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Help I'm in Charge of the Primary School Library!

Course Details:

Have you recently taken over responsibility for looking after the library but are not sure where to start? If so, this course is for you! 

Aims and objectives -

  • To gain an overview of all aspects of managing the school library
  • To consider the role of the library in the school
  • To learn about the processes and practical aspects of running a library
  • To share ideas for promoting and developing the library


Topics covered will include creating an inspiring library environment, library organisation and maintenance (including an introduction to Dewey and the benefits of a range of Library Management systems), selecting and buying books, library promotion, budgeting and writing a library policy/development plan. During the day Delegates will have the opportunity to consider a range of resources to use in classroom collections as well as in the library.  They will leave with the confidence to move the library forward and ensure it is used to maximum effect within their schools.

Trainer: Susan Staniforth

Susan has worked with school and public libraries for 38 years, and during that time has built up a considerable wealth of knowledge and experience. She is a Chartered Librarian with a BA (Hons) in Librarianship specialising in school and childrens services. Susan was Manager of the School Library Service in Gloucestershire for 11 years prior to becoming a school library consultant. During that time, she spent much of her time supporting schools with their libraries and running training courses to support the staff responsible for running the libraries. Susan has been a judge for the National Pupil Library Assistant of the Year award and for Booktrust’s School Library pack.

Feedback from Course:

'So inspiring, and lots of help - thank you!'

'Great course - thank you.'

Key Audience:

Primary school staff, governors and volunteers with responsibility for the school library

Venues and Dates:

  • 29 November 2018, 09:15-15:00: The Riverway Centre, Riverway, Stafford ST16 3TH [Map]
    Special attendance fee applies for delegates who are non-members of the SLA but work in schools which subscribe to Staffordshire School Library Service.
  • 2 April 2019, 09:15-15:30: Heath Educational Books, Willow House, Willow Walk, Off Whittaker Road, Sutton, Surrey SM3 9QQ [Map]
    SLA members attendance fee will be applied to applications received from Heath Educational Books customers.