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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.

Older blog posts are still available, though archived, on the website, but please check the date at the top of the post to make sure the offer or information is likely to be valid.

E-mail problems fixed at SLA HQ

Unfortunately we have had an interruption to our e-mail system here at SLA HQ. We are now receiving e-mails normally again, but if you think we may have missed your e-mail, do try again or contact us by phone or fax at the SLA office. Apologies for any problems!

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School Library Budget Planner

spreadsheetOur recent publication - Making Ends Meet: Planning and Managing the Primary School Library Budget - now has an extra feature to go with it.

Our School Library Budget Planner is a basic blank library budget spreadsheet designed to be easy to use for those inexperienced with spreadsheets.

It is supplied in Excel format (but is compatible with software from other vendors) and is available to download exclusively to logged-in SLA members.

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Your School Library

This innovative online learning programme has just announced a new course entitled Reading 2010.  Topics to be covered include - Reading research, Boys and books, Success stories: Integrating fiction across the curriculum, Promoting reading through graphic novels, Using author visits to promote reading, Comprehension competitions, special reading contests, literature festivals, Reading to advance social justice, Bibliotherapy: New trends, Reading and digital libraries for children, Writing for children.  To find out more visit the Your School Library website.

The course will run from 25 May to 10 June 2010 and uses Sosius, the online collaboration platform.  Dr Stephen Krashen (University of Southern California) is the keynote speaker announced to date.

Offer for SLA members - if a minimum of 20 current SLA members opts to follow the course then YSL will offer a 25% discount on the fee.  If you are interested in this offer please email info[at]sla.org.uk to gauge take up.

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Booking extension for SLA course

logoGreat news for those planning to book for the SLA Weekend Course - the early bird discount booking period has been extended to Friday 7 May due to popular demand.

This year's course - The Magic Threshold: Step Into New Worlds - again offers an exciting mix of training workshops and seminars, keynote lectures and visits by leading authors including the Children's Laureate.

The course runs from 25-27 June 2010 at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham. Do have a look at the full programme and get your booking in soon. Please contact us at the SLA if you need any further advice or information.

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Overseas Opportunity

Voluntary Service Overseas are working with the Lubuto Library Project in Zambia which provides educational opportunities for street children, orphans and other vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS.  They are looking for a librarian who may be interested in an opportunity to work with them.  For further details contact Hannah Gilman, International Recruitment Officer, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). Tel: +44 (0)20 8780 7665 or email hannah.gilman[at]vso.org.uk

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SLA Submission to School Library Commission

The SLA was pleased to send a written submission to the School Library Commission which has been facilitated by the MLA and NLT, as well as taking part in a recent round table event with colleagues from SLG, UKLA, ASCEL, and Booktrust. The text of the submission is available in the Position Statements section of the SLA website. The Commission is due to report in June.

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Are you ready for the World Cup kick-off on June 11th?

National Literacy Trust has produced a super new toolkit on how to use the World Cup to inspire readers.  Author and reading specialist Tom Palmer has produced a full and easy to use guide on what to do and how to do it - check it out!

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An Irish Interlude

It seems strange to be back in the office after a very busy fortnight!  The calm and quiet of Wanborough is a welcome change after a fortnight on the road with SLA! 

Recent visits to Belfast and Dublin to meet SLANI and SLARI members were very successful - it is always a delight to meet members face to face and talk about the issues affecting school libraries wherever they are - and I was made very welcome in both places - thank you!  In Belfast I had the pleasure of attending the Northern Ireland Drewett Book Award and hearing many school students talking enthusiastically about their favourite books or acting out scenes from them - a lovely afternoon to be a part of.

Whilst in Dublin I also took the opportunity to meet with Children's Books Ireland - who had just announced the shortlist for the Bisto Book of the Year Awards - and the shadowing scheme that goes alongside it.  I also had chance to see the programme for the CBI Conference in May - check out the website for more details.

From Dublin I then went on to the LILAC conference in Limerick organised by the CSG Information Literacy Group - a really useful and successful conference - watch out on their website for all the presentations.

Tricia Adams

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New SLA publication: Making Ends Meet

Making Ends MeetMaking Ends Meet: Planning and Managing the Primary School Library Budget is a brand new title in our 'Guidelines' series.

Covering a key aspect of library management, it takes you through the processes of budget preparation, helps you make your case for funding and guides you in managing your budget through the year. Information on what others receive, planning templates and case studies are also included.

A vital publication for the busy librarian in a primary school!

Full details and online ordering are available on the SLA Guidelines page.

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