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Weekend Course 'Early Bird' discount finishes on 30th April!

Places on the SLA weekend course are filling up fast this year so if you would like to join us on 24th and 25th June at Wyboston Lakes in Bedford for what promises to be an enjoyable 2 days packed with informative and useful sessions make sure you reserve your place as soon as possible. You can see the programme and the booking form at http://www.sla.org.uk/weekend-course.php

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Learning on the Thames only a Click Away

20 April 2011: A brand new online map – Click on Thames – that, for the first time, joins learning resources and establishments along the 212 mile River Thames from source to sea, has been unveiled by Lord Chris Smith, Chair of the Environment Agency.
The new Click on Thames map provides a unique, one stop shop, for anyone – including teachers and the public – to find about and then contact organisations on the Thames that provide opportunities to learn about and explore the river.  Over 100 organisations are listed, with more being added all the time.

The website is: http://www.visitthames.co.uk/learning

The Click on Thames map has a wide range of diverse organisations listed. Examples include London’s Tower Bridge, The WWT Wetland Centre in Barnes, The National Maritime Museum, The Chilterns Conservation Board, The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, The River & Rowing Museum in Henley on Thames and the British Geological Survey, to name a few. The Southend Museum is the organisation closest to the sea and the National Trust’s Buscot and Coleshill Estates is the organisation listed closest to the source of the river in Coates near Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

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SLA Website: Downtime for planned upgrade

The SLA website will be undergoing a major upgrade this Bank Holiday weekend and will be unavailable for a period of several hours while the upgrade is taking place. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.

A very basic home page at http://www.sla.org.uk/ will be used to inform visitors of the planned downtime, and our Twitter feed (http://www.twitter.com/uksla) will be updated with the latest information.

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Free Librarian TeachMeet in Newcastle on 4th May, from 1pm-4pm.

What's a TeachMeet?
Library TeachMeets are informal gatherings of librarians, designed to allow the sharing of teaching ideas.
TeachMeet is an informal, fun event. There's the chance to meet new people and to hear about and discuss new ideas in a relaxed setting, all over a drink and a bite to eat. Everyone is welcome: whatever sector, whatever job title.

How to take part
Booking is free and is now open for speakers and attendees - see the link below for Registration details.

What happens at TeachMeet?
Volunteers can give five or seven-minute micro-presentations and two-minute nano presentations about their teaching - a great way to share experiences or get advice on a current project. There will also be a chance for all attendees to join in discussions. Presentations can be about anything to do with the teaching you are doing.
The only rules we have is that presentations mustn't be trying to sell us anything, and that they must stick to the time slot!

The event is FREE but you do need to book a place, whether as speaker or enthusiastic attendee, please go to:
Newcastle TeachMeet http://toonlibtm.wordpress.com/ 
If you have any questions regarding the event please contact Helen Blanchett helen.blanchett@newcastle.ac.uk or Kirsty Thomson mailto:Thomsonkirsty.thomson@uws.ac.uk).

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