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Online Publications

21st Century School Libraries – Visionary Spaces for Learning

21st Century School Libraries

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21st Century School Libraries – Visionary Spaces for Learning is a recently published book chapter by SLA director Tricia Adams. It discusses how in the 21st century "the school library is not a luxury but a necessity;  the bedrock, the head and heart of all learning, offering a place of both relaxation and stimulation in the school, and in the wider community."

This is a downloadable PDF preprint available exclusively to SLA members.

The definitive version of this piece may be found in Carolynn Rankin and Avril Brock, editors, Library Services for Children and Young People: Challenges and opportunities in the digital age (2012) Facet Publishing.

The book is available to purchase at Facet Publishing:
 

Sporting Reads: 2012 and Beyond

Sporting Reads

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A concise collection of book reviews aiming to cover the essential, the inspiring, the informative and the entertaining within the literature of sport, geared towards the needs of the school library. Ideal for those stocking their libraries ready for Euro 2012 and the London Olympic Games.

A free download for SLA members.

Example of a Self Evaluation Document

Helen Burton, Independent Learning and Library Coordinator at Bishop Challoner Catholic College, has kindly allowed us to feature her 2012 SEF as an example of what a good library offers in support of learning and teaching.

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Awareness and Promotion of Information Literacy

Awareness and Promotion of Information LiteracyAwareness and Promotion of Information Literacy by Pat Cowley is the latest title in our SLA Voices series of shorter works written from a personal perspective.

It is available free exclusively to SLA members as a pdf download.

Going Digital: Weblinks Supplement

 

Going Digital Supp SmallGoing Digital: Weblinks Supplement is a special supplement containing a comprehensive set of additional useful links to complement our publication Going Digital: Developing ICT in the Primary School Library by Sarah Pavey.

This extra supplement is available exclusively to SLA members as a pdf download.

The full Guideline of Going Digital is available to purchase on our SLA Guidelines page.

Effective School Libraries

Effective School LibrariesA special offprint of the article "Effective School Libraries: Evidence of Impact on Student Achievement" by Lynn Barrett, from The School Librarian, Volume 58 Number 3 Autumn 2010.

The article presents research evidence on the effectiveness of school libraries and is a useful resource and advocacy tool for your library.

This special offprint is a free PDF download.

Rainforest High

Rainforest HighRainforest High is a unique downloadable resource for Year 6/7 library induction.

Written by Angela Dart and Robert Logan, librarians at Queen Elizabeth's Community College, Crediton, Devon, and wittily illustrated by Robert Logan, it offers an induction guide and lesson plan combined with a jungle-themed story for new pupils.

Rainforest High is distributed by the School Library Association under a Creative Commons licence and is available to logged-in SLA members as a PDF download.

We welcome your comments on this publication by email to feedback[at]sla.org.uk

Graphicology

A special offprint of the article "Graphicology" by Chris Brown from The School Librarian, Volume 57 Number 4 Winter 2009. It was written to help make the case for the value of graphic novels, addresses some of the concerns that librarians often have about introducing them, and offers guidance to those challenged to justify such expenditure. The offprint includes a roundup of web resources by Elspeth Scott.

This special offprint is a free PDF download.

Everyone's Reading

Everyones ReadingThis latest title in the School Library Association's Riveting Reads series has been specially commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), responsible for schools in England. It aims to provide information about titles which might attract and enthuse the whole range of pupils in secondary schools to read for pleasure, and is funded by the DCSF.

The booklist is available as an online database and also as a downloadable PDF version.

The SLA is delighted to be involved with this project and hopes that it will support school librarians in the good work they are already doing and in particular in their quest to ensure that Everyone's Reading.

Paperwork Made Easy Supplementary Materials

School Library Policies and Development Plans is a special supplement containing further examples of policies and development plans to support and complement our publication Paperwork Made Easy: Policy Making and Development Planning for the Secondary School Library. (Also includes sample Primary School policies.)

These supplementary documents are available exclusively to SLA members as a pdf download.

Paperwork Made Easy is available to purchase on our SLA Guidelines page.

Pupil Librarian Toolkit

Compiled by Eileen Armstrong
ISBN 9781903446485 · October 2008
Free for download by SLA Members

The SLA's Pupil Librarian Toolkit is a 52pp downloadable guide in PDF format, launched to celebrate International School Library Day 2008. It offers ideas on selecting and recruiting pupil librarians, organizing induction and developing a training programme. It includes a wide range of sample documents such as posters, letters, checksheets and certificates that you can use and adapt as you implement your pupil librarian programme. It is suitable for primary and secondary schools.

Book Ahead 0-7

Book Ahead 0-7Riveting Reads: Book Ahead 0-7
by Julia Eccleshare
ISBN 9781903446430 · June 2008
£0.00 (SLA Members £0.00)

Book Ahead is an initiative by the Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) in England, which aims to get enjoyable books into the hands of young children in Early Years settings to develop enjoyment in reading at an early stage, and also to strengthen the links between those settings and their local public and Schools Library Services.

It is based on a booklist commissioned from the School Library Association, written by Julia Eccleshare, with contributions from other library organisations, and published in the SLA's Riveting Reads series. The booklist is available free and each local authority in England was funded by the DCSF in 2008 to purchase books from the list to use with Early Years settings such as playgroups and nurseries in their area.

The full version of the booklist is available online, including search and index facilities, the introduction and the appendices. The whole booklist is also available to download as a PDF file. The booklist is supported by a dedicated microsite at http://www.bookahead.org.uk/.

Book Ahead was officially launched by Schools Minister Jim Knight in June 2008.

Boys into Books 5-11

Riveting Reads: Boys into Books 5-11Boys into Books 5-11
by Chris Brown
ISBN 9781903446454 · June 2008
£0.00 (SLA Members £0.00)

Boys into Books 5-11 was specially commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), responsible for schools in England, to support the reading needs of boys aged 5 to 11. The project allowed all local authorities in England to order a number of books from the list, free of charge, to be supplied by a library supplier of the authority's choice. Following the ordering period, the project was officially launched by Schools Minister Jim Knight in June 2008. The full publication is available as a downloadable PDF file:

Boys Into Books 5 to 11

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Boys into Books 11-14

Boys into Books 11-14Riveting Reads: Boys into Books 11-14
by Eileen Armstrong
ISBN 9781903446409 · 2007
£0.00 (SLA Members £0.00)

This latest title in our Riveting Reads series has been specially commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES), responsible for schools in England, to support the reading needs of boys in Key Stage 3. The Boys into Books project aims to provide information about titles which might attract and enthuse boys of 11-14 about reading for pleasure, and is funded by the DfES.

The booklist is available exclusively online here on the SLA website as a searchable database and also as a downloadable PDF version. Between mid May and mid September 2007, state schools in England having at least 20 boys of this age group were also able to order 20 titles from the list free of charge.

Riveting Reads 16-19 Part 1

Riveting Reads 16-19 Part 1by Eileen Armstrong
ISBN 9781903446362 · February 2007
Free to SLA Members

Here is the opportunity to catch up on a range of outstanding mainstream fiction suitable for 16+ students. With her usual flair and expertise, Eileen Armstrong has produced some superb annotations for challenging, exciting and thought-provoking reads.

This list, which is being released in two parts, is an essential reference tool for all school librarians serving the needs of 16+ students, and covers a whole range of fiction suitable for the 16-19 age group.

This is the first of several occasional publications to be produced for the SLA's website rather than in the well-known Riveting Reads booklet format. It is available (to SLA members only) for download in PDF format.

Riveting Reads 16-19 Part 1

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