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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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iCan with an iPad: Okehampton, 30 April 2014

Book now to qualify for the early booking discount!

Our course iCan with an iPad, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at Okehampton College, Devon on 30 April 2014. The closing date is 16 April 2014. Bookings received by 2 April 2014 are eligible for a £10.00 discount.  NB. Payment is not required to qualify for the early booking discount as long as an official order has been received.

Key Audience:

primary and secondary school library staff, public library staff

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Onwards and Upwards: Successful Transition Strategies for School Libraries: Woodstock, Oxfordshire, 28 April 2014

Our course Onwards and Upwards: Successful Transition Strategies for School Libraries, run by Annike Dase, will be held at The Marlborough School, Shipton Road, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1LP on 28 April 2014. The closing date is 14 April 2014. All bookings received by 31 March 2014 are eligible for a £10.00 discount.

Key Audience: primary and secondary school librarians and library staff

Testimonial: Excellent presentation, very informative, delivered with aplomb.

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Information Book Award: Information Book Award 2014 Short List Announced

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2014 prize!  Schools will be invited to take part in the Children’s Choice voting from June to mid-September.  The award ceremony will take place in the autumn and is sponsored by Hachette Children’s Books and is supported by Peters Books & Furniture.  

Under 7s

  • Questions and Answers about Your Body, Lift the Flap by Katie Daynes, illustrated by Marie-Eve Tremblay. Usborne Publishing 9781409562108
  • The Story of Stars by Neal Layton. Hodder 9781444901122
  • What’s it like to be a Bee by Jinny Johnson.  Franklin Watts 9781445121888


  • Book of Languages by Mick Webb, illustrated by Glen McBeth.  Franklin Watts 9781445116266
  • Bugs by George McGAvin, illustrated by Jim Kay. Walker Books 9781406328738
  • Get into Art: Animals by Susie Brooks. Kingfisher 9780753435762
  • Secrets of Stonehenge by Mick Manning and Brita Granstr?m. Frances Lincoln 9781847803467


  • How to Draw Like a Fashion Designer by Dennis Norhdruft & Celia Joicey. Thames & Hudson 9780500650189
  • Starving the Anxiety Gremlin by Kate Collins-Donnelly, illustrated by Rosy Salaman.  Jessica Kingsley publishers 9781849053419
  • Weird Sea Creatures by Erich Hoyt. Firefly Books 9781770851917

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new SLA voices book

Departmental ReviewThe SLA has just published the latest in our Voices series of shorter titles written from a personal perspective.

Departmental Review of the Library: At The Weston Road Academy by Anita Baker explains how a review of your library and its performance as part of the school's annual management cycle can become an essential element of library development.

Anita Baker explains her planning and management of this process and incorporates lots of background information and supporting material that she used.

Available now from the SLA - order via the SLA website.

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Job Vacancies: Fulneck School, Pudsey, Leeds

Independent Day and Boarding
 C440 Boys and Girls 3-18 years
Society of Heads
(Full time)

Required from September 2014, term time only plus 5 weeks in school holidays  (40 weeks per year).

A qualified and experienced Librarian required to manage the School Library and coordinate the Careers programme throughout the School.

Details of the post and application forms are available on our website (www.fulneckschool.co.uk) or  from the Principal’s PA., Fulneck School, Pudsey, Leeds LS28 8DS  Tel: 0113 2570235 Email: general[at]fulneckschool.co.uk

Closing date:   Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Fulneck School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening including an enhanced DBS disclosure

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Hodder & Stoughton launch school library giveaway!

Hodder WristbandsHodder and Stoughton's new(ish) young adult fiction community, Chapter 5 launched this summer and has already seen fantastic levels of engagement and growth. Facebook is their main platform, and they have an associated Facebook app – reached through the ‘Extras’ tab – where they host regular giveaways, quizzes, polls and exclusive author content. But to reach teens through their school libraries and associated reading groups they are offering a pack of items to librarians, comprising:

1.      Branded bookmarks

2.      Flyers featuring details of how to enter a giveaway on our Facebook page (the giveaway includes copies of some of Hodder’s best young adult titles: 

  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Panic by Lauren Oliver
  • Angelfall by Susan Ee
  • Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Darkest Fearby Cate Tiernan
  • The 100 by Kass Morgan


3.      A batch of their ‘Proud to be Bookish’ wristbands (these have been a HUGE hit on the Facebook page – with 4,500 requests for them in the space of a fortnight!)

4. A3 posters

The email address for requesting packs is naomi.berwin[at]hodder.co.uk. Each pack should contain 20 of each of the items listed above (apart from the posters) – and people can request as many packs as they’d like.

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Managing Resources book from SLA

Everything in its Place CoverEverything in its Place: Managing Electronic and Physical Resources in the School Library by Kathy Lemaire and Sally Duncan is now available from the SLA.

Relevant to both primary and secondary school library staff, this key Guideline examines the practical aspects of running a library. It includes stock editing, book selection, funding and purchase, shelving, security, and covers the management of e-resources as well as physical resources. Fully updated from Shelf Life: Shelf Matters, this is an essential text for the key librarianship skill of efficient stock management.

Available to purchase now via the SLA website.

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Library Camp Midlands Announced

School Library Camp Midlands announced Saturday 14th June 2104, 10.30 – 3.30 at Malvern St James school          
To book - http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/midlands-school-library-camp-tickets-10894452601

Library Camps are a user-generated unconference for people who work in, use, study or are just interested in libraries. There is no set agenda – instead attendees are invited to ‘pitch’ the sessions they want to be a part of.  Please use the wiki to suggest discussion areas.

The School Library Camps have been organised on the same day, June 14th, at various venues around the country. It is hoped technology will link up camps and attendees before, during and after the event to create the biggest School Library Conversation in the UK.

Tickets are available, for free, now for School Library Camps in -
Midlands; http://tinyurl.com/oovgcd4  
London; http://tinyurl.com/po4ms23
North West (Manchester); http://tinyurl.com/p7q48t9
Yorkshire (Leeds); http://tinyurl.com/q4vnted
Scotland (Glasgow); http://tinyurl.com/o89yux4

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Moving Stories

Moving StoriesSeven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books is launching an exciting new exhibition, Moving Stories – Children’s Books from Page to Screen. Co-curated with the National Media Museum in Bradford, Seven Stories’ latest show stopping exhibition explores the creative minds behind adaptations of some of the best loved children’s books and stories into well-known film and television programmes including The Borrowers, Alice in Wonderland and The Gruffalo.

This exhibition offers visitors a rare chance to see manuscripts, illustrations, storyboards, costumes and film footage from Snow White, Cinderella, Shrek, Peter Pan and Lost and Found, among many more.  The exhibition runs from 5th April 2014 to 1st April 2015.

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26 Characters - Oxford Story Museum

Story MuseumUnique photographic installation features 26 of Britain’s best-loved authors and storytellers transformed into their favourite childhood story characters. From Anansi to Benjamin Zephaniah – see your literary heroes, real and fictional, in a new light. Captured by acclaimed photographer Cambridge Jones, the gallery of rogues and rascals, wizards, witches and wild things unfolds throughout the atmospheric and unfinished spaces of The Story Museum – with surprises along the way. Events programme and activities, including dressing up and a talking throne. Our President Kevin Crossley-Holland is one of the authors involved - can you guess who he'll be?

Exhibition runs from 5th April to 2nd November.


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Job Vacancies: The British School of Brussels - Head of Libraries and Learning Resources

Full-time for September 2014

The libraries at BSB are currently undergoing an exciting redevelopment programme in keeping with the school’s 2020 vision. We have committed to significant investment and support in order to provide state of the art, world-class facilities for the whole BSB community: students, staff and parents. It is within this context that we seek to appoint a suitably qualified, enthusiastic and dynamic Head of Libraries and Learning Resources to oversee this transformation and to manage the school’s four libraries (Lower Primary, Upper Primary, Secondary and the Senior Section). 

Our offer:

  • Full-time (37.5 hours per week) with full obligation to attend all staff meetings and CPD workshops
  • On the job training
  • Interesting position in an international environment
  • Attractive salary, dependent upon the skills, qualifications and experience of the successful candidate plus extra-legal benefits

 Deadline for applications: Thursday 27 March 2014 at 16.00 (Belgian time)

For full details and to download an application form please visit the British School of Brussels website

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Job Vacancies: Colegio de San Francisco de Paula - LIBRARIAN

We require: -

  • B.A. (Hons.) in Library Studies.
  • Preferably experience in school or public libraries. - Proficiency in both, English and Spanish. - Good organizational & communication skills.
  • Skilled with library management systems.
  • Experience making the library central to the learning experiences.
  • Ability to work in Spain.

We offer:

  •  Relocation and establishment package.
  • Full-time permanent position.

Starting September 2014
Letter of application, CV and recent photograph to: seleccion[at]sfpaula.com
Web page: http://www.sfpaula.com/

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Members' and Librarians' Days: CPD @ OUP

We are very pleased to announce that Oxford University Press are opening their doors for this exciting event.  The day will include -

  • A panel discussion Books and their use around the world with authors Tim Bowler, Geraldine McCaughrean and Anne-Marie Hansen (OUP Head of International Rights)

  • A presentation by Sue Dixon of The Thinking Child - Developing thinking skills through reading

  • A discussion on reading, advocacy, technology and promotion - Ask the Librarian - led by a panel of renowned librarians Joy Court, Ferelith Hordon and Bev Humphrey

  • The opportunity to visit the OUP Museum


Venue:  Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX2 6DP

Date: Wednesday 9th April 2014 starting at 10.00am

Closing date: Wednesday 20th March 2014

Cost for the full day including lunch and refreshments: £45.00 (SLA members), £60.00 (non-members)


To reserve places -

Book online at http://www.sla.org.uk/regional-course-details.php?mode=detail&i=77&rtn=training-calendar.php&rtntxt=Training%20Calendar

Download a booking form http://www.sla.org.uk/dwl.php?doc=training-booking-web-2013.pdf and send it by post to SLA, I Pine Court, Kembrey Park, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 8AD or fax it to 01793 481182

Email: courses[at]sla.org.uk

Telephone: 01793 401153

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Merseyside Branch: Other Branch Events

     Forming a JSC Consortium - Joyce Martin (Director of JSC)

     Date:-   Thursday, 27th March 2014

     Time:-   3pm (approx. one and a half hours)

     Venue:-  St Edward's College, North Drive, Liverpool L12 1LF

Host:-   Ruth Clarke  Tel: 0151 254 7445 (direct line) Mobile: 07989 152933

     Refreshments will be provided
     Joyce Martin, the Director of  JSC is due to come and speak to us on the 27th March.         
     Joyce will be travelling up from Oxford, and has asked that we have at least 10
     people to attend. So far 8 members have confirmed that they will be attending.  
     The session will last for an hour and a half, and we are hoping that Merseyside will
     be able to form a consortium to access JCS resources at reduced prices.
     Further information about JSC can be found here:

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HMC Boarding and Day Co-educational School
c.425 pupils aged 13-18 years

Framlingham College is a high quality independent school which is currently thriving and prides itself on producing well-rounded, vibrant and purposeful young men and women.

We are seeking to appoint a well-qualified and enthusiastic Librarian and Learning Resources Manager from September 2014. The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator, an outstanding practitioner and a strong team player. A willingness to contribute to the full life of a boarding school is also essential. We offer a competitive salary dependant on experience and qualifications, as well as a contributory pension after a qualifying period.

Applications will only be accepted on an application form. Recruitment packs are available from Sally Wood on 01728 723789, email: swood[at]framcollege.co.uk or from www.framlinghamcollege.co.uk. Or can be downloaded here:

Covering Letter

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Job Description Librarian and Learning Resources Manager

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Person Specification Librarian and Learning Resources Manager

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Further Information Framlingham College Library

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Application Form 2014

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Application Form Guidance Notes 2014

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Closing date: 17th March 2014

Framlingham College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service..

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Manchester 2014 Booking Form: Weekend Course 2014

The 2014 SLA Weekend Course, entitled "No Librarian is an Island: Making Friends and Influencing People", will be held at the Renaissance Hotel, Manchester, from 20th-21st June 2014.

Booking is open from 4th March 2014 until 8th May 2014. Earlybird discount applies to bookings made before 30th April 2014.

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Social Media - make it work for you!: Norwich, 1 April 2014

Our course Social Media - make it work for you!, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich on 1 April 2014. The closing date is 18 March 2014. A £10 discount will be applied to all bookings received by 4 March 2014.

Key Audience:

Primary and secondary school staff

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