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January blues

Winter Trees (2)January is often thought of as a depressing month – awful weather, short days and long nights.  An anti-climax after the fun and celebrations of Christmas and the winter festivals; it’s hard to get out of bed, it’s tough getting to work on icy roads.  Trying to be a glass half full type of person (rather than half empty) I thought I’d share with you some of the more positive things we have noticed here at SLA.

There’s a lot of excitement building around the new Pupil Library Assistant Award.  This new joint venture with CILIP SLG has attracted nearly 60 nominations and has a hugely strong shortlist of students committed to their libraries.  The support from publishers and especially from Charlie Higson (for the event) and Chris Riddell (designing a logo) is especially heartening.  Watch out for winners announcements on March 12th!

LibraryOpening2015 91 1024x681I had the pleasure to attend the opening of a new school library – at the Hemel Hempstead School – earlier this month.  It is such a pleasure to meet a whole school – Head, governors and students – who see the value of their library, and are willing to invest in a new room, furniture etc. for the future.   Congratulations especially to Ellen Krajewski for all her hard work!  The library was officially opened by Anthony Horowitz, who was inspiring the students both to read and write whilst in the school. 

The situation for libraries, both public and school, does seem depressing – we hear more about the negatives than the positives.  But, there is a wonderful groundswell of very public support from several sectors – today I noticed two blogs (and there are regularly others) that are both passionate about the necessity of school libraries and librarians – Barbara Band and Nicola Morgan – well worth a read!  With the election coming up the CILIP Election Watch site is worth keeping an eye on – and they are planning a doorstep card for everyone to use so that libraries (public and schools) all feature in our (the voters) interactions with our candidates.  Keep one by your door!!  Also watch out for the very positive advocacy messages that are coming from the Save Scotland’s School Libraries – born of necessity but galvanising more action and support generally.

From our own office viewpoint – we are busy supporting, training and communicating with all of you – our members.  Don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’re here to help.

Tricia Adams

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