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Guidelines and Case Studies

A series of publications which give practical help to all those responsible for running a school library and build up into a useful reference resource. Most conclude with a case study, a further reading list, and other useful sources of information.

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Mobile Technology and the School Library

Sarah Pavey·June 2014

ISBN 9781903446829 · Price: £15.00 (Members £11.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines Plus · Level: Secondary

In this comprehensive study Sarah Pavey has outlined the important role of mobile technology and learning for the forward looking school library. Its recent growth, the financial implications and Health & Safety issues are explained, then too Reading for Pleasure and possible choice of e-readers, Information Literacy and the importance of mobile technology as a teaching and learning tool and the role of apps. The references are excellent too. This is an important read for all school library staff who want their library and its practices to be at the forefront of the digital learning revolution.

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Everything in its Place: Managing Electronic and Physical Resources in the School Library

Kathy Lemaire and Sally Duncan·March 2014

ISBN 9781903446799 · Price: £10.00 (Members £7.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines · Level: Primary and Secondary

Efficient stock management is essential for an effective school library. This key Guideline, relevant to both primary and secondary school library staff, examines the practical aspects of running a library. It includes stock editing, book selection, funding and purchase, shelving and security. This newly revised publication covers the management of e-resources as well as physical resources.

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Creating Readers: A Reflective Guide for School Librarians and Teachers

Prue Goodwin·October 2013

ISBN 9781903446782 · Price: £13.50 (Members £9.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines · Level: Primary and Secondary

This new publication from renowned reading expert, Prue Goodwin, examines many facets of teaching reading. It does not go into detail about the curriculum but reflects on more general topics with the intention of helping librarians and teachers:
• consider the process of becoming a reader
• revisit aspects of literacy teaching
• challenge and question assumptions about teaching reading
• initiate discussion amongst colleagues.
The book has a direct relevance to all staff working in primary schools but is also invaluable to any working in a secondary school who are involved in work with transition or are struggling to help pupils gain the skills they need to access the secondary curriculum and become readers. It will give all staff an understanding of the processes involved in becoming a reader and give confidence to library staff to enable them to become more involved in literacy initiatives.

Note: before publication this book was advertised under the name
Ready for Reading: Supporting the Development of Reading through the School Library.

Keeping It Legal: Copyright Guidance for School Library Staff

Graham P. Cornish·July 2013

ISBN 9781903446751 · Price: £10.00 (Members £7.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines · Level: Primary and Secondary

Who provides copyright advice and information in your school? Probably you! All school library staff need a clear working knowledge of copyright issues as they support students and adults with using resources for research and information handling in its widest context. In this new update on the subject of copyright, expert Graham Cornish clearly explains aspects of the subject such as the meaning of copyright, using material, fair dealing, educational copying, lending and licences and also provides some useful references and websites. This is a revised edition of a key text to help make life easier for anyone working in a school library.

From Audiobooks to E-books: Alternative Formats to Engage Non-readers

Eileen Armstrong and Sally Duncan·April 2013

ISBN 9781903446737 · Price: £9.00 (Members £6.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines · Level: Primary and Secondary

An increasing number of young people simply do not enjoy reading traditional print. Alternative formats open a door to a rich, vital and energising world that most of us take for granted. They are also, increasingly, a new and exciting way to bring story to a generation of digital natives – a tool librarians can use to create readers. This guideline is intended to introduce the librarian in both primary and secondary schools to some of those alternative formats, where they can be sourced and how to use them effectively. Some case studies complete this title and show how librarians have used alternative formats in innovative ways in their own schools.

A Time and a Place: Local Studies and the School Library

Steve Hird·February 2013

ISBN 9781903446720 · Price: £7.50 (Members £6.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines · Level: Primary and Secondary

All school librarians are regularly asked to identify and locate information or resources about their local area or local environment. Here is a new guideline to support that essential area of work. The text covers important aspects such as the range of useful materials to include, ways to manage them, other sources of support and strategies to promote the collection. It also includes five very useful and varied case studies that show local studies work at its best and offer ideas to make the best use of your local School Library Service.

Effective Partnerships: Creating and Managing Dual Use Libraries for Schools and Communities

Judith Palka, Sue Bowtell and Mike Brook·November 2012

ISBN 9781903446706 · Price: £9.00 (Members £6.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines · Level: Primary and Secondary

Dual use school and community libraries can be a cost effective solution in times of financial restraint. Here is a clear and concise guideline put together by experienced librarians with insight and expertise who themselves have provided effective partnerships for their schools and communities and draw on the results of their nationwide survey of these libraries. Covering the essential areas of management, access, safeguarding, staffing, budgets, accommodation, resources and activities and including two interesting and detailed case studies, this publication will be useful reading for anyone running or considering establishing a library service for both a school and a community.

Careful With Cash: Managing the Secondary School Library Budget

Geoff Dubber and Sally Dring·September 2012

ISBN 9781903446683 · Price: £7.50 (Members £6.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines · Level: Secondary

Are you fuming over your finance, boasting about your budgets or simply very careful with cash? Here is a key guideline on this essential topic for every school librarian. Managing your money at this time of recession is an essential skill. Bankers beware! Full of good ideas, updated figures from schools around the UK and some very useful case studies written by school librarians on the front line, this Guideline will help you to make every penny count.

Twitterspace and Facecloud: Web 2.0 and Beyond for School Librarians

Marianne Bradnock·May 2012

ISBN 9781903446669 · Price: £12.00 (Members £9.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Case Studies · Level: Secondary

Explore the Web 2.0 jungle and bring your school library into the 21st century!

Virtual author visits, storytelling with technology, using QR codes, Noodletools and Voicethread, developing your own professional knowledge and a PLN through social media – technology is rapidly changing the way we think about and work in school libraries.

Here is an eclectic selection of exciting and accessible case studies by UK school librarians and consultants who are successfully experimenting with some of the new technologies and freeware. Read, enjoy and try some of their ideas yourself.

Plans, Practices and Policies: Information Literacy and the Secondary School Library

Geoff Dubber·April 2012

ISBN 9781903446621 · Price: £12.00 (Members £9.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines Plus · Level: Secondary

Information literacy (I.L.) is most effective when library staff and teachers work together within a progressive curriculum context. This new guideline, completely revised and rewritten in the light of recent developments and government initiatives, takes an in-depth look at this essential area of work and collaboration. It provides clear guidance, strategies and a common sense approach to getting to grips with the curriculum, working with school colleagues and delivering these important skills to students. It also outlines the excellent I.L. work of two experienced school library practitioners. 

Going Digital: Developing ICT in the Primary School Library

Sarah Pavey·July 2011

ISBN 9781903446584 · Price: £7.50 (Members £6.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines · Level: Primary

ICT is a vital element in any effective primary school library and this new Guideline takes an in-depth look at its various roles - from support for curriculum delivery to its use in library management and for reader development and promotion of the library itself. Sarah also covers important aspects such as using ICT for professional development, an aspect sometimes forgotten in the primary school library, and also Health and Safety issues.

Going Digital is a comprehensive guideline and a must-read for anyone who is keen to develop a meaningful digital presence in their library.

A list of the websites mentioned in this publication plus a comprehensive set of additional useful links is available in the online supplement to this publication, free to SLA members:
Going Digital: Weblinks Supplement.

Quality and Impact: Evaluating the Performance of your School Library

Elspeth Scott, Sally Duncan and Geoff Dubber·June 2011

ISBN 9781903446591 · Price: £7.50 (Members £6.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines · Level: Primary and Secondary

Measuring the success of the primary or secondary school library is a real opportunity to judge how it is doing and to devise practical strategies to bring about further improvements.

This Guideline shows ways to gather evidence on performance and how to measure quality as well as quantity. It has been completely updated from the 2001 edition.

'The more effectively you can prove the library's contribution to learning, the more the school is likely to value the library and what it has to offer.'

Check it Out: Issue Systems for the Primary School Library

Tricia Adams and Kathy Lemaire·March 2011

ISBN 9781903446560 · Price: £6.00 (Members £5.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines Mini · Level: Primary

All primary school libraries, no matter their size, need an efficient issue system so books can be confidently and accurately borrowed and returned by all users. It is useful too if this system can also list all the resources in the library.

This best selling SLA Mini Guideline has now been fully updated to include more detailed information about increasingly popular computerised issue systems, but it also outlines essential details about alternative traditional manual systems too. Essential reading for everyone who runs a primary school library.

Credit Where It's Due: The School Library Preventing Plagiarism

John Royce·January 2011

ISBN 9781903446577 · Price: £7.50 (Members £6.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines · Level: Secondary

Limited understanding of the issues concerned, too much reliance on the tried and tested "cut and paste", failure to cite sources, an increasing work load and tight deadlines can all lead students to fail to pay due regard to the pitfalls of plagiarism. This important guideline will take you through the issues, giving you confidence in recognising the problem and suggesting strategies for promoting academic honesty. It also contains information about cheat sites and essay banks and includes two excellent case studies by school library staff who are making a difference.

Making a Start with your Primary School Library

Sally Duncan·October 2010

ISBN 9781903446553 · Price: £7.50 (Members £6.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines · Level: Primary

This new guideline is intended for everyone who is starting out on the exciting task of running a primary school library. Where do you start on this new venture? This publication will help you. It includes lots of very practical advice, provides some really useful checklists for you to use as you think about your physical library, the bookstock and key aspects  of library management, the three crucial areas to consider first of all.

With lots of common sense advice and straightforward planning tips, it will help to launch you into making a real success of what is one of the most important jobs in any primary school.

Making a Start with your Primary School Library is also available in Amazon Kindle format. Follow these links to sample or purchase the Kindle edition of Making a Start with your Primary School Library.

SLA Survival Guide: Making it Through Your First Few Years as a School Librarian

Anne-Marie Tarter and Geoff Dubber·June 2010

ISBN 9781903446546 · Price: £12.00 (Members £9.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Case Studies · Level: Primary and Secondary

The role of school librarian is one of the most exciting, challenging, rewarding and important posts in any school. This excellent addition to our Case Studies series outlines the combined wisdom of one senior SLA officer cum School Library Service manager and ten highly skilled and determined school librarians who have all featured in SLA School Librarian of the Year awards. All have wide experience of different areas of teaching and learning and working in school libraries of various sorts and sizes.

All the major aspects of running a library are considered - enjoy it and be inspired by their particular stories and advice.

SLA Survival Guide

Making Ends Meet: Planning and Managing the Primary School Library Budget

Karen Horsfield·March 2010

ISBN 9781903446539 · Price: £7.50 (Members £6.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines · Level: Primary

An important aspect of the work of all primary school library coordinators is to carefully manage the library budget. Knowing the amount of cash that you require to be effective and what you might do with it, making your case and having a carefully planned out annual budget cycle is crucial to library success. This new guideline takes you through the important thought processes and gives information on what others receive. It provides planning templates, clear advice on budget preparation and suggests ways in which to manage what you are given. It also includes two useful case studies to help you.

Logged-in SLA members can download the School Library Budget Planner, a basic blank library budget spreadsheet designed to be easy for those inexperienced with spreadsheets.

Cool, Calm and Collected: Managing Behaviour in the Secondary School Library

Claire Larson and Geoff Dubber·March 2009

ISBN 9781903446492 · Price: £12.00 (Members £9.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines Plus · Level: Secondary

Working effectively with young people and adults in a busy secondary school library is an essential part of the work of all the staff. The earlier edition of this popular Guideline had been out of print for three years, but the book has now been fully updated and revised in the light of 'Every Child Matters'.

With a range of new case studies written by established and well known school librarians who share their own experiences, it will look at the issues surrounding behaviour management - style and image, body language, use of whole school policies and of course it suggests strategies to use with groups and individuals. It also includes a section on working with adults in the school library context - not always the easiest of users.

A sample extract from Section Three: General Strategies is available as a PDF download (134 KB).

Crossing the Divide: Induction and Transition in the Secondary School LRC (4th Edition 2009)

Geoff Dubber·2009

ISBN 9781903446522 · Price: £12.00 (Members £9.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines Plus · Level: Secondary

This popular Guideline Plus is now republished in a fully updated and expanded edition incorporating the latest government thinking across the UK about induction at age 11+ in general and how these thoughts can be applied to school library work.

It also includes transition ideas for the 14+ students about to start exam courses, induction for 6th Formers and the often neglected area of adults new to the school too. Reference is also made to creating induction links between schools and higher education.

Some new case studies complete this essential title on developing positive attitudes in newcomers and a focused working environment throughout the secondary school.

Start With the Youngest: The Library for Nursery and Infant Children

Dawn Woods·2009

ISBN 9781903446515 · Price: £6.00 (Members £5.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines Mini · Level: Primary

Start With the Youngest is a long awaited brand new title in the Guidelines series, written by an experienced schools' library service manager. It is vitally important to introduce and familiarise our youngest children in nurseries and infant schools to the world of books, reading and libraries. This Guideline gives practical advice on how to set up and run a library for the youngest children.

Full of practical ideas, it discusses possible locations, furnishings, policies, use and much more.

This new Guideline also includes two case studies - one with a reader development focus and the other outlining some work carried out with a top infant class who were using the library for topic research.

Paperwork Made Easy: Policy Making and Development Planning for the Secondary School Library

Lynn Winkworth and Geoff Dubber·July 2008

ISBN 9781903446478 · Price: £12.00 (Members £9.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines Plus · Level: Secondary

Putting together and then regularly updating a policy and a development plan is part of the essential work of everyone who runs an effective secondary school library. This updated and revised Guideline Plus gives you all the basics you need to do both jobs. It takes you carefully through the steps needed to produce a realistic and comprehensive policy and again gives you the route to produce a credible and meaningful development plan. The core text of the previous edition has been updated and the authors have included a range of new policies, new opening statements to policies and new development plans.

Further examples of policies and development plans are available exclusively to SLA members on the related page of the SLA's website: http://www.sla.org.uk/paperwork/

A Primary School Information Skills Toolkit

Geoff Dubber·April 2008

ISBN 9781903446447 · Price: £12.00 (Members £9.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines Extra · Level: Primary

Many primary school teachers and library staff are keen to develop information literacy skills in a real curriculum context. Here is just the toolkit to help, developed as a companion volume to the SLA's Guideline Cultivating Curiosity: Information Literacy Skills and the Primary School Library. Stuffed with lots of wide ranging practical strategies and pupil-based activities and templates, this pack is freely photocopiable by the purchasing school. As well as an easy to use commentary, you will find ideas to develop and practise all the key target information literacy research skills: planning, locating and gathering, selecting and appraising, organising and recording, communicating and evaluating.

Cultivating Curiosity: Information Literacy Skills and the Primary School Library

Geoff Dubber·January 2008

ISBN 9781903446423 · Price: £7.50 (Members £6.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines · Level: Primary

Cultivating curiosity in children in primary schools is one of the most important things that we can do for them. Developing an enthusiasm for learning is at the very heart of human development and a central reason for teaching information literacy, and is a crucial focus for school library work. This updated and revised Guideline, taking account of the 2007 Government literacy teaching objectives, explains the importance of embedding information literacy into a whole school, ICT and curriculum context. It outlines and explains the processes of research for young children and shows ways that teachers and librarians can develop and promote information literacy and related ICT skills through the primary school library and link it to classroom practice. It also includes a very useful and practical case study, some templates and a reading list.

Ideas and Designs: Creating the Environment for the Primary School Library

Michael Dewe·October 2007

ISBN 9781903446393 · Price: £7.50 (Members £6.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines · Level: Primary

We need flexible and stimulating spaces for exciting learning and never more so than with a new build or refurbished school library. Written by Mike Dewe, an authority on library design, this new Guideline takes us easily through the thinking and design process, offering clear advice at all stages and making reference to primary school libraries that he has recently visited.
With a list of useful publications and websites, it also provides two very useful and relevant case studies of schools planning and building new libraries.

Visionary Spaces: Designing and Planning a Secondary School Library

Geoff Dubber and Kathy Lemaire·June 2007

ISBN 9781903446386 · Price: £12.00 (Members £9.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines · Level: Secondary

Since the spring of 2003 and for the next dozen or so years, secondary schools will be transformed as our national vision for education for the early 21st century is translated into innovative, exciting and flexible learning spaces and practices. As part of this fundamental rethink about schools, their design and buildings, and the way education, its management and learning may be delivered now and in coming decades, the library needs to take centre stage in the school's thinking. It must be integral to the earliest stage of planning and design.
We hope that this updated Guideline will provide inspiration and information to school librarians, indeed everyone in and beyond school, who is considering or directly involved with a new build or refurbished library development programme.

Blogs and Bytes: ICT and the Secondary School Library

Marianne Bradnock·June 2007

ISBN 9781903446416 · Price: £12.00 (Members £9.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines Plus · Level: Secondary

ICT is assuming an increasingly important role in the work of the school librarian, totally changing our working lives in the last decade. It is essential then that the place of the library in a school's ICT strategy is well defined and that the librarian has the vision and knowledge to maintain a high profile in this rapidly developing area of work. This comprehensive new guideline provides detailed information and inspiration to practitioners new and experienced, covering issues such as supporting professional practice, using ICT to find information, supporting learners, ICT for reader development, Healthy & Safety issues and ICT and the law.

Blogs and Bytes

Practical Paperwork: Policy Making and Development Planning for the Primary School Library

Kay Harrison and Tricia Adams·February 2007

ISBN 9781903446379 · Price: £7.50 (Members £6.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines · Level: Primary

The creation, implementation and regular updating of a library policy and development plan allows a school to maximise the impact of its library and learning resource provision, and is an essential task for anyone concerned to develop the library as a whole-school resource and focus for learning.

This revised and updated Guideline considers Accommodation, Learning Resources, Management and Staffing, and Library and Curriculum Support, and sets out "Ten Steps to Success". Three appendices give sample library policies from three primary schools, and there are four sample development plans.

Achieving a successful school library is a bit like gardening: "little and often, with regular input to obtain healthy growth and year-round interest". This Guideline, like the first edition, features "gardening tips", as well as "targets for best practice" and some useful recent OFSTED guidance.

Sixth Sense: The Sixth Form and the LRC

various authors; ed. Geoff Dubber·April 2006

ISBN 9781903446331 · Price: £12.00 (Members £9.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines · Level: Secondary

The LRC, its services and staff should be an integral part of the life of all 16 to 18-year-old students. This first publication in an exciting new 'case studies' series focuses on exactly this issue. Practising librarians from around the UK and further afield show the very wide range of ways in which the LRC can impact on the lives of our 16+ students. Case studies look at work with information literacy, use of online resources, working with specific departments and establishing a successful reading group. Another librarian writes about her work with the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme, yet another looks at using the LRC for sixth form private study, and two more write about involving sixth formers in working for the LRC as opposed to working in it.

Brilliant Books!: Running a Successful School Library Book Event

Geoff Dubber and Elspeth Scott·April 2005

ISBN 9781903446287 · Price: £8.50 (Members £7.50)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines Plus · Level: Primary and Secondary

Book events feature in the annual calendar of many primary and secondary schools and can be important highlights in the year for the children, the school library and the school itself. Organising and managing a successful event is always stimulating, but is also time consuming and often challenging. This valuable publication looks at a range of the key issues involved, including funding, planning and publicity, and finding authors and other guests; and it stresses the importance of feedback and reflection. There are case studies from primary and secondary schools throughout the British Isles, and four appendices including a Book Event Checklist, a Book Event Budget Sheet, and a list of useful addresses with websites.

Fully Booked!: Reader Development and the Secondary School LRC

Eileen Armstrong·May 2004

ISBN 9781903446249 · Price: £8.50 (Members £7.50)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines Plus · Level: Secondary

‘Reader development is about making connections between readers, opening up new reading horizons, taking reading off the page, out of the library and into the lives of readers. It is a new buzzword for an old idea — enthusing people about reading and opening up opportunities to talk about what they read.’ So writes author Eileen Armstrong. This super-sized Guideline provides a wealth of ideas for school librarians wishing to take books and reading out into the school. Eileen outlines the curriculum context and then cleverly relates the concept of reader development to a ‘reading restaurant’. There are a number of invaluable appendices including Library Make Over Ideas, Raising the Profile of Reading, Reading Group Activities and Trigger Questions for Book Talking, and a Reading Year. As a real bonus it also includes a foreword and a poignant original short story by Michael Morpurgo, Children’s Laureate.

Open All Hours: Out of Hours Learning and the Secondary School LRC

Fiona Devoy·May 2004

ISBN 9781903446232 · Price: £6.00 (Members £5.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Guidelines · Level: Secondary

In recent years the field of out of hours learning activities has expanded rapidly to embrace a wide range of exciting and challenging learning experiences going far beyond traditional homework and study clubs. This Guideline aims to put the range of possibilities into perspective for the school librarian and highlight the potential role of Library Resource Centre staff in this kaleidoscope of activities. Some of the theory behind the out of hours movement is explained and there are practical pointers for school library involvement. Added value, not added burden, is the ideal, and this Guideline highlights ways for the school librarian to have access to new resources, new ways of working and greater professional and personal satisfaction.