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The 2016 Softlink School Library Survey was conducted in September and October last year. The school library survey examines key trends and issues impacting school libraries, and helps to advocate the role of school libraries and library staff to education decision makers.  The full report* is now available for download here. (*The 2016 school library survey was conducted between 6 Sep 2016 and 17 Oct 2016 with participant summaries released 17 Nov 2016).  The survey will be conducted again in 2017.

This July, teachers will have the chance to step out of the classroom setting and into the technology industry with the IBM Computing Summer School, which will take place 3-5 July 2017, at IBM Southbank. The three day course, which will be delivered by IBM professionals, alongside staff from the award winning London Connected Learning Centres, is aimed at teachers with a responsibility for computing in schools.  To find out more about the IBM Computing Summer School, or reserve your space, contact Kim Morrison, kmorrison[at]londonclc.org.uk or call 0207 720 7514. The course requires a small £25 commitment fee to secure your place.

Inspired by a program that the Caledon Public Library in Canada did a few years back - a possible holiday programme?  A librarian asks if anyone is interested - "My teen program is for students in grades 6-12, so I have teens as young as age 11 through age 18.  I work at a medium sized-library in Rhode Island/USA. I would hope to have about 20 participants but I’m not sure exactly how popular the program will be. But it would be a great fit for our summer theme “Build a Better World.” I am hoping for a relatively simple endeavor, where youth at each of our libraries write a postcard to an anonymous teen outside their country, and we coordinate between us how many postcards to send to make sure each participant gets one.  The program is coming up soon – it runs June 26 – August 31 2017.  If any libraries are interested, please contact me at liz[at]cumberlandlibrary.org and we can discuss more details".

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