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Help I'm in Charge of the Primary School Library!

Course Details:

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! 

Aims and objectives -

  • To gain an overview of all aspects of managing the school library
  • To consider the role of the library in the school
  • To learn about the processes and practical aspects of running a library
  • To share ideas for promoting and developing the library


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. During the day Delegates will have the opportunity to consider a range of resources to use in classroom collections as well as in the library.  They will leave with the confidence to move the library forward and ensure it is used to maximum effect within their schools.

Trainer: Susan Staniforth

Susan has worked with school and public libraries for 35 years, and during that time has built up a considerable wealth of knowledge and experience. She is a Chartered Librarian with a BA (Hons) in Librarianship specialising in school and childrens services. Susan was Manager of the School Library Service in Gloucestershire for 11 years prior to becoming a school library consultant. During that time, she spent much of her time supporting schools with their libraries and running training courses to support the staff responsible for running the libraries. Susan is a Board member and Treasurer of The School Library Association and is a judge for the National Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award. She has also been a judge for Booktrust’s School Library Pack.

Feedback from Course:

Although this is the first time Susan has run this course for the SLA, she has presented it for other training providers in the past.  Testimonials from those sessions include -

'I haven’t been that inspired for many years.'

'I found the course very informative and the trainer was very knowledgeable and helpful in answering everyone's questions.'

'It was useful to have a day to focus on just the library and discuss issues with others in similar situations.'

'Super help. Feel more positive about my library now.  Feel as though I have a starting point.'

Key Audience:

Primary school staff, governors and volunteers with responsibility for the school library

Venues and Dates:

  • 10 November 2016, 09:00-15:00: Education Library Service, Browning Way, Woodford Park Industrial Estate, Winsford, Cheshire CW7 2JN [Map]
    Special attendance fee applies for delegates who are non-members of the SLA but work in schools which subscribe to Cheshire Education Library Service.
  • 16 March 2017, 09:30-15:30: [Map]
  • 11 October 2017, 09:30-16:00: Heath Educational Books, Willow House, Willow Walk, off Whittaker Road, Sutton, Surrey SM3 9QQ [Map]
    Special attendance fee available for Heath Educational Books customers - £135 for first delegate, £80 for second place delegate (accompanying a full paying individual from the same school). An early booking discount of £15 will be applied to these prices for bookings received by 19 September 2017. Please apply via. Heath Educational Books or quote 'Heaths' in the 'How I Heard about this Course' section on the online booking form to qualify. Many thanks.Book Online
    Discount Deadline: 19 September 2017; Closing Date: 29 September 2017


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