2015
January Update

SLA Resources Blog post

Check out the winners of the BETT 2015 awards - one of them may be just what you have been waiting for. Meanwhile, if you have a free Saturday and fancy heading down to London the BETT show is open all day. Read More...

Jan
23
2015
Winter Review Bonus

SLA Blog post

Once again there were too many reviews to fit into the last edition of 2014 and so I will be posting them online to give you some more great titles to think about while waiting for the first issue of 2015. Just to state very firmly to my lovely reviewers that it is only reasons of space and to ensure we have as broad a range as possible in the print journal that dictates what goes in there and what goes online - the reviews are just as good! So starting with the Under 8's Allan, Nicholas. Read More...

Jan
22
2015
January blues

SLA Blog post

January is often thought of as a depressing month - awful weather, short days and long nights. An anti-climax after the fun and celebrations of Christmas and the winter festivals; it's hard to get out of bed, it's tough getting to work on icy roads. Read More...

Jan
21
2015
Big names in children’s literature back pupils who assist in school library

SLA Blog post

Bestselling children's author Charlie Higson and multi award-winning illustrator Chris Riddell join school librarians and publishers to back the Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award; a joint venture between the CILIP School Libraries Group and the School Library Association. A seven-strong shortlist has been selected following a total of almost sixty nominations received for the inaugural award. Read More...

Jan
20
2015
Angels Welly Beat Schools Challenge

SLA Blog post

International Children's Charity, Angels, has teamed up with children's TV presenter Andy Day to launch the 'Angels Welly Beat Schools Challenge'; a unique opportunity with two amazing prizes. One school will win the chance to star in the music video of a specially written song called 'Angels Welly Beat' which will go on general release and another will win a visit from Andy for an 'assembly takeover'! In addition, the Challenge is a fantastic opportunity to deliver national curriculum goals in a 'once in a lifetime' way and impress Ofsted into the bargain! The Aim:Launched in 2006 to enfranchise the world's poorest children through the power of music Wokingham based Angels has created a 'Pop Up' school within an informal settlement in South Africa where the children, all of whom are vulnerable, spend the majority of their time on the streets. Read More...

Jan
19
2015
SLYA - don't forget!!!

SLA Blog post

Don't forget to get your nomination for your outstanding school librarian in to our office by tomorrow. For full details, including hints and tips on how to nominate, please visit our SLYA pages. Read More...

Jan
16
2015
Inspiration Award

Applying for the Inspiration Award

Entries are now open for the 2015 Inspiration Award. Nominations for the Inspiration Award should be submitted online at the websites below (guidance notes are also available there on how to prepare an effective nomination): Primary School Category (LFC) - www. Read More...

Jan
16
2015
National Libraries Day

Ideas for NLD 2015

Why not have a library themed debate? In the library, an assembly or in the staff room - here are a few ideas that might help.. Read More...

Jan
14
2015
Job Vacancies

Aylward Academy - School Learning Resource Centre Manager

Reference: THW/15/058643/001 Salary Details: £25,217 - £26,774 Contract Type: Permanent Contract Term: Term time 36 hours per week, 42 weeks per year Aylward Academy is part of London Academies Enterprise Trust (LAET) sponsored by Academies Enterprise Trust (AET). Our objective is to provide all students with a first class education. Read More...

Jan
14
2015
Job Vacancies

Kingsbury Green Primary School, London NW9 - SCHOOL LIBRARIAN

Required as soon as possible Scale 4, Point 18-21 Salary: £17,714 - £19,742 Plus London Weighting of £1,815 (Pro-Rata) Term time only - 20 hours per week The post holder will promote a love of reading by managing and maintaining the school library in this busy 3 form entry primary school. You will work with the Assistant Head teacher and all leaders in the school as of an aspirational and committed team to establish efficient systems which ensure access for all our learners. Read More...

Jan
14
2015
Social Media - make it work for you!

Ilford, 25 February 2015

Don't delay, book today! Our Social Media - Make it Work for You course (run by Bev Humphrey), will be held in Ilford on 25 February 2015. A £10 discount will be applied for places booked by 28 January. The closing date is 11 February 2015. Key Audience: Primary and secondary school staff Read More...

Jan
14
2015
Job Vacancies

Sheldon School, Wilts - Librarian (Maternity Cover)

LIBRARIAN - To cover Maternity Leave Required March 2015 A rewarding post to work in a school with an excellent reputation. 35 hours per week, term time only Scale G, Points 22-25 (£20,253-£22,212) pro rata The successful candidate will work as part of a team in the busy Learning Resources Department. Read More...

Jan
13
2015
Still time to nominate your favourite librarian

SLA Blog post

Don't forget that the nomination process for the 2015 School Librarian of the Year will close on 20 January 2015. It is not too late to send in your nomination for a librarian in a primary or secondary school who demonstrates outstanding professional qualities and deserves to be recognised for the work that they do. Read More...

Jan
12
2015
Tracking and Mapping: Proving the Impact of a School Library

Kidderminster, Worcestershire, 11 February 2015

DON'T MISS THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE! Our course Tracking and Mapping: Proving the Impact of a School Library, run by Adam Lancaster, will be held in Kidderminster, Worcestershire on 11 February 2015. The closing date is 28 January 2015. Bookings received by 14 January 2015 are eligible for a £10 discount. Key Audience: Secondary school library staff Read More...

Jan
11
2015
Lovereading4schools - Encouraging children to read for pleasure.

SLA Resources Blog post

Helping teachers and parents encourage children to love reading a variety of books throughout the school year, is the reason Lovereading4schools was created. Part of the Lovereading and Lovereading4kids family, the website offers teachers an easy, impartial and free way to create and share reading lists with their parents and pupils, offering age appropriate books as well as themed collections of titles. Read More...

Jan
11
2015
Totally Serialized

SLA Blog post

Watch out for the British and French TV festival, Totally Serialized (29-31 January 2015) at Ciné Lumière. One particular highlight is the screening of the 13 animated short films gathered in the 'Fresh Out of School' collection, a series of 3 minute animated films matching the talent and graphic creativity of fresh young directors with 13 poems of much celebrated French poet Jacques Prevert. Read More...

Jan
11
2015
National Libraries Day 2015

SLA Blog post

7th February will soon be here - are you ready for NLD? CILIP have set up a Thunderclap account - so if you use social media you you can show your support - do sign up. Check out the website for the activities being plannned and also add your events! . Read More...

Jan
11
2015
Social Media Use Research- Help requested

SLA Blog post

The aim is to investigate young people's use of social media, specifically for information-seeking activities. There are two reasons why they've (MMU) chosen to focus on this 1) much of the existing research focuses on social media as a communication tool and doesn't consider it's potential use for information-seeking and 2) in many schools/colleges social media isn't really considered as an appropriate educational/information resource although students are likely to make use of it. Read More...

Jan
9
2015
New Year Reminders

SLA Reading Blog post

Do you have a New Year's resolution to lose all those extra Christmas inches (don't we all?) Well you will be glad to hear that The National Literacy Trust's Where's Wally? themed fun run is back and bigger than ever! The charity is calling on everyone to don bobble hats, glasses and stripy tops in the style of Where's Wally? and walk, jog or run either 5K or 10K on Sunday 22 March 2015 to raise vital funds to improve literacy in deprived communities across the UK. Suitable for runners and walkers of any ability aged eight and over, the event promises to be plenty of fun and participants will be provided with a free official Where's Wally? costume, based on the well-loved protagonist of the series of children's books created by British illustrator Martin Handford. Read More...

Dec
19
2014
Request for help - information use

SLA Blog post

A request from Pam Dix - a name many of you will be familiar with - "I have been helping some contacts with a series of books about literacy. The person writing the book on Reading from 7 is looking for a 'good example of pupils at KS3 or KS4 (preferably the latter) using demanding information material in an organised way in a subject context - perhaps most likely English or history or geography. Read More...

Dec
16
2014
Affordable paperback editions - Winter 2014

SLA Reading Blog post

Unlike my last round up blog which was to celebrate new editions of out of print or classic titles, this is the chance to catch up on affordable editions of more recent titles! So working our way upwards by age, Mick Inkpen's Wibbly Pig and the Tooky (Hodder, £6.99, 978 1 444 91224 1) is always going to be popular. Read More...

Dec
16
2014
On Angel Wings

SLA Blog post

On Angel Wings is a warm and magical retelling of the Christmas story with readings by Juliet Stevenson and bestselling author Michael Morpurgo, accompanied by traditional carols by acappella singing group Voices at the Door. On Angel Wings will be performed on Saturday 20th December at 6. Read More...

Dec
16
2014
IASL 2015 - Call for papers

SLA Blog post

In 2015, the annual conference of the International Association for School Librarianship will be held in Maastricht from June 28 till July 2. This is an excellent opportunity for sharing your ideas, getting inspiration and discussing topics around school librarianship with your peers. Read More...

Dec
16
2014
Stan Lee Excelsior Award shortlists are announced!

SLA Blog post

13 new graphic novels to wow your students with! The new shortlists for the Stan Lee Excelsior Award and the spin-off Stan Lee Excelsior Award Junior are finally available on their respective websites - including four publishers who have never featured on the shortlists before! Go and visit the websites. The breadth and variety of material chosen this year is very exciting. Read More...

Dec
15
2014
Book lovers events

SLA Reading Blog post

February 5th 2015 will see the first ever Harry Potter Book Night. Since it was first announced there have been a staggering 3,600 sign -ups around the world but it is not too late for YOU to join in! This exciting event will give new and existing fans a chance to share the wonder of J. Read More...

Dec
11
2014
Job Vacancies

Box Hill School - library assistant

Box Hill School are looking for a Library Assistant who will: Help maintain the smooth running of the Library Deputise for the Librarian in her absence Undertake library transactions using Library Management System Be responsible for the correct shelving of resources To undertake labelling, processing and mending work. To undertake admin tasks such as creating & checking lists using Windows software. Read More...

Dec
10
2014
Weekend Course 2015

SLA Blog post

Our 2015 Weekend Course is well in hand - the programme is virtually all in place and will be published soon! We have some fantastic speakers attending the weekend, and lots of really interactive and informative workshops on the Saturday. Friday night we will have some relaxation - look out for our announcement - and Saturday night we have a treat in store, plus a quiz! Venue - Yarnfield Park, Stone in Staffordshire The title is Creating Future Learners: a Hoard of Knowledge, so it's what we're all about in school libraries, but also reflecting the recent finds of the Staffordshire Hoard (now housed in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Lichfield Cathedral and Tamworth Castle) and the fact that libraries can be hoards of knowledge too! As we know many of you need to budget and/or apply through SLT for permission to attend here are a few highlights, and also the prices for your information. Read More...

Dec
10
2014
Exciting art legacy competition for 16-19 year olds

SLA Blog post

Set your students the task of designing the programme cover for the iconic BNY Mellon Boat Races and help them enrich their art portfolios. The Men's Boat Race has been illustrated through many successful and sought-after posters over the years. Read More...

Dec
9
2014
Free posters for Jasper Fforde books!

SLA Blog post

Hodder & Stoughton have some free posters up for grabs featuring Jasper Fforde's whacky and wonderful Last Dragonslayer series - the number one bestselling author's first series for children. 'Packed with magic and invention: a spiky heroine called Jennifer Strange, an unruly young princess and most importantly a flying car and plenty of dragon action. Read More...

Dec
8
2014
KidsLitQuiz winners 2014

SLA Blog post

The Kids Lit Quiz - Litcham School in Norfolk, librarian Cathy Berry (Regional Organiser Gail Arnold) won the UK champions title for 2014. The lucky winners will be flying off to Connecticut in the summer of 2015 to compete for the World Title. Read More...

Dec
7
2014
New Editions

SLA Reading Blog post

Lack of space meant that I could not include any new editions sections in Issue 4, but I don't want to miss telling you about these beautiful books! Frances Lincoln have launched The Classics, beautiful full colour, full size, hardback editions of some of their most celebrated collections of classic tales, myths, legends and traditional stories. I would not be at all surprised to find copies of the originals in most school libraries and most librarians loathe to let them go, but now you can replace them with shiny new editions! These range from the Greenaway Medal winning collaboration between Rosemary Sutcliffe and Alan Lee with their re-telling of The Illiad (Frances Lincoln, £12. Read More...

Dec
4
2014
Job Vacancies

GCHQ - Information Specialists

Location: Cheltenham Salary: GC10 £25,045, GC09 £30,065 Please note this is an Information Specialist role, not an Information Technology (IT) or software engineering discipline. Information Specialists help provide GCHQ with its very lifeblood - information. Read More...

Dec
2
2014
Exciting Event in NW

SLA Blog post

SilverDell Bookshop and Jake Hope children's book consultant are hugely excited to announce that the official World Book Day flagship event will be held in Preston in 2015. We are delighted to be able to offer places to School Librarians and their classes to attend free of charge. Read More...

Dec
2
2014
Welling School Music Video and Special Effects Course

SLA Blog post

Welling School will be holding a Music Video and Special Effects Course in their "iBrary" during the February half term next year. It will be held on Tuesday the 17th and Wednesday the 18th of February. Read More...

Dec
2
2014
Job Vacancies

Voyager Academy - Librarian

Librarian Salary: Scale 6 points 26-28 (FTE: £22,443 to £23,945) 41 weeks per year (Term Time plus 5 training days plus an additional 2 weeks during the holidays) The Voyager Academy is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic Librarian to manage our Learning Resource Centre and ensure the Library is a vibrant and exciting place for both students and staff of the Academy. The role is an excellent opportunity for an experienced librarian or a well- qualified entrant into the profession. Read More...

Dec
1
2014
BNY Mellon Young Sports Reporter of the Year

SLA Blog post

Perfect your pupils' literacy skills with the iconic Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race! Engage your KS 2-3 pupils in this extra-curricular task to challenge their writing ability and let them shine. The winning pupil will receive a unique literacy workshop for their class, a school visit from a Blue from the 2015 Boat Races and a trophy for their school. Read More...

Dec
1
2014
Proposed cuts to scottish school libraries

SLA Blog post

The TESS (Times Educational Supplment Scotland) have written an excellent article on proposed cuts to Scottish school libraries. Provision across the country is due to be hit by cutbacks, with librarians facing job losses or having to work across a number of schools. Read More...

Dec
1
2014
Job Vacancies

Heanor Gate Science College - Learning Resources Manager

Learning Resources Manager Salary: Pt 32-38 required from February 2015 We are seeking to appoint an energetic, enthusiastic and creative librarian, responsible for the management of the library and school website. The successful candidate will be confident, self-motivated and organised with excellent communication skills. Read More...

Nov
28
2014
Dyslexia Assist

SLA Blog post

Dyslexia Assist is a newly formed charity set up by a group of parents who have struggled with supporting their children throughout their education. The main aim is to develop an interactive site where parents and children can share advice and learning tips in an informal and accessible way. Read More...

Nov
28
2014
Academic Honesty online course

SLA Blog post

Available to study now on the SLA website! A brand new online course for understanding Academic Honesty. This course will focus on the need for students and staff to be aware of the serious nature of plagiarism. Read More...

Nov
27
2014
Thank you!

SLA Blog post

It's so lovely to get a surprise at work - and Wednesday was just such a day! An email from Vodaphone Just Text Giving telling us how much you had donated to us and that it was transferered to our bank account that day! We really appreciate the support - a big thank you to all that had taken the time to do it. If you haven't and would like to - details are here . Read More...

Nov
27
2014
Free - Edward Scissorhands DVD

SLA Resources Blog post

National Schools Partnership have a great new English and literacy resource geared towards KS3 (and equivalent) students across the UK which helps teachers set up an Into Film club in an easy and fun way and gives them access to thousands of fantastic films and resources for their secondary school pupils. Supporting this resource, and helping teachers kick start their new film club, is a free DVD of the cult classic Edward Scissorhands directed by Tim Burton which teachers will receive when registering for the resource. Read More...

Nov
27
2014
Find your inspiration at Education Show 2015

SLA Blog post

The Education Show 2015 will be returning to NEC, Birmingham on 19 to 21 March for another successful year and this time, it's taking a different approach to help visitors tackle educational challenges head on. A rich offering of new content, inspiring training and development, and pioneering educational suppliers will be available throughout the show. Read More...

Nov
27
2014
Worcestershire's Awesomest  Book Award 2014-15

SLA Blog post

The results are in! Shortlist for 2014-15: Stephen Backshall Ghosts of the forest Theresa Breslin Ghost soldier Rachel Hamilton The case of the exploding loo Dave Lowe My hamster's got talent Chris Ryan War dog Django Wexler The forbidden library Award ceremony to take place 25th March 2015 in Worcester's County Hall Council Chamber where we will have a quiz based on the books and author John Dougherty to talk to the children. Check out the website. Read More...

Nov
27
2014
Christmas Round Up - Part 2

SLA Reading Blog post

You should just have time to get hold of Adventivity (QED, £9.99, 978 1 78171 678 6) by Gina Carpenter and Laura Hambleton, which takes the whole build up to Christmas to a new level with 25 holiday activities. Read More...

Nov
24
2014
Christmas Round Up-Part 1

SLA Reading Blog post

I know, I know, it's not even December yet, but I suspect most of us are beginning to think about buying Christmas presents and end of year prizes and so now is the time to tell you about some of the frankly quite lovely things that have been published for the Festive season. I have written before about the flush of relatively new grandmothers at CILIP and on the SLA Board so I know they will be keen to hear about the books for the very youngest new readers and what better way to fill their stockings than with delightful sturdy board books. Read More...

Nov
24
2014
Reading for Excellence: SLA One-Day Conference

Presentation by John Vincent

Working with/supporting young people who are identifying as LGBTQ John Vincent of The Network. John Vincent has worked in the public sector since the 1960s, primarily for Hertfordshire, Lambeth and Enfield library services. Read More...

Nov
24
2014
FindMyPast - leading history resource now available to Schools (in the UK and overseas) exclusively through JCS

SLA Resources Blog post

Special school-wide subscriptions to the fantastic Findmypast are now available for the first time - and exclusively through JCS! The JCS agreement is open to UK Secondary and Primary Schools, British International Schools, and International Schools both in the UK and overseas. Findmypast is a searchable online archive of over 1. Read More...

Nov
21
2014
Job Vacancies

South Hampstead High School - Librarian

Required for a January/February 2015 start Full Time Salary £30,907 - £32,967 pro-rated to term-time only 36 hours per week, 10am - 6pm [excluding breaks] Term-time only (2 weeks to be worked during school holidays) SHHS seeks to appoint a dynamic, enthusiastic and creative qualified Librarian to lead the operation of the School's Library services, in conjunction with the current post-holder. Responsibilities include effective management of the Library Management System, library website, promoting literacy initiatives and supervising pupils. Read More...

Nov
19
2014
Guiness World Record Attempt 2015

SLA Blog post

In the build up to National Libraries Day on February 7th 2015 Barbara Band is planning to co-ordinate a new World Record attempt - here are a few early details. The record is going to be "The most books exchanged in 8 hours (at multiple venues)" - the current record is 2868 books (although this was done at one location). Read More...

Nov
19
2014
Concerned about reluctant readers?

SLA Reading Blog post

Of course we would not be doing our job if we were not concerned about reluctant readers! Firstly news of a FREE event organised by Hays Education and hosted at Sidney Stringer Academy in Coventry with author Bali Rai. Invitation_Hays Education_Coventry. Read More...

Nov
18
2014
Yorkshire and Humberside Branch

EPQ Course

Places are still available on the Supporting the Extended Project Qualification training day which is taking place at Leeds Art Gallery on 1st December. Read More...

Nov
18
2014
Job Vacancies

Leweston School, Dorset - Librarian

Leweston School is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified Librarian to manage the main school Library and to oversee the running of our Junior Department Library. Read More...

Nov
17
2014
Job Vacancies

Small Heath School & Sixth Form Centre - Learning Resource Centre Manager

Grade 3/4 £18,638 - £26,539 Required as soon as possible Full time, 36.5 hours per week Small Heath School is a highly successful split site, inner city school. Read More...

Nov
17
2014
Job Vacancies

St Albans School - Librarian

Required for the start Summer Term 2015 Full Time Salary £32,000 - £33,000 pro-rated for 38 weeks annually We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and creative qualified Librarian to lead the operation of the School's Library services. This key role proactively assists both staff and pupils with the effective use of a diverse set of library information resources in addition to continuously developing the resources available. Read More...

Nov
13
2014
Is IL the Cinderella of Skills in your School? THERE IS A BETTER WAY

Birmingham, 25 November 2014

PLACES STILL AVAILABLE! Our course 'Is IL the Cinderella of Skills in your School? THERE IS A BETTER WAY' , run by Lin Smith, will be held at Peters Bookselling Services, Birmingham on 25 November 2014. The closing date has been extended to 17th November 2014. Key Audience: Secondary school librarians and library staff Read More...

Nov
13
2014
Raising Achievement: the school library's role in supporting SEN and EAL students in KS2 and 3

Warwickshire SLS, Warwick, 2 December 2014

CLOSING DATE FAST APPROACHING! Our course Raising Achievement: the school library's role in supporting SEN and EAL students in KS2 and 3, run by Alec Williams, will be held in Warwickshire SLS, Warwick on 2 December 2014. The closing date is 18 November 2014. Key Audience: School Librarian and library staff; teachers with responsibility for EAL and Special Needs teaching; support staff in libraries and classrooms. Read More...

Nov
13
2014
KidsLitQuiz 2014

SLA Blog post

The KidsLitQuiz kicked off last Friday with it's first heat - East Midlands, took place at Ecclesbourne School It was a great evening and Ecclesbourne School A team won which means that they will be taking part in the National Final on the 4 December at King's College School in Wimbledon. There are 18 heats altogether. Read More...

Nov
11
2014
critical literacy for school librarians in Manchester

SLA Blog post

Sarah McNicol is going to be running a half day workshop on critical literacy for school librarians in Manchester on the afternoon of Tuesday 25th November from 13:00 to 16:00 pm. The venue is Manchester Metropolitan University, Birley Building, Bonsall Street, M15 6GX. Read More...

Nov
11
2014
New SLA Guide to World War I

SLA Blog post

The SLA is proud to launch the latest in our Riveting Reads series, outlining some of the key literature on World War I for the school library. "One hundred years after the First World War, that war to end wars, one of the very few ways left for us to remember is through the written word" writes Michael Morpurgo in his foreword to this important new title. Read More...

Nov
10
2014
New literacy resources for Annie - in cinemas December 2014

SLA Blog post

National Schools Partnership are excited to be involved in promoting the new film 'Annie' in association with Into Film, through free resources and 'The gift that costs nothing' competition. The resources have a Literacy focus and are aimed at KS2 pupils to create an online book with a digital story writing too, which will help develop their creative writing skills. Read More...

Nov
10
2014
IBBY Christmas Cards 2014

SLA Blog post

This year's IBBY UK card is designed exclusively by Axel Scheffler on the theme of giving books for Christmas. Last year's very popular design by Jackie Morris is also available as a separate pack. Read More...

Nov
10
2014
IASL 2015 - Maastricht

SLA Blog post

You are invited to submit a proposal for the next IASL conference, which will be held in Maastricht - The Netherlands, from June 28 - July 2, 2015. The theme of the conference is: The school library rocks: living it, learning it, loving it. Read More...

Nov
7
2014
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Nov
7
2014
School Librarian of the Year Award

Nominate a winner for 2015

The nomination process for the 2015 School Librarian of the Year is now open and will close on 20 January 2015. The Proposer should complete the Official Nomination Form and return it by email to the SLA office. Read More...

Nov
7
2014
Information Book Award

Information Book Award 2015

We are delighted to open the 2015 Information Book Awards. Publishers - you are invited to submit titles for the award. Read More...

Nov
7
2014
Information Book Award 2015

Submissions open for 2015

We are delighted to invite submissions from publishers of information books to nominate their 2014 titles for consideration. Full details and a nomination form are available to download below. Read More...

Nov
6
2014
SCHOOL PUPILS BECOME PUBLISHED WRITERS - AND THEIR WORK WILL SUPPPORT TEENAGE CANCER TRUST

SLA Blog post

A group of young people have become published writers while still at school. The thirty two pupils have a story published in an anthology to celebrate National Short Story Week. Read More...

Nov
5
2014
Job Vacancies

CARDINAL NEWMAN CATHOLIC SCHOOL - Librarian

NJC Scale SO1/2 - £24,892 - £28,992 per annum, pro rata 37 hours per week, term time only The Governors are seeking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced Librarian to manage the main school Library. The successful applicant will provide a stimulating environment that effectively contributes to delivery of the curriculum and have a desire to contribute to independent learning by supporting students in developing study and research skills, making use of appropriate learning resources. Read More...

Oct
31
2014
How to Help your Dyslexic and Dyspraxic Child

SLA Resources Blog post

Would you like to win a book? Crimson Publishing are giving away 10 copies of their book How to Help your Dyslexic and Dyspraxic Child. What can you do to help your child who has dyslexia or dyspraxia? You are not alone. Read More...

Oct
31
2014
What it's like BEING ME!

SLA Blog post

Five easy ways to promote understanding and inclusion in your class during anti-bullying week. To kick of Kidscape's 30th anniversary celebrations the charity has teamed up with four other national charities (Carers Trust, Diversity Role Models, Potential Plus and The National Autistic Society ) to create a unique anti-bullying resource for schools. Read More...

Oct
31
2014
Into Film Festival - between 4 and 21 November

SLA Blog post

Over 350,000 teachers and young people across the UK are already attending the Into Film Festival. There are still places remaining so book now before your school misses out! Great curriculum focussed film education events As well as offering a huge number of free screenings we're hosting a wide variety of speakers and special Q&As and masterclasses to provide schools first hand advice and insights from a range of world-renowned film industry experts. Read More...

Oct
31
2014
Half term

SLA Blog post

I hope you have all had a good half term. If any of you are London based and have a free weekend you may want to check out Olive Jeffers (How to Catch a Star, Harper Collins, 2010) talking about the way he works and then on Sunday inviting other illustrators to a sketch off! All this takes place at the South Bank Centre in either Queen Elizabeth Hall or Royal Festival Hall. Read More...

Oct
28
2014
Series catch up

SLA Reading Blog post

With such limited space in the print journal it is always difficult to review every book in popular series, but equally it is important to make sure you are all aware that new books are available to purchase for the fans- although I am sure they are usually ahead of the game and will be nagging you to get them in! Junior fiction is particularly prone to prolific series. Rats (Stripes, £4. Read More...

Oct
27
2014
Generation Green Resources

SLA Blog post

Generation Green is an education programme run by British Gas for school children aged 7 -14. Teaching resources have been created by educational specialists for KS2 and 3 pupils to inspire and engage pupils to become energy aware. Read More...

Oct
22
2014
Fantastic Mr Fox: Learning through Film

SLA Blog post

National School Partnership are currently working with Into Film on Fantastic Mr Fox: Learning through Film - a new resource and literacy learning pack for KS2 / Secondary pupils across the UK . They're supporting the launch by giving away 200 free copies of Fantastic Mr Fox, the exciting film adaptation of this Roald Dahl classic. Read More...

Oct
22
2014
Win Signed Copies

SLA Reading Blog post

This is the FINAL shocking, heart-wrenching book in the jaw-droppingly stupendous Skulduggery Pleasant series. The War of the Sanctuaries has been won, but it was not without its casualties. Read More...

Oct
20
2014
Social Media - make it work for you!

Ilford, Essex, 18 November 2014

APPLY BEFORE HALF TERM TO QUALIFY FOR A £10 DISCOUNT! Our course Social Media - make it work for you!, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at Gants Hill Library, Ilford, Essex on 18 November 2014. The closing date is 4 November 2014. Bookings received by 24 October 2014 are eligible for a discount. Key Audience: Primary and secondary school staff Read More...

Oct
20
2014
Tracking and Mapping: Proving the Impact of a School Library

Gateshead, 12 November 2014

CLOSING DATE FAST APPROACHING! Our course Tracking and Mapping: Proving the Impact of a School Library, run by Adam Lancaster, will be held in Gateshead on 12 November 2014. The closing date is 24 October 2014. Key Audience: Secondary school library staff Read More...

Oct
20
2014
Job Vacancies

Small Heath School & Sixth Form Centre - Learning Resource Centre Manager

Grade 3/4 £18,638 - £26,539 Required as soon as possible Full time, 36.5 hours per week Small Heath School is a highly successful split site, inner city school. Read More...

Oct
15
2014
Job Vacancies

The Ecclesbourne School - Librarian

LIBRARIAN Salary: According to experience and qualifications this is likely to be in the region of Grade 6/Senior Officer 1 (£22433 to £26539 per year). Hours: 37 hours per week for 42 weeks per year. Read More...

Oct
15
2014
Guardian Teacher Network

SLA Resources Blog post

The Guardian Teacher Network is a free service for teachers and educational professionals covering best practice, career advice and professional development.The Guardian Teacher Network is designed to help you not only with your day job, but also with your future career path. Read More...

Oct
13
2014
Deadline approching for Reading for Excellence course!

SLA Blog post

The early bird discount for our one day conference on 'Reading for Excellence' ends on Wednesday 15th October - so make sure you get your application in this week! The course promises to be an essential day of professional development for anyone concerned about the reading for pleasure agenda. Full details are available here It is intended for anyone in school interested in reading for pleasure so download our flyer and put it in the staffroom for your colleagues to see. Read More...

Oct
13
2014
The Worst Thing About My Sister voted best ‘happy read’ by children

SLA Blog post

Young readers have voted The Worst Thing About My Sister by Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt the book that makes them happiest. It has topped a UK-wide online poll which celebrates the first-ever Chatterbooks Week (11-18 October) and all the fun to be had via national charity The Reading Agency's ever-growing network of Chatterbooks reading groups for children. Read More...

Oct
10
2014
Stock revision for the new school year?

SLA Reading Blog post

I am quite sure I don't have to tell SLA members that our libraries are only as good as the stock on the shelves and that bright attractive new materials are the ones that young people will be drawn to. But that does not mean that older titles have no value. Read More...

Oct
8
2014
Non Fiction November

SLA Blog post

National Non-Fiction November is the Federation of Children's Book Groups' annual celebration of all things factual. Born out of National Non-Fiction Day, 2014 marks a new departure, with the whole month now being a celebration of all those readers, authors and illustrators who have a passion for information and facts. Read More...

Oct
8
2014
CILIP Blogger Challenge

SLA Blog post

From Jan Parry - As an information professional and Vice President of CILIP, I am very proud to be a member of such a diverse and engaged community whose work is of so much interest and value. As a profession we have a lot to say and so much to show off. Read More...

Oct
8
2014
Reading Agency News October 2014

SLA Blog post

Chatterbooks week 11- 18 October Chatterbooks Week, 11 - 18 October, is a celebration of Chatterbooks children's reading groups, and the fun that goes on in Chatterbooks sessions. It's the perfect time for schools, libraries and individuals across the UK to introduce children to the pleasure of reading. Read More...

Oct
7
2014
'I Believe in Unicorns'

SLA Blog post

In celebrating International School Library Day yesterday, star of the magical West End show 'I Believe in Unicorns' and storytelling trainer, Danyah Miller, gave her 'Top Ten Tips for Storytelling to Children' in the online Guardian Culture section. Follow the link: http://www. Read More...

Oct
7
2014
Inspiration Award

Inspiration Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural School Library Inspiration Award. In the Primary School Category, sponsored by LFC Oak Tree Primary School, Nottinghamshire In the Secondary School Category, sponsored by Gresswell Dixons Allerton Academy, West Yorkshire The winning schools were presented with their certificates and prizes by award-winning author/illustrator Chris Riddell. Read More...

Oct
7
2014
Congratulations to School Librarian of the Year 2014

School Librarian of the Year 2014 winner

Liz Millett, Teaching Assistant/Library Co-ordinator at Weatherfield Academy, Dunstable, has been awarded the honour of the SLA School Librarian of the Year 2014 at a celebration at the Hotel Russell in London on 6 October. Read More...

Oct
5
2014
Affordable paperback editions

SLA Reading Blog post

We all have to stretch our budget these days and every little helps! Plus lots of young people prefer a paperback that they can slip into their pocket and, as long as reasonable care is taken with book prep, then a paperback edition can be sturdy enough to sustain multiple issues. Back in the day of Public Library Standards it was turnover of stock that counted anyway, so maybe longevity should not even be a concern! Tom McNeal's Carnegie nominated fantasy thriller Far Far Away is now out in paperback (Definitions. Read More...

Oct
3
2014
Engaging with eBooks - closing soon

SLA Blog post

There are a few places still available for the exciting day we are offering with Browns Books for Students at their showroom in Preston, Lancs on 24th October. Booking closes on 10th October so don't miss out. Read More...

Oct
2
2014
Job Vacancies

Epsom College - Librarian

Librarian Part time 36.5 hours per week Term Time + 3 weeks in holidays Epsom College, an independent co-educational day and boarding school on the edge of Epsom Downs, is looking for a School Librarian to manage the library, its resources and staff. Read More...

Oct
2
2014
Information Book Award 2014

IBA 2014 Winners Announced

Variety in the choices for the overall Winners of the 2014 awards The Judges choice Winner was Get into Art: Animals by Susie Brooks Neal Layton, Kate Collins-Donnelly, Susie Brooks, Marlene Johnson (Kingfisher 9780753435762), an excellent book full of information and activities; beautifully designed and covering a huge range of artworks with an animal theme. This will have many applications in both classroom and library. Read More...

Oct
2
2014
Reading for Success: How to Get Your School On Board. Looking at the Reading for Pleasure Agenda and Applying it in your School.

Brecon, Powys, 21 October 2014

Our course Reading for Success: How to Get Your School On Board. Looking at the Reading for Pleasure Agenda and Applying it in your School, run by Jerry Hurst, will be held in Brecon, Powys LD3 9AE on 21 October 2014. The closing date is 7 October 2014. Key Audience: This course has a Primary School focus and is intended for Teachers, Literacy Coordinators, School Librarians, Teaching and Learning Coordinators and other interested staff. Read More...

Oct
1
2014
FREE, EXCLUSIVE HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON EVENT FROM AUTHOR CRESSIDA COWELL

SLA Blog post

Following the hit movie of the summer How to Train Your Dragon 2, join Cressida Cowell, the author-illustrator of the wildly popular How To Train Your Dragon book series for a brand new, never-been-seen-before FREE virtual event broadcast LIVE to your classroom on Thursday 2 October, 10.30am GMT. Read More...

Sep
30
2014
UKLA Book Awards 2015 longlist announced

SLA Reading Blog post

Hopefully you will all have seen the Twitter buzz from excited authors but just in case now is the time to check out the first of the big awards in children's literature to announce titles for 2015. http://www. Read More...

Sep
26
2014
Summer Reading Challenge materials

SLA Blog post

I would be very interested to know if any school librarians used the Reading Agency's lesson plans and and top tips resources for the lead up to or follow on from the Summer Reading Challenge Activty undertaken this summer. They were widely publicised in the TES blog, the Guardian blog, on Twitter and via their websites - www. Read More...

Sep
25
2014
More Reviews - from both ends of the age spectrum!

SLA Reading Blog post

As promised - more lovely reviews that I just could not find space for and cannot wait three months to share with you! First for the Under 8's: Benjamin, A.H. Read More...

Sep
25
2014
Birmingham launches Year of Reading

SLA Blog post

Steve Cole Presenting A year-long celebration of reading, involving schools throughout Birmingham, launched in the city last week. The Birmingham Year of Reading will provide free books and library cards for as many as 120,000 children in the city, as well as high-profile author events, workshops, learning resources and book award shadowing, all available to any school in the city wishing to sign up for just £1 per pupil. Read More...

Sep
25
2014
Book Promotions October 2014

SLA Blog post

Star Wars Day - 11 October is Star Wars Reads Day and thanks to Dorling Kindersley the Reading Agency have some special material and offers to help you celebrate it in style. The third book in the hilarious Timmy Failure series by Stephan Pastis, Timmy Failure: We Meet Again, is coming out 30 October 2014. Read More...

Sep
25
2014
NetGalley: A Free Resource for School Librarians to Preview New Titles-including one from Puffin right now!

SLA Reading Blog post

Are you familiar with NetGalley? They provide digital proofs to 'professional readers' like librarians (as well as booksellers, media, educators and reviewers) so that they can preview titles for recommendation and collection development purposes. The service is free for librarians to use, and over 20,000 librarians worldwide are registered, out of a community of over 200,000 in total. Read More...

Sep
22
2014
Tracey Needham

Tracey Needham Higher level Teaching Assistant with Management Responsibilities Sacred Heart RC Primary School, Barrow-in-Furness Tracey Needham's library is like a theatre with Tracey as production designer, stage manager, director and promoter. Sacred Heart's 200 pupils are the actors and the audience who flock to Tracey's events, with a supporting cast of toys and creatures. Read More...

Sep
18
2014
More on National Poetry Day

SLA Reading Blog post

I attended a meeting of the Children's Poetry Summit(a pressure group to promote children's poetry) yesterday and wanted to share some exciting resources and a Twitter campaign! The NPD partners have created a shared education resource with activities for all ages. It has been sent to 23,000 schools but if you have not seen it look at the link below. Read More...

Sep
17
2014
National Poetry Day 2014

SLA Blog post

Thursday 2nd October is National Poetry Day - are you planning something for your library? There are several events happening you may find helpful. National Poetry Day Live - A celebration of poetry exploring the theme 'Remember', curated by a group of young poetry producers aged 18 to 25 as part of London Literature Festival. Read More...

Sep
16
2014
Members’ Area

SLA Policies

Policies and documents that may be of interest to SLA members. SLA Expenses Policy - adopted September 2014 EXPENSES POLICY PDF file, 182 kB Requires Adobe Reader. Read More...

Sep
15
2014
Information Book Award Voting Deadline approaching

SLA Blog post

Don't get left out! The Information Book Award voting for the 2014 prizes is only open for a few more days - register your votes here . Which is your favourite? There are some fantastic titles to choose from - Under 7s Questions and Answers About Your Body: Lift the Flap by Katie Daynes, illustrated by Marie-Eve Tremblay. Read More...

Sep
15
2014
Second profile of SLYA finalists

Liz Millett Profile

Liz Millett Weatherfield Academy, Dunstable, Bedfordshire With 112 pupils at Weatherfield Academy, Liz can pursue each child's increased reading enjoyment and attainment. 'I know every one of them and their likes and dislikes. Read More...

Sep
12
2014
Reading Guide - Apple and Rain

SLA Blog post

Bloomsbury have made availabe a teachers' guide for Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan. If easier, it's available to download from the Bloomsbury website. Read More...

Sep
12
2014
School library research discussion list

SLA Blog post

A new discussion list for librarians, teachers, researchers, LIS students or anyone interested in research into school libraries. The aim is to share information about planned, ongoing or completed research; discuss methodologies; support collaborative research projects etc. Read More...

Sep
12
2014
Book Reviews - bonus extra content!

SLA Reading Blog post

As promised in my editorial in the latest edition of The School Librarian, I will be using this blog to publish reviews that I sadly just did not have space for in the printed edition. Plus I can keep you up to date with new paperback editions and new books in series and pass on any exciting news from publishers. Read More...

Sep
12
2014
Job Vacancies

THE PIGGOTT SCHOOL - Librarian

Librarian Required October 2014 Salary Grade 6, £22,443 - £25,727 FTE £20,127- £23,073 37.5 hours per week - 8. Read More...

Sep
10
2014
Information Book Award Voting Deadline approaching

SLA Blog post

Don't get left out! The Information Book Award voting for the 2014 prizes is only open for a few more days - register your votes here . Which is your favourite? There are some fantastic titles to choose from! Read More...

Sep
9
2014
A Children's Illustrator Calendar for 2015

SLA Blog post

A message from Anne Marley: Following on from the terrific success of the Peter's Friends Calendar last year, Peter Sheldon (ex Peters Bookselling Service and Hon YLG member!) 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 original illustrations from the likes of Michael Foreman, Pat Hutchins, Ruth Brown, Tony Ross, Colin McNaughton, and Chris Riddell. Read More...

Sep
9
2014
Into Film Festival 2014

SLA Resources Blog post

The Into Film Festival is a free and annual educational film festival which aims to help educators bring learning to life for 5 -19 year olds by inspiring them to watch, make and understand films in new and creative ways. Taking place from the 4 -21 November in over 500 venues across the UK the festival offers young people a free trip to the cinema and a diverse range of film screenings that are supported by curriculum focused educational resources. Read More...

Sep
9
2014
Wear it Pink!

SLA Resources Blog post

Want to take part in an exciting fundraising initiative for your school and students? This year, Breast Cancer Campaign returns with wear it pink a campaign that takes place throughout October with a whole host of fundraising opportunities. These can include anything from a cake sale to a class fun-day; every contribution helps. Read More...

Sep
9
2014
Teach your Monster to Read

SLA Resources Blog post

Teach your Monster to Read is a series of free games to practise the first stages of reading. Combining top quality games design with essential learning, the game is built on the principles of synthetic phonics and follows the teaching sequence of the Letters and Sounds programme. Read More...

Sep
9
2014
Job Vacancies

NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL - School Library Service Librarian 678 CSSE

£24,892 - £26,539 per annum 37 hours per week Temporary contract until 31 July 2015 Everyone in Norfolk Library and information Service has a role and responsibility in helping the service to achieve its mission of supporting reading, learning and information for all. Norfolk School Library Service (SLS) is a successful self financing business unit. Read More...

Sep
9
2014
Cilip SLG/SLA Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award

A joint CILIP SLG/SLA initiative GUIDELINES FOR NOMINATIONS This new Award is to recognise the contribution made by pupils who work in their school libraries, to acknowledge the skills gained and to give them the recognition they deserve, both within and outside their school community. Eligibility: Pupils must have served within a school library for at least two years at the time of nomination. Read More...

Sep
8
2014
First profile of SLYA finalists

Helen Cleaves Profile

Helen Cleaves Librarian Kingston Grammar School, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey To Helen Cleaves, the library can be all in the mind, or wherever you need it to be. "I am inspired by the idea of the virtual library and how it can exist anywhere. Read More...

Sep
5
2014
School Librarian of the Year finalists announced

SLA Blog post

The SLA is delighted to announce the Honour List of finalists for the 2014 School Librarian of the Year Award. Three exceptional school librarians. Read More...

Aug
28
2014
International work

SLA Blog post

I have just returned from the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) - held this year in Lyon. Although this sounds quite glamorous it is a busy time; other than the fact that the outside temperature was high we could have been almost anywhere! The School Libraries Section (in which I represent the UK) had a particularly busy schedule. Read More...

Aug
28
2014
Penguin Survey - prize draw

SLA Resources Blog post

Calling all primary school teachers and librarians! How would you like to win a bundle of books in time for the new school year? Answer our survey and win books for your classroom! Penguin Schools want to make sure they're doing the best they can to enhance a love of literacy in the classroom. To allow them to shape and plan for future events and projects, they would like to hear your feedback, thoughts and suggestions. Read More...

Aug
27
2014
Win copies for your library

SLA Reading Blog post

A snort-inducingly, heart warmingly funny story for girls in this hilarious new series from TV and radio comedy writing talent, Nigel Smith.. Read More...

Aug
27
2014
Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award

SLA Blog post

The new SLA/SLG Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award has been introduced to recognise the contribution made by pupils who work in their school libraries. The award will acknowledge the skills they have gained and will give them the recognition they deserve, both within and outside their school community. Read More...

Aug
18
2014
Members' and Librarians' Days

Engaging with ebooks in the classroom, in your library, at home and on the move

We are very grateful to Browns Books for Students, Preston, for providing us with a venue for this exciting event. Split into three sessions, delegates will hear from a VLe subscriber who will talk about their experience of using ebooks and be provided with a checklist of factors to consider when buying an ebook platform. Read More...

Aug
13
2014
Job Vacancies

All Hallows Catholic College - Librarian and Learning Resource Manager

We are seeking a dynamic and professionally qualified Librarian to join our thriving 11-18 mixed Catholic Voluntary Academy situated in the market town of Macclesfield, in Cheshire. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, in line with School Library Association recommendations. Read More...

Aug
13
2014
SLA Member discount on Nosy Crow Conference

SLA Blog post

Everything you always wanted to know about Children's publishing (but were afraid to ask). Nosy Crow have a wonderful line up of speakers at this conference. Read More...

Aug
13
2014
THE PHILIPPA PEARCE MEMORIAL LECTURE 2014

SLA Blog post

Frank Cottrell Boyce Booking is now open for The Philippa Pearce Memorial Lecture, celebrating excellence in writing for children. The 2014 lecture will be given by Frank Cottrell Boyce -"Rowing on the River of Time" at 5. Read More...

Aug
12
2014
Job Vacancies

Banbury Academy - Librarian

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and well qualified person to the following post: 37.5 hours per week, Term Time only plus 2 additional weeks Salary: Starting Point on the Pay Scale will depend on relevant qualifications and experience Further information and an application form are available here Librarian Job Description Aug 14a Word document, 31 kB (Requires Microsoft Word 2007 or later) Application Form (AAT) Support Staff 13 14 Word document, 33 kB (Requires Microsoft Word 2007 or later) or by email from tburns[at]aatbanbury. Read More...

Aug
6
2014
Access2books

SLA Blog post

Our 'not-for-profit' community work publishes 75 point print with braille, and illustrated children's books. We understand that teaching staff in SEN settings spend a lot of time making alternative formats. Read More...

Aug
5
2014
Institut Francais Events - Autumn 2014

SLA Blog post

Check out the programme for lots of concerts, films and talks and folk tales happening throughout the autumn season at Institut Francais. The programme is available on their website, or download the PDF. Read More...

Jul
30
2014
UKeiG Sponsored Place at the CILIP New Professionals Day

SLA Blog post

UKeiG is pleased to offer a sponsored place for a student or early-career professional to attend the CILIP New Professionals Day on Friday 10th October under its Student or Early-Career Professional Conference Grant scheme. CILIP's New Professionals Day is the annual conference aimed at library and information professionals who are seeking guidance on their initial steps into their first professional roles. Read More...

Jul
22
2014
PHILIP PULLMAN TO JUDGE SECOND CONNELL GUIDES ESSAY PRIZE

SLA Resources Blog post

Following the huge success of the inaugural Connell Guides Essay Competition, they are delighted to announce the second essay prize, open to all Sixth form pupils in the UK studying English Literature, will open for submissions on 15th September 2014. With the award winning novelist Philip Pullman on the judging panel and a £500 prize for the winner, the Connell Guides Essay Prize is sure to draw the interest of all budding young writers. Read More...

Jul
21
2014
New Reader Recommendations

SLA Resources Blog post

As we know motivating teenagers to read can be difficult - especially in a world of digital distractions. TRAC (Teenage Reading Action Campaign) are conducting research amongst teenagers into their reading habits, and pilot results show that the majority of 12-18 olds agree that it is difficult to find time to read during school term time, and just over half agree that it is difficult to find a book that really interests them. Read More...

Jul
21
2014
Patrick Ness at Edinburgh Festival

SLA Blog post

On Saturday August 16th, award winning children's author Patrick Ness will speak at the inaugural Siobhan Dowd Trust lecture at Edinburgh International Festival. The theme of his talk will be How Books Can Change Children's Lives. Read More...

Jul
16
2014
Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan Publisher Offer

SLA Resources Blog post

Apple and Rain (published in hardback 14th August 2014, priced £10.99) is the fourth book by multiple award-winning author Sarah Crossan. Read More...

Jul
16
2014
Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan Publisher Offer

SLA Resources Blog post

Apple and Rain (published in hardback 14th August 2014, priced £10.99) is the fourth book by multiple award-winning author Sarah Crossan. Read More...

Jul
16
2014
Earth 2 wins the 2014 Stan Lee Excelsior Award

SLA Blog post

DC's Parallel World Superhero Story Scoops First Place! 3172 Ratings Forms were returned and analysed this year and the teenagers of Great Britain have chosen their winner - Earth 2 by James Robinson and Nicola Scott (published by DC Comics)! To find out which books finished 2nd and 3rd click on the link below and visit the website.. Read More...

Jul
15
2014
Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan Publisher Offer

SLA Resources Blog post

Apple and Rain (published in hardback 14th August 2014, priced £10.99) is the fourth book by multiple award-winning author Sarah Crossan. Read More...

Jul
15
2014
Design Ideas

SLA Resources Blog post

Demco Interiors has published a new online brochure specifically for anyone wanting to get started on designing and furnishing a small school library or classroom reading room space. Read more and view the brochure on the website. Read More...

Jul
12
2014
Man Booker Resources 2014

SLA Blog post

The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world's most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and even publishers. Read More...

Jul
10
2014
The City of London School for Girls win Kids Lit Quiz Final!!

SLA Blog post

It was a truly wonderful day and The City of London School for Girls came first at the International final of the Kids' Lit Quiz yesterday. Canberra Grammar School ,Australia came a close second and Awarki School for Girls New Zealand came third. Read More...

Jul
9
2014
Free Taster Course at Welling School

SLA Blog post

The course is suitable for 11-17 year olds and will be held in Welling School's iBrary (interactive learning zone) on the 27th and 28th of October (during half term break). We will be teaching students about filming, editing, making movies and creating animation of different kinds using iPads. Read More...

Jul
8
2014
Job Vacancies

Cardinal Newman Catholic School - Librarian/s

Full Time or Job Share Considered NJC Scale SO1/2 - £24,892 - £28,992 per annum, pro rata 37 hours per week, term time only The Governors are seeking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced Librarian to manage our brand new Sixth Form Library. The successful applicant will provide a stimulating environment that effectively contributes to delivery of the curriculum and have a desire to contribute to independent learning by supporting students in developing study and research skills, making use of appropriate learning resources. Read More...

Jul
8
2014
APPG report on school libraries published!

SLA Blog post

The All Party Parliamentary Group on school libraries has published their final report 'The Beating Heart of the School'. It is available to download and read from the Cilip website. Read More...

Jul
8
2014
UKLA Book Award Winners 2014

SLA Blog post

TRULY INTERNATIONAL, TRULY DIVERSE AWARD WINNERS The unique UKLA Book Awards are the only awards judged entirely by teachers, who are able to share the books with their classes and genuinely discover what works with young readers. Although the judges have made it a clean sweep of the Caldicott Medal, the Kate Greenaway Medal and now the UKLA 3 to 6 Award for Canadian author Jon Klassen, they have also awarded, for the first time, a book in translation, with Pushkin's very first book on their Children's list, and a novel from Tamarind, founded by Verna Wilkins in 1987 with the mission of redressing the balance of diversity in children's publishing. Read More...

Jul
7
2014
Job Vacancies

ICT Editor for the SLA

Elspeth Scott, the Editor of the ict[at]sla section of The School Librarian for the past 15 years, is looking to retire at the end of 2014. The School Library Association is on the hunt for a successor who will need to have experience in: â-  school libraries â-  digital technologies â-  knowledge of the curricula of the home countries â-  unending enthusiasm â-  responsiveness to development and change in educational technology. Read More...

Jul
3
2014
Into Film Festival

SLA Blog post

We wanted to let you know about the Into Film Festival. National Schools Partnership is a key partner in the Festival, playing a leading role in the biggest film event for young people in the UK. Read More...

Jul
2
2014
Check your details with the SLA

SLA Blog post

If you missed your Summer issue of The School Librarian (62-2) last month it may mean that your SLA membership subscription has lapsed. If you think you should still have a current membership do contact us at SLA HQ. Read More...

Jul
1
2014
Job Vacancies

Ripon Grammar - Library Assistant

37 hpw, term time + one week + training days Salary Band 4, points 9 - 13 (£11,977.13 - £13,611. Read More...

Jul
1
2014
Job Vacancies

Harris Westminster Sixth Form - Librarian

Required for September 2014 Harris Westminster Sixth Form is looking for a qualified Librarian to join an academically selective sixth form located in the heart of Westminster to manage a new Library from September 2014. The successful applicant should have previous experience within a librarian role with the ability to work with staff and students to ensure a library that is welcoming to all. Read More...

Jul
1
2014
In Flanders Fields

SLA Blog post

Bestselling author of War Horse and Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo joins the Coope Boyes and Simpson a cappella trio and the Paul Rans Ensemble from Flanders, Belgium, for an unforgettable evening of poetry and music marking the centenary of the First World War. Taking place on 25th August, 6. Read More...

Jul
1
2014
Queen of Teen 2014

SLA Blog post

Voting for this year's award is now open at www.queenofteen. Read More...

Jul
1
2014
Films in Libraries

SLA Blog post

Into Film provides a unique and engaging education experience for all children and young people aged 5-19, regardless of background or ability. Film is a proven, highly recommended way for young people to overcome learning and social barriers, and has become an effective way for young people to improve their literacy skills. Read More...

Jun
30
2014
Siobhan Dowd Trust School Library Competition

SLA Blog post

The Siobhan Dowd Trust is delighted to announce an increased number of winners for the School Library Competition for 2014. Eight schools will get cash awards of £500, while another four will get awards of £1,500, £3,000, £3,000 and £6,000. Read More...

Jun
26
2014
June 2014

SLA Blog post

Weekend Course 2014 - Wendy Cooling and Malorie Blackman It seems an age since I have had chance to talk about what we have been doing at SLA - and some of the things we/I get involved in! So here goes... Malorie signing books for delegates Insert next image here or delete this text before saving The Weekend Course in Manchester passed in a blur of activity. Having only a 2 day course this year we had a packed agenda, and I am sure all the delegates felt much like me, that it passed in a whirl, and there was so much to take in. Read More...

Jun
25
2014
Job Vacancies

The St Marylebone Church of England School Specialist School for the Performing Arts - Librarian

Required for September 2014 The St Marylebone Church of England Sixth Form is looking for a proactive professional to develop our library and learning resource centre into an actively used hub for learning, literacy and research. The successful candidate will work with the Deputy Headteacher, the Director of Sixth Form and Heads of Department to deliver excellent provision, manage the School Bookshop, collate and produce high quality school publications and journals and make a creative and meaningful contribution to the development and learning of young people. Read More...

Jun
25
2014
Unique Magazines

SLA Reading Blog post

The way our school students learn is evolving. As technology develops all around us, it is vital that educators understand the importance and potential of these innovations within the classroom. Read More...

Jun
24
2014
Mobile Tech book from the SLA

SLA Blog post

Mobile Technology and the School Library is a major new title in our 'Guidelines Plus' series. In this new and comprehensive study, Sarah Pavey outlines the important role of mobile technology and learning for the forward looking school library. Read More...

Jun
18
2014
Job Vacancies

Francis Holland School - School Librarian (Maternity Cover)

Required November 2014 We are seeking an enthusiastic and well qualified Chartered Librarian to join this academically selective girls' school, situated next to Regent's Park. The Librarian is a fully integrated member of staff and plays an important role in the life of the school. Read More...

Jun
18
2014
Information Book Award Voting Opens

Vote for your favourite Information Book

Voting for the 2014 SLA Information Book Award is now open. School librarians (or similar professionals) can vote on behalf of their school now. Read More...

Jun
13
2014
Skills From Brazil - FREE poster available!

SLA Blog post

Just in case you weren't aware, the brand new book in the Jamie Johnson series, SKILLS FROM BRAZIL by Dan Freeman, has just been released. So, time to celebrate! A fantastic FREE poster, featuring England star Jack Wishere with the book, is available for you to download, print off and display from Dan's website http://www. Read More...

Jun
12
2014
SEN Course cancelled!

SLA Blog post

Raising Achievement: the school library's role in supporting SEN and EAL students in KS2 and 3 was due to run on 18th June at Warwickshire SLS, Unit 11a/b Montague Road, Warwick. Unfortunately we have had to cancel the course. Read More...

Jun
6
2014
Job Vacancies

Heanor Gate Science College - Assistant Librarian

Assistant Librarian - SCP 20-23 37 hours per week (42 weeks per year) Monday - Thursday 8:00am-4:00pm Friday 8:00am-3:30pm (half hour lunch break) An enthusiastic and approachable Assistant Librarian is required to join our small, successful library team. The post holder will be responsible for the efficient day-to-day operation of the busy library, managing physical resources and providing accurate administrative support for the service, including assisting with the maintenance of the school website. Read More...

Jun
6
2014
Job Vacancies

Clifton High School - School Librarian

Required for August 2014 Clifton High School is a selective, co-educational, independent day school for 500 pupils aged 3-18 years. Situated on a beautiful Bristol site we operate the Diamond Model, underpinned by a strong pastoral and family ethos. Read More...

Jun
4
2014
iCan with an iPad

Sevenoaks, Kent, 26 June 2014

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING! Our course iCan with an iPad, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held in Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3UL on 26 June 2014. The closing date is 12 June 2014. Bookings received by 5 June 2014 are eligible for a discount. Key Audience: primary and secondary school library staff, public library staff. Read More...

Jun
4
2014
Inspiration Award

Inspiration Award Shortlist

Four primary and three secondary schools are in the running for most inspirational school library. The SLA in conjunction with Gresswell and LFC are pleased to announce the shortlist for the SLA School Library Inspiration Award 2014. Read More...

Jun
3
2014
Wrd - new magazine

SLA Blog post

WRd is a quarterly magazine for 8-13 year olds who are keen on reading for pleasure, whether they are regular school library users, or perhaps part of a school-hosted book club. Published by school supplier Peters Books & Furniture, and formerly known as tBk Mag, a recent rebrand to WRd has heralded a bright, fun and contemporary make-over of the magazine, bringing it fully up-to-date with a discerning readership, whilst retaining all of the best bits they have come to know and love; relevant and interesting extracts to encourage readers to pick up and read the whole book, review pages that motivate students to write their own reviews and send them in, and plenty of other features to keep readers engaged and primed to read more. Read More...

Jun
3
2014
Weekend Course 2014

Programme and booking

Book your place now via our online booking page. Booking is open until 8 May 2014. Read More...

Jun
3
2014
FULLY FUNDED place at Greening Education 2014

SLA Blog post

Govtoday is delighted to be hosting the Greening Education 2014, which will be held on Monday, the 9th of June 2014 at the Mermaid, the city of London. We are inviting you to attend with a FULLY FUNDED* ticket as a Member of the School Library Association. Read More...

Jun
3
2014
FREE Unconference in North East

SLA Blog post

"Libraries R.I. Read More...

Jun
2
2014
Swotting up on Historical Fiction How I do research by Paul Dowswell

SLA Blog post

Guest blog from Paul Dowswell I think Historical Fiction is a great way to interest a reader in real history - it puts you in the shoes of people who lived through often terrible times. The sort of terrible times that make exciting and readable stories. Read More...

Jun
2
2014
Weekend Course 2014

Delegates staying on Thursday night...

Andersen Press are holding a 'War Girls' event in the Lancashire Infantry Museum in Preston on 19th June. It will be a panel of four contributing authors who have all won the Carnegie Medal - Anne Fine, Melvin Burgess, Berlie Doherty and Theresa Breslin - chaired by a journalist from BBC Lancashire. Read More...

May
29
2014
Raising Achievement: the school library's role in supporting SEN and EAL students in KS2 and 3

Warwick, 18 June 2014

DON'T MISS the chance to attend our Raising Achievement: the School Library's Role in Supporting SEN and EAL Students in KS2 and KS3 training day in Warwick on 18th June. The closing date is 4th June. Key Audience: School Librarian and library staff; teachers with responsibility for EAL and Special Needs teaching; support staff in libraries and classrooms. Read More...

May
27
2014
£5000 to be won for your school library!

SLA Blog post

Our friends at National Book Tokens are giving away the an amazing prize for one lucky school - £5000 of National Book Tokens. To sweeten the deal, you'll also get £100 for yourself! Enter the competition now . Read More...

May
27
2014
Are you involved with IB?

SLA Resources Blog post

Anthony Tilke is leading a running a workshop for librarians in schools teaching IB in October (10 - 12th) in Berlin. See if your school will send you. Read More...

May
27
2014
Discovering Literature - Teachers' notes

SLA Blog post

The British Library dedicated teachers' area provides inspirational lesson plans, along with short documentary films and contemporary research, to support the teaching of set texts for GCSE and A Level English students. . Read More...

May
20
2014
Job Vacancies

Dauntsey's School - Head Librarian

Applications are invited from qualified librarians to run our School library. The successful applicant will have a keen interest in education and children's literature, in addition to excellent communication and administrative skills. Read More...

May
19
2014
iCan with an iPad

Sevenoaks, Kent, 26 June 2014

Our course iCan with an iPad, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at Walthamstow Hall School in Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3UL on 26 June 2014. The closing date is 12 June 2014. Bookings received by 5 June 2014 are eligible for a £10.00 discount. Key Audience: primary and secondary school library staff, public library staff Read More...

May
19
2014
Articles of Association

Downloadable Documents

Here are the new Articles of Association SLA Draft Approved Articles PDF file, 144 kB Requires Adobe Reader This is the proxy form to allow you to viote at the AGM if you are not able to attend in person. SLA Proxy 2014 PDF file, 74 kB Requires Adobe Reader SLA Members Only . Read More...

May
19
2014
Articles of Association

Why new Articles of Association?

Being an association with a long history it is inevitable that over the years we will have to look at our constitutional documents and bring them into line with the current legislation. You will be aware that there have been recent major pieces of legislation that have a direct impact on the way charities are governed and how they conduct themselves; plus being a registered company we also have to be in line with the relevant company legislation (i. Read More...

May
16
2014
Introduction to InFlow Information Literacy Model At MMU

SLA Blog post

InFlow (Information Flow) is a new model of applied information literacy designed to be integrated within the curriculum. It is based on learning activities which have been successfully adopted by teachers in schools throughout Europe during the iTEC project, and revised and developed further based on feedback from UK librarians. Read More...

May
16
2014
Folk songs in your library?

SLA Blog post

Do you have music in your library? Is your library the hub of cultural activity for your school? If you have answered yes to either of these questions you may like to be aware of this CPD opportunity from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). Since September 2013, the EFDSS has been delivering The Full English, a national learning programme involving 19 schools (primary, secondary, SEN) across England, with creative learning projects inspired by The Full English digital archive of folk song, dance, tune and custom manuscripts: these have included dance projects at all key stages, from EYFS to students studying dance at GCSE and IB level. Read More...

May
14
2014
JONATHAN MERES: LIVE IN YOUR SCHOOL!

SLA Blog post

Jonathan Meres is the hilarious author of the award-winning WORLD OF NORM series. Celebrate the publication of the sixth WORLD OF NORM title: MAY NEED REBOOTING with a FREE virtual event streamed into your classroom on Thursday 05 June 2014 at 10:30am GMT. Read More...

May
14
2014
Foyles Young Poets 2014

SLA Resources Blog post

The Poetry Society announces today the launch of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2014, the world's largest and most prestigious award for young poets aged 11-17 years old. Last year's competition attracted entries from a staggering 7,478 young people from 75 countries worldwide, making it one of the largest literary competitions in the world. Read More...

May
13
2014
IASL MOSCOW CONFERENCE, 25-30 AUGUST, 2014

SLA Blog post

An anticipated event in the calendar of school librarians and school library researchers will occur in August 2014. The 43rd International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) conference and 18th Forum on International Research in School Librarianship will be held in Moscow from 25 - 30 August with the theme: "The school library in the knowledge society: use of cognitive technologies, form creative person". Read More...

May
13
2014
Teaching Study and Information Skills 2014

SLA Blog post

Thursday 26th June 9.30am - 4. Read More...

May
13
2014
JCS May 2014 news

SLA Resources Blog post

See the latest events and training courses on offer from JCS Online Resources in their latest newsletter. In this month's guest post, Anne Buxton, Information Manager at Northampton High School, writes about the programme of information literacy and research skills training that has been introduced at her school. Read More...

May
9
2014
Are You Into Film?

SLA Blog post

The charities FILMCLUB and First Light recently merged to become Into Film, a new film education charity delivering a unique programme of learning through and about film that provides unparalleled free opportunities for learning through film. Furthermore, from April 1st 2014, all state maintained schools in England will be licensed to screen movies under the Public Video Screening License as the Department of Education has acquired licensing on your schools' behalf. Read More...

May
8
2014
Andersen Event Birmingham

SLA Reading Blog post

Invitation_AP_Birmingham PDF file, 286 kB Requires Adobe Reader 19th May meet author Sam Gayton at the Heritage Learning Space in Birmingham Library. RSVP necessary to andersenpublicity@randomhouse. Read More...

May
8
2014
Generation Green

SLA Resources Blog post

Generation Green is an education programme run by British Gas for school children aged 7 -14. Teaching resources have been created by educational specialists for KS2 and 3 pupils to inspire and engage pupils to become energy aware. Read More...

May
8
2014
Vango

SLA Reading Blog post

IBBY UK are co-hosting an event with Walker Books in celebration of Vango Book Two: A Prince Without a Kingdom by Timothée de Fombelle, translated by Sarah Ardizzone. There will be a wider discussion about interpreting war for young readers and Lydia Syson, author of That Burning Summer and A World Between Us, will also be on the panel. Read More...

May
7
2014
Job Vacancies

The Hertfordshire & Essex High School and Science College - School Librarian

37 hours per week, 42 working weeks, + 6 weeks' paid holiday, pa Required as soon as possible, a well-qualified Librarian to manage our large, open-plan learning resource centre, and ensure the integration of the Library into the life and work of the school. The successful applicant will work under the direction of a Deputy Head to ensure that the Library is used to its full potential and provides support to all users of its resources and facilities. Read More...

May
7
2014
Job Vacancies

Harrogate Ladies’ College - School Librarian

Harrogate Ladies' College seeks to appoint an innovative, creative and well qualified School Librarian who will lead the development of the School's library service with energy and enthusiasm responding to the needs of a community of boarding and day children from 2-19 years old, based in the College amongst senior girls from age 11-19. Closing date: Friday, 16 May 2014 Interviews will take place week beginning: 19 May 2014 To obtain an application pack, please visit our website at www. Read More...

May
2
2014
Course booking deadlines fast approaching!

SLA Blog post

The booking deadline for Getting the Best from Young People and Adults: Managing Behaviour in the Secondary School Library run by Geoff Dubber at Peters Bookselling Services, 120 Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham is on 6th May so make haste and book your place on this invaluable behaviour management training day. Bev Humphrey leads The E-Reading Revolution at Lytchett Minster School - an unmissable course - and the booking deadline is 7th May. Read More...

May
1
2014
Wonder and Bullying

SLA Reading Blog post

A message from Alexandra Taylor, Education Coordinator, Random House Children's Publishers, 020 8231 6805 I'm contacting you all to ask for a little help with an upcoming project we're setting up for the book Wonder by RJ Palacio. The project will be launched in schools in the summer term and will ask schools to inspire their students to choose kind by using Wonder. Read More...

May
1
2014
Events Calendar

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May
1
2014
SLA Discussion Blog

SLA Blog post

The Discussion Forum on the SLA website is now up and running - do have a look!! There are already several threads running and some tricky questions asked - please feel free to contribute, either with a question of your own or a much needed answer to one already posted. . Read More...

Apr
30
2014
Job Vacancies

Berkhamsted School - Part-time Assistant Librarian

Required from September 2014 The ideal applicant will be a successful, enthusiastic and committed graduate Librarian with a Professional Library qualification and have experience of working in a library preferably within an educational environment. The position is part-time, term-time only - Monday and Wednesday 8am to 5. Read More...

Apr
30
2014
Piers Torday Event

SLA Blog post

Piers Torday has quickly established a reputation as one of the most exciting new children's authors of today. His debut novel The Last Wild was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Award and the UKLA Book Award, and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Read More...

Apr
28
2014
Only 2 days left to vote for your SLA Board representatives!!

SLA Blog post

Voting for new Board members closes at 12 noon on 30th April so make haste and vote for the candidates who will represent you for the next 3 years on the School Library Association Board! Further details of the candidates and a voting form are available online here. . Read More...

Apr
25
2014
Job Vacancies

ABINGDON SCHOOL, OXFORDSHIRE - LIBRARIAN

For September 2014 Due to retirement the Head is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and dedicated Librarian to manage the well-resourced library at this successful School. You will be passionate about promoting independent learning and marketing the library as an excellent resource for the whole school. Read More...

Apr
24
2014
Cancellation of courses!

SLA Blog post

Sadly we have had to cancel the following courses: Onwards and Upwards - The Marlborough School, Oxfordshire - 28th April - cancelled. iCan with an iPad - Okehampton College, Devon - 30th April - this course has been postponed and will hopefully be rescheduled in June. Read More...

Apr
22
2014
Weekend Course 2014 - Deadline extension

SLA Blog post

With the Spring break being late this year, and knowing that many schools are still awaiting decions from their senior managers and CPD co-ordinators, the SLA is pleased to announce that the Early Bird rate will be held for a further week until the closing date for booking - 8th May 2014. NB we can take provisional bookings if that would help, but would need confirmation by mid May latest. Read More...

Apr
16
2014
School Writing Group Publishes a Book - Guest blog

SLA Blog post

A dark, historical fiction book called 'The Reader' has been written by Keswick School's Writers and Illustrators Club under the pen name of K.S Aitken. Read More...

Apr
16
2014
Kipper is 25!

SLA Blog post

Libraries everywhere can join loveable children's book character Kipper the Dog and his creator Mick Inkpen as they celebrate 25 years of adventures topping children's most-borrowed book lists. The Reading Agency and publishers Hodder Children's Books are offering libraries the chance to win goodies including an all expenses paid library visit from Kipper himself in a special birthday competition. Read More...

Apr
15
2014
Board Voting - deadline approaching

SLA Blog post

Don't forget to cast your votes in our Board voting - closing date 12 noon on 30th April - only 15 days away! .. Read More...

Apr
11
2014
Rare Chance to book US Author

SLA Reading Blog post

US author Holly Goldberg Sloan is in the UK from 17 - 24 May to promote her new novel Counting by 7s. The book has already been selected as a Chatterbooks Read. Read More...

Apr
7
2014
John Betjeman Poetry Competition for Young People

SLA Blog post

Established by the family of the former Poet Laureate, the John Betjeman Poetry Competition for Young People seeks to foster a love of poetry in young people. It is our aim to support literacy and creativity, encouraging children aged 10-13 living in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland to explore the world they see around them through rhythm and language. Read More...

Apr
4
2014
Who will be crowned Queen of Teen 2014?

SLA Blog post

To celebrate all that is great in teen fiction... the love stories... the life stories... the vampires... the villains... the Queen of Teen award is BACK! Back to capture the imagination of teenage readers across the country, finding out which authors made them laugh, which made them cry, which one petrified them or inspired them... and which author will make them visit www.queenofteen. Read More...

Apr
3
2014
Foyle Young Poets 2014

SLA Blog post

The Poetry Society runs the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2014, the world's largest and most prestigious award for young poets aged 11-17 years old. Last year's competition attracted entries from a staggering 7,478 young people from 75 countries worldwide, making it one of the largest literary competitions in the world. Read More...

Apr
3
2014
'Dance to Rio' - KS2 Resources

SLA Blog post

The National Schools Partnership in association with 20th century Fox have just produced some KS2 dance resources based on the upcoming Rio 2 film, which include a DVD featuring a live dancer teaching Rio dance moves for children to learn. You can see the sign-up page here: http://www. Read More...

Apr
2
2014
Job Vacancies

Edge Grove, Hertfordshire - part time library Assistant

Edge Grove is an independent boarding and day Preparatory and Pre-Preparatory School for boys and girls aged 3-13 situated in 28 acres of glorious Hertfordshire parkland near Aldenham in Hertfordshire. We require a part-time School Library Assistant as from 1st September 2014 (20 hours per week over 5 days,10am - 2pm, term time only, plus up to 8 inset days per annum). Read More...

Apr
1
2014
How to Run a Book Week new from SLA

SLA Blog post

The SLA has just published another in our Voices series of shorter titles written from a personal perspective: Teddington School Book Week by Rachel Bide. Teddington School holds a successful and high profile biennial book week. Read More...

Mar
26
2014
iCan with an iPad

Okehampton, 30 April 2014

Book before the Easter holidays to qualify for the early booking discount of £10.00! Our course iCan with an iPad, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held in Okehampton, Devon on 30 April 2014. The closing date is 16 April 2014. Bookings received by 2 April 2014 are eligible for a £10.00 discount. Key Audience: primary and secondary school library staff, public library staff Read More...

Mar
26
2014
Onwards and Upwards: Successful Transition Strategies for School Libraries

Woodstock, Oxfordshire, 28 April 2014

DON'T MISS THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE! Our course Onwards and Upwards: Successful Transition Strategies for School Libraries, run by Annike Dase, will be held in Woodstock, Oxfordshire on 28 April 2014. The closing date is 14 April 2014. All bookings received by 31 March 2014 are eligible for a £10.00 discount. Key Audience: primary and secondary school librarians and library staff Read More...

Mar
26
2014
Information Book Award

Information Book Award 2014 Short List Announced

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2014 prize! Schools will be invited to take part in the Children's Choice voting from June to mid-September. The award ceremony will take place in the autumn and is sponsored by Hachette Children's Books and is supported by Peters Books & Furniture. Read More...

Mar
25
2014
New SLA voices book

SLA Blog post

The SLA has just published the latest in our Voices series of shorter titles written from a personal perspective. Departmental Review of the Library: At The Weston Road Academy by Anita Baker explains how a review of your library and its performance as part of the school's annual management cycle can become an essential element of library development. Read More...

Mar
25
2014
Job Vacancies

Fulneck School, Pudsey, Leeds

Independent Day and Boarding C440 Boys and Girls 3-18 years Society of Heads LIBRARIAN & HEAD OF CAREERS (Full time) Required from September 2014, term time only plus 5 weeks in school holidays (40 weeks per year). A qualified and experienced Librarian required to manage the School Library and coordinate the Careers programme throughout the School. Read More...

Mar
19
2014
Hodder & Stoughton launch school library giveaway!

SLA Blog post

Hodder and Stoughton's new(ish) young adult fiction community, Chapter 5 launched this summer and has already seen fantastic levels of engagement and growth. Facebook is their main platform, and they have an associated Facebook app - reached through the 'Extras' tab - where they host regular giveaways, quizzes, polls and exclusive author content. Read More...

Mar
18
2014
Managing Resources new book from SLA

SLA Blog post

Everything in its Place: Managing Electronic and Physical Resources in the School Library by Kathy Lemaire and Sally Duncan is now available from the SLA. Relevant to both primary and secondary school library staff, this key Guideline examines the practical aspects of running a library. Read More...

Mar
17
2014
Worcestershire's Awesomest Book Award

SLA Reading Blog post

The winning title was announced in a ceremony at Droitwich Library on World Book Day - DEMON DENTIST by David Walliams 10 school teams took part in a quiz on the shortlisted books and the new name was announced by the guest author Pete Johnson. It was the first year of the new award, but none the less a spectacular occasion enjoyed by adults and children alike. Read More...

Mar
17
2014
Library Camp Midlands Announced

SLA Blog post

School Library Camp Midlands announced Saturday 14th June 2104, 10.30 - 3. Read More...

Mar
17
2014
Moving Stories

SLA Blog post

Seven Stories, National Centre for Children's Books is launching an exciting new exhibition, Moving Stories - Children's Books from Page to Screen. Co-curated with the National Media Museum in Bradford, Seven Stories' latest show stopping exhibition explores the creative minds behind adaptations of some of the best loved children's books and stories into well-known film and television programmes including The Borrowers, Alice in Wonderland and The Gruffalo. Read More...

Mar
17
2014
26 Characters - Oxford Story Museum

SLA Blog post

Unique photographic installation features 26 of Britain's best-loved authors and storytellers transformed into their favourite childhood story characters. From Anansi to Benjamin Zephaniah - see your literary heroes, real and fictional, in a new light. Read More...

Mar
13
2014
Job Vacancies

The British School of Brussels - Head of Libraries and Learning Resources

Full-time for September 2014 The libraries at BSB are currently undergoing an exciting redevelopment programme in keeping with the school's 2020 vision. We have committed to significant investment and support in order to provide state of the art, world-class facilities for the whole BSB community: students, staff and parents. Read More...

Mar
13
2014
Tape

SLA Reading Blog post

Steven Camden is a leading spoken-word poet, performing as Polarbear. He also writes radio plays, teaches storytelling in schools, and was a lead artist for The Ministry of Stories. Read More...

Mar
13
2014
Raintree Online Offer

SLA Reading Blog post

Raintree Online is a brand new library of interactive eBooks that bring literacy to life using a visual, auditory and kinaesthetic approach. Simple, intuitive and easy-to-use, each book is a one-off price so there's no subscription - buy it once and it's yours to keep. Read More...

Mar
13
2014
WWI Resources from British Library

SLA Resources Blog post

Explore online over 500 newly-digitised primary sources from across Europe in the BL's new World War One website designed for secondary school and FE teachers and students. Highlights include photographs from the front line, soldiers' personal diaries, censored mail and propaganda posters. Read More...

Mar
13
2014
Know Your Library Posters

SLA Resources Blog post

These posters and powerpoint are a ready-to-use, colourful introduction to the library for all pupils and students. The set of 'print your own' pdf posters covers the essentials from basic terms such as borrow, return and renew, to the arrangement of fiction and non-fiction as well as the parts of a book (contents, blurb, spine etc). Read More...

Mar
12
2014
Job Vacancies

Colegio de San Francisco de Paula - LIBRARIAN

We require: - B.A. Read More...

Mar
11
2014
Members' and Librarians' Days

CPD @ OUP

We are very pleased to announce that Oxford University Press are opening their doors for this exciting event. The day will include panel discussions (led by authors Tim Bowler, Geraldine McCaughrean, Anne-Marie Hansen - OUP Head of International Rights - and renowned librarians Joy Court, Ferelith Hordon and Bev Humphrey) and a presentation by Sue Dixon of The Thinking Child. There will also be an opportunity to visit the OUP Museum. Venue: Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX2 6DP Date: Wednesday 9th April 2014 starting at 10.00 Closing date: Wednesday 20th March Cost (including lunch and refreshments): SLA Members - £45, Others - £60.00 Read More...

Mar
6
2014
Merseyside Branch

Other Branch Events

Forming a JSC Consortium - Joyce Martin (Director of JSC) Date:- Thursday, 27th March 2014 Time:- 3pm (approx. one and a half hours) Venue:- St Edward's College, North Drive, Liverpool L12 1LF http://www. Read More...

Mar
5
2014
Job Vacancies

FRAMLINGHAM COLLEGE - LIBRARIAN AND LEARNING RESOURCES MANAGER

HMC Boarding and Day Co-educational School c.425 pupils aged 13-18 years Framlingham College is a high quality independent school which is currently thriving and prides itself on producing well-rounded, vibrant and purposeful young men and women. Read More...

Mar
4
2014
Private Peaceful day

SLA Resources Blog post

31 March is Private Peaceful Day and there are all sorts of special events taking place. 100 cinemas across the UK are screening the film specially for schools and the screenings will be followed by a live Q&A with Michael Morpurgo, broadcast via satellite. Read More...

Mar
4
2014
Goddess

SLA Reading Blog post

Author Laura Powell says: What if us Brits originally came from the ancient City of Troy? Sounds crazy, but up until the sixteenth century, most people believed Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain (1136), which told how Britain was founded by an exiled prince of Troy, Brutus, under orders of the Goddess Diana (Artemis). I'd always wanted to write a book about the Greek Myths, so I decided to take this legend as the starting point for imagining an alternate modern Britain that considered itself Greek in origin, and in which the Cult of the Goddess Artemis had replaced the Church of England. Read More...

Mar
4
2014
Manchester 2014 Booking Form

Weekend Course 2014

Booking is now open for the 2014 SLA Weekend Course, entitled "No Librarian is an Island: Making Friends and Influencing People", which will be held at the Renaissance Hotel, Manchester, from 20th-21st June 2014. Full details are available on our website at http://www.sla.org.uk/manchester2014 Read More...

Mar
3
2014
Social Media - make it work for you!

Norwich, 1 April 2014

DON'T MISS THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE! Our course Social Media - make it work for you!, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held in Norwich on 1 April 2014. The closing date is 18 March 2014. A £10 discount will be applied to all bookings received by 4 March 2014. Key Audience: Primary and secondary school staff Read More...

Feb
28
2014
Create a Comic, a Superhero Diary or a Suspenseful Story

SLA Resources Blog post

ReadingZone is working with authors and The Phoenix comic to launch a range of creative projects for schools! Pupils can join in making a comic, creating a superhero's diary, or seeing how good they are at writing stories that are full of suspense! ReadingZone will launch the following projects in early March, ready to run during March / April, to complete before the Easter break. For now, we want to know which schools would like to get involved. Read More...

Feb
28
2014
School Library Camps 2014

SLA Blog post

Exciting news for those interested in school libraries; a flurry of school library camps taking place up, down and across the country. On Saturday 14th June, there will be four (yes four!) school library camps held simultaneously in different locations; London; North West (Manchester); Yorkshire (Leeds); Scotland (Glasgow); The hope is to link up all these different camps with tech to create a national school library conversation and share ideas across the land. Read More...

Feb
28
2014
Voting Open!

SLA Blog post

We are delighted to have four candidates for the Board elections - for three places. Please do take the time to read the candidates statements and vote. Read More...

Feb
28
2014
Voting Open!

SLA Blog post

We are delighted to have four candidates for the Board elections - for three places. Please do take the time to read the candidates statements and vote. Read More...

Feb
27
2014
The E-Reading Revolution

Gateshead, 27 March 2014

Don't miss the chance to attend our The E-Reading Revolution course in Gateshead on 27 March 2014. A £10 discount will be applied to all places booked by 27 February 2014. The closing date is 13 March 2014. Key Audience: primary and secondary library staff Read More...

Feb
26
2014
Information Book Award

2014 Information Book Award Long List Announced

The Long List for the 2014 Information Book Award is announced today. 24 titles have been selected for judging as follows: Under 7 First Animal Encyclopaedia by Anita Ganeri. Read More...

Feb
21
2014
School Library Camps - June 14th 2014

SLA Blog post

Library Camps are a user-generated unconference for people who work in, use, study or are just interested in libraries. As an unconference, there is no set agenda - instead attendees are invited to 'pitch' the sessions they want to be a part of, there is no keynote speakers or formal presentations - instead sessions can take the form of simple discussions, debate, conversations or interactive activities. Read More...

Feb
20
2014
JCS New resources available

SLA Resources Blog post

Check out the new February Newsletter from JCS Online Resources. There are several exciting new resources available, including World Book, JSTOR Secondary Schools and Digital Theatre Plus. Read More...

Feb
20
2014
Robert Muchamore Virtual Event

SLA Resources Blog post

No. 1 bestselling author Robert Muchamore will be hosting a FREE virtual author event at 11. Read More...

Feb
20
2014
Author event - London & Bristol

SLA Reading Blog post

OUP, YLG & SLG Invite you to join the award-winning author of My Name is Parvana - Deborah Ellis in conversation with Julia Eccleshare, Children's Books Editor, Guardian to celebrate the publication of My Name is Parvana, Deborah's inspiring and thought-provoking sequel to the The Breadwinner trilogy. Venue: Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA Monday 17th March 6. Read More...

Feb
18
2014
Uplifting days!

SLA Blog post

Some days really lift the spirits don't they? Yesterday was one such. I had the pleasure of attending the first ever Patron of Reading conference - a real opportunity for those patrons that were in the forefront of this growing movement to share their ideas and practice. Read More...

Feb
14
2014
Job Vacancies

Leventhorpe - Learning Resource Centre Manager

Fulltime, term time only £30,000 pa FTE We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to oversee our newly developed Learning Resource Centre (LRC). The LRC is at the heart of our school incorporating the school's library as well as a computer based study area for the lower school and a quiet, self-study area for the sixth form. Read More...

Feb
13
2014
CILIP Carnegie & Greenaway Resources

SLA Blog post

If you're looking to encourage children and young people to read and explore fantastic novels and illustrated books through your library then register for the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals shadowing scheme. Shadowing is simple, adaptable and free to register. Read More...

Feb
13
2014
2013 UKLA Literacy School of the Year announced

SLA Blog post

The UK Literacy Association is proud to announce the 2013 recipient of our new award for schools. Victoria Junior School, Workington, Cumbria is the 2013 Literacy School of the Year: A school where literacy thrives UKLA is a registered charity, which has as its sole object the advancement of education in literacy and is committed to promoting good practice nationally and internationally. Read More...

Feb
13
2014
Events Calendar

New events added - keep checking for useful courses, events and information Read More...

Feb
13
2014
Neil Gaiman Competition

SLA Reading Blog post

To celebrate the paperback publication of Neil Gaiman's hugely successful novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane - voted Book of the Year in the 2013 British National Book Awards - The Reading Agency and publishers Headline are offering libraries promotional packs to display in April, encouraging readers to explore Neil Gaiman's backlist. Librarians everywhere are also being invited to enter a special competition to write an introduction to the guide to 'Neil Gaiman's fictional universe' which will form part of these promotional packs. Read More...

Feb
5
2014
School Librarian of the Year Award 2014

The Search Begins!

The search for the most outstanding School Librarian of the Year has begun! The SLA School Librarian of the Year Award selection panel of four top school librarians will spend the next four months evaluating the contenders for the 2014 award, which will be presented in October. Adam Lancaster, SLA School Librarian of the Year in 2012, is on the selection panel for 2014 and is excited by the high standard and variety of this year's nominations: "There is a great range in terms of the settings and circumstances that nominees work in, including special schools, and in terms of the level of formal qualifications they hold. Read More...

Feb
4
2014
SCHOOLCHILDREN WANT TO READ BOOKS THAT MAKE THEM LOL

SLA Blog post

Children would rather read books that make them laugh than stories featuring TV characters, research has revealed. The research report, issued by Pearson to mark the launch of its Read for My School national reading competition (www. Read More...

Feb
3
2014
Job Vacancies

Downsend School - Librarian

Start Date: March 2014 An IAPS, co-educational, day preparatory school educating children aged 2 to 13, Downsend is a thriving and vibrant school which provides a refreshingly different