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Job Vacancies: Loreto, Manchester - School Librarian (Learning Resource Centre Manager)

Level 2 Grade 5 (£20,456 – £23,166) Full Time
Salary may be increased subject to job evaluation

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic librarian with experience of working with young people and leading initiatives to promote reading. This permanent post is available as soon as possible.

Learning Resource Centre Manager Level 2 Grade 5

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About us:

  • A successful 11-16 Catholic High school, rated good with several outstanding features by OFSTED 2013
  • The high level of staff dedication and commitment is inspirational (Salford Diocese inspection February 2015).
  •  A £12m refurbished school building with a new library as its  centrepiece
  • A small school (maximum 750) with a highly committed staff and a friendly family atmosphere
  • Visitors tell us our students are calm and well-mannered and that our Catholic ethos is powerfully transmitted
  • An ethnically and culturally diverse school with a vibrant extra-curricular programme in music, sport and the arts
  • Excellent CPD and staff well-being programme

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful candidates will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check.

Application packs are available from healeyl[at]

An application form is available to download below:

Loreto Application Form

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0161 881 9448

Deadline: Monday 14th November 2016

Interviews: Monday 21st November 2016

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Job Vacancies: Northbury Primary School, Barking - School Librarian - Permanent contract




Northbury Close, Barking, Essex IG11 8JA

Main office: 0208 270 4750     Attendance: 0208 270 6994     Finance office: 0208 270 4636

The Governors of Northbury Primary School wish to appoint a librarian to provide assistance to pupils by undertaking a range of duties, ensuring a high quality service and contributing to the continuous improvement of the school libraries.

Scale 4

30 hours

Term time only

For an application form and further details, please contact the school office. A job descripton and person specificaton is available to download below:

Closing date: Friday 11th November 2016

Interviews: w/b Monday 14th November 2016

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and a comprehensive screening process, including a Disclosure Check, will be undertaken on all applicants.

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Longest Ever Carnegie and Greenaway Nominations list for Anniversary Year

SLA Director  and YLG  Chair Elect, Tricia Adams, faces quite aCKG RGB Portrait challenge with the publication of the nominations list for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals with 114 books on the Carnegie list and 93 on the Kate Greenaway! That is quite a reading list to take on as Chair of Judges.

But it is a great thing to celebrate; not only does it reflect the quality of book publishing in this country, but also the passion and commitment of librarians. Despite the difficult times school and public librarians are facing, they are keener than ever to share their passion about books on social media and in meetings and more particularly with young people. They know the magic that finding the right book for the right child can bring and the difference it makes to every child's life chances if they can read. Librarians are proud too of the long and distinguished history of these unique medals: the only ones of which it can truly be said that there is no commercial involvement at all. Publishers cannot submit books for this award- a librarian has to have read it, been impressed by it and then filled in a nomination form where they have to say how this particular book meets the award criteria. That is quite a hurdle to overcome and so these nominations are well worth checking against your catalogue. Does your school have these books? By the time the valiant team of 12 judges, 1 from each region of the UK, have read all these nominations and selected a longlist of just 20 then those books are absolute must-haves! The longlist will be published on February 16th with the eventual shortlist published on March 14th when official Shadowing begins! Make sure you register now to ensure you are kept up to date with all the exciting plans for the  80th Anniversary of the Best Children's Books!

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Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation Shortlist announced



The shortlist for the 2017 Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation certainly does spotlight the high quality and diversity of translated fiction for young readers. The award  is run by the English-Speaking Union on behalf of the Marsh Christian Trust.Our distinguised SLA President: Kevin Crossley- Holland is one of the judges for the 2017 Award and he said

What a truly wonderful prize this is -rooted in innocence, affirming curiosity and hope, never denying the hazards of childhood or human weakness -a prize that makes a worldwide family of everyone associated with it. Covers Collage

Now in its twentieth year, the Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation saw 27 entries in contention, representing a dozen languages from all around the globe: the perfect celebration of the diversity and quality of this area of children’s writing.

 What makes the 20th year even more exciting is the launch of the My Marsh  review competition open to students under 16. The registration form below gives you all the details you need to enter. You  can also download the entry form from and send it to Zoë Adams (ESU Cultural Exchange Officer) at zoe.adams[at]

The range and diversity of the titles  on the shortlist this year ensures that both primary and secondary students can take part. As Wendy Cooling judge and SLA patron said:

The entries this year were exciting, satisfying, funny and sometimes disturbing reads. In the 20th year of the Award it was exciting to see a very wide range of languages being translated for young British readers. Judging was not work but a real pleasure

Prizes for the competition include a subscription to The Week Junior, a copy of all the entries for this year’s Marsh Award, a discount voucher for a particular course or conference offered by the School Library Association, coverage of the winning entry in The Week Junior, and a £100 voucher for Browns Books for Students. Sets of the shortlisted texts can be purchased from  Browns Books for Students, at a special rate.
You then have until the closing date of 20th December to upload your short video reviews of  preferred books. These will be judged by an ESU panel and the winners will be announced on 9th January.

My Marsh Shortlist Info

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Registration Form

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Job Vacancies: Rugby School, Warwickshire - Head of Research, Information and Library Services ??" start January 2017

We are seeking an ambitious and dynamic educator who will seize the exciting opportunity of shaping the vision and strategy of Library services at Rugby School, including re-designing our current facilities. Rugby is renowned for its innovative approach to education and we are seeking someone who will value the opportunity to develop and grow in a community of supportive and committed staff. The successful candidate will aspire to leading a major university Library.

Salary C. £30 000 - £40 000 Dependent on experience.

The School is a boarding and day school in full operation seven days per week including evenings during term time. Pastoral, co-curricular, cultural and sports activities take place outside normal day-school hour.

For more information and to apply: Please register and complete an application via our recruitment portal which can be found at

Closing date: 12.00 noon on 4th November 2016

Start Date January 2017

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Charity Registration Number 528752

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Discover something new at your library, 9 â€" 14 October 2017

Logo Cilip MonoCILIP, the UK’s library and information association has today announced plans for the first Libraries Week, a week-long celebration of Britain’s much-loved libraries. Libraries will showcase the best they have to offer, encouraging people to discover what libraries can do for them on the week of October 9 to 14 2017

Libraries Week, 9 – 14 October 2017, will replace National Libraries Day, previously held in February. The countdown to the inaugural Libraries Week will launch on Saturday 4 February 2017 and libraries with activity already planned for 4 February 2017 are encouraged to continue with their plans as the transition to a new date gets underway.

Nick Poole, CILIP CEO said: “Libraries Week is an opportunity to celebrate the very best that libraries have to offer across the UK. During the second week in October, we want to ensure that as many people as possible are inspired to visit a library, discover what's on offer & encourage their friends & family to get involved.

I am delighted that we have been able to respond to feedback from the library community by expanding from a single day to a week-long celebration of libraries, enabling us to include more partners and develop a really exciting programme for the public.

CILIP and our national partners are committed to ensuring that Libraries Week receives widespread visibility and support. Whatever type of library you work in, we need you to join us and help ensure the success of Libraries Week."

More details about Libraries Week will be announced in February along with a call for UK libraries to sign up and commit to planning, delivering and locally promoting high quality co-ordinated experiences during Libraries Week.

The event is open to all types of library, with public libraries encouraged to showcase their strongest services and activities across themes such as digital, creative, family, inspirational, health, employment collection-based or education. Libraries can also become supporters, helping to promote Libraries Week in their region or service. There will be support for libraries to get the most from Libraries Week.

CILIP is encouraging library providers and heads of service to begin planning for Libraries Week as a key marketing activity and to consider applying for funding or working with local schools, companies and community groups to promote their activities, bring in new audiences and run an exciting programme during the second week of October.  Check out the website for more details.

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The Online Librarian: Worcester, 30 November 2016


Our course The Online Librarian, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at The King's School, 5 College Green, Worcester WR1 2LL on 30 November 2016.

The aim of this course is to act as an online sat nav.  You will learn about using exciting video media to encourage young people to read for pleasure, discover uses for Pinterest in education and be given ideas for low cost projects to help you develop a whole school reading culture.

The SLA has included this course in our training programme many times in the past and it has received excellent feedback on each occasion.  Testimonials include -

'Practical and inspiring. Lots of brilliant ideas for practical uses of ICT and websites'

'Excellent delivery, lots of sites/links; lots to take away and try out'


The closing date is 16 November 2016. Bookings received by 2 November 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount.


Key Audience: primary and secondary school library staff

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Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means: London, 29 November 2016

Our course Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill, Walthamstow, London E17 9RZ on 29 November 2016.

As well as focusing on new Accelerated Reader facilities and resources, participants will be provided with up-to-date information on exciting, attractive new books and advice on reading media which can be used to motivate pupils of all abilities.  The course will also include a section on how technology can be used to help your school to become a 'reading school'.

Run several times in the past, this course has proved very popular and has resulted in excellent feedback.  Testimonials include -

'Wow! Above and beyond! Thank you'

'Lots of ideas to take away and implement'

The closing date is 15 November 2016. Bookings received by 1 November 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90 (SLA members), £150 (non-members). Further discounts are available for a second place delegate from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual). 

Key Audience: primary and secondary school staff (not necessarily using Accelerated Reader as this will only be one session)

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