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Weekend Course 2007


Despite the intermittent but occasionally torrential rain throughout the three days, this year's Weekend Course seems to have been timely and exactly what delegates were looking for.  Celebrating the SLA's 70th birthday, as well as quite a few other birthdays: Oxford University Press (100th) CILIP's Carnegie Medal (70th) and Kate Greenaway Medal (50th) as well as Orchard Books (21st), the title of the weekend could well have been Let Them Eat Cake!

"Thank you for the weekend - it is good to meet like minded people and share good practice with them."

"I learned a lot - thought the programme ticked all the right boxes!"

"Probably one of the best conferences I've been to."

"This is my first SLA weekend and I have enjoyed it greatly."

"A wonderful weekend. Every session a real gem. All were thought-provoking and entertaining.  Thank you. The organisation and administration was extremely professional."

Entitled The Future is Now, this annual event was held at the University of Nottingham from 22 - 24 June 2007.

Delegates were treated to a great array of Keynote Speakers, including:

"High quality and enthusiastic speakers. Many thanks."

In addition, a debate on Sunday morning certainly had us all fully engaged with the proposition: This House believes there is no issue too controversial to be included in a book for young people.

Proposed by Aidan Chambers, supported by Anne-Marie Tarter (SLA School Librarian of the Year 2006) and opposed by Sue Palmer, supported by Fay Dowding (SLA Honour List librarian 2007), passionate and sometimes heated debate continued over coffee and lunch, and probably on the train home too.

"Really enjoyed the debate - as coach of our school's debating society very pleased to see proper format used!"

Other authors at the weekend enlivened all our refreshment breaks:

In addition to the keynotes there were a host of excellent optional sessions on Saturday and we had a hard time deciding which to go to!

"Excellent and practical" said our delegates.

"All three workshops I attended were extremely informative and interesting, loads of food for thought and ideas."

"Very clear presentations, open discussions, much to go back and put into practice."

As usual there was an excellent exhibition of learning resources and equipment and a Bookshop run by Norfolk Children's Book Centre.  Thanks to all of these exhibitors and NCBC for taking part this year.

"Thank you for an enjoyable and as always informative conference".

"Brilliant as always - wonderful to meet up with so many ‘old'  friends and to make new ones."

"Brilliant - I am going home with lots of new ideas and inspiration"

"My first SLA weekend course and it will not be my last!  Everyone was so very friendly."


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Friday 22nd June

Registration from 10.00 in New Business School Foyer

10.30 - 12.30
Visit to Djanogly City Academy, Nottingham (optional - places limited)

14.00 - 14.15
Welcome and introduction by Eileen Armstrong, SLA Chair, and Course Directors
New Business School Lecture Theatre B52

14.15 - 15.30
Information literacy and the future of learning  
Sharon Markless  Lecture Theatre

15.30 - 16.15      
Opening of exhibition and bookshop  New Business School Foyer
Mike Butler Headteacher: Djanogly City Academy, Nottingham
Refreshments with Tanya Landman  Sponsor: Walker Books

16.15 - 17.15
Does a smart building make you smarter?
Anthony Bravo, Principal, Crossways Academy, London   Lecture Theatre                        

18.30 - 19.15
Drinks reception with Julie Bertagna
Sponsor: Macmillan  Bar and Quad Newark Hall

19.30 - 20.45      
Barbecue  Bar and Quad Newark Hall

21.00 - 22.00   
Reading: Habituated to the Vast 
Gervase Phinn, SLA President New Business School Lecture Theatre

22.00 - 24.00
Bar and signing session  Bar and Quad Newark Hall

Saturday 23rd June

07.30 - 08.30
Breakfast The Atrium

08.00 - 08.45
Registration for day delegates  New Business School Foyer

08.50 - 09.00      
Welcome and introduction to the day 
Course Directors  Lecture Theatre

09.00 - 10.00      
Web 2.0 - implications for your library
Phil Bradley, Librarian and Internet Consultant

10.00 - 11.15
Optional session 1
See list of optional sessions below

11.15 - 11.45
Refreshments with Bali Rai 
Sponsor: Random House  New Business School Foyer      

11.45 - 13.00
Optional session 2
See list of optional sessions below

13.00  - 14.00

14.00 - 15.15
Optional session 3
See list of optional sessions below

15.15 - 15.45
Refreshments with Marcus Sedgwick 
Sponsor: Orion Books  New Business School Foyer

15.45 - 17.00
Optional session 4
See list of optional sessions below

18.30 - 19.15
Drinks reception with Michael Lawrence, Guy Parker-Rees and Ceri Worman 
Sponsor: Orchard Books celebrating their 21st birthday The Atrium

19.30 - 21.00
Gala Dinner celebrating the SLA's 70th birthday
Sponsor: Orchard Books The Atrium

21.00 - 23.00
Libs Lit Quiz

Sunday 24th June

08.00 - 09.00      
Breakfast The Atrium

08.30 - 09.30
Registration for day delegates  New Business School Foyer

09.30 - 10.00
SLA AGM New Business School Lecture Theatre

10.00 - 11.00
This house believes there is no issue too controversial to be included in a book for young people  
Debate   Lecture Theatre
Aidan Chambers, author and former SLA President
Barry Cunningham, Publisher, The Chicken House
Sue Palmer, Literacy and Education Consultant
Anne-Marie Tarter, Librarian Ripon Grammar School, SLA School Librarian of the Year 2006

11.00 - 11.30      
Refreshments and book signing
Sponsor: Oxford University Press, celebrating their 100th birthday  New Business School Foyer

11.30 - 12.00
Outstanding best books for children and young people: celebrating 70 years of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals
Ian Dodds, Chair Youth Libraries Group  Lecture Theatre

12.00 - 13.00
Other Worlds 
Stephen Elboz 
Sponsor: Oxford University Press  Lecture Theatre

13.00 - 13.15
Closing remarks 
Eileen Armstrong, Chair of SLA

13.15 - 14.30      

Optional Sessions

(See programme above for timings)

Last minute ideas

Lynne Coppendale
Librarian, Danum School Technology College, Doncaster

Delegates should come ready to share their tales of success and woe, and leave with details of resources to access at no notice and what to include in a pack of activities and notices that can be used to meet last minute event/celebration requests.

Change and inspire by 2010

Geoff Dubber
Freelance trainer & consultant

In what ways would you like your LRC to be more effective by the end of the decade?  Come and do some visionary thinking.  Mix some predictions about curriculum and ICT changes, add a dash of development planning and a pinch of personal navel gazing and see your vibrant and more effective library emerge by 2010.

'Please Miss, can we have some more?' Out of school hours at Willows High School

Witness Session
Debbie Carr
LRC Manager, Willows High School, Cardiff

Recent statistics have shown that pupils who attend extra study support or Out of School Hours activities improve their results by at least one grade. Find out how we have changed attitudes to learning in an inner city school.

Using manga and graphic novels to encourage reading

Dr Mel Gibson
Senior Lecturer, Media & Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland

Developing collections of Manga and Graphic novels can be a challenge. This session offers help in terms of selection, promotion and ways of working with students in relation to these books

Leading and being led: pupil involvement in developing school libraries and learning spaces

Jerry Hurst
Independent Trainer and consultant

Set within the context of Every Child Matters, the DfES framework for Inspection and Youth Matters, this workshop will help you start to plan, implement and evaluate your partnership working with students and provide you with many practical ideas to take away.

Nu txt - same old stories?

David Kendall
Reading promoter

This workshop explores how the medium we use to read influences the reading experience. How can we use new media to engage and stimulate readers without pushing them away from books? The workshop covers the uses of email, mobile phones, and graphic novels to engage young people.

The school library and the virtual learning environment

Marianne Bradnock
Head of Information Services, Dulwich College

A look at the ways in which the school library can use the collaboration and communication tools of a VLE to engage readers, promote services, and support learning. The seminar will also explore how, as information professionals, we can play a part in the organisation and management of a school's online learning platform.

Working together to design school libraries of the future

Helen Pallett
Retired, formerly Library and Information Services Manager, Djanogly City Academy, Nottingham

In this workshop we will look at the theory of building school libraries of the future, using the BSF DVD and consider the practicalities of working with the designers and suppliers.

Getting out into the real world: alternative curricula and the school library

Lucy Pearson
Formerly College Librarian, John Cabot City Technology College, Bristol.

Alternative curricula are becoming increasing popular at secondary level and beyond. This session explores the opportunities and pitfalls of this development, with a case study on the development of information literacy through a 'competency curriculum'.

Plagiarism: stemming the tide

John Royce

Library Director, Robert College, Istanbul

Detection and punishment are valid options.  In this workshop, however, we'll be looking mainly at tools and strategies for preventing plagiarism happening in the first place, and for promoting integrity and pride in honest achievement;  above all, we'll be looking at the roles the school librarian can play.

Interactive whiteboards - functional or frivolous?

Elspeth S Scott
LRC Coordinator, Menzieshill High School, Dundee

Interactive whiteboards are increasingly common in schools as a classroom tool - but do they have a place in a school library? This introductory workshop looks at some of the ways a board can enhance information literacy teaching and reader development and gives delegates a chance to consider its place in their own practice.


Course Directors

  • Elizabeth Smith
  • Ginette Doyle


How to Book

Booking has now closed.

Course Fees (VAT exempt)
  SLA Members Non-members
Fully resident booked before 31st March £304.50 €454.00 £374.00 €557.00
Fully resident booked after 31st March £329.50 €491.00 £399.00 €595.00
Non-resident: Friday including dinner £75.00 €112.00 £90.00 €134.00
Non-resident: Saturday including lunch £110.00 €164.00 £130.00 €194.00
Non-resident: Saturday including lunch and dinner £130.00 €194.00 £150.00 €223.00
Non-resident: Sunday including lunch £75.00 €112.00 £90.00 €134.00


As always we would like to thank all our sponsors for their support of the 2007 Weekend Course:

  • Chicken House
  • Macmillan Children's Books
  • Orion Children's Books
  • Orchard Books
  • Oxford Children's Books
  • Random House Children's Books
  • Softlink Europe
  • Walker Books