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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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UKeiG Sponsored Place at the CILIP New Professionals Day

UkeigUKeiG is pleased to offer a sponsored place for a student or early-career professional to attend the CILIP New Professionals Day on Friday 10th October under its Student or Early-Career Professional Conference Grant scheme. CILIP's New Professionals Day is the annual conference aimed at library and information professionals who are seeking guidance on their initial steps into their first professional roles. If you are still studying at university, have recently finished your information qualification or are in your first professional post, then this event is for you.

Applications are welcomed for this award which covers standard class travel to London as well as the event fee if you are not a CILIP member (it is free to CILIP members). To apply please write a paragraph outlining why you would like to attend the event and how you would benefit from attendance, and send it to awards@ukeig.org.uk.

It is a condition of winning that a short ‘conference report’ is presented for publication in eLucidate.

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Patrick Ness at Edinburgh Festival

SDT LogoOn Saturday August 16th, award winning children’s author Patrick Ness will speak at the inaugural Siobhan Dowd Trust lecture at Edinburgh International Festival. The theme of his talk will be How Books Can Change Children’s Lives. This is a theme that runs through Patrick’s books, most apparent in A Monster Calls where a young boy is faced with his mother dying from cancer. Siobhan left the outline for this story which Patrick completed after her death.  It was also a theme that ran through the late teen author Siobhan Dowd’s novels, and was also apparent in Siobhan’s work during her lifetime.

The Trust was started by Siobhan who wanted to carry on helping children from books after her death from breast cancer. During her own life time she worked with various organisations such as PEN investigating human rights for authors in Indonesia and Guatemala to taking authors to socially deprived areas, prisons, and other community projects. The Trust now funds projects ranging from funding books for school libraries in deprived areas to books for counselling charities. More information can be found on the website.

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Earth 2 wins the 2014 Stan Lee Excelsior Award

DC's Parallel World Superhero Story Scoops First Place!

3172 Ratings Forms were returned and analysed this year and the teenagers of Great Britain have chosen their winner - Earth 2 by James Robinson and Nicola Scott (published by DC Comics)!
To find out which books finished 2nd and 3rd click on the link below and visit the website...

Earth 2 also won the JABBICA (Judge A Book By Its Cover Award), becoming the first graphic novel to win this award AND finish in the top three. This stunning and intricate cover was created by Ivan Reis.

Winners of the True Believers Award
Sheffield's Silverdale School won the True Believers Award for the second year running. This award goes to the school that returns the most Rating Forms.

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Man Booker Resources 2014

Man Booker14The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year.
The prize is the world's most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes
of authors and even publishers. One of the main objectives of the prize is to encourage the widest possible readership for the best in literary fiction and for many years the prize has worked closely with public libraries to engage a broad range of readers and over the last two years has worked
with secondary schools and sixth form colleges. The interest and levels of engagement has been fantastic and as a result the prize is increasing the resources and support for schools and colleges. This year the package, which is free to all schools and colleges, comprises the following;
Hard copy resources:

  • A brochure detailing all the past winners and shortlisted titles along with interesting
  • snippets of information about the prize
  • Posters
  • Bookmarks
  • Stickers

Downloadable resources:

  • New for 2014 ‐Man Booker Prize quiz designed specifically for secondary schools
  • New for 2014 – A booklist of Man Booker Prize titles that have been made into a film along
  • with a toolkit of ideas to support work with the book and the accompanying film
  • 'Have you thought of…’ ideas for using the Man Booker Prize with your reading groups and
  • students
  • A booklist of past winners and shortlisted titles that focuses on books which are likely to
  • appeal to sixth form students
  • Readers Guides for each of the longlisted titles
  • Posters for each of the shortlisted titles

If you would like to receive the package of display material simply send an email to Helen Thomas (helen[at]bookcommunications.co.uk) and include the name of your school and school address as soon as possible  - and before end of this term. The resources will be sent to you at the beginning of the autumn term.

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The City of London School for Girls win Kids Lit Quiz Final!!

It was a truly wonderful day and The City of London School for Girls came first at the International final of the Kids' Lit Quiz yesterday. Canberra Grammar School from Australia came a close second and Awakeri Primary School from New Zealand came third.

The Two Steve's were the most wonderful MC’s that you can imagine and Tim Bowler really did “Bowl everyone over”  !!!

He gave the most inspiring talk to the  contestants at the beginning of the event and a wonderful speech after the Celebration Dinner in the evening.

Judy Curry , the CEO of the Commonwealth Education Trust (CET)  spoke about the importance of reading and how pleased the Trust is to support the KLQ.

After the interval Dr Alice Curry presented each of the team's accompanying librarians with an anthology of Folk Tales and Poems from around the Commonwealth. This was compiled for the 125 anniversary of the CET and called “A River of Stories”.

It was an exciting finish as, until the penultimate round, the Australian team had a clear lead, then the home team, quick on the buzzer, just kept scoring point after point. They walked away with the top prize of £100 each, lots of lovely books, fantastic goodie bags and the coveted KLQ International Cup.

Many, many congratulations to the four contestants:

  • Alish Coleman
  • Annie Roberts
  • Clementine Sagar Scott
  • Hannah Haines.

Also thanks go to their  teacher, Brian Ward, and librarian, Rhian Trevor and to Rachel Hine, who represented the SLA on the day.

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Free Taster Course at Welling School

The course is suitable for 11-17 year olds and will be held in Welling School’s iBrary (interactive learning zone) on the 27th and 28th of October (during half term break).

We will be teaching students about filming, editing, making movies and creating animation of different kinds using iPads. Both days will have workshops 9am – 3pm with a break for lunch.

Both Teaching and support staff will be conducting this course alongside the iBrary Assistant,Heather Simmons. Please download a poster relating to the course for promotion in your school.

Welling Poster

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If this course proves successful, we will be running a summer school in summer 2015 here at Welling school for all 11-17 year olds in the Bexley area to enjoy for an agreed fee.

In order to book a place, parents must email me at this address  SimmonsH[at]wellingschool-tkat.org or call us on 0208 304 8531 extension: 2861 and ask for Heather Simmons. I will be liaising with parents/carers personally and sending them information/consent forms regarding their child when they book. 

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Job Vacancies: Cardinal Newman Catholic School - Librarian/s

Full Time or Job Share Considered

NJC Scale SO1/2 - £24,892 - £28,992 per annum, pro rata

37 hours per week, term time only

The Governors are seeking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced Librarian to manage our brand new Sixth Form Library.  The successful applicant will provide a stimulating environment that effectively contributes to delivery of the curriculum and have a desire to contribute to independent learning by supporting students in developing study and research skills, making use of appropriate learning resources.

Previous library experience and high level interpersonal skills are essential.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with energy and enthusiasm enhanced by clear organisational skills and an ability to work with students and staff  in a modern, high-tech facility.

Closing Date: Friday, 18th July at 10.00am

Further details and application forms are available on our website www.cncs.co.uk or by phoning Reception on 01273 558551 or can be downloaded here:

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Librarian JD PSpec Admin Organisational Support Role D July 2014

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Please send completed applications via e-mail to j.tew[at]cncs.co.uk

Cardinal Newman Catholic School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.


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APPG report on school libraries published!

BeatingHeartoftheSchoolThe All Party Parliamentary Group on school libraries has published their final report 'The Beating Heart of the School'. It is available to download and read from the Cilip website. The report makes four recommendations which are essential reading to librarians working in schools and their management teams.

The report calls for every child in the UK to have a good library in their secondary school. 

It makes four recommendations:

  • The Department for Education starts collecting figures about the number of schools that have a library and librarian
  • The Minister for Schools examines the full contribution that school libraries make to children’s education and development
  • Ofsted includes libraries in their inspections
  • The Department for Education has a lead staff-member for school libraries
- See more at: http://www.cilip.org.uk/cilip/advocacy-campaigns-awards/advocacy-campaigns/libraries-all-party-parliamentary-group/beating#sthash.1rdBCKof.dpuf

The report calls for every child in the UK to have a good library in their secondary school. 

It makes four recommendations:

  • The Department for Education starts collecting figures about the number of schools that have a library and librarian
  • The Minister for Schools examines the full contribution that school libraries make to children’s education and development
  • Ofsted includes libraries in their inspections
  • The Department for Education has a lead staff-member for school libraries
- See more at: http://www.cilip.org.uk/cilip/advocacy-campaigns-awards/advocacy-campaigns/libraries-all-party-parliamentary-group/beating#sthash.1rdBCKof.dpuf

The report calls for every child in the UK to have a good library in their secondary school. 

It makes four recommendations:

  • The Department for Education starts collecting figures about the number of schools that have a library and librarian
  • The Minister for Schools examines the full contribution that school libraries make to children’s education and development
  • Ofsted includes libraries in their inspections
  • The Department for Education has a lead staff-member for school libraries
- See more at: http://www.cilip.org.uk/cilip/advocacy-campaigns-awards/advocacy-campaigns/libraries-all-party-parliamentary-group/beating#sthash.1rdBCKof.dpuf

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UKLA Book Award Winners 2014


The unique UKLA Book Awards are the only awards judged entirely by teachers, who are able to share the books with their classes and genuinely discover what works with young readers. Although the judges have made it a clean sweep of the Caldicott Medal, the Kate Greenaway Medal and now the UKLA 3 to 6 Award for Canadian author Jon Klassen, they have also awarded, for the first time, a book in translation, with Pushkin’s very first book on their Children’s list, and a novel from Tamarind, founded by Verna Wilkins in 1987 with the mission of redressing the balance of diversity in children’s publishing. The teacher judges have clearly demonstrated that they want a more exciting and varied diet of quality texts to be available to young readers in the UK than can be seen on the average high street.

Alayne Ó¦zturk, President of UKLA said ‘UKLA is committed to the importance of a diverse range of literature for children and young people. We know that literature broadens the reader’s experience of the world and sense of the possible and thus should have a central place in classrooms and educational contexts. The exceptional quality of the shortlists this year and the truly outstanding winners shows that there are many gems to be found amongst the smaller presses and we are proud to be celebrating international authors and illustrators at our 50th International Conference”

The Award winners for the book categories 3 to 6, 7 to11 and 12 to16+ years were announced at a wine reception at the UKLA International Conference at the University of Sussex on Friday 4th July 2014.

The winning book in the 12 to16+ years category is Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams, published by Tamarind Books an imprint of Random House Children’s Books

“Set in Zimbabwe, fourteen year old Deo, a great footballer, and his brother, Innocent, are forced to flee for their lives after government forces destroy their home. With only his brain-damaged brother and a football stuffed with billions of worthless dollars, Deo heads towards the boarder on a mission to find their absent father. Deo's love for his brother, the courage he finds to confront the terrors, and the acts of kindness that shine out among the violence and the hatred, take us through a journey of despair to a story of hope” Claire Houslop (judge)

The winning book in the 7 to 11 years category is The Story of the Blue Planet by Andri Snær Magnason, translated by Julian Meldon D'Arcy Illustrated by Áslaug Jónsdóttir published by Pushkin Press

“The Story of the Blue Planetcomes alive when you read it to a class of children who love the idea of a place, populated entirely by children, living in harmony, playing happily and bathing rarely! Into this blissful existence comes the shady character of Jolly-Goodday who entices them into a whole new level of fun – but at a cost ... Suspense, laughter and many questions accompany each chapter in this book, which has been enjoyed by classes throughout the 7-11 age range, each appreciating it on different levels and inspiring moral, philosophical and environmental debate. I loved reading it aloud - you could have heard a pin drop in my class! One boy said ‘Please can you just read it all day?” Jane Steel (judge)

The winning book for the 3 to 6 years category is This is not my Hat written and illustrated by Jon Klassen, published by Walker Books

“Jon Klassen successfully combines elements of pantomime - a moral tale and a horror story with almost unbearable suspense in this outstanding picture book. The clever interplay between text and illustration allows the reader to witness the sheer optimism of a thieving fish while simultaneously observing the inevitable consequence of his actions. Destined to become a classic, this is a must read!” Polly Atkinson (judge)

For the first time the judges also presented a Highly Commended 3 to 6 Award to

 Open Very Carefully by Nick Bromley, illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne, published by Nosy Crow

“A fantastic, exciting interactive picture book, which has the potential to delight and scare you at the same time. If you dare to turn the pages you will come across an anarchic crocodile who invades a cosy traditional tale with the intention of causing trouble. Where will it all end?  Read on if you’re brave enough” Polly Atkinson (judge)

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Job Vacancies: ICT Editor for the SLA

Elspeth Scott, the Editor of the ict[at]sla section of The School Librarian for the past 15 years, is looking to retire at the end of 2014.

The School Library Association is on the hunt for a successor who will need to have experience in:

  •   school libraries                    
  •   digital technologies
  •   knowledge of the curricula of the home countries
  •   unending enthusiasm         
  •   responsiveness to development and change in educational technology.

A small honorarium is paid for this position.

For a job description, list of activity and any further details please contact
KAHorsfield[at]somerset.gov.uk or tricia.adams[at]sla.org.uk.

We look forward to receiving applications by 10 September 2014.

Registered Charity Nos. 313660 and SC039453.

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Into Film Festival

We wanted to let you know about the Into Film Festival. National Schools Partnership is a key partner in the Festival, playing a leading role in the biggest film event for young people in the UK.

The Festival is a free and annual celebration of film and education for 5 -19 year olds and takes place from 4th - 21st November 2014.

It offers young people and their educators across the UK a free trip to the cinema and every film in the Festival programme is accompanied by an educational resource that supports curriculum learning.

What will schools and young people enjoy?

  • Free screenings - a UK-wide free screening programme in cinemas.

  • Educational resources - activities that support learning and the curriculum.

  • Film industry interaction - through special events and masterclasses.

  • The chance to have fun - filmmaking workshops, competitions and film character fancy dress day.

  • Exclusives - access to special events, film previews and premieres.

For the latest Festival news register your interest or join us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Please add the Festival dates of 4th – 21st November to your diary and share this info with your colleagues.

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Check your details with the SLA

TSL 62-2 COVERIf you missed your Summer issue of The School Librarian (62-2) last month it may mean that your SLA membership subscription has lapsed. If you think you should still have a current membership do contact us at SLA HQ on 01793 530166 or by email (info@sla.org.uk).

And please don't forget to tell us when your address and email details have changed - we hate to see any of our members missing out if our communications go astray!

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Job Vacancies: Ripon Grammar - Library Assistant

37 hpw, term time + one week + training days

Salary Band 4, points 9 – 13  (£11,977.13 - £13,611.60 pa)

We are seeking a library assistant to support the work of the Learning Resources Manager who oversees the library service in school to support teaching and learning.

The role would also require excellent administrative ability, well-developed ICT skills and a passion for reading and literacy. Administrative support would also be part of the role to assist the school’s administration support team.

Ripon Grammar School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the  welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this  commitment.  The appointment is subject to enhanced DBS clearance and excellent employment references.

The applicant would ideally be able to start on 1 September.

        Closing date for applications – 12noon, Wed 16 July
        Interviews to take place – Fri, 18 July

Details of the post, together with an application form, are available on our website  www.ripongrammar.co.uk

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Job Vacancies: Harris Westminster Sixth Form - Librarian

Required for September 2014

Harris Westminster Sixth Form is looking for a qualified Librarian to join an academically selective sixth form located in the heart of Westminster to manage a new Library from September 2014. The successful applicant should have previous experience within a librarian role with the ability to work with staff and students to ensure a library that is welcoming to all.

Harris Westminster Sixth Form is a new sixth form which combines the strengths of Westminster School in teaching academically able students with the Harris Federation’s experience in establishing and running outstanding maintained sector schools across London. The librarian will  work alongside the Vice Principal as well as support and consult with Heads of departments, other teachers, students and library staff to further the educational aims and objectives of the school.

How to apply: Please download and submit a completed monitoring and application form to: Heads.PA[at]harriswestminstersixthform.org.uk

Or visit the Sixth Form’s website: http://www.harriswestminstersixthform.org.uk/70/vacancies

Applications close on Tuesday 15th July 2014 at 12 noon. Suitable applicants may be invited to interview before the closing date.

Harris Westminster Sixth Form is committed to the vital contribution all staff can make to safeguarding young people. We will strive to make sure that every student in the Sixth Form feels secure, well cared for, and able to reach their full potential. The successful applicant will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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In Flanders Fields

In FBestselling author of War Horse and Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo joins the Coope Boyes and Simpson a cappella trio and the Paul Rans Ensemble from Flanders, Belgium, for an unforgettable evening of poetry and music marking the centenary of the First World War. Taking place on 25th August, 6.30 pm at King's Place, London.  The evening is a cooperation between The Representation of the Government of Flanders in the UK and the ‘In Flanders Fields Museum’ in Ieper (Ypres) in Belgium.

Michael will read a selection of war poems, including some by his own grandfather, the eminent Belgian scholar, poet and playwright Emile Cammaerts, accompanied by a selection of English and Flemish songs, both traditional and written by Coope Boyes and Simpson and Paul Rans, capturing the spirit of the Great War.

To book tickets, call 020 7520 1490 or go to King's Place website


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Queen of Teen 2014

Queen TeenVoting for this year’s award is now open at www.queenofteen.co.uk, closing midnight 7 July 2014. Readers can vote for their favourite authors now - please do encourage young people to log on, and put their cross against their chosen candidate.
You can download this poster too to promote the competition in your library.  

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Films in Libraries

Into FilmInto Film provides a unique and engaging education experience for all children and young people aged 5-19, regardless of background or ability. Film is a proven, highly recommended way for young people to overcome learning and social barriers, and has become an effective way for young people to improve their literacy skills. Watch them leap from simply watching to actively discussing and writing about films.  Benefits for librarians:

  • Free access to resources which support each film
  •  Curated library of over 4000 DVDs including great literary greats e.g The Great Gatsby, Much Ado About Nothing and Wuthering Heights as well as modernised versions to make the story accessible to all ages for example, The Lion King - Hamlet and 10 Things I Hate About You - Taming of the Shrew
  • Competitions and discussion ideas for films based on novels made for all ages: 12 Years of Slave, Stormbreaker, The Hobbit and classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, to boost literacy and understanding.

Into Film collaborates with a network of industry partners, enabling young people to discover filmmaking and offer them a stepping-stone into the world of film. Club leaders are given the training, support and inspiration they need to confidently incorporate filmmaking into their activities.

Into Film arranges dynamic interactions between film professionals and pupils with Q&As, workshops, special screenings and set visits. Through our talent development programme, club members are trained to be reporters, reviewers and film programmers and presented with once in a lifetime opportunities.  We also provide CPD training and support to set you on the road to making your own films.

Into Film trustee and retired headteacher Sir Alasdair Macdonald says “film supports, enhances and enriches every subject on the curriculum”. We’ve seen the results for ourselves from our growing network of clubs across the UK.  In a survey of leaders -

  • 93% say film club opens up access to culture for those who may not otherwise benefit from cultural experiences
  • 91% says film club increases participants’ enjoyment of school
  • 87% say film club enhances participants’ ability to share and debate their conclusions with others
  • 91% say film club is effective at engaging with pupils facing other barriers to learning
  • 80% say film club increases members’ critical skills
  • 96% agree that attending a weekly film club helps children understand different social and emotional issues

Many of these are a good fit with library activities - do check it out.


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