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Library Job Gets Update

'It was the "aha!" moment that Stephanie Rosalia was hoping for.

A group of fifth graders huddled around laptop computers in the school library overseen by Ms. Rosalia and scanned allaboutexplorers.com, a Web site that, unbeknownst to the children, was intentionally peppered with false facts.

Ms. Rosalia, the school librarian at Public School 225, a combined elementary and middle school in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, urged caution. "Don't answer your questions with the first piece of information that you find," she warned.

Most of the students ignored her, as she knew they would. But Nozimakon Omonullaeva, 11, noticed something odd on a page about Christopher Columbus.

"It says the Indians enjoyed the cellphones and computers brought by Columbus!" Nozimakon exclaimed, pointing at the screen. "That's wrong." '

Have a look at this article from the New York Times which portrays a librarian in an elementary and middle school in Brooklyn tackling common problems with pupils using the internet to search for information.

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Weekend Training Course Programme

Guildford logoThe full programme of our 2009 weekend training course is now available. Take Your Partners: School Libraries Building Bridges runs from 19-21 June at the University of Surrey, Guildford.

The course has become an essential element of professional development for many school librarians and represents great value for money. It offers thought provoking speakers, practical workshops, approachable authors and a comprehensive bookshop plus a Gala Dinner with salsa dancing, our Resources Exhibition, and the opportunity to network with like-minded colleagues.

Book before 31 March 2009 to take advantage of earlybird discount prices and guarantee your place.

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The sunlight of literature

In case anyone missed it, there was a great article in The Times last month by Michael Morpurgo - Books for Schools: Michael Morpurgo says that reading for pleasure is a fundamental human right.

The writer and former Children's Laureate explores the importance of reading, and particularly the role of school libraries, and concludes that "Like so many teachers, writers, storytellers and poets, I've seen for myself how often the sunlight of literature can touch hearts and souls, how it can enrich lives, change lives."

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Major article in TES

Librarians should get out there ... and start knocking on doors is a major article published in the Times Educational Supplement (Scotland) on 6 February 2009.

Covering the view that "School libraries and the people who run them can play a central role in A Curriculum for Excellence, inspiring new initiatives and pulling various departments together", the article includes contributions from SLA members.

It can be read in full at the TES website here.

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Win an author!

ReadingZone.com has joined with World Book Day and National Year of Reading to run a competition for ten schools to win a free author visit during 2009.  The winning schools (primary and secondary) will be announced on World Book Day on 5 March 2009.

Follow this link (Adobe PDF) for entry details. The competition closes on 20 February 2009.

To enter the competition, you will need to provide details (up to 500 words) about what your school or class is doing to ensure a legacy for the National Year of Reading.  The Reading for Life campaign will continue the work of the 2008 National Year of Reading from April 2009.

Email your entry to: info[at]readingzone.com (subject WBD Competition).  Your school's entry may be published by ReadingZone and the National Year of Reading / Reading for Life websites.  You also need to supply your school name and address, contact details and which of these authors you would like to visit your school.  The author visit will be take place during 2009 at a time that suits the school and author.  Authors taking part include Simon Bartram, Damian Harvey, Chris Bradford, John Pilkington, Cathy Cassidy, M G Harris, Craig Simpson, Kate Thompson, Mal Peet, Brian Keaney. 

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