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Request for help - information use

A request from Pam Dix - a name many of you will be familiar with - "I have been helping some contacts with a series of books about literacy. The person writing the book on Reading from 7 is looking for a ‘good example of pupils at KS3 or KS4 (preferably the latter) using demanding information material in an organised way in a subject context – perhaps most likely English or history or geography.’ Does that chime with any of you? Or do you know someone who might fit the bill?  If so please conatct Pam direct on her email - pam@colesdix.org.uk

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On Angel Wings

On Angel Wings 300On Angel Wings is a warm and magical retelling of the Christmas story with readings by Juliet Stevenson and bestselling author Michael Morpurgo, accompanied by traditional carols by acappella singing group Voices at the Door. On Angel Wings will be performed on Saturday 20th December at 6.00pm at St Luke’s Church, Chelsea London in aid of Farms for City Children The concert is kindly sponsored by Cameron House School.

Tickets for the concert are £22.50 for adults and £12.50 (under 16s) available from www.onangelwings.co.uk . There will be an animation of On Angel Wings on the BBC on Christmas eve.

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IASL 2015 - Call for papers

IASL 2015In 2015, the annual conference of the International Association for School Librarianship will be held in Maastricht from June 28 till July 2. This is an excellent opportunity for sharing your ideas, getting inspiration and discussing topics around school librarianship with your peers.

You can submit a proposal for a research paper, a professional paper, a poster or a workshop. Submission is open to all who are interested in school librarianship, who like to share an idea, a project, a concept or who wants to discuss issues.

You will find the Call for Papers on the conference website plus all other relevent information. The website will be updated regularly and to stay up to date, you can register for the conference newsletter.

If you have any questions, please send an email to iasl2015@meles.nl or submissions-iasl2015@ou.nl

The organising committee,  Lourense Das, Saskia Brand-Gruwel & Jaap Walhout, are looking forward to your contributions to and participation in the IASL 2015 conference.

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Stan Lee Excelsior Award shortlists are announced!

13 new graphic novels to wow your students with!Stan Lee.

The new shortlists for the Stan Lee Excelsior Award and Stan Lee Juniorthe spin-off Stan Lee Excelsior Award Junior are finally available on their respective websites - including four publishers who have never featured on the shortlists before!
Go and visit the websites. The breadth and variety of material chosen this year is very exciting. I hope you think so too.

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Job Vacancies: Box Hill School - library assistant

Box Hill School are looking for a Library Assistant who will:

  • Help maintain the smooth running of the Library
  • Deputise for the Librarian in her absence
  • Undertake library transactions using Library Management System
  • Be responsible for the correct shelving of resources
  • To undertake labelling, processing and mending work.
  • To undertake admin tasks such as creating & checking lists using Windows software.
  • To be aware of the resources available to library users so as to give general guidance
  • To help set up displays/promotions in the library
  • To understand opening and closing procedures for the Library
  • To be willing to learn and assist with the cataloguing and editing of resources on theLMS.
  • To complete any other reasonable tasks requested by the Librarian

LA Job Description 2014 (2)

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To apply please send an email to Mrs Sandy Watts hmsec[at]boxhillschool.com or phone on 07885 970 675 to receive an application pack.

Closing date: Monday 12th January 2015


More Details...

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Weekend Course 2015 news

Hoard Logo WebOur 2015 Weekend Course is well in hand – the programme is virtually all in place and will be published soon!  We have some fantastic speakers attending the weekend, and lots of really interactive and informative workshops on the Saturday.  Friday night we will have some relaxation – look out for our announcement - and Saturday night we have a treat in store, plus a quiz!  Venue - Yarnfield Park, Stone in Staffordshire

The title is Creating Future Learners: a Hoard of Knowledge, so it’s what we’re all about in school libraries, but also reflecting the recent finds of the Staffordshire Hoard (now housed in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Lichfield Cathedral and Tamworth Castle) and the fact that libraries can be hoards of knowledge too!

As we know many of you need to budget and/or apply through SLT for permission to attend here are a few highlights, and also the prices for your information.


  • Early Bird till 10th April £325 Member; £412.50 Non-member
  • Full Price 10th April till 1st May £370 Member; £457.50 Non-member
  • Non residential rates are also available - details will be released shortly.

There will be an exhibition too, and lots of opportunities for networking.  You can book in advance to reserve your place, and payments can be split across 1 or 2 invoices if this helps.  Please speak to the office if you need further information.

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Welcome to the SLA Website: Latest News!

Have you seen our new online course? If you are concerned with the amount of plagiarism and 'cut and paste' in students' work this course will help you address the issues in your school. Our Academic Honesty course has been written for us by Sarah Pavey MSc FCLIP, an independent Library Consultant - who also wrote our EPQ course.

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Exciting art legacy competition for 16-19 year olds

BNY Mellon Design ChallengeSet your students the task of designing the programme cover for the iconic BNY Mellon Boat Races and help them enrich their art portfolios.

The Men’s Boat Race has been illustrated through many successful and sought-after posters over the years. For the first time in history, in 2015 the Women’s Boat Race and the Men’s Boat Race will receive equal billing and will take place on the same day and on the same course along the River Thames between Putney and Mortlake.

So now it’s over to your students, ages 16-19, to depict the teamwork and commitment that drives the success of these iconic teams by designing the programme cover for 2015.

Register here today for:

  • Posters to advertise the competition
  • Student brief
  • Top Tips
  • Teacher packs are exclusive to the first 250 schools that sign up so don’t delay.

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