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Putting the L(ibrarian) into Reading

Course Details:

Librarians and Libraries can often be overlooked in whole school initiatives designed to improve reading attainment.  This course aims to show library staff how to become more involved in those initiatives by reflecting on current research, identifying opportunities and looking at existing strategies.

Delegates on this course will examine current thinking in how, in the light of national initiatives, the role of the librarian can impact on reading achievement of students and their ultimate academic success.

The day will be split into 5 sessions -

What we THINK we know -

An overview of current thinking

The importance of Reading for Pleasure

The trend for concentrating on phonics

Direction from above -

Mapping the National Curriculum - opportunities and challenges.  Relating reading initiatives both to academic and to SMSC measures.

The premise of a whole school reading culture - how to engage everyone

Recording and tracking student achievement -

Measures commonly used in assessment

The rights and wrongs of AR

Other ways to track reading achievement

Reading interventions

Strategies for the struggling learner

Potential barriers to reading

Reading by example

The disadvantaged child

Hooking the reluctant reader

New thinking about writing

The eBook effect

Trails, challenges and incentives

Devising and effective reading booklets

Spreading the word

Lists and leaflets

Trainer: Lin Smith

Lin worked in school libraries for twenty-three years after an earlier career in the public and special library sector. She has a particular interest in Information Literacy and study skills delivering training and lectures on this topic in the UK and abroad.  Now working as an independent trainer Lin authored the SLA online Information Literacy course and was a member of SLA Board from 2007 to 2016. She currently organises The East Midlands heat of the Kids Lit Quiz and is also a CILIP Mentor.


Key Audience:

Secondary school librarians and library staff

Venues and Dates:

No venues/dates are currently scheduled for this course. For more information about possible future dates, please contact the SLA Office.