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New SLA Book, Developing the New Library at Headington School

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Just published by the SLA - Developing the New Library at Headington School by Lynn Winkworth (ISBN 9781911222163).

Are you looking to create a new library? Are you planning to move an existing library to a new space? Are you planning to update your library? If so, then this publication was written especially for you. It is a guide to a journey few librarians are privileged to travel. Written by Head Chartered Librarian, Lynn Winkworth, it documents step by step the creation, development and realisation of the new library at Headington School, its move to a new central location, and the transformation of a traditional school library into a state-of-the-art library facility. Written with practical advice at every turn, Lynn Winkworth invites us to share in her adventure, and concludes with three check lists 'The Planning – The Practicalities – The Opening' to help you along the way. It is a unique guide that will support and assist you in your own 'Library Adventure'. Headington School Library was awarded the SLA Inspiration Award in 2017.

Available now direct from the SLA.

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New book Chaos or Collection?

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Just published by the SLA - Chaos or Collection?: Selecting and Managing Graphic Novels in Your School Library by Neena Morris (ISBN 9781911222125).

Graphic novels are some of the most exciting and varied resources that school librarians have on their shelves, and they are growing ever more popular with all kinds of readers. But knowing how to select, catalogue, classify and shelve them so your library users can find them can be challenging. Here Neena Morris, one of the librarians at Ardingly College in West Sussex, tells us what she does to maintain an exciting and eclectic collection that is easily identified, managed effectively, accessible to all and widely enjoyed by her students. Building on the research that she conducted for her Masters degree, this how-to guide is very readable and full of common sense suggestions – there are lessons here for all of us.

Available now direct from the SLA. Special offer - purchase Chaos or Collection together with our Riveting Read Graphic Novels: For the 8 to 16+ Age Range by Paul Register and save £5.00 (discount will be applied to your invoice).

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Job Vacancies - Queensbury Academy: Librarian - Queensbury Academy, Dunstable


Queensbury Academy, Dunstable

School Librarian

Full time permanent 37.5 hours per week (term time only)

Salary Scale: SCP point 28 to 36 £25,463 - £32,233

Start date: September 2018

You will be managing a vibrant, purpose-built learning area which is very well stocked at the centre of the school campus. It is extremely popular with students at all times of the school day, after school and break and lunchtimes. You will be required to manage the smooth running of the Library by managing children, books and resources, offering support and advice to all users, promoting good study skills and operating the Library Management System. Excellent ICT and behavior management skills are essential.

Main duties will comprise of:

  • Overseeing and monitoring of age appropriate books
  • Liaising with Head of Departments and senior staff in order to keep developing the Library
  • To organise literacy and enrichment opportunities
  • To network with other Librarians in the County
  • To market and promote reading and literacy throughout the school
  • To have a commitment to raising standards and achievement for students at the school.

Queensbury Academy is a good school and one which is committed to moving to outstanding as quickly as possible. We recognise that recruiting high quality staff is of the utmost importance as we continue to improve and expand.

For an application form, job description and person specification, please go to our website http://www.queensburyacademy.com or contact Mrs. S. Gadsden, Principal's PA, on 01582 601241 or via our email address admin[at]queensburyacademy.com 

Closing date: 9th July and Interviews to be held on Monday 16th July 2018.

It is desirable that the successful applicant will have experience of working with children and young adults. Queensbury Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS is required for this post and references will be sought prior to interview.

Applications must be on the Academy Application form.

No CVs will be accepted for any post.

School Librarian Advert June 2018

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School Librarian JD June 2018

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School Librarian person specification July 2018

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Information Book Award: Information Book Award Activities 2018

We hope these activities are useful for helping you encourage your students to explore the Information Book Award shortlist.

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Job Vacancies - Library Resource Coordinator: Kendrick School - 2 Part-Time Roles




2 Part-Time Roles (8am to 12.30pm; 12.30pm to 5pm)

22½ hours per week term time plus 1 week during the summer holidays and INSET days as and when required

Scale Point 18-21

Actual Salary £9,705-£10,564pa (FTE: £18,870-£20,541pa)

Required for September 2018, two enthusiastic and well-organised Library Resource Coordinators. Experience is not essential, however, you must be motivated, creative and passionate about students' learning, books and reading.

Kendrick School is a high achieving selective school for girls aged 11 to 18. It is a specialist school in Science, Mathematics and Languages. The Library is an integral part of learning at Kendrick School. It aims to provide a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of the school community, in which to enjoy reading, research and study for both academic and extra-curricular purposes.  There is space for individual private study and class or group lessons and is open throughout the day and after school.

As a valued member of staff, your role would involve the management, development and promotion of the Library, ensuring that all students and staff have access to a wide range of reading matter, reference materials, research tools and information services. You would be responsible for supervising students and supporting them with their independent learning as well as organising and maintaining the school archives for school events and the Alumnae.

An application form and a job description can be downloaded from the school website or obtained by contacting Ms Amanda Emberson at the school. Visits to the school are welcome.

CVs cannot be accepted as a method of application.

Closing date: Wednesday 27th June 2018

Interviews: Friday 6th July 2018

Kendrick School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Any successful applicant will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure check by the Disclosure and Barring Service. Kendrick School is an Equal Opportunity employer.

Kendrick School, London Road, Reading RG1 5BN
Tel: 0118 9015859

Kendrick School Application Pack - Library Resource Coordinators (2 roles) (for September 2018)

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Kendrick School - Support Staff Application Form

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Declaration of Conviction

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Scottish Borders School Libraries Petition

We would like to draw your attention to the petition set up to encourage Scottish Borders Council to reconsider using pupils to run school libraries. Please do sign it if you can and pass it on:


Thank you

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Surrey Libraries Gothic Jam

2018 is the 200th anniversary of both the publication of Frankenstein and the birth of Emily Bronte, writer of Wuthering Heights. Both novels are key works in the gothic novel genre which would seem to be a perfect opportunity to run a gothic novel themed challenge this July. Surrey Libraries have decided to do just that and are holding an online event around the gothic novel fiction genre, tied in with the photographic and sound resources held by the British Library. 

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The idea is that participants make something creative with the gothic novel as a starting off point - for example, someone could write a folk song with a gothic theme, or create a piece of art based on a gothic fairy tale. Participants can really create whatever they like as long as it references the gothic novel. A number of participants who have already signed up will be creating games for it, and others are focusing on creative writing. The challenge is open to everyone, you do not need to be living in Surrey and it sounds like an exciting way to get young people more interested in the classics. The starting date for the challenge is the 1st of July but it might be as well to start planning now!

Full details can be found at https://itch.io/jam/gothic-novel-jam


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Mental Health, Wellbeing and Reading: Cramlington, Northumberland, 27 June 2018


We are delighted to inform you that the SLA have teamed up with the Self Esteem Team for a Mental Health, Wellbeing and Reading training day which will be taking place at Cramlington Learning Village on Wednesday 27th June.

Aimed at KS2 and secondary school library / support staff, this course will look at how Literature, escapism and safe spaces are all imperative to good mental health.  Issues covered will include anxiety, body image, academic stress, mental health and self-esteem.  This will happen by the speaker delivering a first hand testimonial about her experiences, before applying her knowledge of these universal topics to the specific queries of the delegates in the training session.

The closing date is 13 June 2018. Bookings received by 8 June 2018 are eligible for a £15 discount making the cost of the full days training just £90.00 (SLA members), £150.00 (non-members) and a second delegate attending from the same school (accompanying a full paying individual) can do so for as little as £55.00 (SLA members), £75.00 (non-members).  In addition, if your school is not a member of the SLA but it subscribes to one of the excellent School Library Services based in the North East the concessionary rate of £120.00 will be applied to your booking.  Payment is not required by the discount deadline to qualify for the reduced rate. 

Key Audience:

KS2 and secondary school staff

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We are seeking a professionally qualified Librarian to cover a period of maternity leave beginning in September 2018.

The John Bright library at Bootham School houses approximately 16,000 resources, including reference books, fiction, non-fiction, newspapers, magazines, and DVDs. You will manage and maintain the library, its books, information technology and resources and promote the library as a welcoming place for study and learning.

You will work closely with teaching staff to support all areas of learning, and support the EPQ and HPQ programmes. 

You must be competent in the use of library management systems, such as Eclipse, and able to actively promote reading for learning and pleasure to students aged 11 to 18.

The Librarian has responsibility for all facets of the library, from stock selection to independent learning.

World Book Day activities, author visits, displays and attendance at Head of Department meetings are all part of the job, as well as maintaining the library as a pleasant place to study and use for all the school community.

Details of how to apply for this position can be found on our website https://www.boothamschool.com/vacancies/ We require that our application form is completed for this post. 

Closing date: 10am Tuesday 19th June 2018

Interviews: Tuesday 26th June

Bootham School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All appointments are subject to a satisfactory DBS Enhanced Disclosure and other safeguarding checks.

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Making a case for #GreatSchoolLibraries

Today sees the announcement of a 3 year campaign to ensure that school libraries are providing support for school staff and pupils well into the future. The multi-organisational evidence based campaign is headed by the SLA, CILIP and SLG. The campaign will aim to unite work already done in Scotland with new work in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

The campaign vision is ‘Every child deserves a great school library’ and it has three main aims:

1) Recognition of School Libraries/Librarians in Ofsted Inspection Framework

  1. 2) Creation of a School Library Strategy for England

  2. 3) Specific investment into School Library development

This will be a long running campaign, and momentum will be bolstered by focusing on different stakeholders at different points, and making sure we are speaking the truth, but talking in a way that makes sense to those different groups.

September will see the launch of the first set of materials, which will be for supporters, and then the campaign will take on its first big challenge – evidence collection. Part of the problem with campaigning for school libraries is that there is a lack of data about the current situation – anecdotally we hear things but there hasn’t been any comprehensive survey of them by the government – they aren’t included in the school census which happens every year. And even if they were, questions pertaining to school libraries have to be very explicit about what they mean by a ‘library’. We define it as:

 “A dedicated space outside of a classroom that offers open access to all pupils throughout the school day. The library is a whole-school resource that provides an inclusive space with access to a range of curated resources, both online and physical, to support teaching and learning.”

We are approaching this campaign with all the patience, dedication and passion to fight for the outcomes which we know will help pupils across the nation achieve their best outcomes, and we would love it if you could join us. To register as a supporter, and thereby receive the pack of resources in September, please sign up here: https://www.cilip.org.uk/page/GreatSchoolLibraries

 If you would like to get more involved – by writing a case study, or getting involved as an organisation, please email alison.tarrant[at]sla.org.uk.

To keep abreast of the latest campaign developments check the dedicated website, the SLA website, or follow the hashtag on Twitter - #GreatSchoolLibraries and you can follow the SLA at: [at]uksla.

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Marketing Excellence Awards

Have you completed a successful marketing initiative for your library? If so you could enter CILIP's Marketing Excellence Awards which, if you win, will give you national exposure for your project.  Judging will be against a number of criteria: 

  • Success in meeting the original aims and objectives of the campaign 

  • Suitability of concept to target market 

  • Quality of graphics, design and copywriting (where appropriate) 

  • Range, effectiveness and appropriateness of the marketing communications used 

  • Timing, message and consistency of marketing communications 

  • Evaluation of the campaign, demonstrating evidence of impact on the community or target audience (e.g. customer interaction, feedback, attendance, media coverage) 

  • Effective use of project budget and/or non-financial resources 

The originality of the concept will also be taken into account for the overall rating. The closing date for applications is the 30th June and you can find out more about the Awards and how to apply here.

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