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Free eBook: Information Literacy in the Wild

The students of the University of Michigan's Information Literacy for Teaching and Learning Course are pleased to announce the digital publication of INFORMATION LITERACY IN THE WILD, a compilation of essays reflecting their field experiences in public libraries, K-12 libraries, K-12 classrooms, college classrooms (online and face-to-face), academic libraries, museums, and more.

They hope you will enjoy reading about their observations, projects, and conclusions. Here are some of the projects featured:

  •  how Lady Gaga's meat dress is an example of synthesis
  •  how an AP language teacher plans to teach an information literacy unit
  •  the importance of a lesson "hook"
  •  how to sneak an IL lesson into a tech lesson
  •  how a map can guide even the most experienced researchers
  •  'bird unit' sightings in public libraries ... and a physics classroom
  •  how the SCVNGR app can refresh and deepen library orientation

You can download it for your eReader here:

It is also available as a formatted-for-print PDF:

They are eager to hear your feedback:

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Independent review of the curriculum will present evidence next week

The Telegraph reports today that the expected independent review of the school curriculum in England will present its evidence next week. It is expected to lead to changes in what is taught in the classroom and will compare the English curriculum to that used in other countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Poland and parts of North America.

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2011 Eleanor Farjeon Award

The Federation of Children’s Book Groups is delighted to announce that it has won the 2011 Eleanor Farjeon Award. The Eleanor Farjeon Award is coordinated by the Children’s Book Circle and is given to individuals or organisations that have been deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to the world of children’s books. The award is a great honour for the Federation, its members and its National Executive.

At a ceremony in London the Children’s Book Circle and Anne Harvey, from the Eleanor Farjeon estate, presented the £2000 gift to Chair, and school librarian, Adam Lancaster. In his acceptance speech Adam spent time passionately talking about the work that everyone in the charity is involved in. This ranged from groups running numerous events in their localities with a number of partners to the national executive working as an umbrella providing opportunities for a whole host of events to take place.

Adam, who is also founder of National Non-Fiction Day, explained the Federation’s past and thanked all the people over the years that played a part in creating hundreds of thousands of readers. ‘Everyone involved in the Federation is a special person. They are the ones on the front line, working with tens of thousands of young people each year, doing those things that politicians and suited board men talk about. To be awarded this honour is to recognise all those people who over the years have played a part in igniting that spark and fanning those flames of reading. Books change lives. The Federation changes lives.’

Huge congratulations from everyone at SLA!

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World Book Day is going to be bigger than ever in 2012 with a whole
host of exciting events, resources and a brand new website including
an Ideas Zone to help everyone celebrate the big day. And that's where
WBD need your help. It's very simple; all WBD want are suggestions for
World Book Day events/activities from 'reading professionals' -
librarians, booksellers, teachers and publishers. So things that you
may have done in the past or are planning to do in 2012 (e.g. Getting
your class to dress up as their favourite book characters) and a bit
of detail on how these have worked for you. Please make sure you
include your name, role and company/library/school details with your
contribution so that each idea can be credited.

The new website goes live at the beginning of January and it would be
great to have some ideas ready to roll with. WBD will be really grateful
if you could get your contributions to them as soon as possible -
anything this side of Christmas should make it online at

Please send your ideas to Anna Bassi anna@bassi.me, and don't hesitate
to contact her if you have any questions about this. Many thanks for
your help!

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Only twenty-six years old, Amanda Hocking had never sold a single book before 15 April 2010.  She has now sold over one million. Switched is the first novel in the Trylle Trilogy. Published for the first time in paperback, it is already garnering a buzz on both sides of the pond.

Pan Macmillan have 200+ posters promoting Switched and the Trylle Trilogy available - email Fergus at f.edmondson[at]macmillan.co.uk with your contact address and how many posters you would like.

‘Her character-driven books, which feature trolls, hobgoblins and fairy-tale elements and keep the pages turning, have generated an excitement not felt in the industry since Stephenie Meyer or perhaps even J. K. Rowling.’  -The New York Times.

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Comment on School Librarian Article

How I agree with Duncan Wright,  I wish I’d Known That Sooner . I am the professionally qualified  Learning Resource Manager in an independent secondary school on Merseyside.  For 6 years I was also a Form Tutor, and for the last 2 years I have been Head of Year 10/11. You have to act in an extremely professional manner to be taken professionally (on occasions more than the ‘teaching’ staff), but I do believe it pays off. I am also part of the music team, ski team and am currently going on the classics trip to Greece due to internal recommendation.

Fellow Librarians keep up the professional pressure, network, attend all Head of Department meetings and briefing, don’t ‘hide’ away in the LRC, we are ALL fellow professional and academic people.

Cath Howard BA (Hons)

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2012 Shortlist Stan Lee Excelsior Award

The Shortlist for the 2012 Stan Lee Excelsior Award can finally be revealed!!

To see the shortlist for yourself, please visit the official website’s Shortlist 2012 page and remember to click the covers for more details!  Other new features on the website include Russell Wall’s and James Guy’s terrific promotional trailer for the shortlist and the new ‘Resources’ section which currently features a variety of award posters which can be downloaded as PDF files and printed out for use in your libraries

Peters have agreed to sell all the books as a special pack for £75 and ask that any schools who wish to order the books from them send an email to marketing@peters-books.co.uk  stating they’d like to order a 'Stan Lee Excelsior Award book pack'. If you use this option please also confirm the following details to Peters:

  • ·         Contact name
  • ·         Job role
  • ·         School name and address
  • ·         email address
  • ·         Purchase order (if applicable)

Any queries ring Tom Hunt on 0161 666 6646.

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New SLA Winter reading poster

Check out the latest in the SLA's new series of library posters for you to download and use to help promote your library and its resources.

They are a free download, but only available to logged-in SLA members.

Watch out for more posters coming soon!

Stock up on your Winter reading

PDF file, 975 kB

Requires Adobe Reader

SLA Members Only

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Video Advent Calendar

Fed up with the usual advent calendars full of chocolate and sweets?  Here's something different - a video calendar on the theme of banned books. 

The Entresse Library in Espoo, Finland and FAIFE (IFLA Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression) have together created the world's first Banned Books Video Calendar. The project has garnered international attention and is considered pioneering in many ways.

"Last year, Entresse created a Finnish video calendar of banned books. Due to the high quality of the final product, we decided to take it to an international forum," says Director Kai Ekholm of the National Library of Finland and the Chair of FAIFE. The project's participants include leading figures in the library world, who introduce their favourite banned books: IFLA President Ingrid Parent presents Timothy Findlay’s The Wars; Finnish IFLA President-Elect Sinikka Sipilä talks about Mika Waltari's The Egyptian; Kai Ekholm introduces Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Executive Director Jill Cousins of the Europeana Foundation expounds on James Joyce's Ulysses. Other books include Art Spiegelman's Maus, Hitler's Mein Kampf, Boccaccio's Decameron and Walt Disney's Donald Duck.

"We wanted to show that books have been censored for centuries for daring to defy the Catholic Church with its Index Librorum Prohibitorum, the Puritans, judicial systems and politicians," Ekholm notes. The purpose of the project is to promote public debate. Viewers can have their say on whether the books were banned for a sensible reason. "Books are still being burned, but the focus now is on online censorship. Sad examples include Turkey and Hungary in Europe and, on the world stage, China, where 450 million online citizens live in a closed intranet without access to Facebook or various Google searches. Perhaps next year's calendar will focus on banned web pages." 

Following the tradition of the Advent calendar, each day between December 1st and December 24th a new window will open and a new book will be presented on several sites throughout the world. The video calendar can be accessed at http://vimeo.com/channels/bannedbooks.

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