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Job Vacancies: Gable Hall School, Corringham, Essex - Qualified Librarian

(Fixed Term – 1 Year)

37 hours per week, term time, 1 training week + additional 2 weeks

(8.15 to 4.45 Monday to Thursday, 8.15 to 4.15 Friday) term time only  

Band 5 Pt 18- 26 £20,187 - £25,557 (pro rata)

Gable Hall School is seeking to appoint a Qualified Librarian.  This is a high profile role within the School requiring the highest professional standards and outstanding personal qualities.  The post is wide-ranging and the successful applicant will have the ability to lead and manage the Library provision whilst inspiring students in the use of the library facility.  This is a term time only position plus training days and an additional 2 weeks.

Candidates must have a degree or post-graduate qualification in library or information studies and Chartered status with CILIP would be preferred.  Applicants must also have professional experience of working within a Library with experience of using a range of online databases, resources and IT applications.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment.  An enhanced CRB will be required for this post together with at least 2 written references.

For further information, job description and an application form please contact the Personnel Office on 01375 400800 ext 166 or download a copy from the Gable Hall School website www.gablehall.com.

Closing date:        Friday 6 March 2015 noon

 Interviews:          Wednesday 11 March 2015

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Read for a million minutes

Million MinsLeading education charity Achievement for All and Peters Books & Furniture are asking primary school children across Bristol, Bath and Somerset to join together to read for a collective total of one million minutes in just two weeks.

It’s hoped the challenge will help promote a love of literacy and put reading right at the heart of each and every school day. With a powerful competitive element, and the opportunity to win a great prize for your school, the brains behind the One Million Minutes challenge are hoping children across the area will want to be involved.  Sign up on the website.
 

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E is for Excellent: E-Literacy in your Library: Bridgwater, Somerset, 25 March 2015

DON'T DELAY, BOOK TODAY - AND BEAT THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE!

Our course E is for Excellent: E-Literacy in your Library, run by Annike Dase, will be held at Resources for Learning, Parkway, Bridgwater, Somerset on 25 March 2015. The closing date is 11 March 2015. Bookings received by 25 February 2015 are eligible for a £10 discount making the cost of the full days training £95.00 (SLA members), £125.00 (for delegates who are not SLA members but work in Somerset Resources for Learning subscribing schools) and £155.00 (non-members of the SLA or Somerset RfL).  A colleague attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying adult) can do so for just £55.00 (SLA members), £65.00 (RfL subscribers), £75.00 (non-members).  Payment is not needed by the course date as long as an official order has been received. 

Key Audience: Secondary school library staff

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Crossing the Divide: Effective Induction and Transition Strategies for the Secondary School Library: Colchester, Essex, 17 March 2015

DON'T MISS THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE!

Our course Crossing the Divide: Effective Induction and Transition Strategies for the Secondary School Library, run by Geoff Dubber, will be held at Stanway School, Colchester on 17 March 2015. The closing date is 3 March 2015. Bookings received by 26 February 2015 are eligible for a £10 discount making the cost of the full days training £95.00 (SLA members), £125.00 (for delegates who are not SLA members but work in Essex SLS subscribing schools) and £155.00 (non-members of the SLA or Essex SLS).  A colleague attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying adult) can do so for just £55.00 (SLA members), £65.00 (SLS subscribers), £75.00 (non-members).  Payment is not needed by the course date as long as an official order has been received. 

Key Audience: Secondary school library staff

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New Resources for creative writing

What the DickensFrom Oliver Twist to A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens created some of literature’s most vivid, memorable and endearing characters. But you may not know that, as well as leaving the world an exceptional body of creative work for generations to enjoy, Charles Dickens also campaigned for appropriate copyright legislation to protect the work of authors.

What the Dickens? has been devised by teachers and developed in association with the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society to celebrate the genius of Charles Dickens and to explore the issue of copyright. The exciting upper KS2 and KS3 English programme gives students an opportunity to learn more about the art of creative writing and the importance of copyright. It is supported by video insights from leading contemporary writers.

A fantastic online What the Dickens? Creative Writing Competition enables students to put their new skills into practice, with great prizes for students and their school. The students can use the pages of the digital book to make notes on characters, settings and themes as they complete each of the four lessons, submitting their entries at the end of the programme.

 

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World Book Day is coming!!

WorldbookdayWow - we've had a busy start to the year! Our website relaunched at the beginning of the month and it's absolutely packed with fabulous new resources including the World Book Day 2015 Teachers' Toolkit, The Big Book Off and 4 brand new videos in The Big Little Book Corner. See below for more on each of these.

This year's format for The Biggest Book Show on Earth is a series of Virtual Author Workshopsshort videos featuring authors such as Michael Morpurgo, Chris Riddell, David McKee and Holly Smale. Click here for more information and register to view them on-demand when they become available.

We've also teamed up with Guinness World Records to offer 3 lucky schools the chance to break a record on World Book Day! Find out more here.

Oh, and just in case it's not already in your diary, don't forget that World Book Day 2015 will take place on Thursday 5 March! Not long now...

The World Book Day team

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Raising Achievement: the school library's role in supporting SEN and EAL students in KS2 and 3: Poole, Dorset, 7 May 2015

Our course Raising Achievement: the school library's role in supporting SEN and EAL students in KS2 and 3, run by Alec Williams, will be held at St Aldhelm's Academy, Herbert Avenue, Poole, Dorset on 7 May 2015. The closing date is 23 April 2015. Bookings received by 9 April 2015 are eligible for a £10 discount making the cost £95 (SLA members), £155 (non-members). 

Key Audience: School Librarians and library staff; teachers with responsibility for EAL and Special Needs teaching; support staff in libraries and classrooms.

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New Facet Catalogue available!

Facet CoverThe new Facet catalogue is now available! Facet Publishing, the commercial publishing and bookselling arm of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, is the leading publisher of books for library and information professionals worldwide. There are some excellent books on school libraries .

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the Travelling Librarian Award

ESUCilip Logo2Run in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, the Travelling Librarian Award builds relationships between library and information professionals in the UK and their counterparts in the US and across the Commonwealth through a professional development study tour. 

The award of £3000 covers flights and some accommodation. Normally the visits last 2-3 weeks and take place during the autumn. The successful candidate is free to put together their own programme of visits (although help and advice is available). Where possible, the recipient is encouraged to take up hospitality with ESU branches in the US and international ESUs across the Commonwealth. 

The full list of Commonwealth countries.   

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, candidates must be:

a) UK library and information professionals and;

b) a member of CILIP at time of application.

The deadline for applications is : MONDAY 27 APRIL 2015

For more information and to apply please visit www.esu.org/travellinglibrarian

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Reading for Pleasure - for everyone!: Hamilton, 18 May 2015

Our course Reading for Pleasure - for everyone!, run by Alec Williams, will be held at Hamilton College, Bothwell Road, Hamilton ML3 0AY on 18 May 2015. The closing date is 5 May 2015. Bookings received by 22 April 2015 are eligible for a £10 discount making the cost just £95.00 for SLA members, £155.00 for non-members. 
Payment for this course may be deferred until April 2015.

Key Audience: School Librarians and library staff, support staff in libraries and classrooms

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The Online Librarian: Northampton, 12 March 2015

DON'T MISS THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE!

Our course The Online Librarian, run by Bev Humphrey, will be held at Learning Resources for Education, Booth Meadow House, Northampton on 12 March 2015 and Dulwich Prep London on 16 March 2015. Bookings received by Friday 13th February are eligible for a £10 discount on course fees making the cost for the full days training £95.00 (SLA members), £125.00 (delegates who are not SLA members but work in Northamptonshire Schools), £155.00 (non-members).

Key Audience: primary and secondary school library staff

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Dick King-Smith New website launched

This fantastic new asset for all those primary school author studies has just launched today:  www.dickkingsmith.comDKS Home Page Uncropped

Dick King-Smith, of course,  sadly died in 2011, aged 88, after a long and illustrious career. He never embraced new technology during his lifetime and so this is the first website to be dedicated to his work. Here gathered together for the first time, is all the information children, parents and teachers could want on the author, whose books sold over 15 million copies worldwide.He won many awards for his books including the Special Educational Needs Award, the Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards and the Guardian Children’s Book Prize. He was appointed OBE in 2010 for services to children’s literature.

The website, which is aimed at primary-age children, is filled with entertaining facts about the author and his life with a menagerie of different animals.Enchanting drawings by illustrator Layn Marlow bring the site to life and make it instantly appealling.  It also includes information about his books and there are activities for children too.  Amusing anecdotes abound, too, about his adventures as a soldier, farmer and primary school teacher before he became an author.

Juliet King-Smith, Dick’s eldest child, comments, ‘The family is delighted to be launching the first Dick King-Smith website. It's good to think that the website will bring our father's quirky and amusing stories to a new generation of readers. Dad wasn't one for modern technology - he was nervous of it and didn't really understand what it could achieve -  but there's no doubt he'd have loved the information contained in this website and the way the animations and Layn's illustrations bring his stories so eloquently and charmingly to life.’

‘Writing my books is like handing out presents. Giving children pleasure gives you a wonderful sort of Father Christmassy feeling’ Dick King-Smith, 1995

The site  very usefully hosts educational resources  with ideas of how Key Stage 1 and 2 teachers might use Dick’s books in the classroom. The notes are written by highly regarded lecturer in literacy, learning and children’s books, Prue Goodwin, who frequently shared his stories with her classes when she was a teacher.

There are trailers from films adapted from his books, including the Oscar-winning Babe, which was based upon his award-winning book, The Sheep-Pig.  The site will also link to the Dick King-Smith YouTube Channel, which contains footage of Dick's TV career, amongst other clips.

The website has been developed and designed by Multiple States working with project manager Alice Corrie.  It was commissioned by Fox Busters, the King-Smith family company.Sophie

The launch of the site coincides with the release in February of reissues of three of the Sophie books by Walker Books with more to follow later in the year. The bright modern new look is bound to attract a new generation of readers.

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Kent Branch: Branch Events

Kent SLA Branch are holding a training course on Wednesday 18th March called :

Navigating the E-Reading Maze: Uses of E-books in school libraries
Time: 4pm for 4.30pm start – 7pm
Trainer: Bev Humphrey
Venue: Holmesdale Technology College, Malling Road, Snodland, Kent, ME6 5HS
Cost: £20 SLA members or new members joining on the day, £30 non-members.

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Getting the Best from Young People and Adults: Managing Behaviour in the Secondary School Library: Stafford, 11 March 2015

DON'T MISS THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT DEADLINE!

Our course Getting the Best from Young People and Adults: Managing Behaviour in the Secondary School Library, run by Geoff Dubber, will be held at The Kingston Centre, Stafford on 11 March 2015. The closing date is 25 February 2015. Bookings received by 11 February 2015 are eligible for a £10 discount making the cost for the full days training £95.00 for SLA members, £155.00 for non-members. 

Target Audience: Secondary school library staff

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E is for Excellent: E-Literacy in your Library: Cobham, Surrey, 24 February 2015

CLOSING DATE - 10 FEBRUARY!

Don't miss the chance to attend our course E is for Excellent: E-Literacy in your Library, run by Annike Dase, which is taking place at Notre Dame School, Cobham, Surrey on 24 February 2015. The closing date is 10 February 2015.

Target Audience: secondary school library staff

Course fees: £105(SLA members), £165(non-members)
A second delegate from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual) - £65(SLA members), £85(non-members).

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Zombies, comics and Libraries- what’s not to like?

From Alan Gibbons website
Picture from Alan Gibbons website

 Guest blog by Alan Gibbons

It sounded crazy, libraries, comics and zombies. I mean, how was that going to work? When I was first approached to join a project called Dawn of the Unread, an Arts Council supported initiative based in Nottingham, I thought it sounded utterly nuts… so that made it an absolute must-do.

Dawn of the Unread is the brain child of James Walker, Chair of the Nottingham Writers’ Studio and Literature Editor at Left Lion magazine. The idea was to create an interactive novel, starting on National Libraries Day and being published monthly with contributions by different writers and artists about a Nottingham author of their choice.

I was intrigued of course. All three components of the project were right down my alley. I love horror and have written several novels in the genre. I love comics. Marvel was my inspiration as a kid. I collected them all: Spiderman, Sub-Mariner, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Dr Strange, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, even the cowboy comics like Kid Colt. Probably, most important of all, I have devoted the last six years of my life to trying to protect public and school libraries from the machinations of politicians who, for all their hot air, don’t understand what they do and how they change lives. I initiated National Libraries Day in the wake of Save Our Libraries Day in February, 2011. The idea was to positively promote libraries and librarians and their contribution to society. It has now become an annual fixture.

So how to go about it? The author I chose was Geoffrey Trease, a prolific author of 113 books for young people between 1934 and 1979. Trease’s long and distinguished career began with his wonderful debut novel Bows Against the Barons, an epic retelling of the Robin Hood legend. In this book I saw the focus for a return to Sherwood fantasy, with the outlaws returning from the dead one last time to fight for libraries.

Artist Steve Larder has done a fantastic job bringing Trease’s return to life and subsequent rallying of Robin Hood’s band to life. Between author and artist, I think we have created an effective collaboration which will help keep the issue of libraries and the right to read in the public eye. Our chapter of the online novel is here: http://www.dawnoftheunread.com/issue-11-01.html

Alan Gibbons is an award-winning author, organiser of the Campaign for the Book and a member of the Speak up for Libraries coalition.
 

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Read For My School

Read My SchoolNow in its third year, Read for My School is a national reading competition open to primary pupils in Years 3-6 and secondary pupils in Years 7-8 across England. It is completely free to register and take part. Last year over 210,000 pupils participated!

Designed to get the whole school excited about reading and encourage in children a spirit of giving, the competition challenges pupils to read as many books as they can between 19th January and 20th March.

As well as reading their own books offline, pupils can read books from our FREE online library of over 150 titles by authors such as Jeremy Strong, Philip Pullman, Mark Haddon, Jacqueline Wilson, Eoin Colfer, Benjamin Zephaniah, Bali Rai and Jamila Gavin.

And best of all the online library is fully compatible with iPads and many other mobile devices.

Plus, your pupils can also win some exciting prizes for both individuals and their school.

Everything you need to get started can be found at www.readformyschool.co.uk

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Softlink launches UK School Library Survey

Slya Softlink LogoSoftlink Europe has launched their first UK School library survey. The survey will be distributed to school librarians across the UK and is supported by a number of industry leaders including the School Library Association (SLA), CRB Cunninghams, Renaissance Learning, BDS and JCS.

The survey is the first annual one launched in the UK school library industry and is designed to identify the trends and examine the issues facing UK school libraries. It will run until the 6th of March providing opportunity for all school librarians to contribute their valuable input to advocate the role of school librarians.

Chris McPhee, General Manager comments,

“School librarians and the school library play an essential role in the learning and development of students. At Softlink we feel it is important to identify the trends and issues facing school librarians, especially during a time when school budgets are tight and libraries are feeling the pain”

 “We will continue to launch the survey each year, the results will be analysed and a report created which we will share with participants and the school library industry. We do appreciate all contributors and encourage everyone working in school libraries to complete the more results the more valuable the results to the entire industry”

The survey is open from Monday the 2nd of February until Friday 6th of March and can be accessed by clicking here.

For more information contact Softlink on 01993 883 401 or e-mail info[at]softlink.co.uk

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Information Literacy Award 2015

The CILIP Information Literacy Group and Talis are proud to offer an award for achievement in the field of information literacy. The award is open to practitioners (including school librarians), researchers and academics working in the information literacy field within the UK. Nominations from all sectors are welcome. The winner will receive £500 for personal use and £500 for their nominated charity.

Closing date: Friday February 27th 2015.

Criteria

Nominees must demonstrate impact, innovation, initiative and originality in one or more of the following areas:

  • Raising the profile of information literacy within an organisation
  • Initiating or contributing to national, regional or local projects / initiatives which enhance information literacy skills for an identified client group(s)
  • Undertaking original research in the field of information literacy and making a significant contribution to the literature.

Nominations will be judged upon evidence of impact within the past 3 years only.

Format for nominations

Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by colleagues. Nominations should take the form of a short description of the nominee’s contribution(s) in one or more of the areas above (3 x A4 pages maximum). The following should also be provided:

  • Contact details of the nominator
  • Contact details of the nominee
  •  Supporting documentation, URLs etc.

Nominees will be listed on the LILAC website and in CILIP Update. Enquiries and nominations to:

Nigel Morgan (LILAC Awards Officer)

LilacAwards@cardiff.ac.uk

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