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Skulduggery in the North East

150 students aged 11-13 from schools across the North East of England read, reviewed and voted for their favourite book from a shortlist of 6 chosen by librarians and last year's North East Book Award student judges.

The winner of this year's award was announced as Derek Landy for his book Skulduggery Pleasant at a party at Seven Stories in Newcastle on Thursday evening, attended by some of the shortlisted authors, the students, their librarians, teachers and parents.

As usual with this award it was the students not the authors winning the prizes, with every student earning book vouchers for a reading and reviewing job well done.

The organisers expressed their gratitude to the publishers supporting the award: Scholastic, Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Random House, Harpercollins and to Mary Byrne.

More information about the award, the other shortlisted books and what the student judges really thought of them.

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CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway 2008 shortlists announced

The shortlists have been announced for the prestigious Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals for 2008.

The Carnegie Medal and its sister award, the Kate Greenaway Medal, are awarded annually by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the British Library in London on Thursday 26 June.

Seven children's writers, including two previous winners and a first-time novelist, go head to head for the 2008 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Their stories take young readers on exhilarating journeys across two millennia and three continents that are guaranteed to challenge their perceptions of both past and present.

The Carnegie medal shortlist 2008

Gatty's Tale

Kevin Crossley-Holland
Orion (Age range: 10+)
ISBN: 9781842552735

Ruby Red
Linzi Glass
Penguin (Age range: 12+)
ISBN: 9780141382807

Crusade
Elizabeth Laird
Macmillan (Age range: 10+)
ISBN: 9780330443111

Apache
Tanya Landman
Walker (Age range: 12+)
ISBN: 9781406303315

Here Lies Arthur
Philip Reeve
Scholastic (Age range: 12+)
ISBN: 9780439955331

What I Was
Meg Rosoff
Penguin (Age range: 12+)
ISBN: 9780141383439

Finding Violet Park
Jenny Valentine
HarperCollins (Age range: 12+)
ISBN: 9780007214457

A distinguished band of illustrators - and animals galore - feature on the shortlist for the 2008 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, the UK's oldest and most prestigious award for children's book illustration. Among those shortlisted are three former winners of the coveted Medal and two talented newcomers.

The Kate Greenaway Medal Shortlist 2008

Silly Billy
Anthony Browne
Walker Books (Age range: 5+)
ISBN: 9780744570175

Penguin
Polly Dunbar
Walker Books (Age range: 3+)
ISBN: 9781844280650

Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears
Emily Gravett
Macmillan (Age range: 6+)
ISBN: 9781405089487

Monkey and Me
Emily Gravett
Macmillan (Age range: 0+)
ISBN: 9781405089494

The Lost Happy Endings
Jane Ray (Text by Carol Ann Duffy)
Bloomsbury (Age range: 9+)
ISBN: 9780747579229

Ottoline and the Yellow Cat
Chris Riddell
Macmillan (Age range: 7+)
ISBN: 9781405050579

Banana!
Ed Vere
Puffin (Age range: 0+)
ISBN: 9780141500591

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Best Children’s Illustrated Book Awards

The results of the 2008 English 4 -11 Best Children's Illustrated Book Awards have been announced by the English Association.  They will be presented on 25th May at the British Academy in London.

The winners are announced as:
Non fiction Keystage1
Ape
by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Vicky White, Walker

Non-Fiction Key Stage 2
Greek Hero
by Mick Manning and Brita Granström, Frances Lincoln

Fiction Key Stage 1
Wonderful Life
by Helen Ward, Templar

Fiction Key Stage 2
Varmints
by Helen Ward, illustrated by Marc Craste,  Templar

Special Award
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick, Scholastic

Full details

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What to do with Wikipedia

‘If you want to get five opinions from four information professionals, just mention Wikipedia . Often banned by professors, panned by traditional reference book publishers, and embraced by just about everyone else, Wikipedia marches on like a great beast, growing larger and more commanding every day. With no paid editors and written by almost anyone, it shouldn't have succeeded, but it has. In fact, it's now emerged as the No. 1 go-to information source in the world. It's used not only by the great unwashed but also by many educated people as well.'

So says librarian William Badke in the March / April edition of Information Today.

He goes on to declare: ‘The Wikipedia issue has become a flashpoint for information literacy. On one side, we have opponents who view Wikipedia users as ignorant of the need to use reliable sources when doing academic work. On the other, we have devoted users who have embraced this tool as the crown jewel of the new digital information world. ‘

This is an interesting article which is sure to get some librarians hot under the collar and could provide an interesting discussion topic for sessions with students.

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Grand Poetry Slam: Wales announces new National Poet

Following their recent rugby Grand Slam victory, the Welsh are experiencing a surge in national pride. As the feelgood factor spreads across Wales, areas outside the rugby field are expected to benefit from this recent win. It couldn't be a better time to be Welsh. Nefyn-born pop singer Duffy stormed the charts, the successes of Torchwood and Dr Who is making Cardiff the premier destination for aliens across the Universe - and now the new National Poet of Wales has just been announced, giving the established, and very English, Poet Laureate a run for his money.

Gillian Clarke will succeed Professor Gwyn Thomas as National Poet of Wales. Born in Cardiff and now living in Talgarreg, west Wales, Gillian is a poet, playwright, editor and translator. A set-text poet for GCSE and A-level English, she is well known to students and teachers throughout the UK.

More information

This information was provided by the Wales Current Awareness Service If you would like to receive your own copy  you can join the list online.

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Free databases from Ebsco

Ebsco have made available at no cost three databases which may be of use to schools: Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) database, Teacher Reference Center (TRC) and GreenFILE. Although originating in America there is much here that may be of use in other countries.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) database is a world-class bibliographic database providing coverage on subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloguing, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Delivered via the EBSCOhost platform, LISTA indexes nearly 600 periodicals plus books, research reports, and proceedings. With coverage dating back to the mid-1960s, it is the oldest continuously produced database covering the field of information science.

Teacher Reference Center (TRC) is an index of over 260 titles from the most popular teacher and administrator trade journals, periodicals, and books. This database provides coverage on key education topics such as Assessment, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, Science & Mathematics, and more, for teachers and librarians working in primary and secondary phases.

GreenFILE is a research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with well-researched but accessible information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond. Comprised of scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports, GreenFILE offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the ecology. Drawing on the connection between the environment and disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology, GreenFILE will serve as an informative resource for anyone concerned about the issues facing our planet. GreenFILE's initial release will include A&I for more than 600 titles, including comprehensive coverage - from to volume 1, issue 1 to present - for Bioscience (back to 1964), Conservation Biology (back to 1987), Journal of Ecology (back to 1913) and Journal of Environmental Planning and Management (back to 1948).

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