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Happy Christmas from the SLA

SLA Christmas TreeThe SLA sends its members and supporters all best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

The SLA office will close for the season on Christmas Eve and open for the New Year on 5 January 2009.

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Index to SLA book reviews

abc-graphicAn online index to all the book reviews in The School Librarian for the last three years (Volumes 54, 55 and 56) is now available to logged-in SLA members as a fully searchable cumulative index on the SLA website.

Our thanks go to our loyal band of volunteer reviewers and to editor Chris Brown for his untiring work in coordinating over 650 book reviews each year.

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ICT reviews on the website

TSL logoThe full texts of all the reviews in the ict[at]sla section for Volume 56 of The School Librarian are now available to logged-in SLA members. All the websites mentioned in the reviews are included as clickable external links and the reviews are also viewable as "tag cloud" keywords.

Our thanks to all our reviewers and editors for their contributions to the ict[at]sla section.

Read the ict[at]sla reviews here.

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Free Books for Schools

Books for Schools logoThe Times and The Sunday Times are running their popular Books for Schools campaign again.  Schools registration is now open - do sign up now.  The tokens, which are exchanged for the books, will appear in the newspapers every day for 12 weeks from January 2009.

Registration and details are available at www.freebooksforschools.co.uk 

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Dr Saad Eskander, Director-General Iraq National Library and Archive

I have been privileged to attend the ceremony at the British Library tonight where Dr Eskander was presented with an Honorary Fellowship of CILIP. This was followed by a very moving and inspiring presentation by Dr Eskander about the state of the Library and Archive before and during the war in Iraq, and the wonderful transformation and refurbishment that is currently taking place in the Library - due in no small part to the generosity of the library community worldwide in providing equipment and expertise. You may be aware of the blog, hosted by the British Library website, that alerted the world to the library's plight, and also illustrated in graphic detail just how difficult protecting a nation's heritage can be.  To recap the diary visit  http://www.bl.uk/iraqdiary.html

Tricia Adams

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Teachers TV features an SLA member!

There will be two programmes on Teachers.tv that feature Fay Dowding - an SLA member and SLYA Honour list librarian from 2007.

The programmes will be looking at the contribution support staff make to schools. The first programme looks at Support Staff Professional Development and will be shown at 7am on 10th December 2008. The second programme will focus on the impact Support Staff have on Learning and will be broadcast at 7am on 11th December 2008.

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Campaign for the Book summer conference

Alan Gibbons' Campaign for the Book summer conference will be held on Saturday, 27th June 2009 at King Edward's School, Birmingham B15 2UA.  School librarian Jean Allen has secured the venue for the campaign at a nominal rate.

Alan Gibbons says "I am aware that the Conference is now scheduled only a week after the School Library Association's weekend event on June 19th to 21st. I am afraid there was no other date at which I could get a venue at reasonable cost. Some establishments were asking for between £2,000 and £7,000! I would urge anyone going to the SLA event to come along to Birmingham the week after too. Bodies like the SLA and the Campaign for the Book share a very similar vision. Consider it a busy two weeks to take a stand on behalf of libraries and reading for pleasure. The two events will complement each other."

One of the centrepieces of the conference will be a Question Time session on the future of libraries and reading. The following have already accepted an invitation to speak: Roy Clare, MLA chief executive, Lyn Brown MP, Labour, all Party Parliamentary Group on Libraries, Ed Vaizey MP, Conservative speaker on Culture. Alan is awaiting final confirmation from the Liberal Democrats and from leading authors who will join the debate.

Alan continues, "I believe it can become a focus for debate about the future of libraries and books, supporting all the other groups and individuals who share our love of reading."  For more information see http://alangibbons.net/

Tricia Adams

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