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The SLA Resources Blog is designed to highlight new resources which we at the SLA think may be of interest to school librarians and to others working in related fields. The blog is available at https://www.sla.org.uk/resources-blog.php and can also be read via an RSS feed at https://www.sla.org.uk/sla-resources-rss.php.

Older blog posts are still available, though archived, on the website, but please check the date at the top of the post to make sure the offer or information is likely to be valid.

Browns are Bringing Literacy Resources to You!

Feedback from customers has found the decline in showrooms, reduced resources and time restraints a challenge for literacy co-ordinators sourcing educational content for students.

Browns Books for Students have endeavoured to find a solution to provide as many physical books as possible, including our handpicked collections and newly published titles directly to our customers.

Browns Books for Students have created a Mobile Educational Book Showroom in a double decker bus! Stocked with over 4000 books for the educational sectors.

Our Book Bus is an Alexander ALX400 low-floor Double Decker with a 2002 Dennis Trident 2 chassis that has been completely refurbished and customised to our unique requirements. Measuring 10.5metres long, 2.55metres wide and 4.4metres tall and fitted with an external awning, creating an amazing 50 sq. metre mobile experience.

The lower level of the bus is fitted with two electronic meeting spaces, with live terminals to research titles or receive demonstrations on our online ordering platform or our eBook platform, VLeBooks.

The top deck has been transformed into a mobile showroom with 17 bespoke shelves displaying over 4000 physical books.  We also have 8 electronic displays providing additional information on the content and educational resources.

With mobile stock scanners, users can enjoy browsing the books and scan titles to create selections. Utilise the ordering terminals to review selections and place orders, which are available to be dispatched the same day, or serviced to your bespoke requirements and arrive shelf ready for your library.


Getting Everyone Involved!

Why not have students or library representatives on our Book Bus to put together selections that both themselves and their peers consider of interest; and would like to see in their library?

We strongly believe that if patrons of their libraries feel connected and involved in selecting the content for the libraries, they will utilise the library service even more.

Anyone can use a stock scanner to create their selections for you to review and decide whether to purchase.

On board collections will provide Department Heads and Literacy co-ordinators an effective resource to compare and review teaching resources in one place. No need to see multiple reps, no travel, or biased heavy selling.


Bringing Literacy Resources to You!

We believe that accessibility to books is crucial and our Book Bus will give the opportunity not only to major cities, but to assist rural communities and educational establishments who are not fortunate to have a static bookstore/showroom.

Our Book Bus will give access to content on site, creating an exciting and unique experience whereby everyone can get involved in viewing titles and adding new stock into schools and community libraries.


For more information:

THE BOOK BUS Browns Books for Students, 22-28 George Street, Hull HU1 3AP, Marketing Manager: Nic Hales Tel 01482 384660 - Email nic.hales[at]brownsbfs.co.uk - brownsbfs.co.uk

Read Write Inc Open Days

On 19 March a selection of 'Model Schools' in the UK are inviting headteachers and literacy leads to attend an open day to see the Read Write Inc. education programme in practice. Attendees can find out how the programme, published by Oxford University Press, can improve literacy and help to decrease the 'word gap' between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers.  


The open day will take place on Monday 19 March in Caerphilly, Cornwall, Derby, Norfolk, Romford, Wokingham, Birmingham and East Sussex at 'Model Schools' for Read Write Inc., and will be open to all headteachers and literacy leads in the local area. At the open day visitors can expect to find out how the Read Write Inc. programme is implemented in their schools and see the benefits of the programme and it is improving literacy. During the day, visitors will be able to observe lessons, meet other schools in the area, get advice on how to implement the programme and see the positive impact on behaviour across the school. 


One of the highlight factors of Read Write Inc. schools is that they are talk-a-lot schools where speaking and listening skills are developed through partner work. By developing children’s vocabulary, Read Write Inchelps to address problems associated with the ‘word gap’, recently highlighted by the government’s Department for Education single departmental plan. 


The ‘word gap’ has been identified in children from disadvantaged backgrounds, who by the age of 3 are on average almost a full year and a half behind their more affluent peers in language development. In the report the DoE make recommendations on how to eliminate the 'word gap' through education in order to improve social mobility and equality of opportunity, the Read Write Inc. programme is in line with this.


 “Our Model Schools demonstrate an inspirational passion and excitement for teaching. Their attention to detail and focus on continuous professional development
marks them out and is the key to their success in getting every child to read by 6. No child should get left behind and with the right teaching and assessments we can ensure

every child is understood and the gaps in their knowledge identified and addressed.”

Ruth Miskin, Creator of Read Write Inc.


For more information on which schools are taking part and to book a place at one of the schools teachers can visit this webpage: https://global.oup.com/education/content/primary/series/rwi/model-schools-open-morning/?region=uk


Or for booking enquiries please email oxfordprimaryevents[at]oup.com  



For more information, images or to speak to one of the experts at OUP Education please contact publicist: Laura Smythe m: 07881555530 or email: laurasmythecontact[at]gmail.com


Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP t: 01865 354579

www.oxfordprimary.co.uk/readwriteinc Twitter: [at]OUPPrimary Facebook: [at]oxfordeducationuk

Media Skills Training - Registration details

Open now -  register for the Media Skills Training at the Guardian for school and children’s librarians,  8th March 2011, 9.45 am - 12.45 pm at Guardian News & Media, King's Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU.  £95 + VAT.  See details in the previous Resource Blog post.

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Media Skills Training

Media skills for school and children’s librarians, A Guardian professional development seminar.  8th March 2011, 9.45 am - 12.45 pm at Guardian News & Media, King's Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU.  £95 + VAT

Whether it’s sharing a success story, promoting a project or, on occasion, handling bad news, school and children’s librarians need to be able to handle the media. Good publicity is essential for the success of your library’s work. The Guardian’s half-day course will offer expert views and practical advice on how to

  • get your library noticed by the local and national press
  • write good press releases
  • use social media effectively (websites, social network sites, Twitter)
  • generate widespread awareness of your projects
  • handle bad press

Who should attend

  • School librarians
  • Children’s librarians
  • School library service managers

Benefits of attending

  • Expert tips on press relations for school and children's libraries
  • Tools for promoting good news and managing your library’s reputation
  • A guide to new and social media for librarians

Course leaders
Emma Drury
Emma is a qualified journalist and teacher. She started her career working for Emap, Johnson Press and the Northcliffe group on various titles, including Britain’s oldest newspaper the StamfordMercury, the Northamptonshire Chronicle and Echo, the Leicester Mercury and the Edinburgh Evening News. In 2001 Emma trained as a primary school teacher and taught at a wide variety of schools ranging from a tiny class in rural Lincolnshireto an inner-city school in Birmingham. Emma Drury is currently a news editor for learnnewsdesk, the Guardian’s online news service for schools. Emma has an MA in Medieval History, a diploma in journalism and Qualified Teacher Status.

Mike Hepburn
Mike Hepburn has over 20 years experience in media and press relations. He gained first hand experience of understanding how journalists tick working as a journalist on a range of political magazines. He went on to become the producer of ITV's flagship politics TV show 'GMTV Sunday Programme' - responsible for a two hours of live politics and current affairs programme. He set up the politics website ePolitix.com where his interviews with ministers and political leaders regularly attracted massive national media coverage. He also ran the media operations for major blue chip companies such as Boeing. He now advises organisations, including the Guardian, on their media strategy. He recently ran the media campaign for the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

For more information, call 0203 353 4059 or email seminars@guardian.co.uk.

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2011 GiggleIT Project – Through our window; the colours of our land.

Help your students ages 10-14 share the view "Through Our Window: The Colours of Our World" as they sharpen their visual literacy and writing skills with the GiggleIT Project's new contest categories.

These 4 competitions run through 1 November 2011, so students may participate during more than one school term/semester.  One project is for the entire class - "Our Snow White" ask students to give Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs culturally significant names (and explain why).  Three individual projects for 2011 include - Design your personal logo (Art), write a Haiku poem (English), and Create a Travel Poster (Persuasive writing, ICT).

Free registration, free resources, free web hosting of student works! Share this with your teachers today as your library becomes a creative hub at your school and your students become internationally published authors and designers.  Questions? Just e-mail the GiggleIT team - giggle_it@live.com.au- or ask us on our Facebook page - GiggleIT Project.

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British Library English Resources

Look at the new English Timeline or explore Dickens in Context with the British Library

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New LMS available

Just launched - new web browser based library software for schools called 247Lib.com.  Demonstrated at the Online Information Show 2010 and receiving positive feedback.  If you are thinking of a change check out the Amlib website.

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