Learning about Libraries - The Physical Library

This is an optional module - you must purchase the core modules as well or access will be stopped.

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Introduction: Welcome to the Learning about Libraries Programme. Participants are being offered an enjoyable and rewarding programme of learning and experience which will lead to a certificate of competence from the School Library Association.

The Learning about Libraries course will lead candidates through the processes involved in organising and running a primary school library with the aim to provide the best possible resource for the school.  The course consists of a series of modules covering the essential skills needed, from basic routines to promotion and marketing and developing a library that fully supports the learning in the school. The training is provided by the following members of the SLA:Lin Smith - Past Chair of SLA, Annike Dase - Vice Chair of SLA, Lesley Martin - Head Librarian, Culford School, Nikki Heath- school librarian, Jane O'Loughlin - school librarian, Sally Duncan - SLA Assistant Director

Benefits to the participants: The opportunity to gain knowledge and to put it to practical use in your school library. This will result in a deeper understanding of the way the library operates and an understanding of how you can develop the library to serve the needs of the school.

Benefits to the school: The SLA offers practical training, advice and support to your library co-ordinator. The Learning about Libraries course consists of 6 modules - participants choose 4 from the 6 for the basic course but can go on to do the extra 2 for an advanced certificate. Participants undertake a variety of practical tasks and provide evidence of what they have done and the impact it has had on the school. They should complete the course with an enhanced range of skills and strategies for improving the library provision in the school.

Who is eligible to apply? Anyone who has responsibility for the day to day running of a primary school library. The programme will suit TAs, HTLAs, parent volunteers and teaching staff who want to gain an insight into library routines.

Costs. Each module has an administration fee of £50 (for SLA members) and £150 (for non members) and the final assessment and certification is £15.

Overview of the course:

Module 1 – The Physical Library (this module)

  • Unit 1:  Assessing the situation
  • Unit 2:  Planning projects
  • Unit 3:  Putting it into practice

Module 2 – Managing The Bookstock (compulsory unit)

  • Unit 1:Auditing the bookstock
  • Unit 2:  Planning and budgeting
  • Unit 3:  Classifying and cataloguing 
  • Unit 4:  Issuing and promoting the stock

Module 3 – Information Skills 

  • Unit 1:Assessing the situation
  • Unit 2:  Planning and preparation
  • Unit 3:  Putting it into practice

Module 4 – Reading Promotion

  • Unit 1:Assessing the situation
  • Unit 2:  Planning and preparation
  • Unit 3:  Putting it into practice

Module 5 – Practical Paperwork

  • Unit 1:Writing a policy
  • Unit 2:  Developing an Action Plan
  • Unit 3:  Your information skills programme

Module 6 – Evaluation and Action Planning (compulsory unit)