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Social Media - make it work for you!: Ilford, Essex, 18 November 2014

Apply before half term to qualify for a £10 discount!

Our course Social Media - make it work for you!, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at Gants Hill Library, Ilford, Essex on 18 November 2014. The closing date is 4 November 2014. Bookings received by 24 October 2014 are eligible for a discount.

Come along and learn all you need to know about using social networking in libraries for professional development and as a marketing and professional tool.

Key Audience:

Primary and secondary school staff

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Tracking and Mapping: Proving the Impact of a School Library: Gateshead, 12 November 2014

Hurry - apply before the half term hols!

Our course Tracking and Mapping: Proving the Impact of a School Library, run by Adam Lancaster, will be held at Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN on 12 November 2014. The closing date is 24 October 2014.

Testimonials from previous sessions of this course include -

'Fantastic, very informative day all round!'

'Huge amount of useful info. on something I had no idea about.'

Key Audience:

Secondary school library staff

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Job Vacancies: Small Heath School & Sixth Form Centre - Learning Resource Centre Manager

Grade 3/4 £18,638 - £26,539

Required as soon as possible

Full time, 36.5 hours per week

Small Heath School is a highly successful split site, inner city school. We were recently judged to be outstanding by OFSTED for the fourth consecutive time. Our split site school contains two resource centres which are home to our study and homework clubs. Both resource centres include high quality multi media facilities and a laptop loan service operates for students. We are seeking a person with good ICT skills and passion for working with students and staff to continue to raise standards of reading and literacy and to contribute to our whole school focus on learning. There will be opportunities to contribute to our out of hours learning programme

If you are interested then:

  • please come and visit us or

  • telephone Mrs Frances Wilson, Deputy Headteacher for an informal discussion or:

  • Visit our website for further details and an application form.

Leaders, teachers and parents expect every student to achieve highly. …Students get the support and help they need to make excellent progress” Ofsted 2014

Closing date: Midday on 6th November 2014

Small Heath School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be required to undertake a DBS Enhanced Disclosure.

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Job Vacancies: The Ecclesbourne School - Librarian

Salary: According to experience and qualifications this is likely to be in the region of Grade 6/Senior Officer 1 (£22433 to £26539 per year).
Hours: 37 hours per week for 42 weeks per year.

The Ecclesbourne School in Duffield is exceptional. Rated outstanding in four successive Ofsted re-ports, we provide a first class education in a happy, well-ordered and purposeful atmosphere. We are a non-selective school and committed to an inclusive community ethos. We challenge all members of our community to achieve their best.
“Learning together for the future” means that everyone who studies or works at The Ecclesbourne School is encouraged to broaden their experience and to be a lifelong learner. We employ ambitious people who want to progress and we support and encourage them to do so.
We are looking for a self-motivated professional who will take a strategic role in the management, development and promotion of the library to ensure students and staff have ready access to as broad and relevant a range of reading matter, reference materials, research tools and information services as possible, in order to support teaching and learning throughout the school, facilitate independent learning and encourage reading for pleasure.
We are an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check.
Closing date: Midday on Friday 7th November 2014
For an informal discussion about the role or to arrange a visit to the School please contact:
Tina Spencer-Keyse, HR Manager.
Telephone 01332 843257,
Email TSpencer-Keyse[at]
For more information and an application pack please visit the School website

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Deadline approching for Reading for Excellence course!

The early bird discount for our one day conference on 'Reading for Excellence' ends on Wednesday 15th October - so make sure you get your application in this week! The course promises to be an essential day of professional development for anyone concerned about the reading for pleasure agenda. Full details are available here

It is intended for anyone in school interested in reading for pleasure so download our flyer and put it in the staffroom for your colleagues to see.

Reading Excellence Progt

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The Worst Thing About My Sister voted best ‘happy read’ by children

Young readers have voted The Worst Thing About My Sister by Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt the book that makes them happiest. It has topped a UK-wide online poll which celebrates the first-ever Chatterbooks Week (11-18 October) and all the fun to be had via national charity The Reading Agency’s ever-growing network of Chatterbooks reading groups for children.

Voting took place via the Summer Reading Challenge website, which gives children all-year-round access to a whole range of exciting reading-related activities (see ‘Notes to editors’). The Worst Thing About My Sisterscored 17.88% of the total votes, leading a ‘top ten’ of titles which had been selected to enter the online poll as favourite ‘happy books’ amongst children using the Summer Reading Challenge website.

In second place was Gangsta Granny by David Walliams (published by HarperCollins Children’s Books) with 13.77% of the total votes. Third place was taken by The Twits by Roald Dahl with 12.50% (published by Puffin). For a full list of all the ten books shortlisted for the online poll vote, please see ‘Notes to editors’.

Launched in 2001, Chatterbooks is now the largest network of reading groups for children aged 4 – 12 years: over 10,000 young readers around the UK are now part of over 800 Chatterbooks groups. They are run in libraries, schools and other settings by librarians, teachers, teaching assistants, or anyone with a passion for reading. Bestselling children’s author Jacqueline Wilson is the official Chatterbooks patron.

At each Chatterbooks session children talk about what they are reading, take part in fun activities inspired by the best children's books, and choose new books to take home and read. Because the Chatterbooks network is supported by The Reading Agency’s publisher partners and many children's authors and illustrators, Chatterbooks groups get access to offers, competitions, opportunities to find out how authors are inspired to create their work, together with advice and support on running a group. Chatterbooks groups are an ideal way to build on the reading for pleasure momentum generated amongst children by the Summer Reading Challenge. For advice on setting up and running a Chatterbooks group, go to: 

All around the UK, activities are taking place to celebrate Chatterbooks Week, with existing groups encouraged to send in pictures to, post to Facebook at tweet @readingagency with #cbxweek

The best picture will win the group who sent it a visit from a top ‘Chatterbooks champion’ children’s author.

A wide range of partners including The Reading Agency are working together under the aegis of Save The Children on the Read On. Get On campaign, with the goal of ensuring that by 2025 every 11 year old child will be able to read well: achieving this objective will require every adult around those children to be able to read well too.


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Non Fiction November

Nnfnfedted300px2National Non-Fiction November is the Federation of Children’s Book Groups’ annual celebration of all things factual. Born out of National Non-Fiction Day, 2014 marks a new departure, with the whole month now being a celebration of all those readers, authors and illustrators who have a passion for information and facts.

One of the projects this year is '30 days of Adventures in the Real World'. On each day of November FCBG will highlight a different aspect of non-fiction for children and young people. Interviews with non-fiction authors and illustrators, competitions, book lists, activity sheets and opinion pieces will be found in a variety of locations including magazines, on the radio, and online across a wide variety of websites. You will be able to take part in your own 30 day adventure by following the daily links on the Federation of Children's Book Group's website and also via other social media outlets, using the hashtags #RealWorldAdventures and #NNFN

Why not continue the work you may have started on the Information Book Award Shortlist books - and check out our SLA website for activity sheets for each of the 2014 shortlist books.

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CILIP Blogger Challenge

From Jan Parry - As an information professional and Vice President of CILIP, I am very proud to be a member of such a diverse and engaged community whose work is of so much interest and value.

As a profession we have a lot to say and so much to show off. So I’m very pleased to launch the CILIP Blogger Challenge, an exciting new competition running from 2nd October until 7th November.

CILIP are looking for blog text submissions on important issues relating to libraries, knowledge and information.   Anyone working within or connected to libraries, knowledge and information work can take part, you do not need to have a qualification!

They are looking for well-written blog articles demonstrating original, well-constructed and thought-provoking perspectives on things that are relevant to us as a community and perhaps as a society.  The range of topics you could write about is huge. For example:

·    Everyday life e.g. Why supermarket shelves should be arranged by Dewey Decimal…?
·    Data, information and knowledge e.g. Why don’t people care about their own data?
·    Copyright and the law e.g. How does current UK copyright law serve people with disabilities?
·    Education e.g. How to teach information literacy in the classroom
·    Publishing e.g. 6 reasons a paper book is the perfect technology
·    Research e.g. 5 thoughts on the future of open access journals
·    Technology e.g. How do you archive a video game?
·    The economy and business e.g. 5 ways libraries are supporting new businesses

Myself and the in-house media experts from CILIP’s Update Magazine team and Communications department will review and judge all submissions and I am excited to be chair of this judging panel.

The winner will get an iPad and the authors of a number of highly commended posts will also receive some fantastic prizes. The winning and highly commended posts will be published on the CILIP website at the end of November and start of December 2014.

This is a chance for anyone who works in or shares an interest in the library, knowledge and information world, to add new perspectives and help frame the debate around the big issues. So come on - I know that there are lots of you who can write about these things in an interesting way to grab people's attention and I think you will enjoy the process as much as we will love reading your submissions!

The final date for submissions is 7th November so now is the time to get writing.

Find out more about the CILIP Blogger Challenge, including entry criteria, blogging guidelines and prizes, including entry criteria, blogging guidelines and prizes.

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