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SLA Voices

SLA Voices is a brand new series of publications from the School Library Association which spotlight the excellent work done by individual SLA members in their own libraries. The new series will introduce shorter works from a personal perspective, offering fresh and direct experiences and insights.

In addition to seeing how other library staff have moved their libraries on from being just 'a room full of books' to underpinning the learning and teaching in their school, this series of personal case studies will give you lots of ideas that you can adapt to your own situation.

SLA Voices lets the real voice of our members shine through, so they have minimal editing and the opinions contained in each publication are those of the featured writer and not necessarily those of the Association.

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Departmental Review of the Library: At The Weston Road Academy

Anita Baker·March 2014

ISBN 9781903446812 · Price: £7.50 (Members £5.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Voices · Level: Secondary

Encouraging your senior leadership team to review your library and its performance as part of the school's annual management cycle is an essential element of the library's performance work. Here librarian and homework officer Anita Baker at The Weston Road Academy in Stafford explains her planning and management of this process and incorporates lots of background information and supporting material that she used.

"My hard work has been valued and validated and as a result I have emerged even more focussed on a plan of continual improvement of my department."

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Teddington School Book Week

Rachel Bide·March 2014

ISBN 9781903446805 · Price: £7.50 (Members £5.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Voices · Level: Secondary

Teddington School holds a successful and high profile biennial book week. In 2012 the school worked with fifteen authors over the space of a week. Here librarian Rachel Bide, who masterminded the project, explains how she managed it all. The reasoning, planning and general organisation of the week are clearly explained. Ideas for the choice of authors, promotion and advertising, engaging with parents, timetabling and scheduling, finding suitable accommodation and book sales all receive a mention. If you're thinking of doing similar, even if on a smaller scale, do read this excellent account - many sample documents are also included to show it's done.

This book nicely complements the SLA's Guideline title Brilliant Books: Running a Successful School Library Book Event.

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Taking a Leading Role: HPQ Level 2 and the School Librarian

Barbara Band·November 2012

ISBN 9781903446713 · Price: £6.50 (Members £4.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Voices · Level: Secondary

Working within a curriculum context is key part of the work of all school librarians, especially when it involves project/research work with a real Information Skills focus and with a qualification at the end of it. Here Barbara Band has worked with approximately twenty of her Year 9 students to deliver the AQA HPQ Level 2 qualification (the Level 2 version of EPQ) – providing both the taught skills and supervising their personal studies. She takes us through the process from student selection to the final presentations, with reference to some of the challenges on the way and a list of realistic recommendations to readers who plan for similar involvement.

Showing Impact: Mapping and Tracking Students' Reading in the Secondary School Library

Adam Lancaster·June 2012

ISBN 9781903446676 · Price: £5.00 (Members £4.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Voices · Level: Secondary

Supporting reading is a vital job for all school libraries and here Adam Lancaster explains how he and his team identify new intake students with low reading ages and attitudes. He demonstrates the way in which they work with this key group to raise reading motivation and interest and shows the value of tracking the progress of particular students. By working in this way and by measuring the advances made, the library has become a key player in raising school improvement and senior leaders are impressed. It makes interesting reading.

This is a new title in our SLA Voices series of shorter works written from a personal perspective, offering fresh and direct experiences and insights.

Independent Learning Guides at Hurstpierpoint College (Print Edition)

Dominique Collins·June 2012

ISBN 9781903446690 · Price: £7.50 (Members £6.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Voices · Level: Secondary

The Holy Grail for many secondary school librarians is the concept of independent learning for their students. Here is a publication to help that quest. Created and shared with us by Dominique Collins, librarian at Hurstpierpoint College, this publication contains two excellent booklets, designed to be read and used by students, that provide really good information handling hints for the 14+ and Sixth Form exam classes. Attractively presented, they will provide superb models for others considering similar publications.

This is a title in our SLA Voices series of shorter works written from a personal perspective.

It is also available to purchase at a lower price in a PDF Download Edition.

Independent Learning Guides at Hurstpierpoint College (Download Edition)

Dominique Collins·March 2012

ISBN 9781903446652 · Price: £5.00 (Members £4.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Voices · Level: Secondary

The Holy Grail for many secondary school librarians is the concept of independent learning for their students. Here is a publication to help that quest. Created and shared with us by Dominique Collins, librarian at Hurstpierpoint College, this publication contains two excellent booklets, designed to be read and used by students, that provide really good information handling hints for the 14+ and Sixth Form exam classes. Attractively presented, they will provide superb models for others considering similar publications.

This is a title in our SLA Voices series of shorter works written from a personal perspective.

This purchase is for the PDF Download Edition - add it to your basket in the usual way and you will receive it via an email notification.

The book is also available in a separate Print Edition at a slightly higher price.

Awareness and Promotion of Information Literacy

Pat Cowley·September 2011

ISBN 9781903446614 · Price: £0.00 (Members £0.00)Download

Series: SLA Voices · Level: Secondary

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

Written by Pat Cowley, Librarian at St. Michael's College in Dublin, it covers her experience in organising a successful Library Week to promote information literacy.

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

Supporting Sixth Form Extended Projects

Brenda Baker·June 2011

ISBN 9781903446607 · Price: £5.00 (Members £4.00)Add to Basket

Series: SLA Voices · Level: Secondary

This is the first title of our 'SLA Voices', a completely new series of SLA publications which aims to spotlight the exceptional work done by SLA members in their own school libraries.

Brenda Baker has undertaken extensive work supporting extended project work in her school and lets us, in this publication, see where she has had an impact on how pupils undertake research for their projects and how they achieve in the final results.

"A successful project needs a whole school effort."