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Events Calendar

28 September 2015

Building an Inspiring Information Book Library

BUILDING AN INSPIRING INFORMATION BOOK LIBRARY

Join the Schools Library Association’s Information Book Award team to discover what makes the best information book for your library or classroom, how to choose them and what to look out for. The Information Book Award demonstrates the wealth of fantastic fact books out there that can provide daily inspiration for your pupils. This event will give you loads of tips and practical advice on how to use them in your classrooms across the curriculum as well as for reading for pleasure.

Taking place on 28th September in Bath (at the Guildhall – Brunswick Room on the ground floor) between 4.30-6pm (though may run till 6.30pm to allow good discussion and question time), the session will be introduced by our Chair, Karen Horsfield, who is the manager of the Somerset SLS.  There will be a session from Jane Walker, Macmillan Publishers, on the job of creating good information books from the publishers perspective, referencing their winner last year. We have Jayne Gould, a judge and Primary school librarian, to talk about using the books in school and Catherine Mackenzie, a judge and librarian at Peters Books and Furniture, on tips and hints for choosing good information books.  Plus Ruth Thomson, author of one of our 2012 winners Terezin, talking about creating a good information book from the point of view of the author.

Tickets cost £25 – please visit http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/ to reserve a place.

5 October 2015

School Libraries Celebration Day 2015

Presentations of the School Librarian of the Year Award and SLA Inspiration Award.

Venue: Royal Society of Arts, RSA House, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ.

20 October 2015

Getting the Whole School Reading for Pleasure

One day course for primary school staff

Trainer: Jerry Hurst                Venue: Dorchester Library and Learning Centre

Reading for Pleasure can play a key role in raising attainment and successfully supporting a wide range of pupils' academic, personal, social and emotional learning outcomes.  In particular, it can become the key driver in supporting the literacy agenda.  Jerry will focus on tried-and-tested fun reading activities and approaches and how to create a whole-school reading culture based upon reading for pleasure.

Contact Dorset School Library Service on the link provided for further details

4 November 2015

There is a Better Way. Information Literacy - Skills to Empower

SLA one day course for secondary school library staff and teachers

Trainer: Lin Smith                      Venue: UCL Institute of Education, London

How to become more involved in, or, to spearhead, an Information Literacy Programme in your school.  A day course for librarians (or teachers) working in secondary schools to reflect on the ways that library-based learning can impact on student progress by improving research skills across all Key Stages.

During the day, Lin Smith will allow time for delegates to share experience and knowledge.  Possible uses of freely available software to enliven lessons will be covered.  Time will be allocated for forward planning in readiness for curriculum change.  Requests to focus on a specific Key Stage will be included where possible. Delegates may indicate a preference on booking and the trainer will aim to incorporate these needs into the appropriate session.

5 November 2015

The Online Librarian

SLA one day course for primary and secondary school staff

Trainer: Bev Humphrey                       Venue: Brecon Library

Using online media to enthuse students about reading and writing for pleasure is very powerful and can be done easily and cheaply..... as long as you have a 'road map' of sites to use! This course will act as an online sat nav, guiding you to resources and sites that you can use in your library.  You will learn about using exciting video media to use in encouraging 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.

11 November 2015

Information Book Award Ceremony

Presentation of the 2015 Information Book Award.

Venue: Roof Cafe, Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y.
 

12 November 2015

Reading for Pleasure: edgy, cool, or just boring? Make it infectious and survive.

SLA one day course for secondary school library staff

Trainer: Angie Curran                 Venue: Newton Rigg College, Penrith

In the current context of changes in assessment in primary, secondary and sixth form education, it is abundantly clear to all those who teach that being able to read broadly and in depth is essential.  Set alongside the demands of employers and comparisons with other countries, schools, teachers and pupils are under a microscopic lens where higher and more effective levels of reading are not only demanded, but have taken on a significance and importance greater than ever before. 

During this course delegates will explore ways to successfully prioritise and effectively manage Reading for Pleasure activities, and consider how they can maximise support for their chosen activities so that they, and those who work alongside them, will not only survive, but will celebrate and enjoy the impact that Reading for Pleasure is having in their school and on the life chances of its pupils.

12 November 2015

Help I'm in Charge of the School Library!

SLA one day course for primary school staff, governors and volunteers with responsibility for the school library

Trainer: Susan Staniforth                               Venue: Cheshire ELS, Winsford

Have you recently taken over responsibility for looking after the library but are not sure where to start? If so, this course is for you!  An essential course for anyone new to running or managing a school library, delegates will consider the role of the library in the school, gain an overview about all aspects of managing the school library and learn about the processes and practical aspects of running it. 

Topics covered will include creating an inspiring library environment, library organisation and maintenance (including an introduction to Dewey and the benefits of a range of Library Management systems), selecting and buying books, library promotion, budgeting and writing a library policy/development plan.

18 November 2015

Kent SLA Annual General Meeting

On Wednesday 18th November 2015, Kent SLA will be holding their inaugural annual general meeting at The Duke of York Military School in Dover at 4.30pm. Following the AGM, the author Ann Bryant  who has agreed to be our representative, will give a talk and bring along a selection of her  ‘Families in a Step-Chain’ series. Every member of the audience will be able to take away  with them a free copy  of one of Ann’s books for his/her library, and if  any of Anne’s books prove to be popular, she would not only be very happy to visit their schools for a short signing session, she would also be prepared to heavily discount the books in this series (aimed at Years 5, 6, 7 and 8) to £1 per book.

The Kent SLA Committee hopes you will join them at this  very important meeting which should generate exciting ideas for all school libraries in Kent.

18 November 2015

Teaching Skills for School Library Staff

SLA one day training course for KS2 and secondary school library staff

Trainer: Chris Powis                       Venue: Somerset Resources for Learning

Developing new skills and adapting to new learning environments is essential for increasing levels of information literacy amongst library users.  This course will enable participants to understand theories of teaching and learning and to map these on to their own experience of teaching.  They will be provided with strategies to plan, deliver, assess and evaluate their teaching activities.

20 November 2015

SLA Day Conference: Nurturing Readers

Nurturing Readers from Early Years to KS3 Transition: Reading for Pleasure in Your School
SLA One-Day Conference in York

This is a chance to hear some great speakers talk practically on topics that will help you support reading for pleasure in your school as pupils move from Primary and into Secondary school. Of use to head teachers, teachers, librarians and literacy co-ordinators in KS2 & KS3.

Date: 20 November 2015

Venue: Bar Convent in central York

26 November 2015

Reading for Pleasure: Creating Lifelong Readers

4th Norfolk Children's Book Centre Conference.  Holiday Inn, Norwich Airport

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2 December 2015

Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means

SLA one day training course for primary and secondary school staff

Trainer: Bev Humphrey            Venue: Gateshead Central Library

Encouraging young people to read for pleasure is naturally at the forefront of all of our minds but it is not always an easy task.  You may already be using Accelerated Reader to ramp up the excitement, but are you using it to your students' best advantage?

During this course Bev will focus on some facilities and little known aspects of the Accelerated Reader programme, showcase some exciting new books and suggest ways to use them both with AR and for more general reading promotion. She will also guide participants through the virtual world of reading promotion sites and resources to help your students and yourself navigate the e-world with ease.

4 December 2015

Copy and Paste Generation

SLA one day course for secondary school library staff

Trainer: Sarah Pavey                                    Venue: The Hive, Worcester

Using the internet for research has many benefits but it can also encourage a ‘cut and paste’ culture.  As custodians of a vast pool of information resources and material, it is essential that school library staff have a good all-round knowledge of Copyright and Plagiarism legislation so that they are able to respond to questions raised and identify infringements if they occur.  This highly practical course will concentrate on understanding the importance of academic honesty, what constitutes plagiarism and cultural differences, spotting offences including online solutions such as Turnitin and teaching referencing styles.  It will cover activities such as photocopying, loans of DVDs, software and downloading images from the internet, licences and the penalties imposed on students if they are ‘caught out’ in public examinations. 

The presentation will be fully supported with handouts and links to downloads of the materials used.  By the end of the day delegates will have the necessary knowledge to write an Academic Honesty Policy and the confidence that the advice they give to colleagues and students on Copyright and Plagiarism issues conforms to current regulations.

25 February 2016

Reading for Pleasure: edgy, cool, or just boring? Make it infectious and survive.

SLA one day course for secondary school library staff

Trainer: Angie Curran                 Venue: Entrust HQ, Stafford

In the current context of changes in assessment in primary, secondary and sixth form education, it is abundantly clear to all those who teach that being able to read broadly and in depth is essential.  Set alongside the demands of employers and comparisons with other countries, schools, teachers and pupils are under a microscopic lens where higher and more effective levels of reading are not only demanded, but have taken on a significance and importance greater than ever before. 

During this course delegates will explore ways to successfully prioritise and effectively manage Reading for Pleasure activities, and consider how they can maximise support for their chosen activities so that they, and those who work alongside them, will not only survive, but will celebrate and enjoy the impact that Reading for Pleasure is having in their school and on the life chances of its pupils.

25 February 2016

There is a Better Way. Information Literacy - Skills to Empower

SLA one day course for secondary school library staff and teachers

Trainer: Lin Smith                                    Venue: BG Venues, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln

How to become more involved in, or, to spearhead, an Information Literacy Programme in your school.  A day course for librarians (or teachers) working in secondary schools to reflect on the ways that library-based learning can impact on student progress by improving research skills across all Key Stages.

During the day, Lin Smith will allow time for delegates to share experience and knowledge.  Possible uses of freely available software to enliven lessons will be covered.  Time will be allocated for forward planning in readiness for curriculum change.  Requests to focus on a specific Key Stage will be included where possible. Delegates may indicate a preference on booking and the trainer will aim to incorporate these needs into the appropriate session.

15 March 2016

The Online Librarian

SLA one day course for primary and secondary school staff

Trainer: Bev Humphrey                       Venue: Newton Rigg College, Penrith

Using online media to enthuse students about reading and writing for pleasure is very powerful and can be done easily and cheaply..... as long as you have a 'road map' of sites to use! This course will act as an online sat nav, guiding you to resources and sites that you can use in your library.  You will learn about using exciting video media to use in encouraging 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.

21 April 2016

Reading for Pleasure using Accelerated Reader and other means

SLA one day training course for primary and secondary school staff

Trainer: Bev Humphrey            Venue: Warwickshire SLS, Warwick

Encouraging young people to read for pleasure is naturally at the forefront of all of our minds but it is not always an easy task.  You may already be using Accelerated Reader to ramp up the excitement, but are you using it to your students' best advantage?

During this course Bev will focus on some facilities and little known aspects of the Accelerated Reader programme, showcase some exciting new books and suggest ways to use them both with AR and for more general reading promotion. She will also guide participants through the virtual world of reading promotion sites and resources to help your students and yourself navigate the e-world with ease.

17 May 2016

Great Library....but where are the Children?

SLA one day course for primary school staff, governors and volunteers with responsibility for the school library

Trainer: Susan Staniforth                                   Venue: Cheshire ELS, Winsford

Has your library got lively décor, funky furniture, brilliant books…but no children?  Are you stuck for ideas on how to enthuse the children about the school library?  Do staff and pupils know how to use the library and are they aware of the resources available?  This course is aimed at anyone wishing to promote their library and looking for ways to engage with pupils and teaching staff to encourage them to use it.  During the day delegates will be given straightforward, great ideas to organise and use in the library including looking at how the library supports the National Curriculum, Reading for Pleasure, library information skills to help children make better use of the resources, setting up and running a book club and planning special events.  They will leave with a wealth of ideas to put into practice and raise the profile of their school library.

24 – 25 June 2016

SLA Weekend Course 2016

The next SLA weekend course – Powerful Narratives: Engaging Through Stories – will be held in a two-day format on 24–25 June 2016 at Tortworth Court, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire.