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Promoting Reading in the Digital Age

Course Details:

You could be forgiven for thinking that most young people were born with a mobile phone in their hand, they are so attached to their devices - if only they were as enthusiastic about reading as they are about updating their social media! Promoting the joys of picking up a book and losing yourself in a story can seem like an uphill struggle, if only we could make them see that books are just as enthralling and exciting as the RPGs (role playing computer games) they play for hours on end. There are ways we can dip a toe in the water of their digital world however and use sites they love to use to get some sneaky book hooks into them. Social media use is immensely popular and it wouldn’t appear that use of sites such as Instagram has much scope for encouraging reading and yet there is a huge book loving community of young people on the site that can be tapped into.


Session one -  displays, static and otherwise, ideas for injecting life into your displays to help your library reflect the vibrant reading matter within it. Accessing free author events and other online resources.

Session two -  moving pictures. Using YouTube effectively, booktubers, creating book trailers, resource bank of videos

Session three - let's get social. Instagram, Goodreads, Twitter and beyond, creating library accounts, making contact with authors etc

Trainer: Bev Humphrey

Bev Humphrey is now a Literacy and Technology Consultant after spending 10 years as a school librarian.  She worked in an all boys secondary school in South East London and during this time developed a passion for encouraging her students to read and write for pleasure, often using online media to do so.  She was given a Reading Hero Award by the Literacy Trust at the end of the National Year of Reading for her work during this year and her international collaborative writing project, the Write Path was shortlisted for a Times Educational Supplement New Literacy Initiative Award in 2009 and has twice been shortlisted for a Lemos and Crane Literacy Award.  Bev also worked with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust as a Lead Practitioner for literacy.  As a consultant Bev has presented at seminars and conferences all over the country for E2BN, Renaissance Learning, CILIP, SLG and SLA amongst others.  A self-confessed geek, Bev lives much of her life online and loves using exciting new technology as a motivator for young people’s learning.  She is a member of the SLA Board, SLA Website Content Manager and Editor, SLA Digital.  Bev is at her happiest when enlightening colleagues in education about the possibilities of literacy presented by new technologies for enthusing young people about reading and writing for pleasure or when she is working with school librarians who are of course her favourite people!

Key Audience:

primary and secondary school library staff

Venues and Dates:

No venues/dates are currently scheduled for this course. For more information about possible future dates, please contact the SLA Office.