The SLA is entirely funded by membership income. Without our dedicated and loyal members we are more limited in the support we can offer. We have also seen an increase in personal memberships, as people value the services we offer but cannot pay for it from school funds.
This can result in the schools who have the biggest budgetary challenges (and quite often that means other challenges as well) not receiving the support they need to improve literacy and develop information literacy (learning how to find and use information).
Numerous research shows the benefits of reading for pleasure, and the SLA develops resources to improve adult’s book knowledge, allowing them to make effective stock decisions and use these books to their potential in a class or library.
Information literacy is a key part of being able to participate in society. Without the skills to identify biased information, or use and reference material pupils can find themselves not only in hot water academically, but in their personal lives too. Without these essential skills pupils are falling victim to manipulation of fact, ‘fake news’ and ‘click-bait’ headlines. All children should be able to make informed decisions about what they engage with both online, and the SLA empowers school library staff to deliver sessions both in the library, embedded within other subjects or through enquiry based learning.
The space of the school library is incredibly important with research showing use of a school library can have a positive impact on well-being. The SLA develops guidelines for the design and layout of the library space, meaning all children have somewhere accessible to do research, read for pleasure and generally escape the day to day pressures.
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The SLA is entirely funded by membership income.