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The SLA blog contains news about the SLA and topical information of general interest to our members. The blog has been running since 2004. An RSS 2.0 feed and information about how to subscribe to the blog are available.

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Nine Posters from the SLA

National Libraries Day will be back on 6 February 2016, celebrating libraries, library staff and their communities all over the UK. To help you promote your library we have nine super posters to download. Exclusive to SLA members, the posters are intended for printing out at good quality resolution in A3 or smaller. Check them out here!

Many thanks to Walker Books for their help with these fabulous posters.

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Free eight week subscription to five copies of the Week Junior

Don’t miss out on the great teaching benefits of new current affairs magazine The Week Junior, a rich source of relevant, cross-curricular material for use in the library, classroom, tutor time or for homework.

Keep 8-11 year old pupils up to date with the latest news, inspire their love of reading and writing, and make use of the regular magazine features such as ‘Around the world’, ‘The big debate’, and ‘Science and Technology’ for learning across all subject areas.

Pupils also get the opportunity to enter The Week Junior Letter To The Editor Competition with brilliant prizes up for grabs for pupils and their school. Hurry as this competition closes in February.

Register today to receive a free eight week subscription to five copies of the magazine per week* and gain access to quick and easy downloadable teaching resources, plus an exclusive offer code for discounted school subscriptions.

Register online now

Brought to you by The Week magazine, this fast growing current affairs magazine is written to engage young, curious minds and features a fantastic range of stimulating stories and information for use in and out of the classroom.

For more information on The Week Junior for your classroom and to register online visit:www.nationalschoolspartnership.com/theweekjunior

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Teaching Literacy Through Film

Teaching Literacy Through Film– is a free online CPD course to help you discover new practical ways to use film to engage and inspire young people, improving their progress and attainment in both reading and writing.
Launched by the BFI and Into Film the course is delivered entirely online, enabling you to independently organise study time to suit your personal schedule. You will have opportunities to share best practice and network with other participants through various channels. Registration is a very simple two step process, follow the link below to sign up to Into Film training and gain access to this free online CPD course.
 
Starting 25 January 2016, the course runs over four weeks and will require roughly three hours of study time per week. Topics include:
  • How to improve story writing using film;
  • How to ‘read’ film and use it for critical analysis;
  • How to use simple filmmaking techniques to enhance learning;
  • How to upload your video content to YouTube.
In addition, you will gain access to educational resources to use in your classroom such as easily downloadable PDFs, classroom-ready film clips, activities and much more.
“Teaching film is the future of building a multi-skilled student” Luis Amador, Harris Academy
Register online now to secure your free place and if you have any questions please e-mail cpd[at]intofilm.org or call 0330 313 7600.
We look forward to welcoming you onto the course.

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FREE poster for school libraries

School Librarians can request a free series poster for the Edge of Nowhere novels, the first young adult series by Elizabeth George – global bestselling author of the Inspector Linley mystery novels.

To request a poster, email naomi.berwin[at]hodder.co.uk. While stocks last!

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There is a Better Way. Information Literacy - Skills to Empower: Lincoln, 8 March 2016

Our course There is a Better Way. Information Literacy - Skills to Empower, run by Lin Smith, will be held at BG Venues, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln on 8 March 2016. The closing date is 23 February 2016. Bookings received by 9 February 2016 are eligible for a discount.

A course for secondary school librarians / library staff  and teachers with a responsibility for learning skills to reflect on the ways that library-based learning can impact on student progress by improving research skills across all Key Stages.

A discount of £15 will be applied to bookings received by 9th February making the cost of the full days training just £90 (SLA members), £120 (for delegates working in Lincolnshire schools which are not members of the SLA), £150 (non-members of either group).  Further reductions are available for a second person attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying delegate).  Payment is not required by the deadline date to qualify for the discount as long as an official order has been received.

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Digital Decisions book from SLA

AllsortsThe SLA has just published Digital Decisions: Selecting and Using e-resources in the Secondary School Library by Amy Icke.

All secondary school librarians use e-resources as part of their everyday work, but – what's your vision? what do your selection criteria look like? Do you use freeware and subscription materials? How do you encourage your teaching colleagues and students to use them effectively? Here is a Guideline by a librarian, awarded the 2015 UKeig Early Career Award, who has focused on these issues for her MA dissertation – she shares her thoughts with us and usefully includes appendices to help with an audit, a purchase checklist, guidance on establishing an IT steering group and a resource guide. We also include two useful case studies.

Available to buy now from the SLA website (ISBN 978-1-903446-90-4).

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New Beyond Beanbags book from the SLA

Beyond BeanbagsSecondary school libraries need to be flexible, inspirational and above all, fit for purpose. Library use is rapidly changing and building design, layout, furnishings and fittings must change too. Here is a completely new Guideline on the subject from Geoff Dubber. Aspects to consider, pitfalls to avoid and ways to successfully manage the project are all included.

Beyond Beanbags: Designing Inspirational Secondary School Library Spaces aims to give you confidence and advice when you talk to SLT and school colleagues. We hope it will help you to create a vision for this crucial space that can be the heart of the school, a major selling point to parents and above all a pleasing space in which to study, relax and to work, for users and staff.

Available to buy now from the SLA website (ISBN 978-1-903446-93-5).

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New picture book award announced today

Esteemed publisher Klaus Flugge has today been honoured by having a new picture book award named after him, the Klaus Flugge Prize for the Most Exciting Newcomer to Picture Book Illustration. Klaus is the founder of Andersen Press which this year celebrates its fortieth anniversary and he is  a vocal supporter of libraries. In a recent interview with SLA reviews editor Joy Court, Klaus credited teachers and librarians for championing his books over the years and contributing to the success of Andersen Press. This new award definitely seems to be one to watch. 

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Job Vacancies: Cokethorpe School, Witney, Oxon - Librarian

Required as soon as possible
Cokethorpe School is an independent HMC day school for 660 boys and girls, set in beautiful parkland near Witney, in Oxfordshire. An exciting opportunity has arisen for a qualified Librarian who will develop and promote the Library and facilitate independent learning and a love of reading.
This is a full time term time only (+ 5 days) position, working Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5.00 pm.
For more information on the post and an application form, please visit the School website (www.cokethorpe.org.uk/vacancies). Applications should include a covering letter addressed to the Headmaster, Mr Damian Ettinger, explaining your reasons for applying and a Cokethorpe Support Staff Application form. All documents should be emailed to: (recruitment[at]cokethorpe.org). There is no closing date for this role. Applications will be accepted until an appointment has been made and therefore it is advisable to apply as soon as possible. Previous candidates need not apply.
Cokethorpe School, Witney, Oxon OX29 7PU, 01993 892359
The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service

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Job Vacancies: LITTLEGARTH SCHOOL ESSEX - SCHOOL LIBRARIAN (Part Time 0.5 FTE)

Required for April 2016

We are seeking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced Librarian to organise and run our School Library and to support the teaching staff in further developing learning skills. An exciting new build scheduled to start this year will mean that the successful candidate will also be involved in the creation and development of innovative new library facilities.

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For further details and application form please contact The Headmaster’s Secretary, Littlegarth School, Horkesley Park, Nayland, Colchester, CO6 4JR. telephone 01206 262332, email office[at]littlegarth.essex.sch.uk or visit our website: www.littlegarth.essex.sch.uk/recruitment.

Littegarth School is an IAPS co-educational day school for 2½ - 11 year olds in the heart of Constable country

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 3rd February 2016

Littlegarth School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with current and past employers and the DBS.

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Don't forget to nominate

There is still time to submit your nomination for the School Librarian of the Year Award 2016. Do consider nominating a school librarian (primary or secondary) who deserves to be recognised for their outstanding work in making the library the heart of the school.

Nominations close on 22 January 2016 - the Nomination Form is on our website, and Guidance Notes are available to help you prepare an effective nomination, or contact the SLA office for more information.

Let's give our best school librarians the recognition they deserve!

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There is a Better Way. Information Literacy - Skills to Empower: London, 23 February 2016

BOOK NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!

We are pleased to announce that a second session of our course There is a Better Way. Information Literacy - Skills to Empower will take place in London.  The event will run on 23 February 2016 at Friends House. The closing date is 9 February 2016. Bookings received by 26 January 2016 are eligible for a discount. Payment is not required to secure a place by the discount deadline date as long as an official order has been received. 

We hope 23 February is a convenient date for colleagues who were unable to reserve a place on the oversubscribed session of this course last November.

Key Audience: Secondary school librarians / library staff / teachers with a responsibility for learning skills

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Members' and Librarians' Days: Reading for Pleasure

SLA SCHOOL LIBRARIANS' DAY - READING FOR PLEASURE

Browns' Books for Students, Preston

Wednesday 9 March 2016                09.45 to 14.45

Attendance fee (including lunch and refreshments): £15.00

 

We are very grateful to Browns Books for Students for opening their doors to the SLA and providing us with a venue for the first Librarians' Day of 2016.  The event will include talks from Jarvis - Author/Illustrator of Lazy Dave and Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth and Caroline Lawrence – Author of The Roman Mysteries and The PK Pinkerton Mysteries series.  There will be a book signing session, prize draw and the opportunity to browse and buy in Browns' fabulous showroom.  A discount of 25% will be applied to all orders for books placed on the day. 

The event will be of interest to primary and secondary school library staff/library coordinators and will also be a wonderful opportunity for all participants to network and fact find too.

Special thanks to BrownsBfS and publishers, Hachette Children’s Group and Walker Books, and the various speakers for enabling us to put together such an exciting programme for the day.

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Job Vacancies: The King’s (The Cathedral) School, Peterborough - Head of Library Resource Centre

Required for April 2016
Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced candidates for this important role within our School.
Qualifications to degree level will be essential along with a library qualification.
The successful applicant will have a passion for books and sourcing information, and will be a competent IT user. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to organise will be vital for the post.
Experience of working within an academic/school library environment would be desirable.
We can offer excellent working conditions within a family atmosphere, in this term time only (plus five additional days) position.
Further details and an application form may be obtained from our website www.kings.peterborough.sch.uk; or from Carol Castle, PA to the Headteacher, by telephone 01733 751541 or email castle.c[at]kings.peterborough.sch.uk and by downloading the document below:
 

Information for Candidates

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Closing date – Tuesday 26 January 2016

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IT'S THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BETJEMAN POETRY PRIZE!

Are you aged 10-13? Write a poem on the theme of ‘place’ and enter by post or online. Deadline is 31st July 2016.

The 2016 Betjeman Poetry Prize will be judged by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy with poet and artist Imtiaz Dharker.

The top fifty poems will be printed in the BPP 2016 anthology. Six short-listed poets will be invited with their families and teachers to a prize giving on National Poetry Day, 6th October, in St Pancras Station, London, where the winner will be announced. The winning poet will receive £1000 (£500 for their school), Eurostar tickets and will be crowned St Pancras Laureate for twelve months. All six finalists are invited on a 3-day poetry workshop in May 2017.The teacher who sends in the most entries from their class wins a sponsored place on the MMU Teaching Creative Writing 3-day course in 2017.

Find out more at www.betjemanpoetryprize.co.uk

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Nominate your star librarian

Annie Brady

Nominations for School Librarian of the Year 2016 close on 22 January, so you still have time to recommend a colleague or friend for this prestigious award.

We are looking for librarians in primary or secondary schools who really enhance what their school offers to students. People who have a huge impact on learning and literacy, and ensure that the library lies at the heart of their school.

Help us to honour the excellent work that is carried out in school libraries every day, and highlight the best practice of those whose work is outstanding. Help us to find someone to follow in the footsteps of 2015 winner Annie Brady, librarian at an inner city boys' secondary school in Dublin. As her students said to our judging panel: "The library is the epicentre of the school and Annie is like a friend."

The Nomination Form is on our website, and Guidance Notes are available to help you prepare an effective nomination.

Let's give our best school librarians the recognition they deserve!

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Job Vacancies: Sidcot School, North Somerset - School Librarian

Summary Job Description:  We are seeking to appoint a School Librarian. This is a ‘full time during term time’ post with some holiday work as necessary, usually in the first and last weeks of the school summer holidays. Annualised hours are 1500 hours per year (approx. 83% FTE), based on exemplar working hours of 9am to 5pm for three days per week plus two days per week to 6pm, for 37 weeks per year and includes working some Saturday mornings in a rota with other library staff. As this is a management position, the Librarian will be expected to adjust their hours to meet the needs of the library and the school.

Contract Type:Full Time during term time, plus some additional weekend and holiday commitment

Contract Term:  Permanent

Start Date:  1 April 2016, subject to satisfactory completion of background checks

Hours of work: See above

Salary and benefits:

  • ·  £23,240
  • ·  Contributory pension scheme
  • ·  School fees remission
  • ·  Lunches
  • ·  Parking
  • ·  Use of sports facilities
  • ·  30 days holiday including bank holidays, or pro rata if term time

Closing date for applications:  Wednesday 27 January 2016

Sidcot School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.  Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with previous employers and a DBS Enhanced check.

Please refer to the school’s website for further details: http://sidcot.org.uk/jobs/

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Reading for Pleasure: edgy, cool, or just boring? Make it infectious and survive: Stafford, Staffordshire, 25 February 2016

Our course Reading for Pleasure: edgy, cool, or just boring? Make it infectious and survive, run by Angie Curran, will be held at Entrust HQ, The Riverway Centre, Riverway, Stafford ST16 3TH on 25 February 2016.

In the current context of changes in education it is abundantly clear to all those who teach that being able to read broadly and in depth is essential.  The aim of this course is to support school library staff in selecting, organising and managing effective Reading for Pleasure programmes in their schools. 

The closing date is 11 February 2016. Bookings received by 1 February 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90 (SLA members) and £150 (non-members). Further reductions are available for a second person attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying delegate).  Payment is not required by the deadline date to qualify for the discount as long as an official order has been received.

Key Audience: secondary school library staff

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Reading for Pleasure - for Everyone!: Stevenage, Hertfordshire, 4 February 2016

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 18TH JANUARY!

Our course Reading for Pleasure - for Everyone!, run by Alec Williams, will be held at Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Primary School, Stevenage, Hertfordshire on 4 February 2016.  Aimed at primary school staff with responsibility for the library and/or literacy, this course looks at what reading for pleasure is, why it matters, and how to encourage it throughout the year to every child regardless of ability.  It includes a comprehensive survey of reading initiatives and lots of practical ideas to use straight away.  Throughout, it spotlights examples of both materials and initiatives for SEN children. 

The closing date is 21 January 2016. Bookings received by 18 January 2016 are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90 (SLA members), £120 (for delegates working in schools which are not members of the SLA but subscribe to Essex School Library Service, £150 (non-members of either group).  Further reductions are available for a second person attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying adult).  Payment is not required by the deadline date to qualify for the discount as long as an official order has been received.

Target audience: primary school staff with responsibility for the school library and/or literacy

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Love Literacy 2016 - booking now open

Peters Love LiteracyBooking is now open for Peters Books and Furniture's Love Literacy event and it is already proving to be popular. There is a great day lined up and they are looking forward to seeing you there.

The link to book tickets is www.peters-books.co.uk/loveliteracy. On this page, delegates can enter their details and choose which workshop they would like to attend. Tickets are priced at £85 pp.

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2015-2016 UKLA Literacy School of the Year announced

UKLA LitThe UK Literacy Association is proud to announce the 2015-2016 recipient of our new award for schools. St Peters Church of England Primary School, Bristol is the 2015-2016 UKLA Literacy School of the Year: A school where literacy thrives

St. Peter’s CofE Primary School is an outstanding school located on the edge of the city of Bristol.  All of the children are encouraged to aim for excellence and to fulfil their individual potential – academically, socially and personally. The school is set in large, well-designed and spacious grounds which are used to support and enhance the curriculum. The school serves an area of high social deprivation, where a large proportion of the pupils are in receipt of the Pupil Premium; however, the school secures outstanding progress and excellent outcomes for all of its pupils.

The assessors were most impressed by the way that St. Peter’s places literacy at the heart of its curriculum.  Each topic studied is based on a text which is introduced to the children in exciting and innovative ways, so that children are immersed in the world of the book.  Both fiction and non-fiction books are used in class sets, so that every child can have a personal copy of the book.  The school has been determined in assuring that their stock of books, both class sets and the books which children can borrow from their class libraries, is kept up to date and frequently refreshed.  Children are all encouraged to read at home and through prizes and gifts from the school, will have been enabled to build up their own library of books at home.  
 

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2016 Stan Lee Excelsior Awards - new resources now available

Stan Lee AwardAll you need to get started with the 2016 Stan Lee Excelsior Awards (apart from the books!) is now available to download online. Posters, Rating Forms, JABBICA forms, sticker templates - it's all there for you. Click below to be taken straight to the webpages.
http://www.excelsioraward.co.uk/resources.html
http://www.excelsiorawardjunior.co.uk/resources.html


 

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Poetry Society - Agincourt Schools Poetry Competition

Poetry SocietyThis exciting competition has been created by The Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network in partnership with Agincourt 600. It invites young people to find out about the history and legacy of the battle and to create a poem that explores this battle afresh in the year of its 600th anniversary.

The competition has two age categories, one for primary school children and one for secondary schoolchildren, with a winner in each category. Prizes will include a certificate, £100 of book tokens and a day of poetry workshops at the winners’ school. Runners-up will receive £50 of book tokens. All winners and runners-up will be published on Young Poets Network and on The Poetry Society websites.

The competition closes on 31st January 2016.

Further information and entry details for the competition can be found at poetrysociety.org.uk/agincourt-600 and more details are in the downloadable press release below:

Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition Press Release

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Job Vacancies: DULWICH COLLEGE (SINGAPORE) - Senior School Librarian FOR AUGUST 2016

Dulwich College (Singapore) opened its doors to its first students in August 2014 with an initial intake of 880 students. Today the College has 1300 students from Toddler to Year 9, with growth and expansion set to continue with the opening of an impressive Senior School building and Performing Arts Centre on the campus in August 2016. The College caters for a diverse range of international students reflective of Singapore’s cosmopolitan nature as one of Asia’s most vibrant centres.

Dulwich College offers the highest quality of learning for all our students with one of our core values being ‘students come first’.  The Dulwich College International group is committed to drawing upon its position as a global family, with ‘one College, many campuses’ as its mission, enhancing the education of its students and providing its teachers with enriching and rewarding careers.

Senior School Librarian

Dulwich College (Singapore) is recruiting a Librarian for its Senior School from August 2016.  This is a unique and challenging opportunity to join the Senior School as it moves into a brand new building with an impressive library space, set over two floors. 

The new Librarian will play a major role in creating a lively, vibrant space that develops into one of the core parts of the Senior School community.

The successful candidate will develop, manage, and promote the library within the school and the community, and ensure a vibrant and professional library service is provided to students, teachers and parents. The Librarian will be tasked with raising the profile of the libraries and promoting reading across the school.  The Librarian will also have a significant role in developing research skills for Senior School students in preparation for University entrance.

Successful applicants will need to be sympathetic with the ethos and values of Dulwich College.  An attractive and competitive remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidate, and details will be made available to shortlisted candidates.

To apply for this position please go to www.inDulwich.com/job-opportunities.   The closing date for applications is 15th January 2015.  Previous applicants need not apply.

Interviews will take place at Dulwich College London, in Singapore, or via Skype.  UK-based applicants need to be available for interview in the week commencing 1 February 2016.

For further information please see our website at www.dulwich-singapore.edu.sg

Our College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our care. We follow safe recruitment practices and appointments are subject to vetting including reference checks, and identity and criminal record checks.

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Worcestershire Teen Book Award (WTBA) - Shortlist announced

The shortlist for the Worcestershire Teen Book Award (WTBA) has been announcd. The shotlist is chosen by young people:

  • Alex Bell: Frozen Charlotte
  • Joseph Delaney: Arena 13
  • Narinder Dhami:13 hours
  • Michelle Falkoff: Playlist for the dead
  • Dan Smith: Big game
  • Zoe Sugg: Girl Online

Pupils are encouraged to read as many titles as they can and vote for their favourite by Thursday 10th March 2016.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony on 18th March 2016 in Worcester's Council Chamber

Do join in and read and post your comments on the Schools' Library Service blog

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