Whatever the political future holds, the UK is a culturally diverse country. Although some schools will feel the effect of this more directly than others, every school needs to reflect it, wherever its location – and its library has a critical role.
This course looks at the recent pattern of population change, and examines the implications for resources; the library environment; promoting reading; and information literacy. It looks at the role of books in challenging perceptions, and also at the growing need for resources for English language teaching. It shows how to ensure your library welcomes all students, and looks at the case for specific activities to attract those from ethnic minorities. Finally, it looks briefly at information literacy: at successful practice in diverse schools, and at considerations for new language learners.
The course is aimed at teachers, librarians and support staff in both primary and secondary schools, and is a great opportunity for everyone to share knowledge. Schools in very diverse communities can pass on best practice to schools that may be more directly affected in future.
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Alec Williams works as a trainer, speaker, writer and storyteller. An enthusiast for children’s reading, his experience managing UK library services has given him an extensive knowledge of children’s books, and the power of stories. Alec has written articles, spoken at conferences, and appeared on radio and TV in the UK. He gives talks on children’s reading, and trains teachers, parents, and librarians, both in the UK and around the world. His frequent visits to UK schools, combined with his courses in over 30 countries, give him a unique perspective on diversity.
Alec is a former Chair of the SLA. He previously ran the SLA course ‘A Reading Culture for Every Culture’, which looked at multicultural reading in today’s environment. With much down-to-earth practical advice that will help every librarian and teacher, his training courses are rich in humour, anecdotes, extracts and examples.
primary and secondary school library staff
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