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International work

Wlic Logo 2014 Blue MediumI 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.  The section has two business meetings – often the only time the members of the section manage to meet in person – plus hosting sessions within the main body of the Congress.  The sessions this year were particularly well attended and resulted in some fantastic discussion on the state of school libraries around the world – and that always important sharing of activity.  Papers and presentations from the sessions are all available on the Congress website – and there are many that would repay reading.

Currently the section is undertaking a major rewrite of the IFLA UNESCO School Library Guidelines and the sight of a room full of international school librarians each working on parts of a chapter of the guidelines, to make sure it is relevant and understood all over the world, was inspiring.  Now the guidelines will go back for a further redraft and will then be taken back to meetings with the International Association for School Librarianship, before (hopefully) the final redraft and submission and approval by IFLA and UNESCO.   I am sure I will be involved in several long email and skype exchanges before we get to that point though!

The relatively small glimpses I had of Lyon outside the Congress Centre showed it to be a fascinating city – and I hope to visit again one day - as a tourist!

Once we had left Lyon the section was jointly hosting (with Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section) a day of discussion around the problems and positives of getting 15-20 year olds reading.  Again papers will be on the website shortly.  This was based at the Bibliotheque Nationale de France – an amazing modern building in Paris. 

In October this year IFLA will be looking for people to stand for election for the sections again.  As I will be coming towards the end of my 4 years we will need a new UK representative for school libraries - do think about either finding out more, or putting yourself forward.  Any member of IFLA or CILIP can stand for election – with the new person taking up position at the next WLIC – to be held in South Africa in August 2015.  Do consider standing if you are able to - it can be hard work, but very rewarding.

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Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award

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.

Nominations can be made by the School Librarian, by emailing the nomination to the President of Cilip, president@cilip.org.uk by 31 October 2014.

A shortlist of candidates will be drawn up by the Judging Panel and announced during the first week of the school term in January.  Shortlisted pupils will be asked to submit a portfolio of evidence by 13th February 2015 and the shortlisted nominees will be invited to an Awards Ceremony, to be held on Thursday 12th March at a London venue.

The winner of the Award will receive:

  • £100 worth of books

  • £100 worth of books for their school library

  • Glass book trophy x 2 for the winner and for their school librarian/library

  • A certificate

Shortlisted nominees will receive:

  • £50 worth of books

  • A certificate

For full information about the award and the nomination criteria, please download the guidelines below. 

PLAYA Guidelines August 2014

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To submit a nomination, please download, complete and email the nomination form below.

PLYA Nomination Form August 2014

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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.  Representatives from Bounce Marketing, Macmillan Children’s Books, Oxford Children’s Books, Raintree and Walker Books will update attendees with their plans for digital publishing and details of forthcoming titles.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and network throughout the day. 

The very full morning programme will be followed by lunch.

During the afternoon attendees will have the opportunity to browse and buy in Browns’ fabulous showroom.  A special discount of 25% will be applied to orders for books placed on the day.


Venue:  Browns Books for Students, c/o Askews and Holts, 218-222 North Road, Preston, PR1 1SY

Date: Friday 24th October 2014 starting at 9.30am

Closing date: Friday 10th October 2014

Cost for the full day including lunch and refreshments: £15.00


To reserve places -

Book online at http://www.sla.org.uk/regional-course-details.php?mode=detail&i=80&rtn=training-calendar.php&rtntxt=Training%20Calendar

Download a booking form http://www.sla.org.uk/dwl.php?doc=training-booking-web-2014.pdf and send it by post to SLA, I Pine Court, Kembrey Park, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 8AD or fax it to 01793 481182

Email: courses[at]sla.org.uk

Telephone: 01793 401153

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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.

This is an essential and unique specialist role supporting students’ learning and their development into effective, independent learners and readers. Manage, develop, and promote an effective Library provision to support learning and teaching andinfluence a substantial modernisation, re-ordering and extension of our the Library facilities.

Job Description

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Person Spec

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The successful applicant will be able to work in sympathy with the Christian ethos, aims and values of our Catholic college.  All posts are offered subject to agreement to sign the CES contract of employment with the governors of this Catholic Voluntary Academy and enhanced DBS clearance suitable for working with children.

Closing date: 22 Sept 2014 Interviews W/C 6 Oct 2014

Application forms / further details are available below or from our website:  www.allhallows.org.uk   or telephone  01625 410284



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Background Information AHCC

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‘…an outstanding school, characterised by a palpable ethos that combines gospel values, ethical enterprise and aspiration for all students to be the best that they can in all dimensions of their lives.’ OfSTED


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SLA Member discount on Nosy Crow Conference

Nosy CrowEverything 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.  If SLA members would like to attend they can get a 20% discount on ticket prices by quoting SLACROW on the booking form.  Check the website for new announcements, and book via Eventbrite.  Don't forget to quote the code!

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Frank Cottrell Boyce
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 5.00 pm on 11th of September at Homerton College Cambridge.  For more details and to book see the website.

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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

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Application Form (AAT) Support Staff 13 14

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or by email from tburns[at]aatbanbury.org

Closing date for completed applications: 4:00pm on Monday 25 August 2014

“The Aspirations Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment”

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Access2BooksOur ‘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. And, school library services tell us that many mainstream schools have difficulty finding alternative formats.

Our books are valuable in both situations.  Their design enables most disabled children and adults to access and share their favourite stories with family and friends.  As they are handmade you can request changes in the format design.

They provide inclusive story book time for your disabled children today and be available on the shelf for children and parents who come in the future.

We have a new unique dual format book that, for the first time, provides:

  •  beautiful books for the disabled community, 
  •  books that mainstream users will notice, remember and share,
  •  alternative format books in mainstream quality,

You can buy direct or through your suppliers,  

A loan book is available with Free postage.   For latest titles see: http://access2books.com/new-releases-12

Telephone: 01525 853825     email:efinch[at]access2books.org



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Institut Francais Events - Autumn 2014

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.   The Institut is based in South Kensington, London.


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