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The SLA blog contains news about the SLA and topical information of general interest to our members. The blog has been running since 2004. An RSS 2.0 feed and information about how to subscribe to the blog are available.

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Glyndwr University Wrexham to launch degree in librarianship

Glyndwr University in Wrexham is to offer a new Foundation Degree in Library and Information Practice thanks to a new partnership between experts in computing and librarianship.

The first intake for the new Foundation Degree will start at the university this Autumn.

The course has been approved by Cilip (the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) and will equip students with essential technical skills such as database management, research techniques and online search techniques through four one-week residential sessions and online teaching through blogs, interactive learning suites and social networking.

For further details, contact Paul Jeorrett by emailing p.jeorrett[at]

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Weekend Course Report from Guildford

Guildford logoA full report on the SLA's successful Weekend Training Course at Guildford is now online

A number of Powerpoint presentations and supporting materials are available to enable delegates to review their sessions and for other members to catch up on subjects they missed.

We hope to see you at next year's course - The Magic Threshold: Step Into New Worlds will be held at East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, from 25 to 27 June 2010.

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Act on CO2

The Department for Energy and Climate Change has launched a new website which looks at the world situation in relation to the scheduled meeting in Copenhagen later this year to work out a new agreement on climate change.  The website includes lots of information and resources that may be useful to schools, as well as linking to the carbon footprint calculator.

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Web tools for librarians

I have just discovered two wikis that are built for school librarians by school librarians and contain lots of really useful links to resources - mainly free to use - that you might find useful for next years planning, lessons and inductions.  Do check them out.  Thanks to European colleagues for bring them to my attention.

Cool Tools for Schools                 Web Tools 4 u 2 Use

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Essex school wins KLQ world final

KLQ 2009 winnersCongratulations to the quiz team from Bancroft's School in Woodford Green who won the 2009 World Final of the Kids' Lit Quiz, held in South Africa.

For full results and more information about the Quiz, see the KLQ website.

Team member Kevin Gallagher reports: "Just a quick note to tell you the team won the Quiz final by one point today in a thrilling climax to ten rounds of questions. They battled with the New Zealand team all through, and came from behind with a late run. It was neck and neck going in to the last question which we answered to push us over the line. All very excited. Great location for the event: the foyer of the innovative Constitutional Court building in Jo'burg. Before the final we were addressed by the inspirational  Judge Albie Sachs, former civil rights activist and friend of all the political movers and shakers here. We're staying in St John's College in a suburb of Jo'burg."

The first stages of the 2010 KLQ competition begin in the autumn, with the UK national final to be held on 27 November 2009 in Oxford.

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The Children’s Bookshow 09

Picture books and poetry  - Children's Writers on Tour
25 September - 25 November

The Children's Bookshow brings the best writers and illustrators from the UK and abroad to 10 theatre venues around the country. This year writers will include our 2007-2008 Children's Laureate Michael Rosen, the brilliant writer and illustrator Grégoire Solotareff who joins us from France, and the wonderful writer and flautist Guo Yue, born in Beijing, who's written Little Leap Forward with his wife Clare Farrow.  Malachy Doyle, Alexis Deacon, Jessica Souhami and storyteller Daniel Morden complete the glittering line-up.

There will be brilliant performances in  theatres throughout the UK  - including the Purcell Room at QEH and taking in Bexhill, London, Oxford, Manchester, Bristol, Liverpool, Newcastle and Ilkley.

For full details about the authors, shows and venues see the website

For further information, images or photos contact Nicky Potter on 020 8 889 9735 or nicpot[at]

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