This talk will explore how librarians can forge successful working relations with teachers, including a reflection on the new challenges and opportunities brought by COVID.  Emma will look at the different skills and experiences librarians and teachers have, and how to bridge the gap to forge successful working relationships and positive partnerships.  She will consider the importance of reinforcing the status of the librarian in school, clearly identifying the aims of both the library and librarian and promoting these widely within the school community.  She will also talk about the benefits of using a framework of inquiry to work with teachers across different disciplines, providing a structure to lessons and the skills taught.  To bring these theories to life, Emma will use a case study of her own successful collaboration with the EPQ Centre Coordinator at St Benedict’s School, focusing on the development of a programme of learning, team teaching research and information literacy skills to Lower 6th students.  The school library collection was expanded to support the EPQ and Emma will share her experience of this and the training provided.

Speaker Info

Speaker Name

Emma Wallace

Speaker Details
Emma has been a librarian for over 15 years, working in legal, public, academic and school libraries.  She gained an MA in Library and Information studies from UCL in 2004 and became a Chartered Librarian in 2007.  She has worked in a number of London secondary schools and currently works as Senior Librarian at St Benedict’s School, along with being EPQ Level 3 Lead Supervisor.