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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.

We are looking for a Library Assistant to ensure the library provides an excellent service to the pupils and runs smoothly in day to day operations.

Download the full job description:

For further information please go to www.arkacademy.org. If you would like any further information or wish to discuss this role, please contact the recruitment team on 020 3116 6345, or recruitment[at]arkonline.org

Please complete the online application form at http://bit.ly/1q1WW87 by 11am on Monday 11th April 2016.

Deadline:         11am on Monday 11th April 2016
Salary:      Ark Support Staff payscale, Scale 5 point 15, £20,177 pro rata; Actual salary, £17,722 per annum
Location:     Wembley Park, London (two-minute walk from Metropolitan and Jubilee line tube lines)
Start date:     As soon as available
Working hours:    36 hrs per week, 40 weeks per annum
Contract:    Permanent

Ark Academy is committed to safeguarding children; successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check. Ark is always happy to receive speculative applications from excellent teachers and support staff.

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Can You Be a Superhero?

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 Superherosuperhero-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.

Starlight has given us 40 places for this year’s 5k Superhero Run, taking place on Sunday 15th May at 11am in Regent’s Park. Stewart Foster, author of The Bubble Boy, will be taking part, as well as key media, bloggers and authors. We will be producing Bubble Boy branded T-shirts and I Am Super capes will be donating superhero capes for the runners to wear.

Each runner is asked to raise money for Starlight who grant wishes to seriously and terminally ill children. Simon & Schuster is kindly going to donate up to £50 per runner.

 Liz is reserving 5 places for the first 5 school librarians to volunteer by contacting her at Liz.Binks[at]simonandschuster.co.uk. Make the SLA proud!

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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.

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A suitable qualification and previous experience of working within a similar educational environment would be of an advantage, but is not essential.

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Please contact the HR Assistant for further details and an application form on 01749 814316 or at recruitment[at]kingsbruton.com

Closing date: Friday 15 April 2016

King's School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service. King's School, Bruton is a registered Charity No. 1071997

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Reading Outcomes Framework and Evaluation Toolkit

Readingagency Org Uk 101The 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. The project was initiated because we need to understand the difference that we all make when we work to encourage reading. This will mean that we can demonstrate our impact and the value we provide to the people we work with.

The Reading Agency are running cross-sector consultation workshops across the country to help develop and shape the reading outcomes framework. Attendees will include those working in libraries, schools, the early years sector, colleges, prison education, local authorities and the health sector. The consultation will mean that we can create a framework that works for us all as a way of talking about and measuring the impact of our work.

Workshops are taking place in Middlesbrough (13 April), Peterborough (15 April), Cardiff (18 April), Bradford (20 April), Edinburgh (21 April) and London (26 April). If you would be interested in attending one of the workshop please contact laura.venning@readingagency.org.uk by 30 March 2016. Laura will let you know further details and confirm whether there is capacity for you to attend the session.                                                                                                                         

The consultation will build on a literature review about the impact of reading for pleasure and empowerment that was published in August last year, providing evidence that forms the foundation of the outcomes framework. OPM, an independent organisation specialising in impact evaluation, are facilitating the workshops.

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Posters: Latest Addition

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

The posters are intended for printing out at good quality resolution at A4 size or can also be easily enlarged to make an A3 poster or reduced to make an A6 postcard.

Welsh language version coming soon.

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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 at Warwickshire SLS, Unit 11a/b Montague Road, 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. Payment is not required by the deadline date to qualify for the discount as long as an official order has been received.

As well as focusing on new Accelerated Reader facilities and resources, participants will be provided with up-to-date information on exciting , attractive new books and advice on reading media which can motivate pupils of all abilities.  The course will also include a section on how technology can be used to help your school become a 'reading school.'

The SLA ran this course in Bristol recently and we have received excellent feedback from that session.  Comments included -

Wow! Above and beyond! Thank you!


Key Audience: primary and secondary school staff (not necessarily using Accelerated Reader as this will only be one session)

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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. The Enav Library is exceptionally well-resourced and plays a key role in the development of the school’s teaching and learning strategy.
Applications are welcomed from professionals with proven experience of working within a library or learning resources centre, preferably within a secondary school.
As well as excellent IT, managerial and organisational skills, they will have excellent customer service and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with staff and pupils. The ideal candidate will hold Chartered Librarian status.
Further details and application forms available from www.ucs.org.uk or
from the HR Department on 020 7433 2147 and recruitment[at]ucs.org.uk
Closing date: Thursday 24th March 2016
Please note that we reserve the right to appoint at any stage during this process should an outstanding candidate emerge. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.
UCS is fully committed to the safeguarding of children. All applicants for this post must be prepared to undergo child protection screening.

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Isaac and his amazing Asperger Superpowers!

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. Isaac Book Cover

"I really wanted to do a book around the subject of autism for young children. My son has Aspergers and even though he’s twenty now, it’s the book I wish we had had when he was young.
His primary school was lovely and highly inclusive. However there was still a reluctance then to tell the other classmates why he was ‘different’ for fear of labelling him. When however, a hard of hearing child came into the school all the children were rightly taught some basic sign language to help communicate with the new student. Autistic children have their own unique set of communication difficulties so wouldn’t it have been great if students were given the tools to help understand and communicate with autistic classmates? 2016 does however see the NAS first ‘Schools’ Autism Awareness Week’ which I think is an amazing step forward.
Melanie Walsh Photo (3)My book hopefully explains what a ‘hidden’ disability like autism is about. I actually feel that autism isn’t very good at staying ‘hidden’ for long and children soon realise that a particular child’s behaviour is different. Many children want to understand and help, so by giving them the facts about the condition, students can see why certain behaviours occur, can offer support, understand that ASD children really want to make friends. This may hopefully reduce the incidence of ignoring or bullying.
I was keen also to emphasise that the autistic brain is just simply different and has it also has it’s own set of unique advantages. Isaac in the book has a great memory, good stamina, he’s sensitive and on his own terms is playful and humorous. His sensory difficulties can prevent him from joining in game or may trigger meltdowns. However by being allowed to ‘fiddle’ with an toy in class it can help him listen, he may find understanding a joke difficult or he may forget to be polite. However I bet he’s fantastic at spotting detail and making connections.
This book took about five years from initial conception to publication - I actually had to do a couple of books in between. Walker Books were brave to trust me with this project and it took a long time with many changes with my editor to come up with the final storyline.
There is no cure for autism and although children can he greatly helped with interventions, they will always be autistic. Neurodiversity can actually enrich society and understanding autism from a young age will really help those children to find a place in the world."

The first reader to email Tatti de Jersey  at tatti[at]dejersey.co.uk can have a free copy of this book, but it is one that every primary school library should have!

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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.


We are sad to say goodbye to Lisa Bryden who has been our Regional Organiser in the Yorkshire area for the past two years. Due to school commitments, she is now stepping down and we are looking for someone in the area to replace her.

If there is a Librarian/English Teacher  who would  like to join our happy band of volunteers and you are in Yorkshire  area, do get in touch.

South West England

We are also looking for a similar person to take over the heat in the S. W. England area preferably in Plymouth or the  Devon/Cornish border.

For further details, please contact Jacky Atkinson natorgklq@gmail.com.

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2016 UK School Library Survey

SchoolSurveyButton2016Don'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. It will advocate the role of school librarians, library staff and volunteers across the UK.

The survey results will be analysed and a report created. This will be published online for contributors and the library sector to view.

The survey should take only 10 minutes of your time. We do understand your time is valuable and we do appreciate your contribution.

The survey report will help to advocate the role of school libraries and everyone involved in working in them. The more results we receive the more accurate the analysis will be, therefore please feel free to circulate to colleagues and friends working in school libraries.

Do the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TZMG66Y

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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.

Dielleza Brava had been nominated by grateful staff at Sydenham School who have been able to rely increasingly on the GCSE student as a key member of the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) team.  During the ceremony, she and the other contenders had their 'citations' read by prominent young people's authors.  In Dielleza's case, it was author Lucy Coats who explained her five-year commitment to Sydenham School's library and the impact this had had in terms of her personal development and ambition.

"She is a real asset," said Sydenham School LRC manager Diana Adams. "She is a trusted volunteer and has become head pupil librarian thanks to her consistent, calm work here with us.  But in the end, I think it was the benefits that Dielleza had derived in terms of greater confidence and her determination to carry on working with children and young people that may have chimed most with the judges. We are incredibly proud of her."

In his illustrated talk leading up to the Award announcement, Chris Riddell spelled out his long love-affair with libraries and their part in giving him access to 'life changing books' such as Catcher in the Rye, Wuthering Heights and the Gormenghast trilogy - all crucial in the development of his creative imagination.   He said: "The wonderful thing about the best  libraries in schools is that they are havens of peace and encouragement where there are no tests and  if a book is not to someone's taste, then the worst that can happen is the librarian suggesting another title instead." 

As well as an impressive engraved glass trophy and certificates, Dielleza won £100 in book-tokens for herself and £100 in tokens for her school library.  There were also substantial goody-bags for her and her fellow finalists made up of signed copies of novels donated by publishers Hachette and Macmillan.

"Dielleza is very patient and sympathetic, especially with students who speak little English," points out Diana Adams. Perhaps this is unsurprising given that Dielleza came to Sydenham as a very shy year 7, and remarkably as (given her current enthusiasm for books) not a great reader.

"Working in the library has helped boost my confidence, making friends among the other girls that work here regularly and has also helped develop my reading and writing skills," says Dielleza.  "I think my favourite part of the job is suggesting new books to people, trying to match them up to stories they can cope with and will enjoy, rather than just the ones I like!"

Thanks to her experience at Sydenham, Dielleza has decided to pursue a career working with children.  "The empathy and patience that she exhibits working with students with special needs or English as an additional language, suggests that she will be an excellent teacher," adds Diana Adams.

Among her usual duties, Dielleza has also been an ambassador for the library; talking to parents on open days and also providing feedback to publishers about new books and her perception of the shifting reading habits of her contemporaries.  But perhaps her most unusual responsibility to date was a recent one:  being a judge of the costumes that staff wore for World Book Day.  "It was really so hard picking the faculty winners as they were all good in different ways, in the end it was Science faculty, dressed as characters from Peter Pan that won ; but I loved the effort made by the Performing Arts faculty, who entered on their knees, dressed as characters from Shaun the Sheep".

The Pupil Librarian of the Year Award 2016 is a national award organised by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and the School Library Association. The other 2016 finalists are from Durham, Northwich in Cheshire, Reading and Great Baddow in Essex.

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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. The successful candidate will have a fantastic opportunity to join the founding staff of this ambitious new international school and be responsible for opening two new state of the art libraries.

Our library will be a place where students are encouraged to develop a love and appreciation for reading. The role involves working with teachers to support learning across the school (Nursery –Year 12), assisting with library lessons, encouraging pupils to develop their reading, research and study skills, arranging events to promote the library and maintaining a computerised library system.

Suitable candidates will:

  • Be an inspiring, innovative and high achieving professional.
  • Be sympatheticto the ethos of our school and supportive of our Lasallian values.
  • Have previous experience of working in a school library
  • Have excellent communication; interpersonal; and organisational skills
  • Have the ability to motivate others and lead by example,
  • Have Formal Librarian qualifications

We can offer:

  • The opportunity to work in a dynamic, state of the art environment
  • A caring, inclusive Lasallian school committed to holistic education
  • A school-wide commitment to accelerating and deepening pupils’ learning
  • A highly effective team committed to supporting each other
  • Excellent professional development opportunities to support the delivery of cutting edge practice.
  • Highly competitive teachers’ pay and conditions:
    • Competitive salary
    • Monthly Housing Allowance
    • Tuition fees for dependents
    • Medical Insurance
    • Flights
    • Relocation costs and hotel accommodation on arrival

SJII Malaysia is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will therefore, be subject to a DBS check.

Full details and an application form may be obtained from the school website via the button below..



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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.

Walhampton is seeking to appoint a full-time, forward thinking Librarian and Learning Resources Manager to join the school in September 2016. The successful candidate will be an outstanding and well-qualified teacher or graduate. Walhampton aims to make its library a centre of excellence, a ‘learning hub’, a space that engages and inspires different learning styles and facilitates independent learning through a range of media. We are looking for an individual who will champion all aspects of language and literature within our historic and beautiful library, while also making it a dynamic centre for learning across the curriculum.

Not only covering the ‘traditional’ librarian role, the successful candidate will work with staff and pupils throughout the school, modelling an approach to learning that is proactive, academic and vibrant. This person will assist in developing the school’s learning resources, not just within the library but across the school. The successful candidate will also develop, with the Head of I.T., digital learning across the school. They will take responsibility for setting appropriate targets within a development plan as well as managing a sizeable budget.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 16th March 2016

Date for interview: To be confirmed

A full job description, terms of employment and an application form must be requested by email from hr[at]walhampton.com.

Further information about Walhampton is available at www.walhampton.com.

Walhampton School is an equal opportunities employer and committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people. The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring check and satisfactory references.

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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.  The Librarian will encourage reading for pleasure and facilitate independent learning. 

In addition to a thorough knowledge of the principles and practice of librarianship (with a Chartered Librarian qualification, or equivalent) and a love of children’s literature, applicants must be able to demonstrate high level organisational and information retrieval skills, excellent communication skills, competence in ICT and the ability to establish and maintain good behaviour and conduct in our Libraries.

Hours 8.30 am – 5.30 pm on Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri during Ipswich School term time with a further 8 days to be worked during holiday periods.


Further details and application form

(to be returned by noon on Thursday 17 March)

available from the Office Administrator, Tel: 01473 408300

or see www.ipswich.suffolk.sch.uk

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Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means: Warwick, 21 April 2016

Book now to avoid disappointment!

Our course Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at Warwickshire SLS, Warwick on 21 April 2016. The closing date is 7 April 2016. Bookings received by 24 March 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90 (SLA members), £120 (for delegates from schools which are not SLA members but subscribe to Warwickshire SLS), £160 (non members of either group).  Further discounts are available for a second person attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying delegate) - see SLA website for details.

As well as focusing on new Accelerated Reader facilities and resources, participants will be provided with up-to-date information on exciting, attractive new books and advice on reading media which can be used to motivate pupils of all abilities.  The course will also include a section on how technology can be used to help your school become a 'reading school.'


Key Audience: primary and secondary school staff (not necessarily using Accelerated Reader as this will only be one session)

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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. Post-16 they have a choice of three internationally recognised pre-university examination courses: English A Levels, International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or BTEC. There is an Early Learning & Development Centre (Kindercrib) for children aged 1-3. BSB has outstanding facilities and an excellent record of academic achievement.

Our Primary School offers a bespoke curriculum with integrated learning themes that are inquiry based and skills driven. Whilst British-based, it is uniquely adapted to the needs of our international and multicultural student body.  We also offer a vibrant and innovative French – English Bilingual programme for students from Reception to Year 9. At BSB, we aim to create a positive, inclusive environment for our students.

We are at the start of an exciting phase in developing our library provision. We currently have three libraries at the school, two of which are in Primary.

We wish to appoint a dynamic, hard-working and flexible teacher / librarian to ignite passion and fun into the project and lead and manage the libraries.

Our school is an exciting and vibrant place to be, and we welcome applications from passionate, driven people who would like to join our community and help us to achieve our goals.

For more information please download the advert below:

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Application process:
The deadline for applications isTuesday 15 March 2016 at 16.00 (Belgian time).

Long listed candidates will be contacted by Skype on Friday 8 April 2016.

Short listed candidates will be invited to interview at the school on Thursday 21 April 2016

Please note that only applications sent in using the application form on the BSB website will be considered. No other submissions will be accepted.

We look forward to receiving your application. If you have not heard anything further from us by the end of March, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Additional information

To apply, follow the instructions on www.britishschool.be(Job opportunities)

The British School of Brussels
Pater Dupierreuxlaan 1
3080 Tervuren

Tel: + 32 2 766 04 30
Fax: + 32 2 767 80 70


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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.

The school is seeking a full-time Learning Resources Manager to join the school in August or September 2016. The successful candidate will be a well-qualified, experienced and enthusiastic graduate. They will have the opportunity to assist in developing and building the learning resources facility in this new school, purchasing books and resources in line with the school’s needs.

A full job description and an application form are available to download below.

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Completed applications should be emailed to info[at]kewhouseschool.com or posted to Mr Mark Hudson, Headmaster, Kew House School, 6 Capital Interchange Way, London, TW8 0EX.

Kew House School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers, the receipt of an enhanced DBS certificate and registration with the update service.


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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
8.00-5.00pm Mon-Fri (40 hr week)
Salary commensurate to qualifications and experience circa. £25k-£33k
We require a committed, enthusiastic person to manage and promote the Independent Learning and Library Services as an integral part of the whole school communityApplicants should hold a relevant degree or equivalent qualification in Information & Library Studies
Details and an application form are on our website or may be obtained from
Ms Deborah Thomas, HR Manager, St George’s School for Girls,
Garscube Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 6BG
Website: www.stge.org.uk
Closing date: Wednesday, 16 March 2016 at noon
Interview: Wednesday, 23 March 2016
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There is a Better Way. Information Literacy - Skills to Empower: Lincoln, 11 May 2016


Our course There is a Better Way. Information Literacy - Skills to Empower which was due to run on 8th March at BG Venues, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln has been postponed until 11th May 2016. The closing date is 27th April 2016. Bookings received by 13th April 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount.

During the day delegates will explore what Information Literacy means to 21st century learners, consider the best kind of thinking and questioning and look at ways to approach IL as a whole school issue.  Other items covered will include indentifying core skills. Citation, copyright, plagiarism and website evaluation will also be discused.

Key Audience: Secondary school librarians / library staff / teachers with a responsibility for learning skills

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Information Book Award 2016 Longlist Announced

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 as follows:

Under 7

  • The Story of Life: A First Book about Evolution by Catherine Barr and Steve Williams, illustrated Amy Husband Frances Lincoln ISBN 9781847804853
  • The Usborne Big Book of Colours by Felicity Brooks et al, illustrated by Sophia Touliatou Usborne ISBN 9781409582472
  • Adventures around the Globe: World Atlas by Mark Conroy, Andrew Selby, Kremena Dimitrova and Pippa Curnick Lonely Planet Kids ISBN 9781743607824
  • I (Don’t) Like Snakes by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Luciano Lozano Walker ISBN 9781406342833
  • How do Flowers Grow: Lift-the-Flap First Questions and Answers by Katie Daynes et al, illustrated by Christine Pym Usborne ISBN 9781409582137
  • Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers about Dinosaurs by Katie Daynes et al, illustrated by Marie-Eve Tremblay Usborne ISBN 9781409582144
  • Fabulous Frogs by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Tim Hopgood Walker ISBN 9781406357417
  • A Book of Feelings by Amanda McCardie, illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino Walker ISBN 9781406355994
  • Dinosaurs from Head to Tail by Stacey Roderick and Kwanchai Moriya Franklin Watts ISBN 9781445142418
  • L is For London by Paul Thurlby Hodder Children’s Books ISBN 9781444918779

7 – 12

  • Trombone Shorty by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, illustrated by Bryan Collier Abrams Books for Young Readers ISBN 9781419714658
  • History VIP – Mary Anning by Kay Barnham et al Wayland ISBN 9780750288477
  • The Wonder Garden by Jenny Bloom, illustrated by Kristjana S Williams Wide Eyed Editions ISBN 9781847806475
  • I Love This Tree by Anna Claybourne, illustrated by Andy Elkerton Franklin Watts ISBN 9781445130750
  • The Travel Book by Malcolm Croft, illustrated by Maggie Li Lonely Planet ISBN 9781743607718
  • Rebel Science by Dan Green, illustrated by David Lyttleton WeldonOwen Publishing ISBN 9781783420445
  • Stone Age Tablet – Wheel I Never by Andrew Langley et al Raintree ISBN 9781474716543
  • William Shakespeare: Scenes from the Life of the World’s Greatest Writer by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom Frances Lincoln ISBN 9781847803450
  • If…  by David J Smith, Illustrated by Steve Adams Wayland ISBN 9780750293839
  • The Usborne Official Astronaut’s Handbook by Louie Stowell, illustrated by Roger Simo et al Usborne ISBN 9781409590743
  • The Tudors - Kings, Queens, Scribes by Marcia Williams Walker ISBN 9781406359459

12 +

  • How to be An International Spy by Andy Briggs illustrated by Ben Tobitt et al Lonely Planet ISBN 9781743607725
  • Being a Girl by Hayley Long, illustrated by Gemma Correll Hot Key Books ISBN 9781471403903
  • Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary by David and Ben Crystal, illustrated by Kate Bellamy OUP ISBN 9780192737502
  • Dr Christian’s Guide to Dealing with Tricky Stuff by Dr Christian Jessen, illustrated by David Semplev Scholastic ISBN 9781407153919
  • The National Theatre by Marina McIntyre et al Walker ISBN 9781406358698
  • The Puzzle Universe: A History of Mathematics in 315 Puzzles by Ivan Moscovich Firefly Books ISBN 9781770854758
  • Hot Pink, the life and fashions of Elsa Schiaparelli by Susan Goldman Rubin Abrams Books for Young Readers ISBN 9781419716423
  • Historium by Richard Wilkinson and Jo Nelson Big Picture Press ISBN 9781783701889

The shortlists will be announced in approximately 1 month.

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Ross Montgomery competition reminder

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 and MePerijee & Me, which tells the story of Caitlin  and the strange little creature she's convinced must be from outer space, calling it:

..outrageously funny.  It is a gripping page turner with a lavish sprinkling of beautiful imagery.  It delves below the apparent superficial slapstick humour of visual excesses, to explore the more sensitive theme of loneliness and the desire for friendship, trust and love.

To win a visit from Ross get your classes to send in their best picture (with an explanation!) of the alien friend they'd like to have. Email hannah.love@faber.co.uk with a selection by April 30th to be in with a chance.

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