Happy New Year wishes to all school library and school library service staff everywhere, especially to our members. 2011 may well prove to be a challenging year for school libraries so let's make sure that we celebrate all our successes and hard work. Many of us quite regularly make and perhaps break New Year resolutions, but to quote Oprah Winfrey - "New Year and another chance for us to get it right".
Here are six possible New Year school library resolutions to consider:
1). Keep a regular eye on the DfE, OFSTED and exam board websites to keep up to date with the changing educational scene - especially planning changes to the curriculum and exams and keep colleagues in school informed. Take a regular look too at the TES.
2). Gather evidence of your vital contribution to learning and raising attainment across the school and tell your senior leadership teams. They need to understand your important role and achievement
3). Make sure that you and your library are visible, not only to colleagues and students across the school but also to parents and carers. Have a look at the communications that you have with this group - digital, newsletters, school prospectus, Open Evenings etc
4). Make sure that every penny counts with your budget. Think creatively. Justify your spending. We all know that cuts are likely for some or many this year.
5). If there's an opportunity to comment on planned or possible changes - educational, fiscal etc that impinge on school libraries then make your views heard loud and clear.
6). Take a regular look at the SLA website to see what we are doing to support you and your vital work over the coming year.
Please tell us of your successes.
Have a good year and best wishes from all at the SLA.
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