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The SLA blog contains news about the SLA and topical information of general interest to our members. The blog has been running since 2004. An RSS 2.0 feed and information about how to subscribe to the blog are available.

Older blog posts are still available, though archived, on the website, but please check the date at the top of the post to make sure the offer or information is likely to be valid.

Mental Health and Wellbeing in a School Library Setting: Wirral, Merseyside, 11 June 2019

Our course Mental Health and Wellbeing in a School Library Setting, run by Marie (Maz) Udall, will be held at Wirral Grammar School for Girls, Bebington, Wirral, Merseyside on 11 June 2019. The closing date is 24 May 2019. Bookings received by 14 May 2019 are eligible for a £15 discount.

Key Audience: primary and secondary school staff

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Top 10 Volunteer Reads list,

Do your students volunteer to help [at]readingagency #SummerReadingChallenge? If so, point them towards these books to fill their time in between volunteering stints. #somethingforeveryone

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Better World Books Literacy Grants

Better World Books grants offer funding for literacy and educational projects. Does your school have a specific venture you would like to get off the ground? Apply now.

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YA Book Prize 2019

YA Book Prize 2019

The 2019 YA Book Prize shortlist has been announced. Ten titles make some gripping powerful reading for our young people. You have until 30th May to get your teeth into these brilliant books.

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Teen Tech awards celebrated

The TeenTech Awards are an annual initiative run by TeenTech that challenges young people aged 11 to 19 to tackle key societal and environmental issues using the power of science, technology and engineering. This year 269 schools registered to take part in the Awards and over 1500 students were involved from schools across the UK and Europe. The awards include the research which goes into making the science work.

TeenTech Award winners have celebrated their achievements sharing ideas for, among others, a

BioPump - an electronic water pump that is completely self-sufficient and environmentally friendly and an app that will scan text and automatically simplify and summarise for use in education. The Research & Information Literacy Award was awarded to The Ladies College, Guernsey for a device to identify sugars in foods: The Best Research Project was awarded to Oakham School, Rutland about the causes of under representation of women in computer science.

Well done to all.

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Oxford English Dictionary word development

As an historical resource, the Oxford English Dictionary’s mission is to record the history of words, capturing their development. OED has produced a fun and fact-filled video to demonstrate the journey a word takes in order to find its way into the dictionary. It turns out that some words are older than you think.

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Reading Promotion Toolkit with Accelerated Reader: Sutton, Surrey, 26 March 2019

Don't delay, book today ... and qualify for the £15 early booking discount!

Our course Reading Promotion Toolkit with Accelerated Reader, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at Heath Educational Books, Sutton, Surrey on 26 March. 

This course looks at the facilities and little know aspects of the Accelerated Reader programme and how it can be used to motivate pupils of all abilities (struggling to more advanced readers). It will also cover more general reading promotion and the use of technology to encourage reading for enjoyment.  

 

The closing date is 11 March 2019. Bookings received by 1 March 2019 are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90 for SLA members and Heath Books customers, £150 for all others.  Further discounts available for 2nd place delegates. 

Key Audience: primary and secondary school staff

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News in schools

The News in Schools blog entry last week, written by Richard Addis - CEO and Editor-in-chief of  'The Day', raises a few issues to concern all of us who value critical thinking. 

If any networking meetings are being held and you would like more information on The Day, they are very happy to visit and talk about what they can offer schools, with an attractive offer for SLA members . Contact The Day on 020 7300 7316.

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The Monstrous Child as an opera

Francesca Simon’s YA novel about a Norse goddess has become an opera. Dysfunctional families and the turbulence and passion of adolescence makes up the new opera The Monstrous Child at the Linbury theatre, Royal Opera House, London, until 3 March.

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2019 Children's Book Award shortlist announced

The 2019 FCBG Children’s Book Award Top 10 titles have been announced.

This is the only national children’s book award voted for entirely by children. Some great titles here and voting can be done as soon as all books in each category have been read.

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The Usborne Academy 2019

Have you students interested in a career in publishing?

The Usborne Academy Week is an opportunity for people currently under-represented in publishing, to spend a week at Usborne and experience daily life in a range of different departments including editorial, design, marketing, production and rights. This year, the Academy Week will take place on 5th–9th August 2019.

Usborne will provide accommodation in nearby university halls along with a week's travel card and pay standard price rail fare from anywhere in the UK. They will be paid the London Living Wage for the full 40-hour week.

More details about what the week entails and what Usborne are looking for here.

Applications close on 5th April 2019 at 5pm.

Applicants must be over 18 and have the right to work in the UK.

 

 

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Welcome to the SLA Website: Great School Libraries campaign

 

School libraries aren't statutory, and in the UK no one knows how many there are, or if they are staffed or funded. The Great School Libraries campaign is a three-year campaign which aims to change this – collecting data about school libraries as well as working towards securing school library funding; producing a national framework for school libraries and recognition of school libraries within Ofsted. 

It is about ensuring that all children receive the benefits a school library can provide. To watch a video about the impact of a school library click here.

For more information about the campaign, or to sign up as a supporter, visit: http://greatschoollibraries.edublogs.org/

We are conducting a sector-wide survey of primary and secondary schools to better understand the level of provision of both learning resources and staff responsible for them. As you know, there is currently no definitive information on how schools are resourced – something we want to change. We would appreciate your help in gathering this information to provide a clearer picture of the situation and would be grateful if you could complete a short questionnaire.

Your responses will be treated in the strictest confidence and BMG Research, who are conducting the survey on our behalf, abides by the Market Research Society Code of Conduct at all times.

The survey will be sent to schools shortly and will be open between Monday 25th February to Friday 29th March. If you want to make sure this survey has been completed on behalf of your school please do get in touch with Jamie Lawson, Research Executive at BMG Research, via e-mail at Jamie.Lawson[at]bmgresearch.co.uk. Alternatively, you can contact him via phone at 0121 333 6006.

If you are interested in finding out more information about the Great School Libraries Campaign, please contact Alison Tarrant via e-mail at info[at]sla.org.uk.

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SLDG survey now live

We are conducting a sector-wide survey of primary and secondary schools to better understand the level of provision of both learning resources and staff responsible for them. As you know, there is currently no definitive information on how schools are resourced – something we want to change. We would appreciate your help in gathering this information to provide a clearer picture of the situation and would be grateful if you could complete a short questionnaire.

Your responses will be treated in the strictest confidence and BMG Research, who are conducting the survey on our behalf, abides by the Market Research Society Code of Conduct at all times.

The survey will be sent to schools shortly and will be open between Monday 25th February to Friday 29th March. If you want to make sure this survey has been completed on behalf of your school please do get in touch with Jamie Lawson, Research Executive at BMG Research, via e-mail at Jamie.Lawson@bmgresearch.co.uk. Alternatively, you can contact him via phone at 0121 333 6006.

If you are interested in finding out more information about the Great School Libraries Campaign, please contact Alison Tarrant via e-mail at info@sla.org.uk.

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Carel Press Reading Power Posters

Carel Press Reading Power Posters are on pre-release offer until 8th March, so grab a bargain.

 

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LGBT History Month 2019

It is not too late to promote LGBT History Month 2019 with its theme of Peace, Activism and Reconciliation.

As well as the resources on the LGBT History website, TRA have produced resources to tie in with PROUD - a brand new anthology of stories and poetry by YA authors and illustrators exploring the theme of pride.

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Job Vacancies, Lead Librarian: City of London Academy Southwark

City of London Academy Southwark
Lead Librarian

Start date: As soon as possible
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: JE8 Circa £31535 - 35,843 per annum depending on experience
Contract term: Permanent
Grade JE8 £31,535 - £35,843 per annum (depending on experience, plus pension and generous benefits package)
Term Time Plus 1 Week, Permanent

We are looking to appoint a Lead Librarian  to manage the Library/Learning Resource Centre to support and enrich teaching and learning across the Academy, by enabling students to access a broad range of learning resources, develop learning and information handling skills, and by promoting literacy, reading for pleasure and independent learning.

Further details can be found in the full Job Description. Details of the qualifications and experience applicable to this role can be found in the Person Specification.

You will need to complete the online TES application form for support staff and please note that CVs are not accepted without the completed form.

For applications, please visit: https://www.tes.com/jobs/vacancy/lead-librarian-southwark-1165788?preview=1

Closing date for applications is 11.59pm on Monday 4th March 2019.  Interviews will be held shortly after.  We look forward to hearing from you!

The City of London Academies Trust 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. The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced check with the Disclosure Barring Service.

JD and PS - Lead Librarian

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Development and Discussion 2019 4: News in Schools

This month's Development and Discussion blog is written by Richard Addis, the Editor of 'The Day', and he's discussing the importance of news in schools, in the current wider context. 

News in Schools: Context and Impact

On Monday January 28th, Plymouth City Council debated the prospect of martial law being imposed on the streets of Plymouth and the rest of the UK, in the advent of a 'no-deal' Brexit. Minutes were taken. Points were recorded. Different views were expressed. The next day Edward Oldfield of The Plymouth News -- a vastly experienced journalist who has worked in regional news for decades -- reported the council discussion under the accurate headline “Concern over threat of Brexit 'martial law' on Plymouth's streets”. The response on social media was swift and ruthless: 'Fake news', 'scaremongering', 'lies'. In Plymouth, where 60% voted leave, there were clearly many who did not want this story to be published.

On Wednesday January 30th, the editor of The Plymouth News, Max Channon, wrote a wide-ranging editorial about the rising tide of vitriol and abuse against his title. It came, he said, from Brexiteers, climate change deniers and other campaign groups who objected to the paper publishing the truth.

What is so disturbing about this story?

Here is an English sea port, steeped in the stories of Sir Francis Drake, the Spanish Armada, the Pilgrim Fathers, Captain Cook, Charles Darwin and Scott of the Antarctic where the most basic machinery of British citizenship -- open government, a free press -- is under attack.

The threat of demagoguery, denial, propaganda and fake news that we have heard so much about across the Atlantic is in our midst, not only in London and Westminster but in Devon.

As librarians, teachers and educationalists, how should we respond?

First I believe we have to recognise that regulation is not the only answer or even the best. Google, Facebook (and all the social media brands that they own) are rightly facing a reckoning from governments around the world. They are belatedly taking responsibility as publishers for the worst of the warped content that they spread,

but to allow government to become a censor is tyranny in waiting. Rather we must tackle the problem from the other end by educating the readers of tomorrow. To think critically for yourself from an early age is the only surefire antibiotic that resists fake news and defends freedom.

“When students realise they have a voice and are empowered to use it, great things can happen” says Emily Mitchell, Head of Citizenship & PSHE at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls. How right she is.

Emily highlights extracurricular activities such Model United Nations, visits to her local Manchester Crown Courts, the People’s History Museum and the school’s annual visit to the Houses of Parliament Educational Centre.

All brilliant. But in addition there is a simple and effective way in which we can weave critical literacy and citizenship teaching into our work without (and this is the magic part) needing to change the curriculum at all. Using news in schools during form time and during the regular teaching of key subjects does this.

Using news in teaching is a powerful and effective way to engage a whole class in a topic: the row over whether Churchill should be described as a villain or a hero; the ethical debate over the world’s first designer babies; the painful discussion about whether the ISIS bride Shamima Begum should be allowed to bring her baby back to Britain.

These are stories that lead directly into history, science, politics and citizenship and open up really good questions that will have even the most opinionated students pausing to think and to listen. ‘The Day’ are working on detailed research on outcomes but over nearly a decade we have seen signs that the “real-world curriculum” as we call it, helps to deliver a range of increasingly important effects.

All of them are around creating a new generation of students that are deeply engaged in their own learning and fully prepared for all that the future has to offer.

The impact news can have:

  1. 1) We see signs that news discussion helps build basic skills that have often been the preserve of privilege. Skills such as critical reading, compelling speaking and data-literate thinking.

  2. 2) News helps build powerful knowledge about the world, its history, sciences, biology and cultural currency. Powerful knowledge leads to engaged participants which is key to creating a lively democracy.

  3. 3) Debate and discussion about difficult issues helps develop sense-makers and creative thinkers who can see problems from different perspectives and deal with conflicting knowledge.

  4. 4) It helps nurture generous collaborators and children who will become inquisitive, tolerant world citizens respecting diverse points of view as well as talent-seekers finding the expertise of others.

  5. 5) A real-world curriculum helps to build learners for life. That is to say self-driven, self-directed inventors of their own learning paths, careers, and lives. People who think for themselves.

Can a daily news debate in class be like an apple a day for the mind? Yes. And encouraging discussion and engagement of these topics, can make each of us a better teacher, form tutor or librarian.

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Newsguard for critical literacy or Fake News

Newsguard  is an American community interest organisation  assessing news websites for accuracy against a range of criteria. The assessment is done by a team of journalists committed to an open and transparent process.  Newsguard is a web extension - free to download and use. By searching for something like the Guardian, Daily Mail or BBC a small symbol – green or red is flagged in the corner of the screen giving you an assessment against a range of criteria.

School Libraries can promote Newsguard, making parents and young people aware of its potential to give some security and control over the information they need.

A plan to produce some UK Education packs for school librarians is underway.

 

 

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Copyright Licensing Agency

Licence awareness -.are your school staff aware? Are your pupils? Some useful resources here to help promote awareness of fair copying.

Book Badge

 

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CILIP responds to Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Inquiry on Fake News & Disinformation

CILIP, the UK professional association for librarians and information professionals, has responded to the final report of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee inquiry on Fake news and Disinformation, calling on Government to recognise the vital role of librarians and information professionals in protecting the public from online harms.

Commenting on the final report, CILIP CEO Nick Poole said, “CILIP welcomes the findings in the CMS Committee report that ‘children and adults need to be equipped with the necessary information and critical analysis to understand content on social media, to work out what is accurate and trustworthy, and what is not’ – what we call ‘information literacy’.

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Navigating the Deep Web: Advanced Search Strategies

The UK e-information Group is running a one-day course on 'Navigating the Deep Web: Advanced Search Strategies for Researchers' at CILIP HQ on Friday, April 12th, 2019.


Who should attend?
Any library and information professional responsible for research support who needs to update their knowledge in this fast-moving area.


Topics covered include:

  • Why general search engines miss or ignore information
  • The impact of the “right to be forgotten” and other legislation
  • How to use advanced search commands to surface hard to find web resources
  • Specialist search tools for the deep web
  • Strategies for retrieving high quality information, including data sets, scholarly literature, official publications, news, multi-media and image resources
  • Tools to surface valuable social media content
  • What is the dark web, and can it be legitimately used for research?

 

More information and booking

 

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CKG Longlists

The longlists for the 2019 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals have been announced. So whittled down from the 254 nominations, there are just 40 to look through (38 different titles as 2 books are on both lists). How are you doing so far?

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CKG nominations announced

254 titles have been announced for the 2019 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals. We may have a bit of reading to do.

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Jeff Kinney as guest Book Doctor

Book Doc   Ask Jeff

Jeff Kinney will be the guest Book Doctor for World Book Day for National Book Tokens.  Book Doctors help with reading dilemmas of all kinds, whether children need suggestions for funny books to share with friends or parents are looking for stories set in school. Jeff will pick five to answer on World Book Day itself and each person will win a £15/€20 National Book Token and a set of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The deadline to send in questions is next week – Wednesday 11:59pm. So get your entries in.

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UK’s funniest class

Minnie Falling over Laughing

Join The Beano's nationwide competition and prove your class has the ultimate funny bone! 

Use the Beano lesson plans and put the LOLZ...into SPaG. Download the six curriculum-linked KS1 and KS2 lesson plans and materials. Each one is focused on different joke writing techniques including homophones, Knock-Knock jokes and compound words. Submit your class' new and original three jokes on Beano.com to be in with a chance of being crowned the Britain’s Funniest Class.
You could win:

  • A Beano VIP school visit and comedy workshop

  • A bundle of Beano annuals

  • Beano comic subscriptions

Kids on Beano.com and Beano gag maker experts will vote for three lucky schools to win the Beano visit, where one class will be crowned Britain’s Funniest Class! 
 
Submission dates are April Fool’s Day (April 1st) to May 1st

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Merseyside Branch: Other Branch Events

Meeting scheduled for Tuesday 26th February at Liverpool Central Library, 4th Floor.

Rooms booked between 4pm – 7pm – although everyone welcome for even just some of that time.

If you work in a school library in the Merseyside Region and want to attend the meeting email Laura  Ferguson (you DO NOT have to be a member of the SLA).

If you just want to go on the email list and receive the monthly newsletters email Laura Ferguson  

Laura J Ferguson – Librarian      lf[at]wirralgirls.co.uk         

Wirral Grammar School for Girls

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Merseyside Branch of the SLA.

Meeting scheduled for Tuesday 26th February at Liverpool Central Library, 4th Floor.

Rooms booked between 4pm – 7pm – although everyone welcome for even just some of that time.

If you work in a school library in the Merseyside Region and want to attend the meeting email Laura  Ferguson (you DO NOT have to be a member of the SLA).

If you just want to go on the email list and receive the monthly newsletters email Laura Ferguson  

Laura J Ferguson – Librarian      lf@wirralgirls.co.uk         

Wirral Grammar School for Girls

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Game-based learning, children’s information skills and fake news

To combat children's poor digital literacy skills, YLG London invites you to a day celebrating information literacy and to explore resources currently being used to promote and teach it in libraries today.

Tuesday 21st May, 9.00 – 16.15, Canada Water library, London, SE16 7AR.

Contact ylglondon@hotmail.com

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International Book Giving Day

Feb 14th is International Book Giving Day. So for everyone not expecting cards of another kind tomorrow, tell them they can take home a book to read and enjoy. Posters in more than one langauge are available on the website.

Book Giving Day

 

 

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Branch AGMs

AGM season – If you’re in Berkshire,  Manchester or the West Midlands – check your branch page for details.

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Win a BookSpace reading corner set for your classroom

To celebrate 20 years of the Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Booktrust and BookSpace are offering.three winning schools a reading corner set.

 What do children think the best reading space in a classroom might look like?

To enter the competition, primary school aged children need to draw/design/paint/collage their perfect classroom reading space.

Adults who submit the entries need to say why they love books and think school reading corners are such a good idea. What difference will winning the prize mean to you?

The competition will be judged by all ten Children’s Laureates with a 

Childrens Laureate 20th Anniversary Logo16x9

deadline of 3 May 2019 at 5pm.

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Today -  11 February, the United Nations, partners worldwide, women and girls will mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. 

While more girls are attending school than before, girls are significantly under-represented in STEM subjects and appear to lose interest in STEM subjects as they reach adolescence. Today’s the day to hoist those science books off the shelves and display to encourage all children to pick them up.

 

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Liverpool Children’s Festival of Reading

Liverpool Children’s Festival of Reading is a celebration of books, authors, poets and illustrators for children and young people throughout the city of Liverpool to be held in Summer 2019.  A combination of schools’ events and community/family workshops and readings are designed to help foster a love of reading and provide children with a diverse range of literary role models.

Schools’ based author sessions will run from 24th June until 12th July 2019.

LLP member schools will be invited to bring up to 30 pupils to an author event free of charge. Events will be located around the city.

Information about events and how to book will be sent out to LLP member schools in mid-February, so if you are eligible, sign up for some great events.

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt 30th anniversary

TRA have joined with Walker Books to offer public and school libraries free We’re Going on a Bear Hunt packs to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

You can order these until 25 February with a strictly one pack per public/school library quota, so get organising those bear hunts.

Wgoabh

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Weekend Course 2019, bookings open: Programme and pricing info, online booking

This year's weekend course promises to be a fantastic time - crammed full of CPD, networking and topping up your book knowledge. 

The full programme and booking information is available here: 

You can book your place online here: 

https://airtable.com/shr2U85iP90mJ4dv5

Earlybird discounts apply to bookings received before 26 April 2019.
The closing date for bookings is Friday 24 May 2019.

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Job Vacancies, St Paul's Girls' School: Assistant Librarian (maternity cover), Hammersmith

St Paul's Girls' School

Assistant Librarian (maternity cover)

25 hours per week, 38 weeks per year

£15,000 p.a.

A maternity cover position is available for this part-time post at a prestigious independent girls' school in Hammersmith. Working hours will cover the afternoon/evening sessions, five days per week during school terms, starting immediately after Easter and running until December 2019 in the first instance.  The stated salary will be pro-rated to the period worked.

The role supports the Librarian in providing a high standard of customer service, optimising students' use of resources, both print and online, cataloguing and arranging library displays.  To apply you will have a good degree and experience of using a library for study or research.  You must possess excellent interpersonal skills and be motivated to work with young people in an education setting. Good organisational skills are essential.

St Paul's Girls' School is one of the country's leading independent secondary day schools for girls aged 11-18.  Housed in a grade II listed building on Brook Green, the school provides excellent facilities and is easily accessed by public transport (zone 2).

Follow the link to our careers site https://spgs.schoolrecruiter.co.uk/  to access further details, or contact our recruitment line on 020 7605 4875.  Our on-line application form, including a supporting statement and full CV should be received by noon on the specified closing date.

Closing date:  Monday 25 February 2019, noon
Interviews:  week commencing 4 March 2019

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and the successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Dyslexia-friendly editions of Harry Potter books.

Bloomsbury Children’s has released dyslexia-friendly editions of three Harry Potter companion books.

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find, Them Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard will be published in hardback using RNIB-approved dyslexia-friendly fonts and font sizes, tinted paper for glare reduction and maximum contrast, captions and detailed descriptions to accompany each illustration, and navigational aids to assist the reader.

They feature covers by Jonny Duddle and interior illustrations by Tomislav Tomic and retail at £20.

Bloomsbury said it is currently exploring options to publish the original Harry Potter series in large-print dyslexia-friendly editions too.

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Nationwide launch of The Big Booky Breakfast

World Book Day is in one month’s time. Big Booky Breakfast offers schools new ways to share stories, celebrate books and change lives on World Book Day.

In the last three years, schools across the UK have raised over £350,000 by fundraising for Book Aid International on World Book Day - enough to send over 175,000 books around the world to people who would otherwise have few or no books.

Schools taking part in The Big Booky Breakfast will receive a free fundraising pack to help schools make fundraising fun and easy. 

All of the Big Booky Breakfast ideas on offer are designed to bring pupils together to share a story, engage with reading and bring books to life. All activities include a flexible donation amount, and Book Aid International is encouraging all schools to make use of the pack whatever a school’s fundraising capacity.

 

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Design a National Book Token competition 2019

You, your pupils and your school could win hundreds of pounds/Euros worth of books in the National Book Tokens DESIGN A BOOK TOKEN competition.

Make Your Mark Panel
Make Your Mark Panel

One lucky winner’s design will be made into a real-life National Book Tokens gift card, to be distributed across bookshops nationwide. 

There are three age categories: up to 8 years, 9-12 years and 13-16 years with a closing date for entries is Friday 12 April 2019.

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Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2019

Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2019 has announced their shortlists for three lists: Illustrated, Younger and Older fiction lists. The award celebrates its 15th anniversary and Waterstones are also offering discount on these fabulous titles.

Waterstones

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Mental Health and Wellbeing in a School Library Setting: Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, 28 February 2019

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DATE EXTENDED TO 13 FEBRUARY!

Our course Mental Health and Wellbeing in a School Library Setting, run by Marie (Maz) Udall  from the Self Esteem Team, is taking place at Chesterton Community Sports College, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire on 28 February 2019.

The SLA has run this course several times since September 2018 and we have received excellent feedback on each occasion -

'Wow, what a course. It was brilliant and I would recommend it to all.'

'Inspiring ideas, loads of insights'

'Fantastic course, brilliantly delivered...'

A £15 discount will be applied to all bookings received by the 13 February closing date making the cost of the full days training just £90 (SLA members), £120 (non-SLA members working in Staffordshire SLS subscribing schools), £150 (all others). Further discounts available for 2nd place delegates - see SLA website for details.

Key Audience:

primary and secondary school staff

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Harry Potter Book Night

Good luck for all those school libraries with plans for Harry Potter Book Night events. We know of an outstanding librarian dressing up as Bellatrix Lestrange and another librarian with attitude expecting a dragon to land in her school library. There will be many more strange goings on. Send us your photos for our Instsgram account to inspire others next year and HAVE FUN.

 

HPBN

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Development and Discussion 2019 3: Empathy and reading

The eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed that I promised a blog each week in January, and yet, last Monday - no blog. Apologies! Here it is, and my CE blog will follow later this week. This D&D blog is a brilliant piece from Miranda McKearney on empathy. 

Empathy is a crucial skill for young people to develop. Without it, they will struggle to form the relationships they need in order to thrive. With it, they will go on to be great citizens, co-workers, parents. But the rising generation is growing up in a society with a huge empathy deficit, marked by an increasingly divisive public discourse and the highest levels of hate crimes since records began.

We need a new empathy movement! And excitingly, librarians can play a central role because scientific evidence shows that books can be a powerful empathy-building tool. EmpathyLab (www.empathylab.uk) offers a range of resources which focus specifically on harnessing this power. Do look out for

  • the just-launched 2019 Read For Empathy Guides www.empathylab.uk/read-for-empathy-guide.  Having listened to secondary schools, these now include a trial collection for 11-16 year olds, alongside thirty books for 4-11 year olds.

  • Our new CPD training. The first on February 14, in Cambridge goo.gl/D7tH3M

  • Empathy Day on June 11 – sign up to the newsletter at www.empathylab.uk to receive tailored information on resources. Flyer with details here goo.gl/95NYeV

Reading builds empathy 

We’re not born with a fixed empathy quotient – our brains are plastic and it’s a skill 98% of us can learn (the 2% being socio-paths).In the last few years, scientists have been developing a  body of research using MRI scans and other techniques . This shows that reading builds our social and emotional skills, especially empathy.  The human brain reacts to fictional worlds as if they were real, and this makes stories a wonderful medium for entering into other people’s thoughts and feelings. The scientists say that as we read, we feel genuinely part of the story, and the empathic emotions we feel for characters developsthe same sort of sensitivity towards real people in real life. 

Some researchers compare fiction reading to flight simulators where you practice improving your flying skills – it is a "simulation of social worlds," and helps us practice our social skills.

Which books are good for empathy work?

EmpathyLab has developed a set of criteria for empathy-boosting books:

  • Powerful characters you care about, whose emotions you feel and which challenge and expand the reader’s own emotional understanding

  • Builds perspective taking – e.g through different characters’ points of view

  • Gives the reader real insight into other people’s lives and experiences

  • Builds empathy for people in challenging circumstances (e.g. disability, migration, bereavement)

  • Deepens understanding of human experience at other times in history

  • Can help expand young people’s emotional vocabulary/ recognition of emotions

  • Motivates the reader to put empathy into action

 

The elements of empathy, and the implications for schools and libraries

Empathy is a crucial skill for young people to develop. Without it, they will struggle to form the relationships they need in order to thrive. With it, they will go on to be great citizens, co-workers, parents. But the rising generation is growing up in a society with a huge empathy deficit, marked by an increasingly divisive public discourse and the highest levels of hate crimes since records began.

 

The elements of empathy, and the implications for schools and libraries

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Empathy is made up of three very distinctive elements. Humans bring all these elements into play, in different combinations at different times.  EmpathyLab uses the following framework to describe the elements of empathy.

  • Affective - the feeling part of empathy. This is where we literally resonate with someone else’s feelings, for example feeling upset when someone else is upset. We do this automatically, and very early in life - babies often cry when another baby cries. 
  • Cognitive - the thinking part of empathy. This is where we use our reason and imagination to work out how someone else feels, including being able to name emotions and get clues from facial expressions, body language and tone of voice.
  • Empathic concern - the acting part of empathy, our drive to help others. Research shows this plays a key role in our sense of social justice, and is a powerful motivator for wanting to help someone else, a force for social change.

 

It is vital that educators – teachers and librarians - understand these different elements, in order to develop the right strategies.

  • Affective empathy: since this happens naturally and automatically, we can help young people recognise that it is happening, and explore the empathetic emotions they are feeling.
  • Cognitive empathy: we all need space to use our reason and imagination to try to work out how someone might be thinking and feeling, and why.  The opportunity and encouragement to reflect through the safe distance of literature is a great way to do this.
  • Empathic concern: we can create pathways for young people to put empathy into action and help those they feel empathic concern towards.  Children who have developed a deep empathic understanding of others can become powerfully active citizens, and books can often act as a powerful springboard – for instance Elizabeth Laird’s Welcome to Nowhere which was researched in a Syrian refugee camp.

Five empathy-boosting book recommendations

Here are five of my favorites from this year’s Read For Empathy collection, chosen by our expert panel of judges http://www.empathylab.uk/read-for-empathy-guide-2019-selection-panel

PRIMARY

  • The Day War Came, Nicola Davies, Illustrator Rebecca Cobb, Walker Books:  Davies’ wonderful storytelling opens up powerful insights into how it might feel to be a child escaping from war and trying to find a new home – a book that provokes solidarity, action and tears.
  • Roller Girl, Victoria Jamieson, Puffin: a feelings-packed graphic novel about Astrid taking on the challenge of roller-skate derbys. Fun, easy read as you journey with her through life’s mistakes and difficult choices. Great on relationships.

SECONDARY

  • Rising Stars, Ruth Awolola, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Abigail Cook, Jay Hulme, Amina Jama, Otter-Barry Books: a really vibrant poetry anthology in which five young BAME poets share experiences of community, identity, family… Afro hair and parakeets. Deep yet very accessible, with different voices and perspectives illuminating how others feel. Great poems - great new writers - great themes.
  • The Pavee and the Buffer Girl, Siobhan Dowd, Illustrator Emma Shoard , The Bucket List, Barrington Stokes: very few books offer insights into traveller communities and this does it superbly. Through an unfolding boy/girl relationship, we experience the perspectives of both the resident community and the travellers (Pavees), feeling the tensions and prejudice. A superb book.
  • Mike, Andrew Norris, David Fickling Books: such a clever, yet enormously accessible book, exploring  the journey Mike makes with a family convinced he’ll become a tennis star. About the emotional challenges in the quest to find out who you truly are, with an exceptionally well-developed central character - to the extent that there are two of him.

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Job Vacancies, Library Manager: Loxford School, Essex, Library Manager

Loxford School

Library Manager
NJC Grade 7, SCP 29 -31 (Outer London) - £28,357 to £30,107 PA.
52.14 weeks per year, 36 hours per week

We are seeking to appoint an ambitious, highly effective and experienced Library Manager to join our very successful, heavily over-subscribed Multi Academy Trust with an outstanding ethos where staff are supported to become the best.

This position is available at Loxford School, Loxford Lane, Ilford, Essex, IG1 2UT.

We innovate, we challenge and we ensure success. We are a High Performing (LEPP) multi- academy trust which builds on our previous specialist status as a Technology College, Training School and Language College. We were recently commended for our results at GCSE in the summer of 2013.

Our commitment to your professional development can be seen in our Investors in People status. We treat children as individuals and we are strongly committed to equality of opportunity. Rated recently as 'outstanding' for a second time by Ofsted, our high VA scores have been commended and our academic attainment continues to improve.  We have maintained this level of excellence and have recently moved into a brand new learning environment.

Our ICT rich environment promotes learning both in the classroom and elsewhere. You will have the exciting opportunity to work alongside a highly motivated, supportive and well qualified team of teachers and support staff. 

Like us, you will be dynamic, innovative and hardworking. You will also have exceptional knowledge on attendance legislation, a desire to positively impact upon students' learning and a firm commitment to high academic achievement. Above all you will be dedicated to giving all our students an outstanding education.

The successful candidate will be:

  • An excellent practitioner who can enthuse and inspire.
  • Passionate about raising aspirations and improving educational life chances.
  • Able to demonstrate a proven track record of leading improvement.
  • A role model and champion of learning.
  • Clear-thinking and outward-looking.
  • Dynamic, innovative and hardworking.
  • A leader who is able to demonstrate high-level interpersonal skills.

You will:

  • Join a skilled, creative, and supportive team.
  • Be part of a forward thinking organisation with Training School status.
  • Have a chance to shape the future of the area.
  • Work within a brand new, well resourced specialist learning environment.
  • Be given the opportunity to develop personally and professionally
  • Make a real difference to the lives of young people.

Please feel free to visit our school website on www.loxford.net.  

The post is 52.14 weeks per year and 36 hours per week.
NJC Grade 7 (Outer London): £28,357 to £30,107 PA

Please send CV's to Joel Glassman, HR Officer, Loxford School Trust Ltd, Loxford Lane, Ilford, Essex IG1 2UT or email joeglas[at]loxford.net

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS record check.

We reserve the right to bring forward the closing date if we consider that we have received an appropriate number of suitable applications for the post.

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Oxford English Dictionary needs your help

There are vast numbers of words and phrases used by people at work that lead to blank looks from outsiders, with slang being especially hard to understand. 

As part of the Oxford English Dictionary’s 90th birthday celebrations, they are appealing for words used at work.  What slang and colloquial expressions are used by the library community? Words can be suggested via the online submissions form or the hashtag #wordsatwork. 

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Cressida Cowell new stories

Cressida Cowell has written new stories as an alternative to McDonald’s Happy Meal plastic toy.

Discuss. 

Is this commendable, or supporting fast food culture? We'd be interested to hear your thoughts in our discussion area.

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Patron of Reading/Illustration

The Patron of Reading scheme is keen for schools to know that they do include illustrators as well as authors. A PoR is a school's special children's author, poet, storyteller or illustrator. The school and their patron develop a relationship over a period of time. Everything the patron does is related to helping encourage and develop a reading for pleasure culture in the school. What’s not to like?

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Young Writers Newsletter content

Young Writers Newsletter are looking for submissions and features for the Young Writers Newsletter.

If you have budding writers of short stories or poems by anyone under 18 years old, or are interested in running competitions or projects through the magazine, contact YWN here.

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Safer Internet Day 2019

What are you doing to promote safe internet use to your students? Today is Safer Internet Day around the world, but everyday should be safe with the school library at the forefront. There are quizzes and resources available here

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Job Vacancies, Assistant Librarian: Dormers Wells High School, Southall, Assistant Librarian,

Dormers Wells High School
Maths and Computing Specialist School

Dormers Wells Lane, Southall, Middlesex, UB1 3HZ
Tel:  020 8566 6446    Fax: 020 8813 2411
Headteacher: R Walsh (Ms) BA (Hons) MSc

We have the following vacancy
Assistant Librarian
Salary: Grade 4 Point 18 £18,807.00 per annum

(Inclusive of London Weighting and Ealing Supplement)
Term Time Only Monday to Friday 08:00 to 16:00 (plus 5 additional days during the school holidays)
Start Date: As soon as possible

We are looking for a highly motivated individual who will help with the running of the school library by assisting library users, supervising students, replacing stock on the shelves and using the school computer system to maintain and control the circulation of the library stock.  This will be a fixed term contract in the first instance.

Dormers Wells High School is an 11-18 mixed, multi-cultural comprehensive school. We are an Investors in People school and professional development is at the heart of our work. We have high expectations for the achievement of all of our students at Dormers Wells High School.

Our latest Ofsted report validates this sentiment with the school continuing to be judged as securely Good.

"The atmosphere is calm and orderly. Pupils have high aspirations and work hard". Ofsted
"Staff know individuals well, and consequently relationships are good throughout."  "The impressive new building supports pupils effectively to make good progress" Ofsted December 2015.

The continual professional development of all our staff is a priority at Dormers Wells High School. We develop our performance and practice in a number of ways:
•    Professional Development CPD sessions on Learning and Teaching
•    DLTS (Department Learning Teaching Sessions)
•    MLDP (Middle Leader Development Programme)

Application form and further details are available from the school website on www.dwhs.co.uk.  Please email completed application forms to Rachel Mahoney at rmahoney[at]dwhs.co.uk.  Please note that CVs are not accepted.

Closing date:  9.00am on Monday 25th February 2019 with interviews to be held shortly thereafter

The school is committed to safeguarding children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The school follows safe recruitment practices to protect children and vulnerable adults. Successful applicants will be required to apply for an enhanced disclosure from the DBS.  Further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service

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Black Cultural Archives resource

 

February is Black History Month in the US and Canada. If you are in the UK, plan ahead for BHM now by taking a look at Black Cultural Archives (BCA) - the only national repository of Black history and culture in the UK. A public institution open to everyone, the growing archive collection offers insight into the history of people of African and Caribbean descent in Britain.

BCA promotes the teaching, learning and understanding of the African people’s contribution, which enables the public to learn and connect with hidden histories via an extensive learning programme of exhibitions, courses, school workshops, lectures, public events and a dynamic youth forum. More detail here.

 

  

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STEM posters for download

 

We love these eight beautiful posters to download featuring amazing women role models in their fields of STEM. 

  

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SLA office closed

In spite of valiant efforts by SLA staff, the continuing falling snow has meant closure of the SLA office for the remainder of the day. Many apologies. Please either email us, or contact us next week and we will respond to your queries then. Have a good weekend

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New Youth Libraries Group Award

The Youth Libraries Group Award is a new annual award administered by Youth Libraries Group to recognise innovation and dedication by a staff member working with children and young people in a public library setting.

If you have worked with an inspirational colleague, do consider nominating them.

To nominate for this award, please provide an overview of the following:

- Summary of the library area (who it serves, size, opening hours etc)

- Brief career history of nominee

- Examples of recent (within last 2 years) activities or projects

- a photograph and Twitter handle and/or authority’s handle

 

Nomination deadline – 22nd February

Shortlist of 3 librarians created – 7th March

They will receive a fully funded place at the joint SLA/YLG Conference 21st – 23rd June.

Overall winner to be announced at Conference – 22nd June

Judging panel: Cathy Cassidy, Agnès Guyon and Imogen Russell Williams

Please send all nominations & any enquiries to the YLG Chair chair.ylg@cilip.org.uk

  

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