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Members' and Librarians' Days: Engaging with ebooks in the classroom, in your library, at home and on the move

We are very grateful to Browns Books for Students, Preston, for providing us with a venue for this exciting event.  Split into three sessions, delegates will hear from a VLe subscriber who will talk about their experience of using ebooks and be provided with a checklist of factors to consider when buying an ebook platform.  Representatives from Bounce Marketing, Macmillan Children’s Books, Oxford Children’s Books, Raintree and Walker Books will update attendees with their plans for digital publishing and details of forthcoming titles.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and network throughout the day. 

The very full morning programme will be followed by lunch.

During the afternoon attendees will have the opportunity to browse and buy in Browns’ fabulous showroom.  A special discount of 25% will be applied to orders for books placed on the day.


Venue:  Browns Books for Students, c/o Askews and Holts, 218-222 North Road, Preston, PR1 1SY

Date: Friday 24th October 2014 starting at 9.30am

Closing date: Friday 10th October 2014

Cost for the full day including lunch and refreshments: £15.00


To reserve places -

Book online at

Download a booking form and send it by post to SLA, I Pine Court, Kembrey Park, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 8AD or fax it to 01793 481182

Email: courses[at]

Telephone: 01793 401153

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Job Vacancies: All Hallows Catholic College - Librarian and Learning Resource Manager

We are seeking a dynamic and professionally qualified Librarian to join our thriving 11-18 mixed Catholic Voluntary Academy situated in the market town of Macclesfield, in Cheshire. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, in line with School Library Association recommendations.

This is an essential and unique specialist role supporting students’ learning and their development into effective, independent learners and readers. Manage, develop, and promote an effective Library provision to support learning and teaching andinfluence a substantial modernisation, re-ordering and extension of our the Library facilities.

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The successful applicant will be able to work in sympathy with the Christian ethos, aims and values of our Catholic college.  All posts are offered subject to agreement to sign the CES contract of employment with the governors of this Catholic Voluntary Academy and enhanced DBS clearance suitable for working with children.

Closing date: 22 Sept 2014 Interviews W/C 6 Oct 2014

Application forms / further details are available below or from our website:   or telephone  01625 410284



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‘…an outstanding school, characterised by a palpable ethos that combines gospel values, ethical enterprise and aspiration for all students to be the best that they can in all dimensions of their lives.’ OfSTED


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SLA Member discount on Nosy Crow Conference

Nosy CrowEverything you always wanted to know about Children's publishing (but were afraid to ask)Nosy Crow have a wonderful line up of speakers at this conference.  If SLA members would like to attend they can get a 20% discount on ticket prices by quoting SLACROW on the booking form.  Check the website for new announcements, and book via Eventbrite.  Don't forget to quote the code!

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Frank Cottrell Boyce
Frank Cottrell Boyce

Booking is now open for The Philippa Pearce Memorial Lecture, celebrating excellence in writing for children.  The 2014 lecture will be given by Frank Cottrell Boyce -"Rowing on the River of Time" at 5.00 pm on 11th of September at Homerton College Cambridge.  For more details and to book see the website.

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Job Vacancies: Banbury Academy - Librarian

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and well qualified person
to the following post:

 37.5 hours per week, Term Time only plus 2 additional weeks

Salary: Starting Point on the Pay Scale will depend on

relevant qualifications and experience

Further information and an application form are available here

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or by email from tburns[at]

Closing date for completed applications: 4:00pm on Monday 25 August 2014

“The Aspirations Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment”

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Access2BooksOur ‘not-for-profit’ community work publishes 75 point print with braille, and illustrated children’s books.

We understand that teaching staff in SEN settings spend a lot of time making alternative formats. And, school library services tell us that many mainstream schools have difficulty finding alternative formats.

Our books are valuable in both situations.  Their design enables most disabled children and adults to access and share their favourite stories with family and friends.  As they are handmade you can request changes in the format design.

They provide inclusive story book time for your disabled children today and be available on the shelf for children and parents who come in the future.

We have a new unique dual format book that, for the first time, provides:

  •  beautiful books for the disabled community, 
  •  books that mainstream users will notice, remember and share,
  •  alternative format books in mainstream quality,

You can buy direct or through your suppliers,  

A loan book is available with Free postage.   For latest titles see:

Telephone: 01525 853825     email:efinch[at]



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Institut Francais Events - Autumn 2014

Check out the programme for lots of concerts, films and talks and folk tales happening throughout the autumn season at Institut Francais.  The programme is available on their website, or download the PDF.   The Institut is based in South Kensington, London.


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UKeiG Sponsored Place at the CILIP New Professionals Day

UkeigUKeiG is pleased to offer a sponsored place for a student or early-career professional to attend the CILIP New Professionals Day on Friday 10th October under its Student or Early-Career Professional Conference Grant scheme. CILIP's New Professionals Day is the annual conference aimed at library and information professionals who are seeking guidance on their initial steps into their first professional roles. If you are still studying at university, have recently finished your information qualification or are in your first professional post, then this event is for you.

Applications are welcomed for this award which covers standard class travel to London as well as the event fee if you are not a CILIP member (it is free to CILIP members). To apply please write a paragraph outlining why you would like to attend the event and how you would benefit from attendance, and send it to

It is a condition of winning that a short ‘conference report’ is presented for publication in eLucidate.

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