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Winners of 2013 Information Book Award announced

The winners of the 2013 SLA Information Book Award have been announced.

The breadth of choice and the quality of the information books this year has produced a fascinating selection of winners for the 2013 award.  The Judge’s Choice for Overall Winner was Incredible Edibles by Stefan Gates (Walker Books) whilst the Children’s Choice Overall Winner was 100 Ways for Every Girl to Look and Feel Fantastic by Alice Hart-Davis and Beth Hindhaugh (also Walker Books).  Both books are innovative and practical additions to any school library.

The School Library Association celebrated the 2013 Information Book Award on Monday 30th September with an event at the Bath Children’s Literature Festival.  The SLA Information Book Award is an annual event celebrating information books, and is designed to support school libraries and to reinforce the importance of non-fiction whilst highlighting the high standard of resources available.

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International School Library Month Skype Project

Would your students like to talk to others in a far away country during International School Library Month (October 2013)?  The trick is finding someone in a time zone where you can link up via Skype during a school day.

Join in the fun by filling in the survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZCMVNVR if you would like to be part of the Skype Project and teeh co-ordinator will share possible schools for you to connect with.  If you have any questions, please email: gerri.judkins@southwell.school.nz.

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BATLine launched to help schools deal with bullying

Education communication specialist, Groupcall, today launches BATline (Bully Action Team), a new service that provides schools with a dedicated incoming text number allowing any learner, parent or stakeholder to report any type of bullying or incident to the relevant person within the school. To mark the launch, Groupcall has teamed up with theatre and film in education company, and renowned anti-bullying campaigners, Actionwork, to run a competition that will help engage students and young people in activities for Anti-Bullying Week and beyond.

BATline automatically converts any text received into an email and delivers it to the relevant person/people within the school. Schools may wish to create their own email group, i.e. BATline@schoolname.sch.uk, or may choose to have emails forwarded to a single person. When a person reports an incident they can opt to remain completely anonymous; an incredibly important feature for students who fear there may be repercussions for their actions. Schools, can however, elect to receive the mobile phone number that the text was sent from to ensure that all reports are legitimate.

Stuart Abrahams of Groupcall explains why developing BATLine has been a priority, “Sadly in this day and age, we hear all too often about stories of bullying within schools, whether it be physical, verbal, cyber or emotional. We pride ourselves on being communication experts within the education sector; it made sense, therefore, that we develop a system that facilitates communication and help for those who need it most.”

Actionwork aims to promote understanding of youth conflict and violence, sharing skills in handling and transforming violence in schools and the community such as in their annual National Anti-Bullying Week Roadshow schools tour. Dr Andy Hickson, Director of Actionwork Worldwide Ltd, says, “Actionwork welcomed the opportunity to team up with Groupcall, helping both organisations to stay at the cutting edge of dealing with bullying in creative and technological ways. The Anti Bullying Week competition is an exciting and innovative way for young people to effectively explore and challenge bullying in a creative, fun and educative way. The competition allows young people to express themselves freely, in non-judgemental ways while at the same time challenging them to deal with bullying effectively and creatively.”

The Anti-Bullying Week competition aims to outline how people can connect and communicate safely online. Students are invited to demonstrate their ideas by designing a gadget, drawing a picture, writing a story, taking a photo and so on; they can be as creative as they like. First prize is £300 and all winners, runner-ups and shortlisted entries will be displayed in the Anti-Bullying Week online gallery. To enter the competition visit: www.antibullyingweek.co.uk For more information visit: www.groupcall.com or www.actionwork.com

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The E-Reading Revolution - discount deadline fast approaching

The deadline for applying to attend this excellent course is fast approaching. The course is running twice - in Penrith on 18th October and in Kidderminster on 22nd October - so don't miss the discount deadline by registering now! 

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Over 500 Free Online Classes From the World's Leading Universities - Right At Your Fingertips

At OnlineCourses.com, you’ll find more than 500 accredited free online college classes, which provide you the opportunity to make use of research-based academic resources from some of the world’s best universities. You can use these resources to advance your understanding of a wide range of academic topics.

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Charity Choice can make it easier for your school library to get donations

Charity Choice aims to help you make the most of your schools fundraising activities by offering a free online donation service. They don’t charge subscription fees, admin fees*, or commission, meaning more new books for your library! Parents and supporters can give money to your school at the click of a button, and the money will be transferred directly to your bank account. Through the Charity Choice website you can also put a button on your own website so your community can find out how to help the school easily. 

By registering with Charity Choice (registered and exempt charities only) you also get your own online space to share your latest news and photos, publicise appeals, receive legacy pledges, advertise for goods, and even find volunteers.

It's super quick and easy to register, visit www.charitychoice.co.uk/register-your-charity

* Third party transaction and card charges still apply for donations.

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A fantastic Jamie Johnson writing competition

The Challenge
To carry on from the cliff-hanger at the end of FINAL WHISTLE. In no more than 500 words, write what happens next to Jamie....

Dan Freedman will be judging all entries!

The Prize
The winning writer will become:

- A published author! The school will be delivered 30 unique new copies of FINAL WHISTLE, complete with the winning piece of writing included as the ending to the book!
The winning writer will be:
- Immortalised, having a character named after them in Dan's next Jamie Johnson book!

The winning school will receive:
- An Author visit from Dan Freedman to the school. And he will also bring along a top football coach too!

The closing date for entries is October 25th

Here is the link to register and enter: http://www.renlearn.co.uk/finalwhistle/

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The Reading Agency helps libraries and schools celebrate Dragonese Day

National charity The Reading Agency is encouraging libraries and schools to join Cressida Cowell, bestselling author of the How To Train Your Dragon series on Thursday 26 September 2013. On that day, schools and libraries will be able to link up live with the much-loved children’s author as she talks about Vikings, dragons, her childhood and much more in a special live stream event to celebrate the third annual Dragonese Day.

The event – with an audience of school children – will be streamed live from 10.30-11.30am, and is aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils. The Reading Agency is delighted to have helped broker Southfields Library in south west London as the venue.

Details of how schools and libraries can register for it, plus information on resources available to help them celebrate Dragonese Day can be found at www.howtotrainyourdragonbooks.com

Children from The Reading Agency’s UK-wide Chatterbooks network of children’s reading groups will be amongst those putting live questions to Cressida Cowell, who will also have a special message for all those who completed The Reading Agency’s 2013Creepy House Summer Reading Challenge. This event is part of The Reading Agency‘s work to bring together its partners from the publishing world and the whole of the UK public library network to create successful and exciting events and activities for readers, and will be followed next month by a live stream event featuring Julia Donaldson and her new book The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat.

“Libraries are the perfect place to gather to take part in live stream events, which are a fabulous way for readers to have direct contact with their favourite authors,” says Andrea Reece of The Reading Agency, "Cressida Cowell is a particular favourite with Chatterbooks groups; across the UK libraries are getting ready to screen her event live and planning all sorts of special Dragonese Day activities around it too."

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JCS announce new Online Resources Ordering Service

Shopping for online resources...!

JCS is excited to announce the launch of its brand new website providing a quick and easy way to ‘shop’ for subscriptions from our range of online reference resources. The JCS Online Resources Ordering Service provides a central place to get a quotation and subscribe to any of its resources from wherever you are.

Setting up an account is simple. Just follow the link from the JCS website (www.jcsonlineresources.org) and register for an account. Rachael Hine, Librarian, Berkhamsted School, has already used the Ordering Service to check her account and thinks “it’s a great tool for managing the resources”.

You can also check out the list of resources on the JCS catalogue and request a free 30-day trial.

If you’re not yet building a digital reference library for your school because you’re worried about the cost – JCS offers subscriptions at cheaper rates than the publishers. And the more that subscribe in your geographical region to the same resource the cheaper it becomes!

If you would like to talk to someone about the resources or the new Ordering Service please get in touch with one of the team byemail info@jcsonlineresources.org or telephone +44(0)1865 339461.

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Autumn reminders

IBA Illus WEBA few timely reminders for all things SLA -

Don't forget to vote for your schools Children's Choices in the Information Book Award for 2013.  Voting closes on 17th September ready for the prizes to be awarded at the event at the Bath Children's Literature Festival on September 30th.

We have an exciting day planned with Peters Books and Furniture  at their Showroom in Birmingham on 12th November - eLending - where do I start?  Check out the website for booking details.

Anybody planning inductions for Primary pupils and Year 7 do remember to check out the Learning and Teaching section on our website - there are lots of useful ideas and lesson plans.

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