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New online resource for RE from the British Library

What is sacred?
How do we extract meaning from sacred texts?
Where do religious stories come from?
How are these stories relevant to people today?

Investigate all these questions and more in the British Library's new web interactives. The resource provides rich material for use in Religious Education teaching.

You can use the site to:

Examine the contrasts and crossovers between stories from six different religions
Watch animations made from wonderful texts in the British Library's collection
Pose questions to a panel of experts about the meanings behind the Abrahamic faiths
Uncover the multifaceted nature of religious texts

The resources support the current free exhibition, Sacred, which is on until 23rd September


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IASL conference opens in Taipei

The 36th annual conference of the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) has opened in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China.  Around 500 delegates from 31 countries have arrived in Taipei and will enjoy a varied programme of keynote speeches, more than 80 papers and 42 poster sessions, as well as visits to local school libraries and some cultural events.

In opening the conference Minister Du, from the Department of Education, said: ‘School libraries are indispensible as they are situated at the core for securing success in the new learning models and environments . . . students benefit much from libraries in their intellectual growth, in personal knowledge acquisition and individual world view development.'

He added "we have implemented strategies and plans to enhance school libraries and their facilities in elementary and middle schools around the nation.  What we have learned in our implementation experiences would be helpful to other countries as they consider moving towards a holistic e-learning environment."
Also present at the opening ceremony was Minister Wong from the Council for Cultural Affairs, who commented ‘By promoting and upgrading libraries in public schools, we have attained achievements in a escalating public learning curve and reading competence.'

The conference continues until Friday.

Next year's IASL conference will be in San Jose, California.  More information will be available on the IASL website as available. 

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UK winner for World Final of Kids’ Lit Quiz

The winning team from Wellington College, Belfast, Northern IrelandAfter a tense and hard-fought contest in Oxford today, the worthy winners of the World final of this popular quiz were declared the team from Wellington College, Belfast, Northern Ireland with 39 points.  The team, Caroline Carson, Emily Graham, Adam Miskimmin and Eimear Nelson-Nilehn, were supported and coached by their school librarian Tanja Jennings.

Close second to Wellington College was the New Zealand team from St Cuthbert's College, Auckland, with 34, and the third place went to the UK winners, Aylesbury High School, England with 26 points.

The other International teams taking part were:
Grove School, Cape Town, South Africa
The International School of Beijing, China
These teams had won their national finals over the year.

Also taking part were:
George Heriot's School, Edinburgh, Scotland
Cardiff High School, Wales
These teams, like Wellington College, represented their countries at the UK final, and therefore qualified to attend the word final this year.

Held for the first time this year outside of New Zealand, the final was in Oxford as part of the Oxfordshire Millennium celebrations.  The prizes were presented by Keith Mitchell, Chairman of the South East Regional Assembly and Leader of Oxfordshire County Council and Liz Brighouse, Chair of Oxfordshire County Council.

Many congratulations to the team and all supporters at Wellington College!

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SLA ballot results

Following the recent ballot it was announced at the SLA AGM, held on 24th June at the SLA Weekend in Nottingham, that the three elected members to serve on the Executive for 2007 - 2010 are:

Marianne Bradnock
Lin Smith
Anne-Marie Tarter

We asked the new Committee members to introduce themselves:

image of Marianne BradnockMarianne Bradnock:
"In my time as a school librarian I've seen many changes in our role: resources manager, reading advocate, teacher, IT technician, counsellor, webmaster... I am constantly impressed by the way our profession can adapt to education initiatives and new technologies. In my recent SLA Guideline on ICT in school libraries I explore how, with every student and teacher a Googler, we can demonstrate our expertise as never before. In both my schools I've been involved in managing ICT, ensuring the library remains at the hub of information strategy. I've benefited hugely from supportive networks of librarians and help coordinate a group in the London area; we meet termly to exchange ideas and good practice. I work as a volunteer in my local library, enjoy theatre and cinema, but books are my greatest passion. I collect first editions of works by early C20th children's illustrators, and am an unapologetic chain-reader."

Lin Smith imageLin Smith:
"Fascinated by the fact that I couldn't see over the counter in my local library, I wanted to be a librarian from the age of eight.  A circuitous route through cataloguing, local history and posts in information around the country brought me to Derbyshire in 1991. Ecclesbourne is my third school. Recently, as part of self-evaluation I started to survey study skills taught in partner primary schools.  This made me realise that I couldn't answer the same questions for my own students!  So my latest project here is to map study skills throughout all Key Stages to discover which of these skills are explicitly taught via the curriculum.

I enjoy being able to share hints and tips with others and am eternally grateful that School Librarians are so happy to share knowledge and ideas through conferences and groups like sln.  I have been a past Chair of ADLIBS (Association of Derbyshire (& Derby City) Librarians in Schools) and currently co-ordinate a Heritage User Group for school librarians based in the East Midlands. I do hope that I would be able to contribute to the profession on a wider scale as a member of the Executive Committee."

image of Anne-Marie TaterAnne-Marie Tarter
"Originally from California, I moved to Yorkshire twenty-five years ago and have worked as the school librarian at Ripon Grammar School for the last fifteen years.  I have a BA from Stanford University and a MLS in Information Science from San Jose State University.  Once in the UK I undertook a further year of post-graduate study focusing on librarianship in the British school context at Leeds Metropolitan University and in 1990 became a chartered member of CILIP.

Developing pupils' information Literacy has always been a key interest of mine.  I have put together a programme of IL skills development, delivered through curricular subjects, that has been the subject of several research studies. I deliver training on information literacy and using the Internet to both librarians and teachers.  I served as the secretary of national committee of the Schools Library Group of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals from 2000-2005 and was on the working parties that helped to write the last two editions of the CILIP Guidelines for Secondary School Libraries.

In Spring 2006 I was thrilled to be awarded the School Library Association's ‘School Librarian of the Year'."

The Officers of the Association will serve a further year.
Chair: Eileen Armstrong
Vice-Chair: Geoff Dubber
Treasurer: Pat Williams
Immediate Past Chair: Alec Williams

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