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CILIP Employer Forum

CILIP is delighted to announce the details of this year’s CILIP Employer Forum on 15th November 2017, University of Salford in partnership with NoWAL. Full details are in the attached poster. Places are limited so please secure your ticket using the link below.  The themes this year are “Impact and Leadership” and the event is designed to build professional networks and share best practice. We welcome employers, managers and leaders from across the information, knowledge and library profession to take part.

We proudly present expert presentations from Kay Grieves, Service Engagement and Impact Manager, University of Sunderland on Impact Measurement and from Dr Alison Brettle, Professor of Health Information and Evidence Based Practice, University of Salford on Evidencing Impact. This fully catered event will also provide workshops on leadership development and succession planning. There will be ample networking opportunities, including a closing drinks reception sponsored by 2CQR.

Join us to learn more about capturing and utilising evidence for your own service and to share ideas to shape the future of the profession. To book your ticket go to . Please note CILIP Organisation Members and NoWAL institutions are offered to free tickets to the event, spaces are limited though so need to be booked. In addition, an allocation of tickets has been made for general purchase at £25 plus VAT. If you are unsure whether your workplace has CILIP Organisation Membership or not, please do get in touch.

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The Softlink 2017 UK School Library Survey is now open for submissions

Slya Softlink LogoSoftlink is inviting you to take part in the 2017 UK School Library Survey. The survey results provide a current overview of the industry and a source of information for decision makers, schools and library staff.
Follow the link to complete the survey before 16 October.

They will openly share the results in a range of reports, whitepapers and supporting resources that can assist school libraries in their advocacy. Softlink also plan to use the combined data gathered from both the UK Survey and the Australian and New Zealand survey to get some global reference points.

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Win a full set of Information Book Award Shortlist titles

IBA Illus WEBSchools and reading groups that sign up to take part in the Children's Choice voting on the Information Book Award Shortlist will all be entered into a draw to win a full set of the shortlist titles.  The draw will take place in November (just as voting closes on 16th November), and the winners will be announced at the event on 22nd November at Hachette's 6th Floor cafe near Blackfriars, London.  So, join in, vote for your favourites and be in with a chance to win!

Don't forget - there are a few tickets still available for Librarians to attend the event on the 22nd at 6.00pm - 8.00pm.  If you would like to attend email tricia.adams[at] to book your space.

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Friends Calendar 2018 Front CoverFollowing on from the terrific success of the Friends Calendar last year, Peter Sheldon (ex-Peters Bookselling Service) has persuaded his illustrator friends to provide illustrations for another calendar for this year. So again, he will be producing a quality, spiral bound, A4 seasonal calendar, with illustrations from friends old and new. So who’s in? Well, Jane Ray, Nicholas Allan, Arthur Robins, Ruth Brown,  Michael Foreman, Emma Chichester Clark, Posy Simmons, Tony Ross, Pat Hutchins, Colin McNaughton, Jacqui Hawkins and Hanne  Bartholin -  a veritable galaxy if stars . . . so I think we have another winner to keep you company throughout the events of 2018.

The calendar is supporting Farms for City Children again, after a successful 2017, with all profits from the sale of calendars – over £500 last year - going to their charity.  There will be a charge of £6.95 per copy including p&p, and distribution will take place by the end of November. If you would like to order a copy/copies (perfect for Christmas presents!), then please contact Anne Marley by October 22nd deadline with your requirements.

You need to email: Please either send a cheque with your order (payable to E.A. Marley) to 8 Bolderwood Close, Bishopstoke, Eastleigh SO50 8PG   or use BACS: Account no: 40214168 Sort code: 30-99-71 and put your surname as the Reference, plus ‘Cal’. You will also have to email Anne with your name and address and how many calendars you would like to buy. I cannot accept any orders without payment attached this year, sorry.


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Special Posters for Libraries Week

LW PostersOur friends at Walker Books have created eight posters especially for school libraries, exclusive to SLA members, and supplied some activity sheets to seed your activities during Libraries Week. Libraries Week runs across the country on 9 - 14 October 2017.

A huge thank you to Walker Books for their generosity in sharing these with us.

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What's in it for me: Partnership offers

European Schoolbooks Ltd

The SLA has partnered with European Schoolbooks Ltd to give you 10% discount on all European books bought through the European Bookshop website.  Books are available in many languages including French, Spanish, Italian, German and Russian.  Children's books, dictionaries, National Curriculum set texts, games, magazines and coursebooks are all available.  Simply click here or select 'School Library Association' on the Partners page at

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Inspiration Award primary school profiles

Inspiration Gresswell LogoWe are delighted to present the full profiles of the shortlisted Primary Schools in the 2017 Inspiration Award. The primary schools are all state primaries managing to find innovative ways to fund great designs to ensure their children experience an immersive reading culture in school. From a woodland themed first school library at Charford, to mural covered walls at Adderley and a big red double decker bus in the playground at New Milton, all offer a unique approach to providing their pupils with books to start the reading habit.

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